Friday, October 7, 2016

A Whole Latte Murder: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

Juliet is messing around with murder again but if she's not real careful she might become one of the victims...

Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.  

Juliet's boyfriend, Ryder, has taken her to a fancy restaurant for dinner.  She's not sure why and she gets even more concerned when many of the couples around them are celebrating engagements.  He's not going to propose, is he?  No, he's telling of her of his promotion to Homicide.  She doesn't like that.  That kind of job is dangerous.  But he's determined and she lets it go.  How's she to know his first case will involve her?

It all starts when they find another renter in her building dead.  Juliet knows it wasn't suicide, so she backs Trevor out and calls the cops.  The last thing she wants to be involved in is another murder.  

When the women's roommate goes missing, Juliet is afraid she'll be another victim and mounts a search party for her.  After all, she works for her.  It's the least she can do.  But searching doesn't turn out well.  They find a body but it isn't her.  It was another young missing woman.  Is this a serial killer?

The story weaves through doctors, college kids, Java Jive employees, and more and it mostly just makes for more questions.  When Juliet decides to go undercover with Pete, it gets even more dangerous. Finding what the girls had in common and why they had to die means going to the source.  And the man running the company is very unsuspected and very evil.

It's not a bad mystery but Juliet frustrates me.  She had a good thing with Ryder and then she gets mad because he's working so much and it reminds him of his wife's murder so he's not talking.  So she leaves and moves in with Pete because her apartment isn't safe.  She almost ends up going to bed with Pete.  If that's not bad enough, now she has another cop asking her out.  Where's her moral fiber?  At the rate she's going, she's going to blow everybody off and end up with no one.  I sure hope she gets more sense in the next book...

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