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Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.   Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best fri Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.   Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.   Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.   If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.   Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries: DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE   “I was hooked from the first page. I loved it!”—Dorothy Cannell, award-winning author of the Ellie Haskell mysteries, on Death Before Decaf   “This author comes up with some very interesting ways to kill someone, and her injection of humor at just the right time is perfect. On its own, Mug Shot is a really good read, but if you follow the series, it will be even better.”—Linda Thompson, host of The Authors Show


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Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.   Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best fri Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.   Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.   Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.   If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.   Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries: DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE   “I was hooked from the first page. I loved it!”—Dorothy Cannell, award-winning author of the Ellie Haskell mysteries, on Death Before Decaf   “This author comes up with some very interesting ways to kill someone, and her injection of humor at just the right time is perfect. On its own, Mug Shot is a really good read, but if you follow the series, it will be even better.”—Linda Thompson, host of The Authors Show

30 review for Brew or Die

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    3 stars to Caroline Fardig's Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery, the fourth book in her "Java Jive" mystery series. When I first began reading this book, it reminded me of either Sue Grafton's "Kinsey Millhone Alphabet" series or Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum" series, given they are about independent PIs or bail bonds women... and then when this book covered running a coffee shop, I thought of all the food related cozies. By the end, I struggled a little bit as it didn't quite fit into either 3 stars to Caroline Fardig's Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery, the fourth book in her "Java Jive" mystery series. When I first began reading this book, it reminded me of either Sue Grafton's "Kinsey Millhone Alphabet" series or Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum" series, given they are about independent PIs or bail bonds women... and then when this book covered running a coffee shop, I thought of all the food related cozies. By the end, I struggled a little bit as it didn't quite fit into either type of series, but grew on me more as I went along. That said... Cause I wasn't quite sure I had enough to be able to keep up with some of the character's perkiness! Truth be told, I think I may have been a victim of that disease we all suffer from occasionally "OuttaOrderRead." I rarely contract it, but on occasion, I'm weak, and it happens. It did because NetGalley offered it as an easy request, and I am new to NetGalley, and I had to increase my %... so I caused it all myself. When I went back to read the summaries of Books 1 thru 3, I thought... "oh, these sound good." End result: Read this series in order, I suspect it may be better than I am thinking. Story Juliet and Pete are best friends and they run a coffee cafe in Nashville. They are probably in love but keep dating other people. Pete's previous girlfriend was killed and he's now dating someone who was impacted by her murder (happened in last book, not sure). Juliet was dating a detective who worked on the last murder case, but he left her (unknown reasons again) and she's now dating another cop (who seems a bit boring). Juliet's also just gotten her PI license and is working for Maya on "lighter" cases to get her situated in the biz. Two plots in this book (all for the price of one): 1. Shane works for Pete. His girlfriend was just found dead of an overdose at her desk at work, where she was a party planner for a well-known paparazzi family. He begs Juliet to prove she was murdered, and Pete wants to help. As she investigates, Juliet realizes that Shane's girlfriend, Josie, had a bit of an unknown past; however, she also was caught up in a bizarre land of parties where the hosts bring in Hollywood-type entertainment, drugs and lots of booze. Juliet and Pete get close to Josie's colleagues, quickly learning everyone stabbed each other in the back. But which one was after Josie? 