I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig
Series: A Java Jive Mystery #4
Published by Alibi on Expected publication: April 4th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Reading Challenges: Craving for Cozies
Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig. 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. Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries:DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE “I was hooked from the first page. I loved it!”—Dorothy Cannell, award-winning author of the Ellie Haskell mysteries, on Death Before Decaf
“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
I said it with book three, this series just keeps getting better.
It is even more true with book four, Brew or Die. Juliet has made some major mistakes in her past, some have almost cost her her life but she has grown quite a bit and learned even more. In book four she has finally decided to get her license to become a private investigator. These leads to some great conversations with the other lead characters, which just makes it that much more fun but really it shows that Juliet has grown. I was starting to wonder how she could just come upon yet another corpse! This transition makes perfect sense.
At the end of book three, I had some questions. Sadly, they are all answered in this book. I say sadly because it did not work out how I wanted things to! There’s a lot of men in Juliet’s life and I can see why she is so confuzzled, but come on girl! I loved the entire plot, right up to the end.
This one is also chock full of all kinds of mystery! Instead of just taking on one case, Juliet now has a job and is trying to prove that she can do it. There are more characters, some from the other books and some not. There are a LOT of new characters and this slowed things down for me a bit. The plot is better but there was so much going on. It all makes sense but at one point I was asking Juliet just how much trouble can she really get into. It was nearly at the ridiculous point but not quite enough to stop me from reading. I’m invested in these characters now so I wanted to know what was going to happen, but had this been the first book I think I would have been put off.
That said, this was phenomenal. A bit too much going on at the end for my taste. There is a LOT of drama and it’s not just coming from the divas Juliet has to work with. The ending did crush me a little though. When does the next book come out!?
In short: Almost more than I could handle this time but I love the characters enough to stick with it.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: