Review: Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig

Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig
Series: Java Jive Mystery (# 1)
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Alibi
Pages: 296
Source: book provided by publisher for review



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 coffee house. 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.


Review: I am so happy that I was introduced to Caroline Fardig’s books. She is an awesome author and her mysteries will keep you wanting more. There is never a dull moment. She combines comedy, romance, and mystery to bring her readers the perfect story every time.

I was very impressed by the characters in Death Before Decaf. Just when I thought I had them all figured out, Fardig throws in another twist. For a mystery, this book is hilarious. The main character, Juliet Langley, is constantly finding herself in difficult situations. On her first day at work at the Java Jive Café, she finds one of her employees dead. Since she is the lead suspect, Juliet immediately starts trying to track down the real killer and clear her name. She also meets a handsome stranger that ends up being a very interesting and confusing character. When Juliet and her best friend, Pete Bennett, get together, prepare for a good time. Fardig’s characters work so well together that they almost seem to be real.

I think my favorite thing about the Java Jive Mystery series is that Fardig always brings characters in from other books. I can’t say who shows up in Death Before Decaf but it was a pleasant surprise to see a familiar character in a new book. The way Fardig brings this character in is absolutely epic. This book has a very well written story line.

Death by Decaf is an action packed mystery that is filled with unexpected twists. I will definitely be recommending it to my reading friends and family. If you haven’t checked out Caroline Fardig yet, I highly recommend you do. You won’t be disappointed.