2. Juliet gets her first PI case from Maya: to help Gentry figure out what his partner is doing in their shared warehouse business, as suddenly there is an influx of cash and a lot of confusing deliveries. Juliet goes undercover with Maya as the cleaning staff and infiltrates the organization from the inside out. When Maya has to visit her sister who just had a baby, she asks Ryder, the detective who hurt Juliet in the last book, to help watch over Juliet. Ryder and Juliet are forced to spend time together, re-living their old relationship and sparks fly again, despite that Juliet's now with the new boring cop. When Juliet realizes it is drugs being smuggled in the warehouse organization, and finds her new boss at the warehouse dead from some weird powder, her two cases collide. How do drugs cross both cases? Who is the supplier and who is really buying them? Which new friends should she trust? You gotta read to figure that out! :) Strengths The setting for this series works. You've got a good way Juliet can connect with her clients and cases, given she works at a PI firm, is a musician, runs a coffee shop and has a close relationship with the local police. Juliet's a cool character. She's funny, has some substance, a good head on her shoulders and has an analytical mind. Pete's a nice guy, too, and I'm curious if something will ever occur between them. The plot of both primary mysteries was interesting and held my attention. It was mid-level complexity, which meant I had to work a little to think about who could be the culprits; however, it was an easy read that didn't require me to stop and think well into overtime about all the options. Suggestions While I like the approach of having two big mysteries, it brought in such a large cast of characters, it was hard to keep track of who was important. Each story line had 12 to 15 suspects or supporting characters, plus the various romances going on... at some point, there were 40 people to keep track of and when the stories collided, I was a little frustrated. If the series sticks with 2 primary cases in each book, the suspect list needs to be a little smaller in each one. Parts were a little too perky and too romance-driven. Parts were just silly. It was like eating too much candy at some point. Final Thoughts If you want to try this series, start with Book 1 -- even tho I haven't read it yet. It'll make more sense from the beginning, and then you can decide if you like the characters to stick with it. The more I read it, the better it got (going from 2.5 to a 3ish rating). I put it down 2 or 3 times the first few days and barely squeaked out 50% over those few days (rare, but slow for me). But then the last night, I buckled down and finished the last 50% in one sitting... I mean bedding. I was laying in bed. Do you call that bedding? Eh... I think I'm done here.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jill McGill

    Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig is the 4th book in the Java Jive Cozy Mystery Series. If you are looking for a light mystery, lots of humor and a crazy love triangle, then you will definitely enjoy this book! Brew or Die is a light, fun read with a crazy cast of characters that I really grew to love. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. *ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review. Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig is the 4th book in the Java Jive Cozy Mystery Series. If you are looking for a light mystery, lots of humor and a crazy love triangle, then you will definitely enjoy this book! Brew or Die is a light, fun read with a crazy cast of characters that I really grew to love. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. *ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I’m loving this series and eagerly anticipate reading the next in this fun mystery series. In this story Juliet Langley goes undercover to investigate the possible murder of a colleague’s girlfriend. She has her PI License now and has other cases to investigate, much to the chagrin of her BFF/boss/potential partner. With her current love interest acting mysteriously, her ex turning up like a bad penny and plenty of intrigue, this is a fun, fast paced and enthralling read. I loved it from start t I’m loving this series and eagerly anticipate reading the next in this fun mystery series. In this story Juliet Langley goes undercover to investigate the possible murder of a colleague’s girlfriend. She has her PI License now and has other cases to investigate, much to the chagrin of her BFF/boss/potential partner. With her current love interest acting mysteriously, her ex turning up like a bad penny and plenty of intrigue, this is a fun, fast paced and enthralling read. I loved it from start to finish! The Java Jive Cafe, its clients and staff as well as two local detectives all play key roles in this story which also has some love interests, too! The story has great characters, several of whom have secrets that will be uncovered as the story progresses. Juliet’s first official case is endeavouring to collect evidence of a cheating husband - and that gets Juliet accused of stabbing him! With policemen as both her ex and her current boyfriend, her boss as a potential boyfriend (if only they can get their timing right), folks being murdered and Juliet in the thick of the action. This story is a crazy, fun light hearted, mystery packed with humour, murder, misdirection and romance! I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I really like this series. It has mystery, humor, and a heroine who is having a really tough time with her love life. All elements that I find really make this series work. It is strongly recommended that you read the books in order for the full story. Juliet Langley is finally getting her life back together after being injured and then left by boyfriend Ryder Hamilton, MNPD Det Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I really like this series. It has mystery, humor, and a heroine who is having a really tough time with her love life. All elements that I find really make this series work. It is strongly