Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery

Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery

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by Caroline Fardig
Full of humor and suspense, the bestselling Java Jive series heats up as the irrepressible heroine of Death Before Decaf faces off against Nashville’s upper crust to solve a shocking murder.
Former musician Juliet Langley has barely had a day off since taking over management of the coffeehouse owned by her best friend, Pete Bennett.


Full of humor and suspense, the bestselling Java Jive series heats up as the irrepressible heroine of Death Before Decaf faces off against Nashville’s upper crust to solve a shocking murder.
Former musician Juliet Langley has barely had a day off since taking over management of the coffeehouse owned by her best friend, Pete Bennett. But there’s always more to be done—such as prepping for the annual Holiday 5K Race organized by Pete’s snobby socialite girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth. This year, Java Jive has a booth right at the finish line, and since Juliet and Cecilia don’t always see eye to eye, everything has to be perfect. Nothing can go wrong. Nothing . . . like Juliet stumbling over Cecilia’s dead body on the morning of the race.
When Pete is arrested for Cecilia’s murder, Juliet sets out to clear his name. She’ll do whatever it takes—even if it means standing up to the police, her ex-boyfriend, and the grande dames of Nashville. But there isn’t enough espresso in the world for the greatest challenge in her path: infiltrating Nashville’s high society to uncover the hidden hotbed of scandal without running afoul of the law herself. With her last dime staked on Pete’s bail bond and her staff growing jittery, the last thing Juliet needs is for her trademark temper to land her behind bars. As time drips away, Juliet needs to crack this case before the killer comes back for another shot.

Praise for Mug Shot

“The humorous and witty dialogue, mixed with romantic tension and a puzzling mystery is a fresh and unique combination. Juliet’s first-person narrative is humorous at times and poignant at others, making her a loveable character I can’t help but cheer on. . . . The mystery-suspense elements are truly tense on an emotional level. . . . This series is delightful, well written, and wildly entertaining.”Suspense Magazine

“The story is fast-paced and keeps you guessing to the very end. This author comes up with some very interesting ways to kill someone, and her injection of humor at just the right time is perfect. On its own, Mug Shot is a really good read, but if you follow the series, it will be even better.”—Linda Thompson, host of The Authors Show
“Another winner . . . Just like the first book, this one is peppered with funny scenes. . . . This is a good series and I highly suggest reading.”—Storeybook Reviews

“Once you start, you’ll want to finish it. Can’t wait for more caffeine-driven escapades.”—Sweet Mystery Books

Praise for Caroline Fardig’s Death Before Decaf
“I was hooked from the first page. I loved it!”—Dorothy Cannell, award-winning author of the Ellie Haskell mysteries
“Caroline Fardig brings a fun cast of characters to life in Death Before Decaf! Juliet had me laughing, smiling, and rooting for her from the first page to the last. I can’t wait for more!”—Gina LaManna, author of Teased to Death
“Caroline Fardig keeps you turning pages in this fast-paced mystery set in a Nashville coffee shop.”—Nancy J. Parra, author of Engaged in Murder

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Java Jive , #2
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Caroline Fardig is the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive mystery series and the Lizzie Hart mystery series. Fardig’s Bad Medicine was named one of the best books of 2015 by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] “If people would quit dying after I argue with them, it wouldn’t be a problem,” I huffed." Juliet Langley is still running Java Jive, her best friend's Coffee Shop, even after almost getting killed in same shop not so long ago. Pete Bennett, said best friend is now dating a socialite, and Cecilia’s brother Stan and Juliet are being "seen" as a "couple", albeit not by Stan's mother. So, herein lies the rub. What do you do with a guy you aren't infatuated with who thinks he might be able to buy his way into your heart? What do you do with the detective that you are drawn to, especially when he's in the right place at the wrong time? And how do you save your best friend that you seem to be clueless you might actually be in love with? And why in heaven is the landscape architect so popular? Welcome to Java Jive, home of generations of mystery, good food, great coffee and caring people. The owner, Pete, his grandmother Gertie, Juliet and a few others run the place, but the time of year and situations woven in the story make us worry if the place will even stay open. Pet's arrest for Cecilia’s murder hasn't helped that much. Juliet's "partner in crime" Savannah is acting a bit "strange", and it all seems to funnel down to a strange brew of wit, wisdom and a touch of "I told you so", that makes this second book in the series make you crave a third as much as one of Juliet's Candy Cane cookies.
Anonymous 21 days ago
This is as good as the 1st book in the series: "Java Jive". While not essential to do so, it's probably best to read this series from the start.
Muttcafe 9 months ago
Juliet Langley faces a latte trouble when her best friend Pete is suspected of murdering his irritating upper-crust girlfriend Cecilia Hollingsworth.  With the movers and shakers of Nashville society putting pressure on the police, little effort is being placed looking for alternate suspects.  Despite the danger, Juliet immediately starts asking uncomfortable questions of Cecilia's friends and relatives.  Many stood to benefit from Cecilia's death, financially and otherwise, but Juliet needs more than a motive - she needs proof of a killer. The Java Jive mysteries are fun, well-written cozies with just the right blend of action and romance.  Like a well made cappuccino,  Mug Shot is a pleasure to enjoy on a lazy afternoon, tasty and with just the right kick.  I look forward to the next book in the series. 5/5 I received a copy of Mug Shot from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom
carol223CS 12 months ago
Caroline Fardig's Mug Shot Juliet Langley has returned to the Java Jive coffee shop where she had worked during college. Juliet is working for Peter Bennett, the son of the deceased owner. She manages the shop. Pete has a socialite girlfriend who is organizing a charity event….the annual Holiday 5K Race. The Java Jive has a booth at the race to sell cookies and drinks. Juliet arrives early in the morning with the cookies. Upon entering the booth, Juliet finds a body….a dead body !!!! The body is Cecilia Hollingsworth, Pete’s socialite girlfriend. Pete gets arrested for murder. Then the story takes off. Juliet decides to clear Pete. The Redheaded Devil to hopefully ridethe rescue!!! Her escapades lead to danger, suspense, humor, being rescued by her desired cop boyfriend, meeting with unsavory characters, getting a broken finger and punched in the jaw. Will she be able to solve the murder and remain unharmed? This is the second book in the Java Jive Mysteries series. It can be read as a stand alone. Thank you to Alibi via Net Gallery for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I enjoy reading this series. Awesome characters and a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How far would you go to protect your best friend? Juliet Langley, manager of the Java Jive, will do just about anything for hers. It often find yourself mixed up in crazy schemes with your girlfriends then this is the book for you.
JennMcConnell More than 1 year ago
"Definitely worth the price!" I was supposed to receive this book free in return for my honest opinion and review, however due to a system glitch I ended up being charged for it. It was worth the price! This book is a fast-paced read, and one of my favorite genres. I love niche mysteries, where the story focuses on solving a mystery or finding a killer, all with a parallel focus on something else. This series focuses on coffee and a coffee shop. The characters are dimensional and engaging, and their descriptions provoke a response. For instance, the reader may want to smack the snooty people in the story (like Delta) and will find Gert endearing. This book is thoroughly entertaining and I couldn't put it down until the mystery was solved. Now I have to read the others in the series!
Bev_Ash More than 1 year ago
This is the second cozy mystery in the Java Jive series. I liked the first book so much that I immediately started the second one. This one was as good as the first. It had the same great characters and the plot was exciting. I like the way the author makes the characters develope and go forward in their lives. The humor was funny with some laugh out loud moments. The romance and action scenes also are handled great. I can't wait until the next book comes out. I received this arc free from NetGalley for an honest review.
