Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery

Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery

by Caroline Fardig

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ISBN-13: 9780425284261
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Java Jive , #4
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 55,264
File size: 2 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

“I got it!” I cried, bursting into the small office at the back of the Java Jive Coffeehouse.

My best friend and boss, Pete Bennett, looked up from the payroll spreadsheet on his computer monitor. “Got wh—”

Too excited to even let him finish his question, I exclaimed, “My private investigator license!” I waved the piece of paper I was holding triumphantly in the air.

He groaned. “Jules, I still don’t get why you want to pursue being a PI. For one thing, it’s dangerous. And in the past you’ve come to the conclusion more than once that this sleuthing business isn’t for you. Plus—”

“Plus you don’t want me to do it. I know. You’ve only told me a thousand times,” I grumbled, bummed that he didn’t share my enthusiasm.

“And you’ve only ignored me a thousand times.”

I made a face at him. “Oh, surely I’ve ignored you more than a thousand times.”

Pete shook his head. “I’m being serious. Just because you have that piece of paper doesn’t give you the green light to dive headlong into mayhem and . . . and the underbelly of society.”

Fighting the urge to snicker, I replied, “The underbelly of society, huh? You know, being a licensed PI is actually going to put stricter rules on what I can and can’t do. It’s going to seriously hinder my usual ‘sleuth first and think about the ramifications later’ approach, which you have to admit isn’t a bad thing.”

Pete wasn’t convinced, even though we’d had a similar version of this conversation at least once a week for nearly three months. “Still, you’ll be tracking more bad guys more often.”

“But don’t forget I’ll be under Maya’s watchful eye.”

After my last investigative adventure, my friend Maya Huxley convinced me to come work for her part-time at her private investigation agency. Her business had boomed lately, and she’d been having to turn clients away left and right. She’d never wanted to take on a partner before because she liked to do things her own way. But after teaming up to get to the bottom of a bogus murder charge for a friend of mine, she saw something in me that she thought she could work with. So she made me her apprentice, trained me, made sure I got my education requirements, and helped me study for the licensure test.

“She’s not always going to be with you now that you’re a full-fledged PI,” he pointed out. “And need I remind you that you already have a job?”

I smiled. Pete owned Java Jive, and I was the manager. Evenings, Saturdays, and lunch hours (when he wasn’t doing his real job of being an audio engineer at a big recording studio on Nashville’s Music Row), we worked and hung out together here. Normally, if the place was open, I was here, which meant I basically spent almost every waking moment in the coffeehouse. My new job took time away from that, but it wasn’t a bad thing for me to get some fresh air and sunlight every once in a while.

“Yes, a wonderful job, which I love. But aren’t you the one who’s always saying I need to do something else besides work here day in and day out?”

He frowned at me. “You know I meant I wanted you to do more performing. You’re going to waste your time on this PI garbage and have none for your music.” His eyes widened. “Or maybe that’s been your plan all along—to find an excuse so you won’t have to perform.”

I let out a breath. Sure, being a musician was what I originally wanted to do with my life, but after an unfortunate incident onstage, I was struck with such debilitating stage fright that I gave up performing. I’ve been slowly working to conquer it, and I’ve been able to perform a few times for the small crowd at Java Jive’s weekly open mic night. I was still not ready to try to make it a career again. Singing in front of people frightened me a million times more than going up against “the underbelly of society.” My sanity was much safer doing PI work.

“That’s not what I’m doing.” Not entirely. “As I’ve told you time and time again, Maya mainly works with attorneys who need someone to gather evidence for court cases and with rich ladies who want to know if their husbands are cheating. She doesn’t chase felons and psychopaths around, and neither will I.”

There was a knock at the office door, and I went over to open it. Detective John Stafford was standing there, smiling at me.

“Well, if it isn’t my favorite person who does chase felons and psychopaths around,” I said.

Stafford gave me a puzzled look and a quick kiss on the cheek as he entered the room. “I feel like I heard the punch line but not the joke. Hey, Pete.”

“Hey, man,” Pete replied. “We were discussing—”

In my excitement to show Stafford my new license, I cut Pete off again and held the piece of paper in front of Stafford’s face. “Guess what I got today!”

He whistled. “Nice. Congratulations, Ms. Private Eye.” He swept me into a hug and whirled me around.

After he set me down, I couldn’t resist saying to Pete, “See? He gets it.”

Pete grumbled something under his breath and stood up. “I gotta get back to work. Later, guys.” He left the office without another word.

