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    Great Read!

    review This book is a first in a new series by Caroline Fardig. If you love coffee with a great murder mystery stirred in, this is your book. I must say it wasn't my typical mystery read but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a sassy rea. I will warn you there is some language and suggestive scenes but it definitely doesn't deter from the great storyline. You actually need some of it to get across some of the main characters personality. For example, Gertie is a hoot! I loved her from the start. She is Pete's grandmother and has a mouth that would put a sailor to shame. Pete is the owner of Java Jive. His father was the previous owner but he passed and Pete took over. Pete is your mild mannered good southern boy raised in Nashville. He is a sound engineer for a recording studio and knows nothing about running a coffee shop. That is where Juliet comes into play. She used to work at Java Jive in college with Pete and has been offered the job of manager. Jules is a red head with a temper to match. She tells it like it is and uses f bombs to get her point across at times. She has a great nickname that I can totally relate too being a red head myself. She is called a "Redheaded She Devil" when she gets really angry. She ends up with her hands full trying to get to know her new employees some of which are not to fond of her from the start. Dave for instance is not the neatest person and keeps doing things to push Jules buttons. They get into a few arguments and everyone hears. Then things go from bad to worse for Jules. She goes to take out the garbage only to find poor Dave dead in the dumpster out back. Of course not only does she have to deal with a detective being suspicious of her she has a reporter hounding her every minute. Since everyone seems to think she is the prime suspect instead of waiting for the police to find the killer she convinces her best friend Pete to help her find other suspects to take the heat off of her. This is where the fun begins. The adventures these two get mixed up in will have you laughing out loud. So what will happen to Jules, will she be arrested or will she find the real killer before they find her and put a stop to her snooping? I loved every character in this book. This is a great start to a new series. I can't wait to read more adventures of Java Jive's with Pete, Jules, Gertie, and friends. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
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    Good beginning to the series

    I received an ARC from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book in the Java Jive Mystery Series by Caroline Fardig. This is my first book by the author, but after reading this I am going to make a point of reading more from her. Juliet Langley returns to her old college town to run her best friend Pete's coffeehouse, after losing her own cafe after her no good ex-fiance ran off with her money, her belongings and her best waitress, and lands herself smack-dab in the middle of a murder. This is a great cozy mystery that has great characters, and my favorite part some zany-hilarious antics. The funeral scene was epic! Very enjoyable.
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    Fun, Exciting and Full of Surprises

    This book is fun, exciting and suspenseful. Juliet transforms into the red-headed witch to become a superbitch, and many times it is appropriate. Although the reader can often suspect what is coming, the ending is a total shocker. Even though there is gore, mayhem and danger, the tone is light and the story is great. For the most part, all the characters are very real people and could be someone you know. The ability to handle dark material in a playful and entertaining way is the mark of a great author, and Fardig fills the bill.
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    Action Packed, Witty & Fast Paced!

    Hurting and penniless, Juliet returns to Nashville (her college stomping grounds). She's ready to start her new job as manager of Java Jive, working for her trusted friend Pete. Juliet's first day on the job was anything but typical! Resentment and dislike from the staff, to be expected; getting hit on by customers, not too unusual. Disciplining her staff, happened sooner than expected, but not out of the norm. What happened next was completely shocking! An action packed, witty and fast paced cozy murder mystery! The characters and dialog alone are a pleasure! Juliet and Gertie are sassy and smart! Pete, Seth and Ryder (giving nothing away), are smart, witty and all make! Looking forward to the next read! Received book free thru Netgalley for honest review.
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    New series with great potential

    Managing a restaurant staffed by students could kill you. Music degree completed, but paralyzed to perform, Juliet's returning to Nashville, broke, divorced, and determined to help her old friend Pete Bennett revive the coffee house they worked in together as university students 1o years before, as the new manager.. Who is Seth? What can Jules do to restore the business? When did Pete start seriously dating Cecilia? Why does Dave have a stash of student mail? Great characters that have the potential to carry a good series as Juliet (Jules) creates dessert recipes, and her relationship with Pete adds a dimension of romance
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