ArleneArredondo More than 1 year ago
Loved the first book of the series and this one don't disappoint. Great cozy mystery, with lots of fun situations that makes it more enjoyable to read. I found myself laughing like crazy every time there was a comment of Ryder's name. Love the characters, specially Gerty, the grandma with a no nonsense attitude. Note: I received an ARC from the publisher for review purposes.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
The intrepid coffee house worker is back and is, once again, immersed in trouble. The tension between her and her "boss" continues. When will they realize what they feel for each other? His girlfriend (a nasty piece of work) dislike Jules intensely and manages to get killed. So, who did it? Sweet Pete, the woman's boyfriend? The cops think so, but it makes no sense to Jules. Humor, intrigue, and interesting people. A good mix.
SarahSmith More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the Java Jive Mystery Series by Caroline Fardig. Juliet Langley is again involved in a murder, this time not as a suspect, but as a concerned friend. Pete is the main suspect in a gruesome murder, and Juliet takes it upon herself, with a little bit of help from Ryder, to figure out this whodunnit so Pete doesn't rot in jail. This is a great cozy mystery that has some crazy-funny characters. Very enjoyable.
avidreader111 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was just the right amount of suspense and humor to keep me reading. I thought the book was well written and very easy to follow. There were a lot of characters that made an appearance, but it was pretty easy for me to keep them straight in my head.
CrisD More than 1 year ago
If like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum stories than you will enjoy the Java Jive series. True this is the first book I've read in the series, but you can get a very good feel for the writer and series's. I liked how well written the story was, and how it was easy to follow, even with all the characters that kept popping up. Juliet a former musician now manager of Java Jive is best friends with Pete, the owner. When Pete's girlfriend Cecilia is murdered, Pete is charged. Juliet enlists her best female friend Savannah, a rich society gal, who has all the connections Juliet needs to help prove Pete's innocence. Along the way Juliet is dating the brother of the deceased, Stan, and her ex-boyfriend, who happens to be a cop, Ryder, all help in their own ways. This is a true mystery, cheating, surprise pregnancies, who benefits the most from the killing, businesses going bankrupt, blackmailing, extortion, just to name a few. I would like to add, I was giving this book in advance from Random House Mystery to read, and review, but the review is strictly my own thoughts and opinions.
ginga911 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Very entertaining! I would recommend this book to everyone! I have got to go find book 1 ASAP!
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Mug Shot is the second book in Caroline Fardig's Java Jive Mystery Series. In this installment, Juliete Langley, manager of Java Jive coffee shop, is bound and determined to find evidence to clear her best friend and Java Jive owner, Pete Bennett, of the murder of his girlfriend, Nashville socialite Cecilia Hollongsworth. Although Juliete and Cecilia were never friends, in fact you could say they were enemies, Juliete is moved by her death and seeks to bring the killer to justice, especially since it will clear her best friend. Her unorthodox methods of investigation put her at risk yet she is able to learn and tell police of her findings. Even though her on again off again boyfriend, Detective Ryder Hamilton, continually cautions her, even following her, he is not there when she makes startling discoveries that put her life in peril. With a host of suspects, a tawdry backstory of what Cecilia was up to, and a devoted friendship in the mix, Mug Shot is an intricately woven mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. As with her other mystery novels, Caroline Fardig has again plotted a mystery that will keep you page turning late into the night. I do recommend Mug Shot, it definitely delivers
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
There was never a dull moment in this novel. It was not an edge-of-your-seat suspenseful mystery but more of a fun-filled mystery that was filled with wit and vigor. An unfortunate murder has taken place but that did not leave the characters in this story agonizing over their misery, no these characters sprang into action with their humorous activities and their amusing tactics to get to the heart of the matter. I enjoyed the character of Jules, the Red Headed She-Devil, as she tries to play detective to help her friend avoid prosecution. The police are not happy that Jules is conducting her own investigation but she feels that they are not doing their job. Her personality and her commitment to her friend are like a rolling rock going down a hill. She was on fire and once she got going, she has a hard time stopping. The comments that were coming off her lips were hilarious at times and some of the situations that she found herself in were priceless. Pete has been Jules best friend for years and Pete’s girlfriends feels intimidated by this relationship. Being her manager at the coffee shop, Jules spends a lot of time with Pete and there is something about this relationship, it borderline more than a friendship. Jules has been fixated on Ryder and now that she is doing her own investigative work, the two of them are running into each other more frequently. Jules feels that she knows who she would like to have a relationship with but as I read, I felt as if Jules was riding the fence on this. It felt to me as if Jules was uncertain as to what she was actually looking for in a man. I enjoyed this option that Jules was toying with. I liked that there were not a huge amount of characters inside this novel but enough that you knew you were dealing with a small town, a town in which everyone knew each other’s business. Just when I thought the novel was starting to wind down, things starting to pick up again and excitement flooded through the pages. I enjoyed this novel, much more than I thought I would. 