Mug Shot - Java Jive - Book Review


Former musician Juliet Langley has barely had a day off since taking over management of the coffeehouse owned by her best friend, Pete Bennett. But there’s always more to be done—such as prepping for the annual Holiday 5K Race organized by Pete’s snobby socialite girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth. This year, Java Jive has a booth right at the finish line, and since Juliet and Cecilia don’t always see eye to eye, everything has to be perfect. Nothing can go wrong. Nothing . . . like Juliet stumbling over Cecilia’s dead body on the morning of the race.

When Pete is arrested for Cecilia’s murder, Juliet sets out to clear his name. She’ll do whatever it takes—even if it means standing up to the police, her ex-boyfriend, and the grande dames of Nashville. But there isn’t enough espresso in the world for the greatest challenge in her path: infiltrating Nashville’s high society to uncover the hidden hotbed of scandal without running afoul of the law herself. With her last dime staked on Pete’s bail bond and her staff growing jittery, the last thing Juliet needs is for her trademark temper to land her behind bars. As time drips away, Juliet needs to crack this case before the killer comes back for another shot.

5 stars

What a great, fast-paced mystery series!  I was hooked after reading the first book.  I'm not a mystery reader, but this book/series is quick to love!

The plot is filled with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing.  There are lots of crazy people in this town.  Juliet, Ryder, and Pete are crazy too.  The shaky relationship between Juliet and Ryder is  poked at in this book.  Pete is overcome with sorrow on the loss of Cecilia.  But with the meddling of Juliet, who is determined to get Pete off the hook.  She'll do anything for Pete, ok within reason.  

Juliet is getting better at her sleuthing.  There are some funny parts too.  Like when Ryder calls Juliet, Scooby.  And when Ryder recites Shakespeare to Juliet.  It was cute, but can Ryder win Juliet back and keep her safe?

I'm ready for book #3!!  

Thank you NetGalley for ARC.