Today, as part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I am happy to feature Murder Over Mochas: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig. The third in the series, it can easily be ready as a standalone mystery.
A blast from the past gets Nashville PI and coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley in hot water in this explosive mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Death Before Decaf.
As a newly minted private eye, Juliet Langley has sworn to leave homicide to the authorities, limiting the scope of her investigations to cheating spouses and dirty business partners . . . like her ex-fiancé, Scott O’Malley. When Scott shows up unannounced at her coffeehouse, Java Jive, Juliet’s first instinct is to punch him in the nose. Her second is to turn down his desperate plea for help with a case that’s way too dangerous for her liking. But when Scott drops dead before her eyes, Juliet isn’t going to wait around for someone else to clear her name.
It’s only a matter of time before her tumultuous past with her ex-fiancé comes out, so Juliet teams up with her ex-boyfriend, police detective Ryder Hamilton, to figure out who poisoned Scott. They soon confirm that Scott was involved in an illegal scheme that’s definitely grounds for concern.
Just as romance is finally beginning to percolate for Juliet and her best friend, Pete Bennett, she has no choice but to head back to her hometown to seek out the truth. And she’ll need help from the locals to find the real killer—otherwise her happily ever after could easily end up including an actual ball and chain.
An enjoyable cozy mystery with a nice balance between romantic suspense and crime-solving. Maya is a likeable character. Her life is complicated, especially with regard to men. You can’t help rooting for her as she works together with her ex-boyfriend (who happens to be a police detective) to prove her innocence by figuring out who would want to kill her ex-fiancé and why. And unravelling the motives and actions that led to Scott’s death isn’t an easy task. You also can’t help rooting for Pete as he makes his interest in transitioning from best friends to something more clear. The story moved along at a lively pace with a satisfying resolution – on both the romantic and crime-solving levels. Another book that I stayed up way too late to finish.
FTC disclosure: I received an advanced review copy of this book from the author/publisher. This has not affected the content of my review.
About the Author
CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.
Connect with Caroline Fardig at:
- Website: www.carolinefardig.com
- Blog: http://www.carolinefardig.com/blog/
- Twitter: @carolinefardig
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carolinefardigbooks