I love coffee and think decaf is a total waste of time. While maybe I wouldn’t say I’d die before drinking decaf, I can understand the sentiment.
That’s not quite where this book takes it though.
Interestingly, I learned a new to me term about this sub-genre of crime fiction. Cozy mystery. Have you heard it before? It’s mystery novels/crime fiction where the naughtiness and violence are downplayed. I dig it.
I don’t know that Death Before Decaf was a true cozy mystery because there was some naughtiness and violence for sure, but it wasn’t graphic or in your face.
After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over…
I thought this was a fun read with some easy to relate to, likable characters and a decently developed realistic plot. There was enough back story to give some depth but it was relevant to the story line and helped move it along. The romance was a little trite and you’ll have to read more to find out what happens there, but I liked that there was some. Looking back at some of the cozy-ish mysteries I’ve read recently, they’re about the same so I can’t say I will expect it to be different.
I can say in Death Before Decaf, here were a few unexpected events, but nothing that was hugely surprising.
It was some bubblegum for my brain (my favorite kind of book) and I’d check out others by her and look forward to others in the series.
Is this something you’d read? Why or why not.