Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery

Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery

by Caroline Fardig

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Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery 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. 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804181310
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Java Jive Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 28,319
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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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Chapter 1

“Jules, do you think anyone would notice if we left?”

I smiled at my best friend, Pete Bennett, who was looking at me with his big, brown, pleading eyes. “Yes, Pete, your girlfriend would notice if we left her grandmother’s funeral repast before it even started. And then you’d get your ass whooped.”

A playful grin crept across his face. “Are you kidding me? I’m like a black belt in boxing now. No one can whoop my ass.”

To my dismay, Pete demonstrated a few of his boxing moves, as he had been doing way too much lately. A post-funeral meal for an old-money Nashville matriarch was certainly not the place to show off one’s shadowboxing skills. Luckily, we were alone out on the patio in the crisp December air.

“A ‘black belt in boxing’ is not a thing, Pete. And stop that! You’re going to hurt somebody, and it’s probably going to be me.” I swatted his hands away from my face.

“You’re just jealous. I told you that you should have signed up for classes with me.”

Pete had decided to take up boxing at his gym after he’d punched a guy while coming to my rescue a few months back. Normally, Pete’s as mild-mannered as they come, but it seemed like his little dustup had knocked loose some testosterone or something. He’d been insufferable with his boxing nonsense lately.

“Just give it a rest while we’re here, would you? These high-society types don’t appreciate our kind anyway, and we’ll both get in big trouble with Cecilia if you cause a scene. I’m sure she’d find a way to make it my fault.”

Cecilia Hollingsworth, Pete’s snooty, Southern, socialite girlfriend, had no use for me. The feeling was mutual. Pete always tried to run interference between the two of us, as evidenced by the fact that when he picked me up for the funeral earlier today, he made me go back and change clothes twice so I’d be “presentable” enough. Evidently, pants are unacceptable attire for a lady attending a funeral here in the South. I ended up in a rather low-cut, red wrap dress, which would have been frowned upon at a funeral back in Indiana. However, he was right—I was dressed properly for this event.

“That’s brilliant, Jules. I’ll get us thrown out of here, and then we’ll have a good excuse to leave. You don’t want to be here, either.”

I managed to grab one of his flying fists and held on. “You’re right, I don’t. But Stan asked me to come, so here I am. I should probably be hanging with him instead of you.”

I’d met Cecilia’s brother, Stan—the black sheep of the Hollingsworth family—a month ago at a fundraiser Pete had dragged me to. Cecilia, ever the philanthropist, was in charge of the event, and Pete had whined to me about how boring it would be for him to suffer through it alone, until I agreed to go. He introduced me to Stan and we hit it off, sharing a mutual indifference to Cecilia’s distaste for us both.

Pete grinned down at me, not trying terribly hard to extract his fist from my grip. “Yeah, but you’d rather hang out with me. I’m more fun than Stan.” That was true. I’d rather hang out with Pete than anyone else on earth.

Suddenly, Pete jerked his hand back while I was still pressing against it. I lost my balance and stumbled into him. Laughing, he caught me around the waist, our faces inches apart. When our eyes locked we sobered immediately, the intensity of his gaze causing my breath to catch in my throat. Neither of us made a move to disentangle from the other.

“Pete,” Cecilia said icily from beside us.

We jumped apart guiltily—at least on my part. Pete and I had an unusual relationship. We’d been best friends since we met in college over a decade ago. He recently hired me to be the manager of Java Jive, the coffeehouse he’d inherited from his father, so now he was also my boss. There had always been a bit of a spark between us, and we briefly entertained the idea of being more than friends. However, in the interest of Java Jive, we’d agreed to keep our relationship firmly in the friend zone. That didn’t stop us from having the occasional awkward moment, though.

“Hey, honey, how’s the party going?” Pete asked, trying to lighten the palpable tension hanging in the air.

“It’s a funeral repast, not a cocktail party,” Cecilia snapped. You could have fooled me. Cecilia’s high-society friends were inside laughing and gossiping, dripping with diamonds and sipping champagne. Personally, I didn’t see the difference between what was going on in the house and a cocktail party. She continued, “It’s time for you to come inside and do your duty as my boyfriend.” Looking at me pointedly as she said “my boyfriend,” Cecilia then whirled on her heel and stalked back into the house.

