Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

Things are calming down for Juliet.  Life is going well, the Java Jive is busy, and Pete's easy to work with.  Cecelia is still a pain, but that's what living on the snobby side of town will do for you.  Things don't stay calm for long...

Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

They're getting ready for a big event which includes a 5K race and booths for the vendors.  When Juliet goes down to Java Jive's tent, she trips over Cecelia.  She's dead.

It all gets worse when they arrest Pete as the murderer.  Juliet has a cop friend and she's trying to get him to help Pete, but he can't.  The evidence is there; Pete did meet her in that tent the night before when she was killed.  She knows Pete didn't do it, so she's going to have to find a way to prove his innocence.  Juliet takes chances and she does learn some things but she's still not sure about who the killer is.

Pete's fiance was pregnant but not with Pete's baby.  She told him so that night.  The brother of the dead woman was a suspect for a while, then she decided he didn't do it.  What she finds out is disappointing and sad but she does ferret out the cause.

My favorite character in this series is Pete's grandmother.  Gertie is old, irascible, and outspoken.  You never have any doubt about her opinions.  She spices the story up with her observations.  Read it and see what you think.

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