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Mug Shot A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig
Random House Publishing Group - Alibi Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date: April 19, 2016
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.
I received a copy of Mug Shot from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
With the humor and suspense of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels, the 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.