recommended that you read the books in order for the full story. Juliet Langley is finally getting her life back together after being injured and then left by boyfriend Ryder Hamilton, MNPD Detective, as he chased after a murderer. She hasn't heard from him for over 3 months and is moving on. Her new boyfriend is John Stafford, who was her Knight in Shining Armor from that terrible night. John is with MNPD too, but works cold/missing persons cases. Juliet is also a newly minted PI and working for Maya Huxley, her new employer and trainer. Pete Bennett, Juliet's best friend since college and owner of Java Jive, is not at all happy about Juliet now being somewhat legal with all the crazy things she gets dragged into. Now that Juliet is an official PI, Maya is handing her a case to work. Gentry, a partner in the company Wonder-Gen Fabrications, suspects his partner of something underhanded and wants to find out what is going on in his company. Juliet crosses paths with Ryder on surveillance and learns some things that make her question her own judgment. Juliet and Pete also start their own investigation into the death of Josie, the fiancée of Java-Jive cook Shane. She died of a heroin OD, but no one has ever seen her so much as take a drink. This investigation leads them to her place of employment, Leonidas Luxury Events, and some really nasty people.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty ❤️

    This is a fun paced murder mystery with a lot going on as new PI Juliet tries to solve two crimes. That brings a bewildering cast of characters and I'm still not entirely sure I worked out who all of them were. I liked the love triangle angle, it added a nice edge to the story and I'll be interested to see what happens next with those characters.  The first mystery is around whether a business owner is channelling dirty money through his business which also involves Juliet's current boyfriend who This is a fun paced murder mystery with a lot going on as new PI Juliet tries to solve two crimes. That brings a bewildering cast of characters and I'm still not entirely sure I worked out who all of them were. I liked the love triangle angle, it added a nice edge to the story and I'll be interested to see what happens next with those characters.  The first mystery is around whether a business owner is channelling dirty money through his business which also involves Juliet's current boyfriend who may not be all he seems. This was the least interesting of the two for me. I just couldn't quite care too much for it. The second one was around the murder of a young woman, the human interest and the characters for this one were more interesting. I'd have been happier with just the one story around this particular murder. The characters seemed much more rounded and developed in this strand of the book.  I found it a quick read and it had enough to keep me going without skipping pages. After four books Juliet and her men are well rounded with decent development as we go along. The female friends seem like add-ons. The main one Maya (Juliet's boss) is sent out of the country at the beginning of the book and we don't hear much from her after that. I'd say all in all it would make a good beach read for a lazy day by the pool. Free arc from netgalley

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Juliet had finally gotten her PI's license and is eager to get started. Her first case is to catch a cheating husband and she does, right before he gets stabbed. Then there is another death affecting the staff at Java Jive and she and Pete decide to get to the bottom of what the police are writing off and not investigating. That leads them to a bridal fair and undercover work. John and Juliet are moving right along in their relationship and all seems well. But then Ryder shows up to try to tell Juliet had finally gotten her PI's license and is eager to get started. Her first case is to catch a cheating husband and she does, right before he gets stabbed. Then there is another death affecting the staff at Java Jive and she and Pete decide to get to the bottom of what the police are writing off and not investigating. That leads them to a bridal fair and undercover work. John and Juliet are moving right along in their relationship and all seems well. But then Ryder shows up to try to tell ker something about John that makes her pull closer to him instead of away, just because it's Ryder who's telling her. When she gets her second case she is working all the time and is burning the candle at both ends and that normally doesn't end well for her. What she discovers during the second case though, could shatter what she thinks she has. Now with at least three dead Juliet is racing to figure this out with the help of none other than Ryder. There are so many layers and twists and turns in this book it's crazy. I always like the messes Juliet seems to get herself into. This is a good book. A good read. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me: liked, didn't love. This is the 4th book in the Java Jive cozy mystery series, semi-set in a coffee house. I say semi-set because most of the action is set outside Java Jive especially since Juliet has just gotten her P.I. license. In addition to running Java Jive, Jules is working with her friend Maya on a couple of cases, one at a warehouse that has them undercover as the cleaning crew. Meanwhile, a Java Jive employee's fiancee has died of an overdose an Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me: liked, didn't love. This is the 4th book in the Java Jive cozy mystery series, semi-set in a coffee house. I say semi-set because most of the action is set outside Java Jive especially since Juliet has just gotten her P.I. license. In addition to running Java Jive, Jules is working with her friend Maya on a couple of cases, one at a warehouse that has them undercover as the cleaning crew. Meanwhile, a Java Jive employee's fiancee has died of an overdose and the employee (Shane) is convinced it was murder so Jules and Pete, her boss, best friend and potentially unrequited love wants to work with her to solve the case--as much as he is unhappy about her PI work and the potential danger it puts her in. Not only does Jules have a crazy work schedule with everything going on, she seems to be getting more serious with current boyfriend, police cold case investigator John Stafford and old boyfriend and fellow detective Ryder Hamilton is back, lurking about and warning her about John. Overall this is a fun and good series but this was not my favorite book. The mysteries were fine for a cozy and I like that Jules got her license and is more official in her PI work but I felt like the book and Jules needed a bit more focus. As much as I like her as a character, in this book especially, Jules is scattered between her feeling for three men: Pete, John & Ryder and three career focuses: the coffee house, PI work, and her music. In both areas--romance and career she jumps around more than I'd like to see. Although cozies in general are about more than the mysteries, I'd like to see more focus there and less on Jules's romantic life--which is just one case of bad choices and/or bad timing after another. Still, Jules is likable and I will definitely read the next book to see the direction it takes. As I recommend in most/all series--start with the first book: "Death Before Decaf" and read them in order. Note: I received an e-book ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not compensated in any way for my review and my thoughts and feelings are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Juliet Langley is one of my favorite amateur sleuths. The secondary characters are great too. So glad to see that Ryder is back, and I love the wizened Gertie. Juliet finally has her P.I. license, so we know she won't be able to stay out of trouble. I enjoy Pete, but I keep hoping he'll grow a pair and get together with Juliet instead of just being friends and her boss. Starting from the beginning of this series I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Juliet Langley is one of my favorite amateur sleuths. The secondary characters are great too. So glad to see that Ryder is back, and I love the wizened Gertie. Juliet finally has her P.I. license, so we know she won't be able to stay out of trouble. I enjoy Pete, but I keep hoping he'll grow a pair and get together with Juliet instead of just being friends and her boss. Starting from the beginning of this series is recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Juliet Langley is excited she has her private investigator certification. Her first major investigate has her looking at an electronic company whose accounts show more money being received than goods being sold. Juliet is teaming with Pete Bennett on the death of a friend from heroin. The police believe it was an accidental death. Pete feels it was murder. Ryder is back in Juliet's life. There are several romances either occurring or ending giving the tale romantic feelings. Juliet finds working Juliet Langley is excited she has her private investigator certification. Her first major investigate has her looking at an electronic company whose accounts show more money being received than goods being sold. Juliet is teaming with Pete Bennett on the death of a friend from heroin. The police believe it was an accidental death. Pete feels it was murder. Ryder is back in Juliet's life. There are several romances either occurring or ending giving the tale romantic feelings. Juliet finds working with the police is satisfying. The ending is interesting and will either amuse you or you will leave feeling disgusted. I recommend this book and series. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Alibi through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    NicoleG

    If you like mystery and romance with a splash of coffee, then you'll definitely enjoy the latest Java Jive mystery book. I thought it was an good read with the same interesting characters I've come to really like. I would have loved to see more of Gertie since she's extremely amusing! There was more than one mystery involved in the book and it seemed a bit convoluted at times (with maybe a few too many incidental characters to keep track of and which mystery they were involved in) but otherwise i If you like mystery and romance with a splash of coffee, then you'll definitely enjoy the latest Java Jive mystery book. I thought it was an good read with the same interesting characters I've come to really like. I would have loved to see more of Gertie since she's extremely amusing! There was more than one mystery involved in the book and it seemed a bit convoluted at times (with maybe a few too many incidental characters to keep track of and which mystery they were involved in) but otherwise it was fun and engaging. I received this book from Netgalley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Juliet's still managing Java Jive coffee house for her BFF Pete Bennett, but joining