Author: Caroline Fardig
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Penguin Random House
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: 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.
Review: I’ve read this series from the beginning, and this one had the same clever writing, laugh-out-loud dialogue and scenes, and the inconvenient love triangle from before. However, this one contained some troubling events for one of my favorite characters in the series and introduced a new one that I’m suspicious of. Par for the course with this talented writer.
I’m always drawn to the female character in this series. Juliet has had way too many bad things happen to her, but I feel like she’s a survivor. Seeing the world through Jules-colored glasses is a funny, wild ride filled with self-deprecating humor and sly wit. The things that happen are crazy wild and always wacky, not including the attitude of the local constabulary. Detective Cromwell really dislikes what he calls her intrusions into police business. But when you’ve stumbled upon three dead bodies in the last couple of years, it’s bound to cause the cops a little agita.
There is the usual tension between Juliet and her best friend Pete. There’s her on-again, off-again boyfriend Ryder, who always seems to put his job ahead of her. And then there are the girls going missing…which includes not only her neighbor but one of her employees.
The environment is familiar and the characters are slightly kooky but ultimately loveable. If you haven’t read the previous ones, never fear because it’s totally stand alone (but the others are awesome). Thanks!