Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Description from the publishers through Netgalley
Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.
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 fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.
Since his fiancée 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.
Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries:
DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE
I love a good cozy mystery and when it is part of a good series, I love it even more. Now of course, I didn’t pay attention to the fact that this is the 4th book in the Java Jive series however, it was ok to read this and not the others. Usually cozy mysteries, give you the background info from the first books so that you are not lost.
I love Juliet’s character and the mystery of this story was great. It was captivating and had the humor and lightheartedness that make for a good cozy mystery. I am absolutely going to go back and read the first 3 books and I will be keeping up with this series.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I received the E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the book:
Is Dingle Grove as clean-scrubbed as people believe?
Female sleuths, Alice and Lena are once again snooping into lives, this time joined by Audrey the bloodhound. An elderly man of the Midwest town of Dingle Grove disappears, and the hound finds him digging in an open field, weeping. As Alice signals her dog it’s time to leave, Audrey lies down nearby, her jaw flat against the earth. Alice recognizes the expression in her dog’s eyes, the sad look more intense than the one Audrey reserves for dead squirrels and night crawlers. Unsure of her dog’s ability to find a cadaver, Alice questions whether she should alert the police to her suspicions. Will her report create needless trouble for the old man with dementia? Residents help Alice unravel the buried secrets involving an obsession with outlaws and gangsters.
This is the second book in the Snoopypuss Mystery series. I have not read the first one but was asked to read and review this in exchange for an honest review. I was glad that I was able to get right into the story without feeling lost since not having the first installment. This was a cutesy mystery book without the gruesomeness. In my mind, I would classify this as a cozy mystery and I like that. If the author had included a few recipes from some of the characters, she would be able to market it as a Cozy mystery.
Alice and her bloodhood Audrey are extremely loveable and sincere. Lena is the funky sidekick that we all can’t live without. The story flows nicely and it wraps itself up in the end without leaving any questions behind. It was a fun read.
I gave it 4 crowns.