I waited until she was out of earshot before I chortled, “She said ‘doody.’”

Never one to pass up a chance to kid around, Pete laughed. “Now who’s going to get us thrown out of here? You and your shitty jokes.”

We took a moment to compose ourselves and then headed into the house. The repast was being held at Cecilia’s grandmother’s home, a gorgeous mansion in a ritzy area of Belle Meade, just south of town. It had everything: a large parcel of land, a tennis court, a pool, countless bedrooms and bathrooms, and even a small servants’ house on the edge of the property. Word was that Cecilia’s sister, Abigail—who had just inherited the place when their grandmother passed—was packed and ready to move in this weekend.

Their father, Grandmother Hollingsworth’s only child, had died last year, so the Hollingsworth grandchildren had inherited all of her holdings. Cecilia got the profitable family business, and evidently Stan had received the leftovers. According to Pete, Cecilia was beside herself with glee over her new acquisition. I wasn’t seeing much glee out of her, because she was even more bitchy and uptight than usual—and that was saying something. Maybe it was her way of dealing with her grandmother’s death, but truth be told, no one around here was doing much mourning. Grandmother Hollingsworth was about 754 years old and had been at death’s door several times this year, so her passing was more of a given than a shock.

Cecilia and Stan were speaking to an older lady in the living room, and Cecilia waved us over. Stan saw me approaching and broke into that radiant smile of his. I sighed. Stan was a beautiful man—like, movie-star pretty. The black pinstripe three-piece suit he was wearing today fit him like a glove. His wardrobe made me jealous, and so far, I’d never seen him in the same suit twice. Aside from his good looks, he was fun-loving and polite, but deep down he was kind of a spoiled little rich boy, which I didn’t particularly like. He seemed to be a nice enough guy, but I had the feeling that he wouldn’t think twice about stabbing someone in the back to get ahead. Every man had his flaws, though. I certainly didn’t mind Stan’s gallant manners, flattering attention, and the fancy dates he liked to take me on—or the way it irked Pete and Cecilia when Stan and I hung around together.

Stan put his arm around my waist and gave me a kiss on the cheek. “Hello, Juliet. I wondered where you went.”

He addressed the older lady that he and Cecilia had been talking to. “Mother, I’d like you to meet my friend, Juliet Langley. Juliet, this is my mother, Delta Hollingsworth.”

Stan’s mother wore an enormous diamond-encrusted ring on each hand and a sapphire necklace rivaling the one from Titanic. Every hair was in place, and her pale pink dress had to be made of pure silk. Too bad her face looked like she was in a constant state of surprise. She must have had a bit of work done recently.

“It’s lovely to meet you, Mrs. Hollingsworth,” I said, holding out my hand.

“You certainly don’t sound like a Southern girl,” Stan’s mother said disdainfully, in an odd combination of Southern drawl and drunken slur. Mommy Dearest was wasted. “Stanley, you didn’t tell me you were courting a Yankee.

“Mother, the Civil War is over,” Stan pointed out dryly.

I dropped my unshaken hand back down to my side. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed Pete biting his lip and trying not to crack a smile. I honestly couldn’t understand how he put up with the nonsense of Cecilia and her family.

“I need another drink” was Mrs. Hollingsworth’s reply as she tottered off toward the bar.

Smiling apologetically at me, Stan said, “Mother is an acquired taste. She’ll come around.”

I nodded. Truthfully, I couldn’t give two shits whether Stan’s mom approved of me or not. I wasn’t going to marry the guy, after all. Luckily the uncomfortable silence didn’t linger too long, because my favorite Southern belle, Savannah Worthington, and her husband, Carl, joined our group.

“Hey, y’all!” she greeted us, her perfect smile gleaming. Savannah was as Southern as one could get—polite, sweet, and beautiful, with big, beauty-queen hair. She barely came up to my shoulder, but she made up for her small stature with her huge personality. She was like Kristin Chenoweth on crystal meth. “Lovely gathering, Cecilia. Your grandmother would have approved.”