Stafford frowned. “I think the only time I ever see Pete in a foul mood is when someone brings up you becoming a PI.”

“He’s definitely not a fan of my decision.”

He turned to me, a serious expression on his face. “I understand where he’s coming from.” Gesturing at my license, he continued, “You know this doesn’t give you the license to run amok around town—”

I held up a hand. “Yes, I know. Pete gave me the exact same speech not five minutes before you walked in here.”

Encircling his arms around my waist, he said, “Great minds think alike. Just promise me you’ll be careful out there. What you’ll be doing is rarely going to be dangerous, but when it is, I want you to keep your head on straight and not take any chances.” He leaned down and kissed me. “I like having you around.”

I smiled as his cheeks flushed adorably just above his neatly trimmed beard. You’d never know it from looking at his big, strapping frame, but he was a total softie on the inside, and he blushed anytime he tried to say anything remotely romantic to me. It was quite refreshing, considering so many men in Nashville were either players or phonies. Stafford was the real deal.

“I promise I’ll be careful.”

“Good. Do you have time to go to lunch with me to celebrate?”

“Absolutely.”

After a quiet lunch with Stafford away from Java Jive, I had calmed down enough to concentrate on my work. Or very nearly. I texted Maya a picture of my new license, and she sped right over to see it in person.

Once she had expressed her congratulations, she handed me a file folder out of her messenger bag. “Well, here you go. Your first solo surveillance assignment. A reward for your hard work,” she said in her lilting British accent. “It’s the Kixmiller infidelity case. I’m officially passing the torch to you.”

I opened the folder, trying not to seem as crazy excited as I felt. My first case!

Maya and I had been investigating this Kixmiller guy for over a week now. His wife had suspected him of cheating for a while, but needed photographic proof of him and his mistress in flagrante delicto in order to nullify their pre-nuptial agreement and take him to the cleaners in divorce court. My surveillance mission tonight was to keep watch on Kixmiller’s mistress’s house and get photos of the couple together. The only problem was that Maya and I had done this same stakeout several times already, and we’d struck out every time. Each night, Kixmiller came and went from his girlfriend’s house alone, and she didn’t set foot outside while he was there. The lovers were discreet, never being seen together in public.

Maya added, “I hope you have more luck than we’ve had so far.”

I smiled confidently. “We’ll get him. I’m sure of it.”

Studying me for a moment, she said, “You know who else would be excited to hear your news?”

“Who?”

“Hamilton. You should call him.”

I frowned and let out a mirthless laugh. “Maybe when hell freezes over.”

“He keeps asking me about you.”

“You’ve mentioned that.”

A few months ago, my ex-boyfriend, Detective Ryder Hamilton, had left me injured and alone to run off in pursuit of his long-dead wife’s killer, who the FBI ultimately caught weeks later on the run in Florida. At the time, we were newly broken up but trying to figure out whether we wanted to give our relationship another chance. His poor judgment and total disregard for my safety sealed my decision. I hadn’t seen or heard from him since that day, so I had come to the conclusion he wasn’t interested, either. However, for the past month, Maya had been telling me about Ryder’s sudden fascination with how I was and what I was doing.

“If you won’t tell him your news, I will,” she said.

I sighed, knowing I couldn’t stop my hardheaded friend. “Knock yourself out, but don’t you dare tell him I said hello.”

At eight o’clock, after having worked at the coffeehouse since six a.m., I took my apron off and headed to the office to grab my purse. Pete was in there, knee-deep in accounting and payroll again.

“Hey, I’m heading out,” I said, purposely vague so as to not start another “discussion” about my new job.

“Where are you going so early?” he asked.

“I have a thing . . .”

Pete rolled his eyes. “Obviously I’m not going to be able to talk some sense into you anytime soon. Please be careful.”

I retrieved my purse from the closet and headed for the door. “I will. This is cake. All I’m doing is hiding in my car, trying to get a photo of a cheating husband and his skanky mistress. I won’t be within fifty feet of them, and they shouldn’t even know I’m there. No danger whatsoever.”

“Will Maya be with you?”

Knowing he wouldn’t like my answer, I sailed through the door, calling, “See you tomorrow!”

Yes! I couldn’t even begin to describe the thrill of being on my first-ever surveillance mission as a real private investigator. My insides jangling with pent-up energy, I pulled my car to the curb in the mistress’s neighborhood, a few houses down from her residence. Located east of Java Jive, near Reservoir Park, the neighborhood wasn’t fancy like the one the husband lived in, but at least it was a safe place for me to sit for hours alone in my parked car.

