Saturday, October 21, 2017

Murder over Mochas

Author:  Caroline Fardig
Series:  A Java Jive Mystery #5
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Alibi
Publication Date:  October 24, 2017

Description:  As a newly minted private eye, Juliet Langley has sworn to leave homicide to the authorities, limiting the scope of her investigations to cheating spouses and dirty business partners . . . like her ex-fiancé, Scott O’Malley. When Scott shows up unannounced at her coffeehouse, Java Jive, Juliet’s first instinct is to punch him in the nose. Her second is to turn down his desperate plea for help with a case that’s way too dangerous for her liking. But when Scott drops dead before her eyes, Juliet isn’t going to wait around for someone else to clear her name.

It’s only a matter of time before her tumultuous past with her ex-fiancé comes out, so Juliet teams up with her ex-boyfriend, detective Ryder Hamilton, to figure out who poisoned Scott. They soon confirm that Scott was involved in an illegal scheme that’s definitely grounds for concern.

Just as romance is finally beginning to percolate for Juliet and her best friend, Pete Bennett, she has no choice but to head back to her hometown to seek out the truth. And she’ll need help from the locals to find the real killer—otherwise her happily ever after could easily end up including an actual ball and chain.

My Review

This is the fifth book and final book in the Java Jive Mystery series. I have been a fan of the series since the first book and have enjoyed them all, but I think that this is the best one yet. Juliet is such a wonderful main character. She is smart, funny, sarcastic, and feisty. The cast of regular secondary characters make their return appearances as well.  Juliet just can't keep herself out of trouble and murder finds her once again.  This time, because the victim is her former fiancee, she has to clear both her name and Pete's.  

As someone who has read this series from the beginning, I love the growth we see in all the characters.  Pete is more accepting of Juliet's sleuthing and will even participate where he can.  I also think that the author did a great job with the friendship that has grown between Juliet and Ryder.  Even though they dated and it didn't work out, the author has written their relationship as a fun friendship.  Not having read this author prior to this series, it was nice to get a glimpse of the characters from her Lizzie Hart Mystery series, who make an appearance providing Juliet, Ryder and Pete with assistance.  Perhaps my favorite part of the book is that we finally have a resolution to Juliet's romantic life, which I think will make readers happy.

The mystery in this book was fast paced and kept me guessing until the very end. There was so much going on and so many suspects that the twists and turns kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I knew who was behind everything, Juliet, Ryder and Pete would uncover new information and I was right back to being stumped. The mystery was wrapped up nicely with Jules and Pete managing to save themselves.

This series has well crafted mysteries filled with wonderful, quirky and interesting characters. If you haven't had the chance to give this series a try, I recommend it. I don't think you will be disappointed.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Alibi, through Netgalley.

1 comment:

  1. I love this series. Thanks for sharing your great review, Peggy.