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Friday, April 10, 2020

Murder Over Mochas (A Java Jive Mystery #5) by Caroline Fardig


Murder Over Mochas

Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Alibi


Amazon synopsis: 
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.

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4.5 Stars

This is the fifth and final book in the Java Jive mystery series by Caroline Fardig. This series is so good it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if she added five more books to the mix. Just love it that much!

Basic premise: Juliet has finally gotten her private investigator’s license and her detective friend, Ryder is working with her and his new girlfriend Maya for her PI firm. Juliet’s old flame, Scott, who was responsible for her losing her last business after he stole all her money, wants her help. Her response is “Yeah, right.” But then he ends up dead after being poisoned and of course, Juliet has tons of motive to want him out of her life for good. So she has to prove her innocence since her detective friend, a different guy, is on vacation and Ryder is sort of on the outs with the department after the hijinks from the last book.

This book finally has Juliet dealing with all her feelings about Pete, her boss at Java Jive and what she really wants out of life. She revisits her hometown and a few characters from one of Fardig’s other series makes a cameo appearance. This definitely makes you want to check them out just so you have something to move onto since this is the last book in the Java Jive series, much to my dismay. Did I mention that I really need five more books in this series? :)

The previous book was one of my favorites but this one really wraps it all up nicely dealing with all the loose threads and puts Juliet in a nice place to move forward in her life.

If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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