As Maya had taught me, I took detailed notes using a combination of the notepad and small tape recorder I’d brought. I started my report with the time I arrived, the address, and a description of the area: nearly dark, several vehicles parked on the street, three people out walking, lights on in female subject’s home, and no sign yet of male subject’s vehicle. I snapped a few photos with Maya’s fancy telescoping camera and noted the picture number and location shown in the shot. And then I waited.

And waited. And waited . . .

As my buzz of excitement began to wane, my male subject pulled several cars ahead of me in his brand-new Mercedes. My heartbeat revved again at the sight of my mark, who showed up here at eight-thirty p.m. every night like clockwork. Walter Kixmiller was an overweight fifty-something man with a bad comb-over. What, then, did his pretty little mistress, Vanessa Berry, see in him? It rhymed with “money.” Kixmiller was the owner and CEO of a huge construction firm in Nashville that was currently building a massive hotel downtown. In short, the guy was loaded. Money couldn’t buy happiness, but it sure as hell could buy you a young, nubile girlfriend.

It could also buy the girlfriend a matching Mercedes, which she kept stored safely away in her garage. It was Maya’s opinion that Kixmiller bought the vehicle through his construction company, because his wife could find no record of the purchase in their personal accounts. That was a whole other can of worms, which we luckily didn’t have to delve into. We were only in charge of proving he had a little something on the side.

I was ready with the camera when Kixmiller exited his vehicle with a bouquet of red roses and approached Berry’s house. I snapped photos of him all the way up the cracked sidewalk and got a good close-up of him lumbering up the front steps. Unfortunately, this house’s front porch was screened-in, and without the porch light on, it was impossible to get a clean shot of Berry’s face as she opened the door and let him into the house. Damn. Just like every other time we’d been here.

Dejected, I slumped back into my seat. This was always the worst part. Whatever it was that they were doing in there took generally between thirty minutes and two hours. I didn’t know what the big time difference was, except maybe some days the girlfriend couldn’t choke back the vomit any longer than a half hour and had to call a halt to their lovemaking. I knew I couldn’t have pretended even for a moment to be attracted to that blob of a man, no matter what the paycheck.

Bored out of my mind, I shifted in my seat to catch a sliver of light from a nearby streetlight and listlessly flipped through a cooking magazine I’d brought with me. I couldn’t use my phone any more than absolutely necessary because even at the darkest setting, the screen illuminated the interior of my car way too much. If I was going to do a lot of surveillance, I would need to consider getting my windows tinted. However, that didn’t matter too much tonight, because it was sweltering outside and I had to keep the windows partially rolled down so I didn’t have heatstroke. Maybe the beginning of summer wasn’t the smartest time to start my PI career.

My eyes became tired of squinting, so I set the magazine aside, now completely out of entertainment. It occurred to me that I might need to grow some patience if I was going to be an effective investigator. Settling in for the long haul, I suppressed my negative thoughts and cleared my mind.

No sooner had I achieved a moment of Zen than the front door of Vanessa Berry’s house burst open and Walter Kixmiller came stumbling out, his young mistress hot on his heels. I scrambled for the camera and managed to capture a shot of the light from inside her home glinting off the chef’s knife she had pointed at his bulging belly. They were arguing, but not loudly enough for me to make out what they were saying. I began recording a video as well as snapping still shots, hoping to catch a snip of their conversation. As he hurried down the stairs, she followed him, and now that she was out in the middle of her front yard and had raised her voice, I could hear her clear as a bell.

“I never want to see you again, you son of a bitch! And you can try all you want to repo my Mercedes. You come back here again, and I’ll chop off more than the end of your tie!” she shouted, holding up the other half of his designer necktie.

Kixmiller, now ridiculously disheveled with his comb-over flipped the wrong direction and wearing a nub of a tie, bellowed, “I’d like to see you try, you psychotic little whore! I can bury you with one phone call.”

“Bring it on! At least I don’t have to pretend to like your nasty, sweaty man-boobs and droopy balls flopping all over me anymore! I had to fake it every time!”

I called that one. And I also caught her admitting to having sex with him on video. Score one for the new PI.
Berry turned on her heel and began stalking back toward her house, but Kixmiller had to get the last word. “I knew it was time to break things off with you. My new girlfriend is younger, prettier, and much better in the sack.”

At his biting comment, she wheeled around to face him, her face bright red and eyes flashing.

