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NetGalley gave me copy of this book, for an honest review. I never was one for the mystery genre. But this was not so heavy that I couldn't get into it. That's a plus for me! I really like Jules and Pete and Ryder -HEY! And I'm hooked now, because I want to know what's going to happen!!
Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich and Diane Mott Davidson, Caroline Fardig’s captivating new 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.
Juliet moves back home to her stomping grounds and take over running her BFF, Pete's coffee house - Java Jive. The staff is less than enthusiastic about her being there. They make it rough on her, Dave especially likes to rub her the wrong way. Being on friendly terms is the least of her problems when Dave ends up dead in the dumpster! And she is the coppers main suspect. What's a girl to do ? Well in Jules case, she plays Sherlockholms and goes sleuthing for the truth. But Dave's death isn't the only fishy thing going on around Jules, there is also the hot professor, Seth, but something seems off with him too. Can she undercover everything? Or will she end up dead in the processes?
I love the chemistry between Pete and Jules, that spark is there, they just need to crash together to make it happen. But I like Ryder too! It's a toss up for me. Gertie is a freaking riot!! This book has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. When the ending finally came, I was so shocked! But in a good way. Everything was answered.
Really great book! Brilliant book, kept me hooked and wanting to know more about what is going on.