Death Before Decaf
Book 1, Java Jive - A Java Jive Mystery
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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Caroline Fardig’s captivating mystery novel takes readers behind the counter of a seemingly run-of-the-mill coffeehouse . . . where murder is brewing.
After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over.
The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who’d locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who’s asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can’t simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she’s going to get burned.
Praise for Death Before Decaf
“I was hooked from the first page. I loved it!”—Dorothy Cannell, award-winning author of the Ellie Haskell mysteries
“Caroline Fardig brings a fun cast of characters to life in Death Before Decaf! Juliet had me laughing, smiling, and rooting for her from the first page to the last. I can’t wait for more!”—Gina LaManna, author of Teased to Death
“Caroline Fardig keeps you turning pages in this fast-paced mystery set in a Nashville coffee shop.”—Nancy J. Parra, author of Engaged in Murder
“With a fair share of twists, turns, and a murderer I did not suspect, Fardig delivers a caffeinated romp and a promising start to the Java Jive mystery series.”—Book Club Librarian
“A delightfully charming mystery with humor, suspense and a cast of characters to die for.”—Moonlight Rendezvous
“I can see this being a series to help bring a younger audience to the cozy mystery genre.”—Musings and Ramblings
“[Juliet’s] temper plus a good sense of humor make her a great series protagonist, someone readers would actually like to befriend.”—Mallory Heart Reviews
“This book had me hopping from murder to love interest and back to criminal activities.”—Storeybook Reviews
This was an absolute stitch. It was funny, well written and complex enough to hold the reader's interest. I would strongly recommend for Evanovich fans and even for Dorsey or Hiaasen fans.
Thanks to Net Galley and Alibi for an ARC for an honest review.
Oct 11, 2015
rating5 of 5 stars
statusRead from October 11 to 12, 2015
reviewThis book is a first in a new series by Caroline Fardig. If you love coffee with a great murder mystery stirred in, this is your book. I must say it wasn't my typical mystery read but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a sassy rea. I will warn you there is some language and suggestive scenes but it definitely doesn't deter from the great storyline. You actually need some of it to get across some of the main characters personality. For example, Gertie is a hoot! I loved her from the start. She is Pete's grandmother and has a mouth that would put a sailor to shame. Pete is the owner of Java Jive. His father was the previous owner but he passed and Pete took over. Pete is your mild mannered good southern boy raised in Nashville. He is a sound engineer for a recording studio and knows nothing about running a coffee shop. That is where Juliet comes into play. She used to work at Java Jive in college with Pete and has been offered the job of manager. Jules is a red head with a temper to match. She tells it like it is and uses f bombs to get her point across at times. She has a great nickname that I can totally relate too being a red head myself. She is called a "Redheaded She Devil" when she gets really angry. She ends up with her hands full trying to get to know her new employees some of which are not to fond of her from the start. Dave for instance is not the neatest person and keeps doing things to push Jules buttons. They get into a few arguments and everyone hears. Then things go from bad to worse for Jules. She goes to take out the garbage only to find poor Dave dead in the dumpster out back. Of course not only does she have to deal with a detective being suspicious of her she has a reporter hounding her every minute. Since everyone seems to think she is the prime suspect instead of waiting for the police to find the killer she convinces her best friend Pete to help her find other suspects to take the heat off of her. This is where the fun begins. The adventures these two get mixed up in will have you laughing out loud.
So what will happen to Jules, will she be arrested or will she find the real killer before they find her and put a stop to her snooping?
I loved every character in this book. This is a great start to a new series. I can't wait to read more adventures of Java Jive's with Pete, Jules, Gertie, and friends.
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Fun start to a new series!
I had a good time reading this first book in a new series by Ms. Fardig. She knows how to tell a good story. She got me interested in what was going on right from the start. I immediately liked her main character, Juliet Langley. She is fun and fierce. She says that she has to break out the Redheaded She-Devil when she needs to get tough.
Pete Bennet is her longtime best friend and owner of the Java Jive, the coffeehouse in Nashville. She met Pete 10 years ago when she was a freshman in college. She needed a job, so she applied at Java Jive. Pete was behind the counter. His dad was the owner. They connected right away, as friends, never anything more, even though the urges may have been there. They kept it on a safe level all these years. Pete gave her the moniker of “The Redheaded She-Devil” when she found out that her college boyfriend, Danny Wright, had cheated on her with her roommate. She taught him a lesson!
I liked everything about Death Before Decaf. The characters are fun but believable. The mystery kept me guessing right up until the final chapter. And who doesn’t love a book based in a coffeehouse. I’m a nut for anything coffee related, and that is what drew me to the Java Jive series, but the quality of the writing kept me interested. I’m going to keep my eye out for the next book in this series, Mug Shot, scheduled for April 2016.
I give Death Before Decaf 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up! If you like fun, light, somewhat sexy mysteries that feel very today, then you will love this new series by Caroline Fardig.
I received a Digital Review Copy from the Publisher.
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Nov 17, 2015
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 296 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Java Jive