He didn’t know when to shut up. “Perkier in every way, too. Plus, you were getting a little too well used.” He added smugly, “You were quite frankly beginning to bore me.”

She let out a screech and charged him, knife first.

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Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read, great twists!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how the characters are totally human. They battle every day drama with intense complexity but not so over played it seems "made up". I love these books. Can't wait for the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This whole series is great. Can't wait for the next one murder over mochas To be available
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fun read in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Juliet had finally gotten her PI's license and is eager to get started. Her first case is to catch a cheating husband and she does, right before he gets stabbed. Then there is another death affecting the staff at Java Jive and she and Pete decide to get to the bottom of what the police are writing off and not investigating. That leads them to a bridal fair and undercover work. John and Juliet are moving right along in their relationship and all seems well. But then Ryder shows up to try to tell ker something about John that makes her pull closer to him instead of away, just because it's Ryder who's telling her. When she gets her second case she is working all the time and is burning the candle at both ends and that normally doesn't end well for her. What she discovers during the second case though, could shatter what she thinks she has. Now with at least three dead Juliet is racing to figure this out with the help of none other than Ryder. There are so many layers and twists and turns in this book it's crazy. I always like the messes Juliet seems to get herself into. This is a good book. A good read. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Although her best friend, cafe owner, and boss Pete, does not mind her sleuthing, he wants her to get back to her music career, not spend her time working as a PI. Having said that, it doesn't stop him from jumping in with both feet to help Jules solve the cases she is working on. Juliet’s first official case is to collect evidence of a cheating husband - and that gets Juliet accused of stabbing him! There are two different cases happening in this book. When one of her staff, Shane, loses his fiancee to an overdose, he is adamant that she did not do drugs and that she was killed. He asks her to investigate and prove that it was murder before the police close the case. In her PI job, she is working for a partner in a small metal fabricating company. He wants to find out where the influx of money is coming from that his partner is infusing into the company. With two law enforcement officials in her life, her present boyfriend and her ex, she gets more information given to her than the normal PI. She is also still having feelings, even though she does not want to, for Ryder, her ex. This is a fun series. The story has great characters, several of whom have secrets that will be uncovered as the story progresses. We don't see much of Gertie in this story and I missed her sarcasm and wit but I know she is still around and I look forward to seeing her again in the next story. This story is a crazy, fun, light, mystery packed with humour, murder, misdirection and romance! I recommend this one to any cozy mystery lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always something of a new twist in these books. Have read 4 in order. Will be starting the 5th one now. You don't have read in order, but it is best that way. Highly recommend. ENJOY,
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
I've stuck with this four book series since the beginning and am enjoying each one. This is the best yet. Juliet now has her PI license, which means she's getting some training and has a reason to be investigating crimes. But she still manages to get her personal life twisted up into the mysteries and that complicates things in entertaining ways. This is a cozy mystery story, after all. The writing is light and airy and smooth. The characters are likable, the situations are mostly believable and the mysteries are intriguing. Disclosure: Thank you to Netgalley and Alibi/Random House for providing a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Brew or Die - A Java Jive Mystery Book 4 Author: Caroline Fardig Publisher: Random House Published: 4-25-2017 Pages: 306 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: ISBN: 9780425284261 ASIN: B01I85PPSK Reviewed For NetGalley and random House Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.25 Stars Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead. Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets. If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble. Juliet as with the other characters is well defined, intelligent and fun to be with. Caroline Fardig has managed to use humor to keep this cozy light and fun to read. This is the fourth book in the series but there is enough explanation of previous events mentioned so that the reader will have very little trouble keeping up and understanding where the characters are coming from. My rating of "Brew or Die" is 4.25 out of 5 stars.
PNWBookworm More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, as I have the other three in the series. The main character is a spunky red head with a temper and a penchant for getting in over her head. Now that Juliet has her official P.I. license she is off investigating. When an employee’s fiancée is murdered her best friend and boss convinces her to step in an investigate, putting them straight into the weird world of party planning. This lends itself to some hilarious moments. The characters in this story have a lot of depth and continue to grow as the books progress. Although the lover triangle aspect is already getting a bit stale the rest of the story is intriguing and a fun read overall. I can’t wait to see where the story goes in the next book. *I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
