Sunday, November 15, 2015

Review: Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig

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.

The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who'd locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who's asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can't simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she's going to get burned.

My Thoughts:
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I have never read this author before so I wasn't sure what to expect. Juliet is starting over at Java Jive after her fiancé took everything and left. Her first day on the job is eventful to say the least. She finds a body then needs to prove that she wasn't the killer. This story is full of mystery, suspense, humor, and some romance. It is from Juliet's point of view and she keeps things light even when the situation is serious, without getting too silly. I loved everything about this book and can't wait for more of this series. 

My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!

My Source: Netgalley

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