her friend Maya Huxley as a licensed P.I. gives her penchant for investigating an outlet. When her ex-boyfriend, Ryder, keeps shadowing her while she is with her present cop boyfriend John, sparks fly, causing Juliet to question all of her relationships. Multiple investigations leave Juliet over-extended and reassessing her life and her music. Characters have grown in leaps and the excellent writing to keep all the Juliet's still managing Java Jive coffee house for her BFF Pete Bennett, but joining her friend Maya Huxley as a licensed P.I. gives her penchant for investigating an outlet. When her ex-boyfriend, Ryder, keeps shadowing her while she is with her present cop boyfriend John, sparks fly, causing Juliet to question all of her relationships. Multiple investigations leave Juliet over-extended and reassessing her life and her music. Characters have grown in leaps and the excellent writing to keep all the various investigations exciting is easy to follow. I received a copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Ferguson

    I found this one on NetGalley and was interested at the description. After reading it I have a new favorite writer. This lady is hilarious. She had 9 books so far, 5 in the Lizzy Hart series and this is the fourth in the Java Jive series. If you are looking for a book with fast action, shoot outs, multiple mysteries, a kidnapping, love triangles with in love rectangles within a love circle (there is a lot of relationship drama) then this is a book you need to read. Juliet is the main character a I found this one on NetGalley and was interested at the description. After reading it I have a new favorite writer. This lady is hilarious. She had 9 books so far, 5 in the Lizzy Hart series and this is the fourth in the Java Jive series. If you are looking for a book with fast action, shoot outs, multiple mysteries, a kidnapping, love triangles with in love rectangles within a love circle (there is a lot of relationship drama) then this is a book you need to read. Juliet is the main character and she is anything but dull. She has a boyfriend who seems to adore her, an ex-boyfriend who seems to be stalking her, a guy best friend that she has been in love with for years and works for but never dated, and a gorgeous womanizing suspect who are all after her. While dealing with all the men in her life she is also putting her brand new PI license to use working on not one but two different cases. There are a few things I found refreshing about this book: 1. Everything is not tied up in a neat bow by the end of the book. That said, it can still be read as a standalone novel. After you finish it you will see what I am talking about because I don’t want to give any spoilers. 2. Not everything is as it appears. Mrs. Fardig is not afraid to blow your expectations all to hell. 3. Even though this is the fourth book in the series she doesn’t spend a lot of time recapping what happened in other books. She will make a statement about a past event and then move on. If you want to know about it you have to go read the other book. She does not give a full summary of everything. This keeps the action moving. I give this book 4 stars. The only reason it didn’t get the full 5 is there are way to many men fighting for her, and who she ends up with just didn’t sit well with me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Juliet Solves Not One But Two Mysteries Newly minted PI Juliet Langley has her plate full. She’s still managing the coffee house for her best friend, Pete Bennett. Now she is handling two jobs. Pete thinks it’s a lot, but he knows he can’t stop her becoming to be a PI. What he wants is for her to reconsider going back into the music business. Almost immediately Juliet solves a case and then lands two more. Shane, one of Pete’s employees is devastated by the death of his girlfriend, a party planne Juliet Solves Not One But Two Mysteries Newly minted PI Juliet Langley has her plate full. She’s still managing the coffee house for her best friend, Pete Bennett. Now she is handling two jobs. Pete thinks it’s a lot, but he knows he can’t stop her becoming to be a PI. What he wants is for her to reconsider going back into the music business. Almost immediately Juliet solves a case and then lands two more. Shane, one of Pete’s employees is devastated by the death of his girlfriend, a party planner. She was found dead at her desk from an overdose, and he wants Juliet to prove she was murdered. Juliet also works with Maya on a case to find out what’s happening in Gentry’s warehouse business. He thinks his partner is up to something shady. The cases lead Juliet into the weird world of party planning where drugs, booze and sex top the list of entertainment. In the warehouse case, she goes on stakeout and meets up with her former lover, Ryder. They’re both suspicious about what’s happening at the warehouse. The mysteries are fast paced and have enough twists to keep them interesting. Pete and Juliet are appealing when they team up to go undercover, as they do in the party planner case. Juliet shows her mettle and propensity for getting into tight spots in the warehouse case. These mysteries give you what you expect from this series. The romance is disappointing. I feel the relationships are becoming strained. Pete and Juliet can’t get together and the reasons are becoming thin. The cops Juliet dates are another disappointment. She’s broken up with Ryder, who seemed to be a good match. John, the cop she’s now dating, seems too much of a nice guy to keep her interested for long. I enjoy the series, but the romantic tangles are getting old. I received this book from Alibi for this review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Brew Or Die A Java Jive Mystery Caroline Fardig 5+ Stars Synopsis: Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig. Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might in Brew Or Die A Java Jive Mystery Caroline Fardig 5+ Stars Synopsis: Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig. Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead. Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets. If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble. Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries: DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I absolutely love Juliet. She is feisty, nosy, opinionated, loyal and funny. She has a temper but she is trying very hold to control it. She is not very lucky in the romance department but she does have her best friend, Pete. Their relationship and interactions are so funny to read about. The things she says (and thinks) had me laughing out loud while I was reading the book. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching the action take place and listening in on many conversations. This book is a bit more edgier and meatier than most of the cozies that I read, and I think that is why I loved this book so much. The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book. There are a few different cases that the newly appointed PI, Julia, is involved in. There were enough suspects, twists and turns and red herrings thrown in throughout the story that made it nearly impossible to solve. I really did not figure everything out until all was revealed at the end. The book was very well plotted and I enjoyed the way the story lines were cleverly woven together. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy that has a little bit more substance to it. I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to spend more time with Juliet and Pete. If I could, I would give this book more than 5 stars, that is how much I loved it. I received a free copy of this excellent book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Although her best friend, cafe owner, and boss Pete, does not mind her sleuthing, he wants her to get back to her music career, not spend her time working as a PI. Having said that, it doesn't stop him from jumping in with both feet to help Jules solve the cases she is working on. Juliet’s first official case is to collect evidence of a cheating husband - and th Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Although her best friend, cafe owner, and boss Pete, does not mind her sleuthing, he wants her to get back to her music career, not spend her time working as a PI. Having said that, it doesn't stop him from jumping in with both feet to help Jules solve the cases she is working on. Juliet’s first official case is to collect evidence of a cheating husband - and that gets Juliet accused of stabbing him! There are two different cases happening in this book. When one of her staff, Shane, loses his fiancee to an overdose, he is adamant that she did not do drugs and that she was killed. He asks her to investigate and prove that it was murder before the police close the case. In her PI job, she is working for a partner in a small metal fabricating company. He wants to find out where the influx of money is coming from that his partner is infusing into the company. With two law enforcement officials in her life, her present boyfriend and her ex, she gets more information given to her than the normal PI. She is also still having feelings, even though she does not want to, for Ryder, her ex. This is a fun series. The story has great characters, several of whom have secrets that will be uncovered as the story progresses. We don't see much of Gertie in this story and I missed her sarcasm and wit but I know she is still around and I look forward to seeing her again in the next story. This story is a crazy, fun, light, mystery packed with humour, murder, misdirection and romance! I recommend this one to any cozy mystery lover.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    The weakest novel in the Java Jive series. Didn't like the mysteries at all and I'm getting tired of the romance/non-romance aspect. Juliet has actually done something that I have never seen in a cozy mystery series, she got her PI license. Now she has a bit more authorization when she is investigating murders. Juliet has 2 crimes that she is working on. One is an undercover investigation in a factory and the other is one of Juliet's employees wants her to solve the death of his fiancee. The fia The weakest novel in the Java Jive series. Didn't like the mysteries at all and I'm getting tired of the romance/non-romance aspect. Juliet has actually done something that I have never seen in a cozy mystery series, she got her PI license. Now she has a bit more authorization when she is investigating murders. Juliet has 2 crimes that she is working on. One is an undercover investigation in a factory and the other is one of Juliet's employees wants her to solve the death of his fiancee. The fiancee looks like she died of a overdose, but anyone who knows her knows that she would never do drugs, so it must be murder. The 2 mysteries weren't at all intriguing, by the end of the novel I didn't care who had done it in either case. The best part of this novel (and the series) is the relationship between Juliet and her boss/best friend Pete. They have such a fun friendship and I'm rooting for them to get together. Unfortunately we are no where closer then at the start of the novel. Sadly this novel just wasn't for me, which is too bad since I really enjoy the series. Thank you to Netgallery and Alibi for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jay Williams

