A Whole Latte Murder: A Java Jive Mystery

A Whole Latte Murder: A Java Jive Mystery

by Caroline Fardig

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Overview

Coffeehouse manager and reluctant sleuth Juliet Langley returns in a gripping novel from the bestselling author of Death Before Decaf and Mug Shot. Just as things are perking up in Nashville, a serial killer sends tensions foaming over.
 
Juliet’s personal and professional lives have recently received an extra jolt of energy. Her romance with the hunky detective Ryder Hamilton continues to simmer, and business at Java Jive has never been better. But her good mood quickly turns as stale as day-old espresso when she finds out that Ryder has been promoted to his precinct’s homicide division. With him risking his life to catch the worst kind of criminals, Juliet’s growing sense of unease ignites when a local college student goes missing.
 
Suddenly every Nashville resident is on high alert, especially Juliet’s neighbor Chelsea. Juliet does her best to calm the girl’s nerves, but her worst fears are confirmed when she finds Chelsea dead. Even though she tries her best to stay out of it, Juliet’s involvement puts a strain on Ryder’s first homicide case.  The situation soon becomes even more personal for Juliet and her best friend Pete Bennett when one of their employees disappears during her shift. As a killer lurks in the shadows, Juliet, Pete, and Ryder seek out a double shot of justice.

Praise for A Whole Latte Murder

“How Ms. Fardig comes up with these story lines is the true mystery and I am captivated by her imagination and ability to bring the reader into the story. This book has it all—a murder, devilish handsome men, great women friends, wonderful humor and a whole lot of action. If you’re looking for a companion to curl up by the fire with, A Whole Latte Murder can’t be beat.”—Linda Thompson, The Authors Show

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425284254
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Series: Java Jive Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 345
Sales rank: 10,773
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Caroline Fardig is the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries. 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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Chapter 1

“Sinclair’s? Wow. I certainly wasn’t expecting this,” I said as Ryder opened the passenger door and helped me out of the car.

He smiled. “Nothing but the best for my lady.”

I slapped him on his rock-solid biceps. “Don’t call me that.”

“Oh, right. I meant to say, nothing but the best for the independent woman I’m lucky enough to be sleeping with.”

“That’s better.”

Ryder Hamilton and I had been officially dating for only about three months, and I didn’t want to take things any more seriously than we were. After the epic failure of my engagement last year, a new steady relationship was not what I had been looking for. But Ryder was exactly what I needed. I couldn’t remember when I’d ever had so much fun dating someone, mostly because what we had was casual and low-key and did not in any way resemble a traditional relationship. I let him call himself my boyfriend to simplify things, but we weren’t hung up on labels. In short, what we had was perfect.

Placing his hand on the small of my back, he steered me toward the front door of the posh downtown restaurant. In a city like Nashville, there were a lot of loud, touristy honky-tonks in the heart of the city, but Sinclair’s was one of the understated little gems most tourists didn’t bother with. That didn’t keep the place from having a wait list for reservations every night of the week.

I still didn’t understand why we were here. “Why did you choose Sinclair’s for dinner? It’s a random Monday at the end of February. Not exactly a special occasion.”

The corner of his mouth turned up as he opened the door for me. “You never know when a day can turn into a special occasion, Juliet.”

Now he was beginning to worry me.

Ryder had been secretive as to where we were going tonight, only telling me that I should “dress nicely,” though I had no idea where that fell between clean jeans and black tie apparel. I opted for a little black dress, figuring that could go anywhere. He insisted on picking me up at my apartment rather than our normal hasty plans of simply meeting somewhere or him dropping by Java Jive unannounced to see me at work.

He’d come all the way up the steps to my apartment door to get me, which also struck me as odd—usually he honked from his car or texted me when he got to the parking lot. We were not ones for formality. However, tonight he was wearing a suit and tie of all things, instead of the tight T-shirts and jeans that were the staples of his wardrobe. Not that I was complaining, because he looked crazy handsome, but I was wary of the sudden change.

I didn’t get a chance to voice my concern, because the maître d’ immediately whisked us off to our table, weaving us through a sea of canoodling couples all apparently celebrating something, evidenced by the notable presence of a silver champagne bucket at every table. The moment we sat down, a young woman shrieked two tables away from us and I nearly jumped back out of my chair. I whipped my head in her direction only to find the young man with her down on one knee, placing a big sparkling ring on her left hand. The girl began weeping, and a collective “aww . . .” went up from around the room. When I glanced over at Ryder, I noticed him smiling as he watched the aftermath.

