Brew Or Die
A Java Jive Mystery
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 (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I absolutely love Juliet. She is feisty, nosy, opinionated, loyal and funny. She has a temper but she is trying very hold to control it. She is not very lucky in the romance department but she does have her best friend, Pete. Their relationship and interactions are so funny to read about. The things she says (and thinks) had me laughing out loud while I was reading the book.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching the action take place and listening in on many conversations. This book is a bit more edgier and meatier than most of the cozies that I read, and I think that is why I loved this book so much.
The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book. There are a few different cases that the newly appointed PI, Julia, is involved in. There were enough suspects, twists and turns and red herrings thrown in throughout the story that made it nearly impossible to solve. I really did not figure everything out until all was revealed at the end. The book was very well plotted and I enjoyed the way the story lines were cleverly woven together.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy that has a little bit more substance to it. I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to spend more time with Juliet and Pete. If I could, I would give this book more than 5 stars, that is how much I loved it.
I received a free copy of this excellent book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the opportunity to read and review this book.