Cecilia smiled and swept what looked like a real tear from her eye. “Thank you for saying that.”

“She certainly had a beautiful home. Your sister is a lucky woman,” Carl commented to Cecilia. He winked at Savannah. “The décor is top-notch.”

Savannah giggled. “Oh, go on.” Savannah, who was a fabulous interior designer, had redone the house only a few months ago. Her work was stunning.

“It’s true,” Cecilia agreed. “Savannah, I need to have you come out and try to do something with my new office. It could use a lot of work.”

Cecilia’s new inheritance, Hollingsworth Industries, was a high-end furniture manufacturing business that had been in the family for over fifty years. When Grandmother Hollingsworth fell ill a few weeks ago and wasn’t expected to make it, Cecilia took the reins. She could have kept the CEO her grandmother had hired to run the place and sat back and enjoyed the profits like her grandmother had. However, Cecilia always had to be in charge, so she fired the CEO and decided to run it herself. To be honest, I’ve always been secretly impressed by her hard work and determination, but still, some jobs are better left to the professionals. Case in point: Stan had been a VP at Hollingsworth Industries for a good while and had already been passed over for the CEO’s job once. Now his inexperienced sister was his new boss. Awkward.

Carl clapped Stan on the back. “Well, Stan, are you going to give up your VP status at Hollingsworth Industries to run your new acquisition?”

I felt Stan’s grip on my waist tighten slightly. If we weren’t careful, this conversation could turn downright ugly in a matter of seconds. His voice a little strained, Stan replied, “I don’t think that overseeing a group of run-down rental warehouses will take much of my time. I’ll be keeping my old job for now.”

“As long as I don’t fire you, little brother.” Cecilia laughed, but her eyes were as cold and calculating as her veiled threat.

I felt Stan stiffen beside me as Carl chuckled awkwardly, his gaze shifting between the tense siblings. Cecilia’s “joke” wasn’t cool. She had crossed a line there, and I felt like she needed a reality check.

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Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Much better thant the first of the series but just not great. The main character, Juliet, is impulsive, wishy-washy when it comes to her love life and totally disregards the law. She thinks she can solve murders better than the police and often barges in where she's not wanted or needed and messes things up for the police. She acts more like a spoiled adolescent than a 30 year old woman. Good point: The book was extremely well edited. If I hadn't purchased all the books before I started reading the series, I probably wouldn't bother with the rest. Maybe Juliet will grow up as the series moves on.
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.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
In our second visit to Java Jive, we see Juliet single as she and Ryder split up at the end of the first book. Pete is once again dating Cecilia, and she and Juliet still can not stand one another. Juliet is dating Stan, Cecelia's brother and the opening of the book has them all at a funeral and wake for Stan and Cecilia's grandmother. When Cecilia is found murdered in the tent that Java Jive is using to sell cookies at the 5K fundraiser, Pete is not only suspected of the murder, but is actually arrested. Juliet is beside herself that her best friend is in jail and will do everything in her power to find the real killer and get Pete released. She puts herself in danger when she begins poking around in things that are none of her business. The rich have money to hire excellent lawyers and if and when they get in trouble, they tend to get out of jail quickly, not so with Pete. The characters we met in the first book are back in another great story. The humorous and witty dialogue, mixed with romantic tension, and a puzzling mystery make this a book that I quickly read. Juliet is a wonderful heroine, she reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plumb from the Janet Evanovich books. She is humorous, constantly justifying her actions to herself and others and so loyal and loving to her friends it is impossible not to root for her and like her. The mystery-suspense elements have an emotional twist this time with Gertie and Juliet worried about Pete, she does things without thinking because she can not live without him. There are so many suspects in this one with twists and turns that I had no idea who the murderer was until the very end. I think cozy mystery readers will enjoy getting to know Juliet, also known as The Redheaded She-Devil or Scooby, and all her friends at the Java Jive. This series is well written and extremely entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom
carol223CS More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.