I was more than a little uncomfortable.

Not that I wasn’t happy for the newly engaged couple, but the whole scene was rather disconcerting given the out-of-the-ordinary nature of our date tonight. I waved down a waiter and ordered a double vodka collins, hoping to medicate my increasingly manic state.

After the waiter left, Ryder raised one eyebrow at me. “A double? Hard day at the office?”

“Something like that.”

In reality, I’d had a relatively easy day, as food service goes. Java Jive, the coffeehouse I managed, had run more smoothly lately than I ever could have imagined. My staff, which had been a bit of a nightmare to keep and train a few months back, now worked well together. The place was making money, and the owner, my best friend, Pete, was pleased with how I’d been able to breathe life back into the place after all of the hardship and loss over the past year or so. Just like my love life, my work life was very nearly perfect.

“Did you even hear what I said?”

“Yes?” No.

Ryder narrowed his eyes at me. When would I learn that there was no point in lying to a detective? “I said, there’s been a lot of shuffling around within the MNPD. Several old-timers are retiring, so the rest of us have had the chance to put in for transfers to different departments and promotions and things like that.”

“Is my friend Detective Cromwell among the retirees?” I asked hopefully. Cromwell, one of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s seasoned homicide detectives, had been a thorn in my side on a couple of occasions since I’d moved back to town. He was a good detective, but I couldn’t say I’d be sad to see him go.

Ryder chuckled. “Sorry to disappoint you, but no. I don’t think he’ll ever retire.”

“Figures,” I muttered, catching a glimpse of yet another marriage proposal a few tables away, this one between an older man and woman, and much less theatrical. The man reached into his coat pocket and produced a little box, which he opened and gave to the woman. She smiled warmly and nodded her head, taking out the ring and placing it on her own finger. These two appeared to have worked out the details beforehand, because it didn’t seem like much of a surprise. I took a big swig of my drink.

“That’s why I brought you here tonight.”

I snapped my head back to face Ryder, my heart thudding in my chest. “You . . . what?” This could not be happening. We had such a good thing going—why would he ruin it by moving too quickly?

“Are you okay? You’re being weird.” He seemed concerned, but I detected a definite hint of exasperation.

I took another drink before answering. “I’m okay. Just . . . this place isn’t . . . I mean . . .” Sweat began to bead on my forehead. I wasn’t ready for this.

“Juliet, I was hoping—”

“No, don’t!” I cried, hopping up from the table. “Just . . . whatever you were going to say—don’t.”

Everyone in the room stopped what they were doing to stare at me. I felt my cheeks flame with embarrassment. I slowly sank back into my chair, wishing I could disappear.

Ryder gave me one of his trademark condescending looks. “I brought you here to celebrate my promotion, not ask you to marry me, Juliet.”

I heaved an enormous sigh of relief and chugged the rest of my drink.

“You don’t have to be so relieved about it.” Yep. Definitely exasperation, and more than a hint.

“Sorry.” I changed the subject, genuinely happy for his news. “So congratulations on your promotion. That’s fantastic! Are you the chief now, or what?”

He laughed. “No, not quite.”

“Well, do you at least have enough clout to fork over get-out-of-jail-free cards?”

“I think I’ve already given you one of those,” he said with a smile. “I guess it isn’t a promotion in the literal sense, but to me it is. I’m going to be working homicide.”

I felt like all the air had been sucked from the room. “Homicide?” I choked out.

“Yes. And don’t laugh, but I’ll be shadowing Cromwell on the first case that pops up.”

It was bad enough that Ryder had to deal with criminals on a daily basis, but at least I could sleep at night knowing he only worked white-collar crimes. Embezzlers and con men didn’t want to get caught, so they generally steered clear of the police and tried not to cause too much trouble. On the whole, they were relatively nonviolent. Now he was going to be chasing crazy psychopaths around.

My hands began trembling, so I stuck them on my lap to hide them. There was nothing that could be done about my shaky voice. “You . . . you want to work with dead bodies and . . . catch killers?”

“Yeah. You know I’ve always had an interest in it.”

