Friday, April 22, 2016

Murder among the Nashville Society Crowd

MUG SHOT (Java Jive # 2)
Caroline Fardig
Random House Alibi
April 19, 2016

Juliet Langley is still working  day and night managing her friend Pete Bennett's coffee shop in Nashville. The last thing she needs is involvement in another murder. Pete's snooty society girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth, is organizing the annual 5K race for charity and Java Jive has a booth at the finish line. Juliet and Cecilia are not friends, to say the least, but Juliet never expected to find Cecilia's dead body in the booth on the morning of the race. Pete is immediately the prime suspect; after all, he set up the booth the previous night and his fingerprints are all over the booth and the murder weapon. When Pete is arrested Juliet goes all out to prove his innocence and uncovers secrets that the upper crust of Nashville would like to keep buried.

The determined and feisty redhead stakes her last dime, literally, on Pete's innocence. The police, including Juliet's ex-boyfriend, Ryder, think they have their man but Juliet knows better. The cast of baristas, Pete's grandmother, Gertie, and Juliet's society friend, Savannah, all play their parts in the second Java Jive mystery. The book is fast  paced and very funny and I recommend it as a complete escape read with a twist that I never saw coming.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Alibi for an advance digital copy in return for an honest review.

RATING- 4 Stars

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