I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig
Length: 10 hours and 2 minutes
Published by Alibi Pages: 306
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Callie Beaulieu
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Also by this author: Death Before Decaf (A Java Jive Mystery, #1), Mug Shot, A Whole Latte Murder
Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig. Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead. Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets. If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble. Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries:DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE “I was hooked from the first page. I loved it!”—Dorothy Cannell, award-winning author of the Ellie Haskell mysteries, on Death Before Decaf
“This author comes up with some very interesting ways to kill someone, and her injection of humor at just the right time is perfect. On its own, Mug Shot is a really good read, but if you follow the series, it will be even better.”—Linda Thompson, host of The Authors Show
Here is what I thought
Here I am back for some more from Juliet and the gang. Juliet has become an actual Private Investigator! Can you believe it?! So now she has an excuse to snoop around. Not all of her friends are happy, as Pete doesn’t like it nor does Gertie. She is determined not to let them rain on her parade as she starts working with Mia.
Then a girlfriend or fiancee (can’t remember which) of an employee at Java Jive is killed and the police think it was suicide by ODing on drugs but Shawn doesn’t believe it and wants Juliet’s help. She doesn’t want to take the job as she is already working a case for Mia but Pete, yes Pete wants her to take it and he will help her. (talk about a turn around).
Juliet’s love life is still a mess because now she is dating John, a police officer she met in previous books whom happens to work with Ryder. I am so confused when it comes to Juliet and her romances. It really drives me crazy because as much as she thinks she likes Pete, or John, I think she really likes Ryder but thinks that ship has sailed, but only time will tell. I just want to scream make up your darn mind!!!
The job that Mia has her working on turns out to be a pretty big job and some people she knows being involved doesn’t help. Ryder ends up on the case and they seem to work well together for the first time and she thinks being friends with him might work. Juliet does get herself in a bit of trouble but it really wasn’t all her fault this time. 🙂
I really do enjoy this series but Juliet’s relationships or flings or what ever they are really drive me crazy. I just don’t let it keep me from enjoy the other characters and the mystery. I just hope the author decides to settle her down with someone.
I am all caught up on this series now I have to wait for a new one, that is so sad…lol.
Recommend if you like
cozy mysteries, good but some times drive you batty characters and coffee!
Callie is another one of my favorite narrators. I have only listened to her do mysteries but I am sure she can rock anything! 🙂
Audio rating: 4