I’m loving this series and eagerly anticipate reading the next in this fun mystery series. In this story Juliet Langley goes undercover to investigate the possible murder of a colleague’s girlfriend. She has her PI License now and has other cases to investigate, much to the chagrin of her BFF/boss/potential partner. With her current love interest acting mysteriously, her ex turning up like a bad penny and plenty of intrigue, this is a fun, fast paced and enthralling read. I loved it from start to finish! The Java Jive Cafe, its clients and staff as well as two local detectives all play key roles in this story which also has some love interests, too! The story has great characters, several of whom have secrets that will be uncovered as the story progresses. Juliet’s first official case is endeavouring to collect evidence of a cheating husband - and that gets Juliet accused of stabbing him! With policemen as both her ex and her current boyfriend, her boss as a potential boyfriend (if only they can get their timing right), folks being murdered and Juliet in the thick of the action. This story is a crazy, fun light hearted, mystery packed with humour, murder, misdirection and romance! I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Caroline Fardig's Brew or Die The RedHeaded She Devil is the name attributed to Juliet Langley. She is the manager of the Java Jive coffeehouse, a PI ( private investigator ) with singing and song writing abilities. Juliet has been pacified since dating MNPD John Stafford. Is this too good to be true? Has she become a boring person? This story follows Juliet as she increases her skills as a PI. The reader will go on an undercover operations with Juliet as she investigates two situations. An co-owner of a company named Wonder-Gen Fabrications hires Maya and Juliet to check into dealings his partner might be involved in that are shady. While monitoring the company in an unmarked van, Juliet unearths things that affect her especially when Detective Ryder Hamilton appears at her stakeout. Seems he is also checking things out about this company. But to solve the case they need to work together putting their past behind them. Will they be able to accomplish this or will the RedHeaded She Devil reappear ??? One of the Java Jive employee's fiancée is found dead at her workplace. The case was classified on drug overdose. But was it or was sinister play involved?? Juliet with her boss and long time best friend, Pete Bennett go undercover at a wedding showcase given by the party-planning company where the fiancée died. Will the RedHeaded She Devil be able to remain subdued?? Many puzzle pieces with danger, suspense, drugs, murder, intriguing twists, turns, stalking, gunshots, new and old romantic ties plus humorous escapades make this story a read in one sitting. The characters are well defined, colorful, zany and feisty. They are very created. This is book # 4 in A Java Jive Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. Fantastic read!!! I volunteered to read this eBook. Thank you to Alibi via Net Gallery for this opportunity. My opinion is my own.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This was my least favorite of this series so far. The mystery part of it was fine and is what brings it from 2 stars to 3. The characters were much less appealing this time around. There was so much back and forth, wishy-washy behavior in all of the characters that it was very hard to get behind any of them. I found myself just pushing through to the end just to get finished with it. I have liked the previous books and even felt it was very Stephanie Plumbish but not this time. I was very frustrating to not be able to get behind a single one of the lead characters. The previous books in the series were good so I had been looking forward to this one. It just seems that all the men are kind of wimpy and Juliette was just all over the place.
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
Watch out world – Juliet is now a licensed PI. I love this character. She’s smart and independent, yet not afraid to admit she needs help at times. While she’s not overly successful in the romantic relationship category, she’s to be envied for all her male best friends. I was delighted to see that Ryder is back in her life, and that Pete is still hanging in there. The plot line in this story is wonderful – keeps you awake just wondering what turn it’s going to take next. There’s so much to enjoy about this Java Jive series and I always end up wondering what’s coming next. I do hope Ms. Fardig hasn’t tired of Juliet just yet. Brew or Die is one more definite recommendation to all my bookworm friends.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
Not My Cup of Tea As a mystery lover, I was excited to read a mystery by an author, Caroline Fardig, who new to me. After reading the description of her new book, Brew or Die, I decided to give it a try. One of the descriptions, by USA Today, for this mystery is a “cozy mystery” which is defined as a crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed and it takes place in a small community. If Brew or Die lined up with that description, I probably would have liked it. Unfortunately, it was a lot different than I expected. So, what’s not to like about Brew or Die? The story opens with character Juliet Langley at work in the local coffeehouse, Java Jive. The reader is introduced to a cast of characters that are in Jules life, including her current boyfriend, Stafford, who is a police officer, longtime friend Pete and her old boyfriend Ryder. At first I thought this book would be clean. But beginning on pages 12 & 13, started a trend of vulgarity which continued on throughout the book. Profanity was used well over one-hundred times, perhaps much more. It was to the point of distraction. I don’t understand why authors resort to the use of profanity. If I had picked up this book to read on my own, at the beginning of the profanity, I would have put it down and not finished it. But because I agreed to read it for a review, I read the entire book and couldn’t wait to be done with it. In addition to the excessive use of profanity, Juliet (Jules) seemed to be attracted to any male that had a pulse. Thus, sexual immorality also included in the book. Based on the profanity (used excessively), casual sexual and sexual immorality, I do not recommend this book. Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig was a big disappointment and not my cup of tea. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for the opportunity to read Brew or Die in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Another good episode in this storyline. An engaging mystery with good characters. I just have to mention, though, that there were two times when she went into the horror movie like situation of: "Don't go in there!" But she did. I found it rather irritating that she was portrayed as that foolish. Even so, a good read.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Another good episode in this storyline. An engaging mystery with good characters. I just have to mention, though, that there were two times when she went into the horror movie like situation of: "Don't go in there!" But she did. I found it rather irritating that she was portrayed as that foolish. Even so, a good read.
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
Java Jive coffee house manager Juliet (Jules) Langley is excited to finally receive her PI license. After quickly handling a cheating husband case she is assigned to a more complicated case where a business owner is questioning large money deposits by his partner. Also an employee at the coffee house wants her and her BFF, Pete, to prove his girlfriend did not OD but was murdered. These two cases bring a lot of action to the story along with the dynamics of Jules with Pete, ex boyfriend Ryder and current boyfriend John. The author does an excellent job of combining the mystery and romance and leaves you wanting more. This is book #4 in the A Java Jive Mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Wish ryder would get back together with her.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This series continues as it becomes more like a soap opera. All the regular characters are back doing all the things they typically do. The characters are unique, likeable and enjoyable, This would not be a good book to read if you have read none of the others in this series. The interactions and results are much more understandable if you know the backstories. A change has fallen over the series as we only get to see the red-headed she devil once, and Ryder has turned into Doctor Phil. The changes enable a whole different series of interactions between Juliet and Ryder, and they are sustained to the end. The writing is light and bright, and the book is an entertaining and easy read.
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
What a terrific book! Intriguing and intense to the very end! Triangles can be challenging especially when two of the ends are cops and murder is involved. The storyline was very fluid. The characters were very developed. I was sorry to get to the end of the book!
Tangen More than 1 year ago
romance, PI, murder investigation, friendship, humor Complex friendships, convoluted romance issues, two twisty murder investigations, humorous situations, and more. Armed with a brand new PI license, Juliet finds herself embroiled in murders while her mentor/friend/partner is away. This is in addition to her more than full time job as coffee shop manager. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers here. If you like a side order of murders with your romance novel, you will be ecstatic over this one. Thanks to NetGalley for making this ARC available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fast, fun read. This time Juliet, who now has a PI license, and Pete are looking into why the fiancé of one of the Java Jive employees was found dead of an OD when they knew she wasn't a drug user. Many of the characters from previous novels are brought back and the antagonists are equally colorful. Thanks to Net Galley and Alibi for an ARC for an honest review.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
I just plain love this series. The books always have great writing, interesting characters, & an intriguing story. Brew or Die could be read as a stand alone but I would suggest reading the first 3 books just to understand the back story. In this book Juliet is a private eye & can now investigate things without getting in so much trouble with Nashville PD (or so she thinks) All the favorite characters are back, Pete, Ryder, Pete’s Grandma, & the eclectic group of employees at Java Jive. I keep an eye out for each new book by Caroline Fardig because I know its going to be a fun read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Brew or Die is the fourth book in Caroline Fardig's Java Jive Mystery series. Juliet Langley, manager of Java Jive and amateur sleuth, has just received her PI license after working with Maya Huxley at her private investigation agency and with Maya's tutelage to prepare for the exam. Juliet finally seems to be in a happy place, working alongside two good friends, Maya at the PI agency and Pete at Java Jive. Her former love interest who left her high and dry in the previous installment is now in the past and she is building a new relationship with detective John Stafford of MNPD. Little does Juliet expect the first case she works on her own as Maya travels home to England to visit family will turn her world upside down, putting her at great risk and bringing Ryder back into her life. She also has no expectation that the pro bono case she takes with Pete to help discover what really happened to the fiancé of one of the Java Jive employees will result in a drugged trip to Memphis and videoing the confession of a murderer while counting on Ryder to save Pete's life. Another wild ride through Nashville's Music Row area. Fast paced, interesting characters, and brief peaks into the seedier side of humans with the depths they will stoop to counterbalanced by the goodness in most of us. I do recommend this book. Having trouble posting and will not allow me to give five stars