Review: Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery

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Title: Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery

Author: Caroline Fardig

  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Alibi
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Genre Cozy Mystery

Source:  I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

BOOK DESCRIPTION, FROM AMAZON

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 THOUGHTS

Juliet and best friend Pete, the owner of  Java Jive coffeehouse are both dating Hollingsworth socialites.  Juliet and Pete’s girlfriend Cecelia are anything but friends.  When Juliet is stuck helping organize a  5K race with Cecelia she is anything but happy.  The only thing that might make the da better is when hottie ex boyfriend and cop comes to help her set up the tent.  That is until Juliet finds the dead body of Cecelia.  Now Pete is a suspect and she will do anything to help get the true killer.

I love cozy mysteries and this book did not disappoint.  This is full of  twists and turns and surprises.  I love the characters and the many layers of relationships that they have.  A great read, I highly recommend!

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