Mug Shot by Caroline Fardig
Series: A Java Jive Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: 4/19/16
Page Count: 289
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.
My first introduction to Caroline Fardig was the first in this series, Death Before Decaf, and I was really interested because the book was deemed “perfect for Janet Evanovich fans”, which I am, immensely. I loved the first book in the series so I was so excited to start reading this book!
The story line was well written, hilarious and well-plotted and I was shocked by the “who done it” of the book, which doesn’t happen often. Usually I have it pegged by the middle of the story. The twists in this book were awesome! The characters are continuing to develop and again, I have to complement the chemistry of the main characters, you can feel the love between Juliet and Pete. But you can feel the electricity and attraction between Juliet and Ryder, just like before! I know most people will probably be a Team Pete fan, but there is always something about the bad boy and I am still pulling for Team Ryder!
Overall, Mug Shot was another fun, fast read with good writing enhanced by an enjoyable story line and an awesome lineup of characters!
I received an ARC of this book, from NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries 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.