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ARC Review – A Whole Latte Murder by Caroline Fardig

ARC Review – A Whole Latte Murder by Caroline FardigA Whole Latte Murder by Caroline Fardig
Series: Java Jive Mystery #3
Published by Alibi on November 8th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 272
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Juliet Langley is a manager for a coffeehouse named Java Jive. She occasionally gets sucked into the occasional murder investigation. This time it’s her neighbor Chelsea who dies under suspicious circumstances. The mystery goes further when local college girls start to go missing like her employee Kira. With help from her best friend Pete, they try to find the murderer before anyone else gets hurt.

In an Oyster Shell – It was edgy for a cozy mystery but was satisfying in the end.

The Pearls – I love a good mystery, and this book offered that in abundance. I liked the twists and turns this story had to offer. In the end, I was stumped at what was going on, which is unusual. Usually, I have a pretty good idea what’s going on, not this time.

The characters were lively. I especially liked Pete’s grandma. She was feisty. The character’s had strong traits. Though Juliet was a little edgy at times down right even bitchy, I appreciated her tenacity.

The romance kept you on your toes. There is a little bit of a love triangle going on. I would dare even say almost a square. That’s right three love interests in one book. I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the other books.

The Sand – There was rough language and sexual innuendos that you don’t usually see in a cozy. I didn’t like this aspect of this book.

3.5 Pearls!

 

3.5 Stars

About Caroline Fardig

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.

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