Ryder’s wife, Amanda, had been murdered years ago, and the case remained unsolved. It wasn’t for lack of trying on his part—he’d been investigating it on the side for the better part of ten years.

Grinning, he continued, “And thanks to you I’ve gotten a little taste of what working homicide is like. I think I’d be a great fit.”

“Hey!” I snapped, obviously a little too loudly judging from the disdainful looks I got from a few people at neighboring tables. “Don’t put this on me. I don’t want you working homicide.”

His smile faded, and he studied me for a moment. “So it’s okay for you, an amateur without a damn clue what she’s doing, to run around after killers, but I, a professional with a gun and years of experience and training, cannot?”

“Yes.”

He was pissed now. I could tell by the set of his jaw. “That is absolutely the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever said, and that’s really saying something.”

I crossed my arms. “Well, excuse me for caring about your safety.”

“I’m a cop. My safety is on the line every day.” He shook his head. “I guess I was wrong to think my girlfriend would be happy for me.”

I rolled my eyes at his blatant attempt to shame me. “Oh, boo-frickedy-hoo.”

Poor choice of words, since I could have sworn I saw steam coming out of his ears.

“Maybe this dinner was a mistake,” he growled.

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A Whole Latte Murder: A Java Jive Mystery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I could hardly put it down! Very exciting & every time I thought I knew the murderer the plot took another turn.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Much better than the first 2 books. More mystery and less temper tantrums by the main character, Juliet. However, I still find her lack of maturity and impulsiveness irritating. She often acts like the college students she dislikes rather than a 30 yr. old woman. She still can't decide who she loves - won't let go of the ones she doesn't want and can't hang on to those she does want. Rather childish. The mystery itself was rather good and I have to admit that I was a little surprised by the real killer. Well edited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love mystery books escpecailly ones with murder! I think this one involves everything i love. Murder, love, clues,cliffhangers. All of those things i love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. I feel like they could be friends of mine.
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Fun read!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: A Whole Latte Murder - Java Live Mystery 3 Author: Caroline Fardig Published: 11-8-2016 Publisher: Alibi/Random House Publishing Group Pages: 272 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; ISBN: 13-978-0425284254 ASIN: B01AQNZQFY Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.5 Stars . I received a copy of A Whole Latte Murder from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. From the Publishers: Coffeehouse manager and reluctant sleuth Juliet Langley returns in a gripping novel from the bestselling author of Death Before Decaf and Mug Shot. Just as things are perking up in Nashville, a serial killer sends tensions foaming over. Juliet’s personal and professional lives have recently received an extra jolt of energy. Her romance with the hunky detective Ryder Hamilton continues to simmer, and business at Java Jive has never been better. But her good mood quickly turns as stale as day-old espresso when she finds out that Ryder has been promoted to his precinct’s homicide division. With him risking his life to catch the worst kind of criminals, Juliet’s growing sense of unease ignites when a local college student goes missing. Suddenly every Nashville resident is on high alert, especially Juliet’s neighbor Chelsea. Juliet does her best to calm the girl’s nerves, but her worst fears are confirmed when she finds Chelsea dead. Even though she tries her best to stay out of it, Juliet’s involvement puts a strain on Ryder’s first homicide case. The situation soon becomes even more personal for Juliet and her best friend Pete Bennett when one of their employees disappears during her shift. As a killer lurks in the shadows, Juliet, Pete, and Ryder seek out a double shot of justice My Review: I have read this series from the beginning, but found it to be a book that can be read as a stand alone as well. There is enough information provided to catch new readers up on previous events. I liked the interactions between Ryder and Juliet. The tension and worries Juliet feels is the norm for anyone with a law enforcement official in the family. Her difficulty in not getting involved in the death of a friend and neighbor's investigation would be nearly impossible to resist. All the characters are well developed. The plot is smoothly done and flows at a steady pace. The only complaint I have is there is some adult language spattered through out the book. As a teacher it will keep me from recommending this book to any of my students. A Whole Latte Murder - Java Live Mystery Book 3 received a 4.5 ot of 5 stars rating from me.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better & better! I loved A Whole Latte Murder- it is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone (but read the series- its a lot of fun ;)) Jules, Pete, Ryder are back to entertain as well as a new cast of some crazy characters. I love the sassy dialogue Juliet has with herself & her relationship with Pete keeps begging the question..... when are they going to get together?! Can't wait for the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the third installment in the Java Jive Mystery Series, but the first I have read. I must go back and read the others now. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting, funny, with a real zest for life. Juliet Langley is the manager of Java Jive. She seems to find trouble, or maybe trouble finds her. She promises Pete, her boss and best friend that she will not investigate when she finds a dead body, but apparently investigating is part of her make up. She is presently dating Ryder Hamilton, a police officer and he is not happy that she keeps inserting herself into dangerous investigations. When he takes her out to dinner to celebrate his promotion to Homicide, she is less than pleased. Jules is worried for his safety, although she does not seem to worry about her own. Juliet weasels herself into the center of a murder case that's much bigger and more complicated than it initially appears. She and a neighbour stumble upon a dead College Student in their building. During the investigation it comes to light that this might be tied to a missing college student as well as the strange behaviour of one of her baristas who was the roommate of the murdered girl. Juliet fully intends to find out what is going on and rescue Kira, her barista, from whatever she is involved in as well as help her friend uncover evidence to either prove or disprove her husband's involvement in the murder. Juliet seems to have a confusing love life. She is dating Ryder, but has feelings for her BFF Pete. Does he have feelings for her? What about Stafford, the blushing police detective who seems to be around whenever Juliet gets in trouble or finds a body. Ryder comes with a past and that past catches up with him in this book. As well, he seems to love bossing Juliet around, and she is not happy with that. When he ignores her to continue working long after the other officers have quit for the day, she becomes more that a little peeved with him. If the first two books in this series are as much fun as this one, then this will be a great series. This is a cozy mystery that centers around Java Jive, a coffee house with open mic nights. The characters are quirky, especially Gertie, Pete's grandma. There's a little humour, a little romance, and a whole lot of murder going on in Nashville. I look forward to catching up in this series and watching for the next installment to see what's in store for Juliet and her friends. I definitely recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers, mystery lovers and even the romance readers should enjoy this book. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
Whenever I start reading a new Java Jive book, I want a cup of coffee. And I drank a lot of coffee once I began reading this new book in the mystery series. Juliet is a sleuth wannabe, and she’s surprisingly good at it – a whole lot better than she is in the relationship department. She starts out with Ryder, the brooding cop with a whole lot of baggage and ends up with John, the empathetic detective who, at times, can seem almost naïve. One can only wonder if Jules and Pete will ever get together – it’s obvious the desire is there, but it’s almost like they don’t know how to take that next step. How Ms. Fardig comes up with these story lines is the true mystery and I am captivated by her imagination and ability to bring the reader into the story. This book has it all – a murder, devilish handsome men, great women friends, wonderful humor and a whole lot of action. If you’re looking for a companion to curl up by the fire with, A Whole Latte Murder can’t be beat. What’s next for Jules? We’ll just have to wait for the next Java Jive book to be released.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This is the third in the series that I have read and I am still enjoying the characters. Trouble finds Juliet, and this time she is actually asked to help with aspects of the case. Her friends, coworkers, and love interests are there to assist, cajole, and protect. The wit in the writing is great, and the story moves along at a good pace. There are twists aplenty to keep you guessing. I received a copy through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
Murder, missing students and unexplained injuries have Juliet once again involved in a police investigation. Add to that an angry police detective boyfriend, her BFF Pete of whom she is having suggestive dreams and a new kind and caring police detective makes her too stressed to sleep. With a well developed plot and an interesting cast of characters Java Jive Mystery #3 will keep you absorbed to the very end.
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
I'm three books into this entertaining series and still not regretting it, even though I'm a guy. The writing is light and airy and smooth. The characters are likable, the situations are mostly believable and the mysteries are intriguing. This time around there is a higher body count and fewer clues and suspects than ever before. There is also more trouble for the first-person narrator, Juliet, and more complications to her love life. It's not rewarding to overthink the motivations and actions of amateur sleuths in this sort of book. You have to suspend your disbelief and you want them to get involved and push the story along. In retrospect, though, Juliet might go a step too far in a couple of cases, including breaking and entering a crime scene and interrogating suspects. It wasn't enough to knock me out of the story, though. I did struggle a bit with the plethora of characters and names to keep track of. And the extended sequences of searching for a missing person could have had a better payoff in how it explored the City of Nashville. On the whole, I can recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries. Disclosure: Thank you to Netgalley and Alibi/Random House for providing a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
