Today I'm participating in the Death Before Decaf
Blog Tour. Read on for book, author, and giveaway information, along with my review.
About the Book . . .
Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich
and Diane Mott Davidson, Caroline Fardig’s captivating new mystery novel
takes readers behind the counter of a seemingly run-of-the-mill
coffeehouse . . . where murder is brewing.
After her music career crashes and burns
spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other
business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet
again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her
best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved café down the toilet
with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her
college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s
coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at
Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is
hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one
unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is
The corpse just so happens to belong to
the cook who’d locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the
health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other
disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her
fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky
stranger who’s asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds
herself in some very hot water. If she can’t simmer down and sleuth her
way to the real killer, she’s going to get burned.
My Review . . .
When fiery redhead Juliet Langley finds herself reeling from her fiance's betrayal and a failed business venture, she is determined to make a fresh start. On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, she returns to Nashville, where she spent her carefree college days working as a server at Java Jive. Like Juliet, her beloved coffeehouse is also down on its heels and in need of some TLC. Things are off to a rocky start, however, as she faces a hostile staff resistant to her supervision and ideas. Juliet's only friends are owner Pete Bennett, his saucy grandmother Gertie, and mysterious customer Seth Davis.
Matters quickly go from bad to worse when Juliet discovers the body of Dave Hill, the coffeehouse cook, in the trash dumpster. Earlier in the day, she had two very public disagreements with Dave, and it isn't long before the police consider Juliet a person of interest in the murder case. In an attempt to clear her name, Juliet uncovers questionable activity and relationships not only about town, but at the coffeehouse as well. Had Dave, an ex-con, really reformed after his time in prison, or did his continued association with unsavory characters lead to his untimely death? Can Juliet stay out of harm's way long enough to discover what's really going on and who killed Dave?
As if sleuthing isn't enough to occupy her attention, Juliet's romantic life heats up, further complicating her resettlement in Nashville. When her relationship with the dashing Seth Davis turns steamy, she realizes he has many secrets he's not willing to share. And despite the sparks between them, Juliet acknowledges her deep-rooted feelings for Pete. Will the unlucky-in-love Juliet ultimately find happiness and make the right choice this time around?
For many, spending time in a coffeehouse is a pleasurable experience, and Java Jive feels like a welcoming home away from home. Its new manager, Juliet is a very relatable protagonist--passionate, tenacious, and inquisitive--definitely someone you'd want on your side when the chips are down. With a fair share of twists, turns, and a murderer I did not suspect, Fardig delivers a caffeinated romp and promising start to the Java Jive mystery series.
Note: I received an ebook copy of Death Before Decaf in exchange for an honest review.
Giveaway . . .
About the author . . .
Caroline Fardig is the author of Death Before Decaf and
the Lizzie Hart series. 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.
Author links . . .
Purchase links . . .
Penguin Random House: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/531812/death-before-decaf-by-caroline-fardig/
Tour Participants . . .
November 10 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review
November 10 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
November 11 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
November 12 – Community Bookstop – Spotlight
November 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Guest Post
November 14 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review
November 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
November 16 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post
November 16 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – Review
November 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
November 18 – Musings and Ramblings – Review
November 19 – Book Club Librarian – Review
November 19 – MysteriesEtc – Review
November 20 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
November 21 – 3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, &; Sissy too! – Spotlight
November 22 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
November 23 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post
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