Brew or Die Book Review
|Brew or Die
|April *, 2017, Alibi
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Carolyn Fardig’s delightful Java Jive mysteries finds the protagonist, Juliet Langley, getting herself into more than enough trouble in the fourth installment of the series, Brew or Die. Juliet, who manages her best friend’s coffee house, Java Jive, has, in the past, acted as an amateur sleuth to get herself or friends off the hook for murder. She has done so well, that she just obtained a license and is now an official Nashville Private Investigator. This certainly comes in handy when Shane, one of Java Jive’s Barristers needs help looking into the murder of his fiancé. Juliet goes undercover at a wedding, and takes her best friend, Pete Bennett with her to get to the bottom of what is going on in the party planning industry. Unfortunately, Juliet gets into plenty of trouble, may not actually solve the murder, and may set herself up to be one who is murdered.
Fardig does a good job of weaving a believable tale, and she also does well when developing her characters. Readers who have enjoyed the previous books in the series already know and love Juliet and Pete, and each book makes them even more believable and real. Fardig usually inserts some romance into her cozy mysteries, and this one includes one of Juliet’s ex-boyfriends; the relationship isn’t the best, and that adds some ups and downs while the suspense builds.
Readers who are familiar with Fardig and this Java Jive series, will want to pick up this novel. It’s a fun, fast read without any graphic violence, sex, and language.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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