A Whole Latte Murder is the third book in Caroline Fardig's Java Jive mystery series. In this edition, we find Java Jive coffee house manager Juliette Langley caught in a mystery involving a missing Vanderbilt coed and a murdered neighbor, also a coed. At this time, Juliette's on again/off again boyfriend, Detective Ryder Hamilton, has had a lateral move to homicide, putting him as the primary investigator for her neighbor's murder. He not only worries for her safety, but also tells her to stay away from the investigation. However, Detective John Stafford of missing persons seeks Juliette's assistance when a second coed and Java Jive employee goes missing, too. When the first missing coed is found dead during a sweep searching for Juliette's employee and a nurse is viciously attacked at the Vanderbilt hospital in exactly the same manner as Ryder's wife was murdered, Ryder becomes terribly distraught and things between him and Juliette take a turn for the worse while the closeness between Juliette and her best friend boss Pete Bennett, who is definitely up for a little sleuthing, intensifies. With a host of suspects, a backstory of those predating on young, broke coeds, and an intricately woven mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end, A Whole Latte Murder will keep you page turning late into the night. I do recommend this book, it definitely delivers!
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the third book in the Java Jive Mystery series written by Caroline Fardig. Juliet’s personal and professional lives have recently received an extra jolt of energy. Her romance with the hunky detective Ryder Hamilton continues to simmer, and business at Java Jive has never been better. But her good mood quickly turns as stale as day-old espresso when she finds out that Ryder has been promoted to his precinct’s homicide division. With him risking his life to catch the worst kind of criminals, Juliet’s growing sense of unease ignites when a local college student goes missing. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
A murder mystery - with humour! I had thoroughly enjoyed the first novel in this series, Death before Decaf, so was more than happy when I was able to read this sequel. Juliet Langley is the manager at the Java Jive coffee house and she’s already helped save her best friend and employer, Pete Bennett, from being convicted of murder, much to the chagrin of certain local police officers! In this tumultuous sequel, Juliet finds another murder victim and, when a barista who works for her also goes missing she’s thrust into the midst of the investigation - contrary to the wishes of her boyfriend, newly promoted homicide detective, Ryder Hamilton. Get ready for some of Juliet’s other ex boyfriends to play important roles in this cosy murder mystery where nothing is as straightforward as it initially seems. This is a complex plot with plenty of twists and turns as more clues are revealed leading to the highly dramatic ending. It is also a great exploration of relationships with a break up, a potential friends to more development and another fresh start included in the emotional turmoil! With murder, attempted murder, hit and run, romance, suspense and packed with humorous episodes and suspense this is a real page turner and great addition to the cosy mystery series! I requested an ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Things seem to be going well for Juliet. Java Jive, the coffeehouse she runs is thriving; her romance with Ryder is fun and easygoing. Then things start falling apart. Ryder went from working vice to working homicide, under Detective Cromwell. (Who isn't too popular with Juliet!) Juliet would worry for his safety all the time. Then young women start disappearing, worse still being murdered! The murders get up close and personal to Juliet... An engaging, pleasant cozy murder mystery! Juliet, Pete and the other character's keep the story moving with their antics and sleuthing; the mystery itself is intriguing. 3 1/2 stars. Book free for honest review from Netgalley and publisher.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
When I received this book I immediately put it ahead of the other books in my unread queue. I was not disappointed. Each new adventure with Juliet and Pete is a wonderful escape to a different world. Juliet is drawn into another police investigation when one of her neighbors is killed, and other young women go missing. After warning her away, the police begin to ask for her help as She and Pete begin to uncover a strange conspiracy among medical professionals. The sexual tension between Pete and Juliet is palpable, but not acted on. Juliet's relationship with her "handsome hunk" fades as he sinks into his own baggage. The ending is suspenseful and satisfying, with a possible new romantic interest popping up as well. I look forward to more visits to Java Jive as new stories are developed.
