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    The Suspense and Fun Continue

    I love the Java Jive stories because they are so well-written and the characters are genuine fun. This one has no shortage of outrageous and hilarious action, with new characters in depth. The mystery of who killed Peter's girlfriend, Cecilia, remains unsolved right up to the end, with no end of possible suspects, and a true surprise. The quirky romance between Ryder and Juliet provides spirited entertainment throughout the story. It is not necessary to read the first story in this series to fully appreciate this one, but it is worth a read on its own.
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    Good investigation, complicated characters

    Juliet Langley is a very complicated character with deep issues around being an independent woman and a talented musician/songwriter with stage fright. In this Java Jive mystery, Juliet is meddling in a police investigation to prove her BFF Pete Bennett is innocent of the murder of his girlfriend, and Jules' nemesis, Cecilia Hollingsworth. Juliet's on-again, off-again romance with Ryder is complicated by his police work and her undying love for Pete. Even as she insists she and Pete are only BFFs, her college yearnings for a more intimate relationship with him rise to the surface. Juliet's friend, Savannah, helps her get access to Cecilia's high society friends in order to solve the murder since Jules is too impatient to trust Det. Cromwell to find the truth. Ryder is constantly bailing her out of trouble while trying to be supportive of Pete. Surprise ending wraps up a good investigation. I received this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Loved it!

    LOVED this book! It's the second book in the Java Jive series that introduced us to Juliet and Pete. In Mug Shot, Pete gets arrested for his girlfriend's murder. Juliet is convinced he's innocent and that the police believe they've arrested the right guy. Once more, Juliet begins investigating on her own. What follows is Juliet employing her "unique" investigative skills (or lack thereof) that leads to humorous and dangerous results. This is a fun and quick read that fans of the genre will love. While it is a stand alone novel, it is so good that you really owe it to yourself to also read the first book, Death Before Decaf.
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    Whodonit stumped me!

    This is the second book in the Java Jive Mystery series. It's set in Nashville, Tennessee just off campus of two universities. As most baristas and food service workers are college students, and Juliet is recently starting over, after losing everything to a deceitful fiance, there was a very youthful feel to the first book. That youthful exuberance was tempered this time, by the inclusion of the Nashville old-money Southern gentry. Juliet and Pete have been best friends since college, and now that she is managing his father's coffee house, they added a new dimension to their friendship. There is a hint of sparks and interest between Pete and Juliet, though neither has acted on those feelings. Pete is dating Cecilia, another college classmate and member of the Nashville old money elite. Cecilia doesn't like Juliet, and the feeling is entirely mutual. Juliet has lobbied for Pete to dump Cecilia, since book one. On the night before a big 5k charity event, being run by Cecilia, Juliet appears to have talked Pete into breaking up with her when he goes to set up the coffeehouse's tent the night before the race. Imagine her shock and dismay when she finds Cecilia stabbed to death on the floor of that same tent. There were some recurring characters from book one, including Detective Cromwell, Carl & Savannah, Ryder Hamilton, Pete's Grandmother Gertie, Juliet's flaming alter-ego the Redheaded She-Devil, and the staff at Java Jive and a couple of Juliet's neighbors. I think that for all Juliet's faults she is a big ole softy. When the story starts, she is semi-dating Cecilia's younger brother Stan. He's a bit of a wimp, and though Juliet doesn't want to date him, she can't help but see how others treat him and she doesn't want to be that person. Pete and Ryder kept pushing Juliet to not see Stan, but stubborn Juliet listened to her gut and refused to stop being friends with him. I liked that she stood her ground about what she believed in. I also liked that she could learn from previous mistakes and didn't keep making the exact same ones. Of course, she did make new ones. LOL I was surprised at who the bad guy turned out to be. I honestly didn't see it coming. Of course, once the clues were laid out all Scoobie Doo like, it made total sense. But up till the big reveal I had the wrong guess. I like when I can be honestly stumped by an author. There is a bit of romance to be had between Ryder and Juliet, though she still has the feelings for Pete. I'm on the fence about the love triangle aspects, simply because I don't like them, though I know others do. I personally think we will come to find out that they are a left over crush that she just hasn't let go of. But probably not for a couple of books down the line. Overall I thought this was a better book than the first one, with Juliet really showing some growth as a character. The plot was tight, the pacing nicely done, and stumping me with the whodunit a sweet touch. I gave this book 4 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and Alibi for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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