4.5 stars I received this novel from Random House Monthly Mystery in exchange for an honest opinion. This was a Chatterbox opportunity.
Murasake More than 1 year ago
Juliet Langley and her friends at (or near) at the Java Jive cafe, are once again caught up in a murder investigation all too close to home. Pete is still dating Cecilia Hollingsworth, Nashville socialite, philanthropist, and businesswoman. Juliet is dating Cecilia's brother, Stan--although Juliet and Cecilia still loathe each other. When Juliet and former boyfriend, cop Ryder Hamilton, find Cecilia's dead body in the Java Jive tent on the morning of a charity 5K that Cecilia organized, it's shocking and unsettling. But not nearly as shocking and unsettling as finding that the last person to see her alive was Pete--in the Java Jive tent the night before, and that she had just broken up with him, telling him she was pregnant and someone else was the father. Pete had motive, means, and opportunity, so it's not long before he's sitting in jail. Naturally, Juliet can't just let the police do their jobs. She's a smart woman, but her loyalty perhaps outweighs her common sense. These are light, entertaining mysteries, but some aspects of the plot, and of Juliet's decision-making, don't bear close examination. I will say, though, that the resolution is both logical and fair--the evidence is there for the reader, even if Juliet's ill-conceived private investigation distract from it. Good for a light read when you want an undemanding, entertaining distraction. I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
I liked the first book in this series, but liked this even more. The characters and plot are engaging and the writing is smooth. The first-person narrator is plenty funny and likable and concerned about the stuff a real person would be concerned about. She is not a Stephanie Plum clone. I can easily recommend this book to anyone in it's intended audience. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review.
scambra More than 1 year ago
What a great follow up to Death Before Decaf! The second in the Java Jive Mysteries was even better than the first. When Pete is arrested for his girlfriends murder, Juliet will stop at nothing to prove his innocence. Nothing. Lots of laughs and romance kept me turning the pages. You'll never guess who did it! I didn't. And of course, I'm still Team Ryder! Just adore them together. Looking forward to Juliet's next adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the second in a series and every bit as much fun to read as the first. It is chick lit in much the same way an Evonovich is. Quick, easy reading with laughs throughout. Great reading for a rainy day. Thanks to Net Galley and Alibi for an ARC for an honest review.
blessedw1 More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed the book. Could not put it down. Easy to read and funny. The characters are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved this book from the beginning, had me chuckling from the first page, a good and light mystery, had me drawn in, and when I had to stop reading, I couldn't wait to pick it back up to finish. will recommend to my friends.
nice49erfan More than 1 year ago
MUG SHOT by Caroline Fardig is a well written easy to follow book. I like how the characters Julia and Pete interact with each other. A good mystery is always nice to solve too.
RhondaLG More than 1 year ago
I received Mug Shot, by Caroline Fardig, from House Party for Random House Monthly Mystery Chatterbox, for a fair and honest review. It was very lighthearted and a fast read for a murder mystery. I found the main character, Juliet, to be a trifle naive, but it added to the fumbling nature of her character. Caroline Fardig developed the characters well and was able to bring them to life as you were reading. I didn't realize this was the second in a series and was a bit lost at first, but was able to catch up halfway into the book. The book moves along quickly and you will find yourself chuckling here and there. I found Juliet to be rather conflicted in her love life, and I tended to lose patience with her in this regard. Fast and easy read with enough complexity to keep you interested.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Juliet and the gang are back. Pete is accused of murder and it is up to Juliet to prove that he didn't do it. There is no shortage of suspects, but trying to sort it all out is hard because so many people didn't like Cecelia. She and Juliet have never gotten along, but she didn't want to see her dead. At least this time she isn't a suspect. Ryder is back in Juliet's life and he isn't happy with her for sticking her nose into the investigation. Will their relationship withstand this investigation?