scambra More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite series and favorite authors! I love Juliet and the whole crew at Java Jive. The third book is just as fun as the previous two. Juliet is dead body magnet and that hasn't changed one bit. But there were a lot of changes in her life this time around! Laughs, romance, and lots of mystery kept me turning the pages. I can't wait for the next installment. *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is a solid series--interesting characters and twisty plot lines. The reality of young women disappearing is almost too real here. But the author keeps a light touch and the story remain a cozy, not a thriller.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Caroline Fardig's A Whole Latte Murder Juliet Langley, better known as the Red Headed She Devil, is the coffeehouse manager of Java Jive and an occasional amateur sleuth. The coffeehouse is in a college town. Everyone is on edge due to the disappearance of a coed. Then Juliet finds her neighbor dead in the bathtub with a toaster in the bath water. Seems Juliet has a knack at finding dead bodies. The police warn Juliet to stay out of the investigation until one of the Java Jive employees goes missing. Then she gets involved. Suspense, intrigue, danger, many puzzle pieces to the murder provide an adventure with many twists, turns, break ups, hit and run, broken bones new romantic beginnings and humorous shenanigans. It is the third book in A Java Jive Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. Great read. I highly recommend this book. I volunteered to read the Advanced Reader Copy. Thank you to Alibi via Net Gallery for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Juliet Langley is the manager of a coffeehouse in Nashville. Her boyfriend, Ryder Hamilton, is a policeman who was just promoted to the homicide department. Juliet starts to worry because the long hours are straining her relationship with Ryder. When a college student goes missing and is found deceased, Juliet fears the worst and launches her own investigation with her friend, Pete Bennett, by her side. Will they be able to catch the culprit before another student dies? I really liked this mystery… until the end. This author had everything in place for a blockbuster cozy read, but seemed to lose control of it. The killer was never caught, and Juliet’s impending romance fizzled out. When the killer got away, Ryder is left roaming the countryside looking for him. It left me totally unsatisfied. On top of that, it made me question whether I want to read any more books by this author. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
Love the Series. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review, which I am happy to provide. I was a fan of the series from the first book and I would recommend that you read them in order, otherwise you might not enjoy it as much. Plus it kinda picks up where the other book has left off. I love the characters and the storyline was good and I was trying to guess on who done it until the end. I was a little disappointed in how our heroines love life was shaping up, since I liked Ryder's character very much, but I think it all worked out in the end, until the next time maybe. As before while reading the book I craved some coffee, and I had a real hard time in putting it down and read way passed my bedtime on a couple of occasions. Can't wait to see what will happen next. I hope that there will be many more to come.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
I have read only two of the three books in this series; the first one I never finished because it just didn’t live up to the hype and was a little too similar to other series. It had many issues and I had hoped that the author would have dealt with them. Unfortunately, she did not and the issues got worse as this her newest novel, went along. Don’t get me wrong, this is a perfectly acceptable light mystery read if you don’t mind a main character who is whiny, immature, overly impulsive and oft times condescending. She has a foul mouth, blames all of her problems with her temper on having red hair and she tries too hard to act like she is twenty when she is supposed to be a fairly mature character in her 30’s. The plot to this book was a pretty complicated one featuring many red-herrings. The biggest mistake is that Juliet’s relationships took up more pages than the actual mystery. The main male character and Juliet’s lover (Ryder), became very dislikable in this book. I know that from my past reading that he is dealing with (and not very well) the death of his wife and a lot will be explained and solved in this book, so that explains a lot of his poor behavior…but still. You have to be willing to read the whole novel to see how this all works out. To add insult to injury - there is now a third man in Juliet’s life. The best part is that this book doesn’t have any sex in it - yet. But I suspect that given a little time this will become just like the Stephanie Plum series (author Janet Evanovich). As it is this series is a little too reminiscent of author Cleo Coyle’s Coffee House series, but without the panache and believable characters and themes. In one aspect, this book ends with a bit of a cliff hanger. No, not with the mystery, but with Ryder and Juliet’s relationship and with Ryder’s job. This is a fine cotton-candy read (much lighter and more forgettable than a potato-chip read) that won’t tax your brain, but may frustrate the heck out of you! *ARC supplied by publisher.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Juliet finds the body of her neighbor. She decides that she will not get involved in this investigation. Ryder is now a homicide cop and this is his case, so she doesn't want to get in his way. One of employees disappears from the coffeehouse and so she and Pete become involved anyway. Once they start investigating, they find out that things and people aren't always what they seem. Will Juliet survive this investigation?