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Series: A Java Jive Mystery #2
Publication Date: April 19th, 2016
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.
I love to read mysteries and this one was a very good one. I have not read the first book in the series so there was a little confusion about Juliet's backstory but the plot was fine without really knowing too much about book one.
In this installment Juliet's best friend Pete is accused of murdering his girlfriend but there are a lot of other suspects and Juliet is determined to find out who did it. In her eyes, it certainly was not Pete's doing. Juliet tends to get herself into a lot of trouble and while I loved her devotion to her friend she was a pretty crazy girl. I liked her character though and she was to the point and funny.
The book flowed very well, there was enough information to get you questioning who-done-it but also still full of questions. This book was a very light read even though it was a murder-mystery, I was not emotionally attached to any of the characters but it was still a fun read. Maybe if I had read the previous book there would have been more attachment with the characters.
Overall, I think that this was a fun mystery to get out of my comfort of YA and MG books. It was light, funny, and I love a good mystery. I was surprised in the end at who the culprit was and I love when mystery's throw in a twist.