Any time one of these Java Jive Mysteries comes up I jump at the chance to read and review them.
I love them.
Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancee, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead. Since his fiancee died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal-and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets. If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.
This one got a little wacky but also did away with a character I didn’t love. Juliet being a PI feels a lot like Stephanie being a bounty hunter. Such a terrible idea it works! I really like how Fardig plays with the settings in each book but keeps the coffee shop home.
Fardig has done a great job continuing to develop the characters and sub plots that weave through the different books. I don’t love what she’s done with some of them, but I see how it’s necessary to do so.
These cozy mysteries are still bubblegum for my brain but at the end of the day, it’s what I like to read right now so that’s just fine by me. I’ll keep reading this series.
Is this something you’d read? Why or why not.