Death Before Decaf
By Caroline Fardig
Genre: Fiction / Cozy Mystery
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.
Review by Amanda
My Rating: 4 Tea Cups
*Thank you Netgallery for proving me a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest review.
A few years I was super into romances. Then I got tired of romances and went more into a mystery direction. Then I discovered Cozy mysteries. Cozy mysteries are the perfect blend of a laid back mystery and a little bit of romance. I love them! Normally I save cozy mysteries for vacations, but after a weekend of moving, I found this cozy mystery the perfect read!
First of all, I love the main character, Juliet! She is super sweet and super feisty. I found her very easy to relate to and I want to be her friend! I loved how the novel was in present day and Juliet would think of a past memory and the author went in depth in that past memory. I felt more connected to Juliet and whomever was apart of the past memory.
I loved the relationship between Juliet and her best friend Pete. You could tell that they cared about each other and have gone through a lot. However, I didn't enjoy how obvious it was that both of them wanted to get together with each other. I really don't need a whole book of will they/won't they. It reminded me of the Stephanie Plum series, which has the main character deciding between an old friend and a new flame.
The mystery aspect was amazing! I had no idea who the killer was until they revealed it! There was also a few twists and turns throughout the novel to keep you entertained.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Death Before Decaf and I am super excited that the novel is the first in a series. This is one cozy mystery that you don't want to miss!
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