    This series continues as it becomes more like a soap opera. All the regular characters are back doing all the things they typically do. The characters are unique, likeable and enjoyable, This would not be a good book to read if you have read none of the others in this series. The interactions and results are much more understandable if you know the backstories. A change has fallen over the series as we only get to see the red-headed she devil once, and Ryder has turned into Doctor Phil. The chan This series continues as it becomes more like a soap opera. All the regular characters are back doing all the things they typically do. The characters are unique, likeable and enjoyable, This would not be a good book to read if you have read none of the others in this series. The interactions and results are much more understandable if you know the backstories. A change has fallen over the series as we only get to see the red-headed she devil once, and Ryder has turned into Doctor Phil. The changes enable a whole different series of interactions between Juliet and Ryder, and they are sustained to the end. The writing is light and bright, and the book is an entertaining and easy read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This was a good addition to the Java Jive Mystery series, but not the best in the series. I enjoyed the first three books more than this one. It is book four in the series. Juliet has recently received her PI license and is working with a friend's agency. She also maintains her job managing the coffee shop. She has a steady boyfriend, Pete has a steady girlfriend. And then Ryder shows up. Cue the awkward love triangles. I get that Juliet still has feelings for Ryder, but after the way he behaved This was a good addition to the Java Jive Mystery series, but not the best in the series. I enjoyed the first three books more than this one. It is book four in the series. Juliet has recently received her PI license and is working with a friend's agency. She also maintains her job managing the coffee shop. She has a steady boyfriend, Pete has a steady girlfriend. And then Ryder shows up. Cue the awkward love triangles. I get that Juliet still has feelings for Ryder, but after the way he behaved in previous books, I don't understand why she would want him anymore. This book tries to solve two mysteries. Who killed Shane's fiancée and also, what shady things are going on at Wonder-Gen Fabrications. The Wonder-Gen case is for the PI agency, but the murder case is personal. I felt like this book tried to cover too much ground. It would have been better if there was only one mystery to focus on. Keeping everybody straight, remembering which suspect belonged to which case, it all began to get a little complicated. Juliet's love life is a problem too. She is dating John, starting to have feelings again for Ryder, and still has an odd relationship with Pete. I think it is time for her to settle down with one guy. I enjoyed the beginning of the book very much. It felt like reconnecting with old friends. By the end of the book, I was getting tired and ready to move on. I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Niken Widyastuti

    A 3.5-stars review, actually. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book, provided through NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own. Juliet finally got her PI license. So she’s officially an investigator, along with coffee shop manager. After broke up with Ryder, she’s dating another cop, John. Pete was also dating another girl, while I believe he and Juliet love each other. There were two mysteries in t A 3.5-stars review, actually. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book, provided through NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own. Juliet finally got her PI license. So she’s officially an investigator, along with coffee shop manager. After broke up with Ryder, she’s dating another cop, John. Pete was also dating another girl, while I believe he and Juliet love each other. There were two mysteries in this book that Juliet had a hand in trying to solve them. The mystery part, overall was good. If you ‘delete’ the romance parts between the mysteries, then you got yourself two nice cozy-mystery stories. Quite intriguing, though with too many suspects. I really got confused with which ones were the suspect of which case. Smaller amounts of suspects would be nice, especially for 2 mysteries. The romance part… For the fourth book in the series, this really getting old and stale. Juliet just couldn’t seem to grow up and make up her mind. In this department, she’s really like a teenager, and I’m getting tired with her. If the romance was planned to be prolonged, then it would be best to make it just as a background, with little details. Romance took a big chunk of this book, yet there really was no real progress.