This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Murder Over Mochas by Caroline Fardig
Series: A Java Jive Mystery #5
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2017
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A blast from the past gets Nashville PI and coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley in hot water in this explosive mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Death Before Decaf.
As a newly minted private eye, Juliet Langley has sworn to leave homicide to the authorities, limiting the scope of her investigations to cheating spouses and dirty business partners . . . like her ex-fiancé, Scott O’Malley. When Scott shows up unannounced at her coffeehouse, Java Jive, Juliet’s first instinct is to punch him in the nose. Her second is to turn down his desperate plea for help with a case that’s way too dangerous for her liking. But when Scott drops dead before her eyes, Juliet isn’t going to wait around for someone else to clear her name.
It’s only a matter of time before her tumultuous past with her ex-fiancé comes out, so Juliet teams up with her ex-boyfriend, police detective Ryder Hamilton, to figure out who poisoned Scott. They soon confirm that Scott was involved in an illegal scheme that’s definitely grounds for concern.
Just as romance is finally beginning to percolate for Juliet and her best friend, Pete Bennett, she has no choice but to head back to her hometown to seek out the truth. And she’ll need help from the locals to find the real killer—otherwise her happily ever after could easily end up including an actual ball and chain.
Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries can be read together or separately:
DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE | MURDER OVER MOCHAS
Murder Over Mochas is the fifth book in a five-book series called A Java Jive Mystery. In this story, Juliet Langley’s ex-fiancé, Scott O’Malley, the total douche who had started all of Juliet’s troubles came back into her life from out of nowhere. He also received a less than welcome reception from Juliet. He was looking for Juliet’s help but why should she help him? He had stolen all her furniture and money before running off with another woman and leaving her a failing business. After he drops dead in front of her, it quickly becomes clear to both her and her best friend Pete, owner of Java Jive, that they need to find out what Scott wanted or they might be accused of murder.
Given Juliet’s history with Scott and her performance when she saw him, as well as her best friend’s involvement, it was no question that local law enforcement would set their sights on the last people to see Scott alive. With the threat of incarceration for murder looming over their heads Juliet and Pete quickly try and track down clues as why Scott died and what would have led to his untimely demise. With very little to go on, Juliet and Pete start by trying to figure out where Scott’s supposedly missing wife was.
What they thought was going to be an easy wrap up turned into a nightmare and it quickly became apparent that there was more going on with Scott and his dealings then they ever thought. Nothing was making sense and the closer Juliet came to getting the answers she needed to prove her and Pete’s innocence, the deadlier the situation became. It soon became clear that there was a mastermind to the deaths that were occurring and for whatever the reason their sites had become set on Juliet.
At the start of this story I was worried that it was going to be the kind of story that annoyed me. Mainly because Juliet seemed to have “feelings” for a variety of guys and did not know which one she really cared for. Mega eye rolls there, but even though that element did play through almost all the way to the end it was not as prevalent as I thought it was going to be. I ended up being won over by the fast-moving plot with enough twists and turns to keep my interest.
Murder Over Mochas was a charming cozy mystery that had a wonderful whodunit feel and plenty of developed characters with their own type of charm. I enjoyed Juliet’s character and her investigation style. I liked that she was didn’t happen to stumble upon clues and such. She, with the help of her friends, investigated clues to see where they would lead. It was a very entertaining story. Also, I love the cover and all the covers for the series honestly. They are very cute. Murder Over Mochas is a story that will appeal to lovers of cozy mysteries everywhere!
*Thank you to Netgalley & Alibi for this eARC of Murder Over Mochas*