Coffeehouse manager and reluctant sleuth Juliet Langley returns in a gripping novel from the bestselling author of Death Before Decaf and Mug Shot. Just as things are perking up in Nashville, a serial killer sends tensions foaming over.
Juliet’s personal and professional lives have recently received an extra jolt of energy. Her romance with the hunky detective Ryder Hamilton continues to simmer, and business at Java Jive has never been better. But her good mood quickly turns as stale as day-old espresso when she finds out that Ryder has been promoted to his precinct’s homicide division. With him risking his life to catch the worst kind of criminals, Juliet’s growing sense of unease ignites when a local college student goes missing.
Suddenly every Nashville resident is on high alert, especially Juliet’s neighbor Chelsea. Juliet does her best to calm the girl’s nerves, but her worst fears are confirmed when she finds Chelsea dead. Even though she tries her best to stay out of it, Juliet’s involvement puts a strain on Ryder’s first homicide case. The situation soon becomes even more personal for Juliet and her best friend Pete Bennett when one of their employees disappears during her shift. As a killer lurks in the shadows, Juliet, Pete, and Ryder seek out a double shot of justice.
Worldbuilding: The Java Jive Mysteries are set in a wonderful Nashville setting, complete with cool music scene elements and a sense of charming coziness.
Characters: Juliet is a delight. She’s spunky, snarky, coffee-powered, and made of curiosity and pure win. I loved her so much! I loved watching her interact with different characters and react to situations. She was very to identify and empathize with for me, and the rest of the characters were fun and different enough to make it all interesting at every turn. One thing’s for sure: there’s one Juliet, but a whole lotta Romeos, lol!
Plot: The mystery arc was very fun for me. Amateur sleuthing is one of my fav ever arcs, and when it’s someone like Juliet, it makes it all the better. There were some romantic elements there too – Juliet’s personal life is nothing if not exciting. The mix was a total win for me, with an active tempo and lots of entertainment.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Juliet’s POV. I loved the style, snarky, banter galore for the win.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my mystery and fun cravings.
I’ve fallen in love with the Java Jive Mysteries and will be reading the rest of them as soon as I have a bit of time on my hands. I totally recommend the series and A Whole Latte Murder to lovers of spunky female MCs bent of wrecking havoc, fans of amateur sleuthing for the win, and lovers of a good time.
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