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    Brew or Die is another great cosy mystery from Caroline Fardig. Once again we are in Nashville at the Java Jive that Juliet Langley manages and is owned by her bestie Pete. Juliet has become a Private Investigator and is excited about her first case. Meanwhile, Pete drags her into another case focusing on the murder/suicide of one of their friends. As always Juliet is always poking and prying and living over caffeinated to stay awake. Her undercover gig is cleaning at night. Her gig with Pete co Brew or Die is another great cosy mystery from Caroline Fardig. Once again we are in Nashville at the Java Jive that Juliet Langley manages and is owned by her bestie Pete. Juliet has become a Private Investigator and is excited about her first case. Meanwhile, Pete drags her into another case focusing on the murder/suicide of one of their friends. As always Juliet is always poking and prying and living over caffeinated to stay awake. Her undercover gig is cleaning at night. Her gig with Pete consists of going to fancy parties dressed like a bride and avoid being hit on. Meanwhile, her ex boyfriend is making noises about seeing and speaking with her and her present boyfriend is being suspicious. I love the stories that Caroline Fardig comes up with! They are always interesting and rarely a straight line from murder to murderer. Juliet and her group of friends are fun and funny. This is the fourth book in the series and it has not lost it’s fun factor. Brew or Die - a fun cosy mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Another fast, fun read. This time Juliet, who now has a PI license, and Pete are looking into why the fiancé of one of the Java Jive employees was found dead of an OD when they knew she wasn't a drug user. Many of the characters from previous novels are brought back and the antagonists are equally colorful. Thanks to Net Galley and Alibi for an ARC for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I am a huge fan of this series and I was truly excited when Juliet received her PI License. The story itself fell a bit short for me. There wasn't as much humor or crazy antics as the other books but I still enjoyed the story behind it. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    The Java Jive crew are back in the sleuthing mode when one of their own loses a loved one while Juliette is in the midst of her first solo PI gig with her newly minted PI certificate. Things take a turn for the nightmarish and Juliette & Pete may not live through this adventure! Excellent character development enhances a funny, exciting plot to keep you turning pages and intrigued to read what comes next! The Java Jive crew are back in the sleuthing mode when one of their own loses a loved one while Juliette is in the midst of her first solo PI gig with her newly minted PI certificate. Things take a turn for the nightmarish and Juliette & Pete may not live through this adventure! Excellent character development enhances a funny, exciting plot to keep you turning pages and intrigued to read what comes next!

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    **I voluntarily reviewed this ARC** This was a fun and lightly thrilling book. The mystery was great, but at times it felt like the relationship drama was taking over. There was also some great character development towards the end, which I loved.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    This entry in the Java Jive Mystery series just has too much of the romance vibe for me. From the ridiculously long, overdrawn, holding out on a relationship with best friend Pete to the yearning for the newly changed Ryder, the real emphasis felt like a romance novel, not a mystery novel. And the mystery itself wasn't that engaging to me. I still enjoy the scene-by-scene writing of Fardig, but the plotting felt weak to me in this one, and the only suspense seemed to be about who Juliet will or This entry in the Java Jive Mystery series just has too much of the romance vibe for me. From the ridiculously long, overdrawn, holding out on a relationship with best friend Pete to the yearning for the newly changed Ryder, the real emphasis felt like a romance novel, not a mystery novel. And the mystery itself wasn't that engaging to me. I still enjoy the scene-by-scene writing of Fardig, but the plotting felt weak to me in this one, and the only suspense seemed to be about who Juliet will or won't end up with. I guess I'm just not the right audience for this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Tobey

    Love this series. The growth of the characters provided added interest. Skeptical at first as to whether they actually had changed or not, but they did remain true and seemed believable. Lots of action, romance, laughs, and suspense. A definite page turner that I hated to see end. I am eager for more. The publisher provided a copy via NetGalley for my voluntary review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A solid mystery with interesting characters. This was the first in the series that I have read, I will definitely read the previous ones. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    SarahSmith

    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Since Juliet is going to do her own investigations anyway, she may as well make it official and get her P.I. license. I liked that Juliet and Pete weren't batting their eyelashes at each other through this book. And I definitely liked that Juliet's investigation's seemed plausible now. Also it was nice to not have to read about the nastiness of coworkers towards Juliet constantly. Great ending, can't wait to see how it plays out.

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