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Former musician Juliet Langley has barely had a day off since taking over management of the coffeehouse owned by her best friend, Pete Bennett. But there's always more to be done—such as prepping for the annual Holiday 5K Race organized by Pete's snobby socialite girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth. This year, Java Jive has a booth right at the finish line, and since Juliet Former musician Juliet Langley has barely had a day off since taking over management of the coffeehouse owned by her best friend, Pete Bennett. But there's always more to be done—such as prepping for the annual Holiday 5K Race organized by Pete's snobby socialite girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth. This year, Java Jive has a booth right at the finish line, and since Juliet and Cecilia don't always see eye to eye, everything has to be perfect. Nothing can go wrong. Nothing . . . like Juliet stumbling over Cecilia's dead body on the morning of the race. When Pete is arrested for Cecilia's murder, Juliet sets out to clear his name. She'll do whatever it takes—even if it means standing up to the police, her ex-boyfriend, and the grande dames of Nashville. But there isn't enough espresso in the world for the greatest challenge in her path: infiltrating Nashville's high society to uncover the hidden hotbed of scandal without running afoul of the law herself. With her last dime staked on Pete's bail bond and her staff growing jittery, the last thing Juliet needs is for her trademark temper to land her behind bars. As time drips away, Juliet needs to crack this case before the killer comes back for another shot.


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Former musician Juliet Langley has barely had a day off since taking over management of the coffeehouse owned by her best friend, Pete Bennett. But there's always more to be done—such as prepping for the annual Holiday 5K Race organized by Pete's snobby socialite girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth. This year, Java Jive has a booth right at the finish line, and since Juliet Former musician Juliet Langley has barely had a day off since taking over management of the coffeehouse owned by her best friend, Pete Bennett. But there's always more to be done—such as prepping for the annual Holiday 5K Race organized by Pete's snobby socialite girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth. This year, Java Jive has a booth right at the finish line, and since Juliet and Cecilia don't always see eye to eye, everything has to be perfect. Nothing can go wrong. Nothing . . . like Juliet stumbling over Cecilia's dead body on the morning of the race. When Pete is arrested for Cecilia's murder, Juliet sets out to clear his name. She'll do whatever it takes—even if it means standing up to the police, her ex-boyfriend, and the grande dames of Nashville. But there isn't enough espresso in the world for the greatest challenge in her path: infiltrating Nashville's high society to uncover the hidden hotbed of scandal without running afoul of the law herself. With her last dime staked on Pete's bail bond and her staff growing jittery, the last thing Juliet needs is for her trademark temper to land her behind bars. As time drips away, Juliet needs to crack this case before the killer comes back for another shot.

30 review for Mug Shot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    In our second visit to Java Jive, we see Juliet single as she and Ryder split up at the end of the first book. Pete is once again dating Cecilia, and she and Juliet still can not stand one another. Juliet is dating Stan, Cecelia's brother and the opening of the book has them all at a funeral and wake for Stan and Cecilia's grandmother. When Cecilia is found murdered in the tent that Java Jive is using to sell cookies at the 5K fundraiser, Pete is not only suspected of the murder, but is actually In our second visit to Java Jive, we see Juliet single as she and Ryder split up at the end of the first book. Pete is once again dating Cecilia, and she and Juliet still can not stand one another. Juliet is dating Stan, Cecelia's brother and the opening of the book has them all at a funeral and wake for Stan and Cecilia's grandmother. When Cecilia is found murdered in the tent that Java Jive is using to sell cookies at the 5K fundraiser, Pete is not only suspected of the murder, but is actually arrested. Juliet is beside herself that her best friend is in jail and will do everything in her power to find the real killer and get Pete released. She puts herself in danger when she begins poking around in things that are none of her business. The rich have money to hire excellent lawyers and if and when they get in trouble, they tend to get out of jail quickly, not so with Pete. The characters we met in the first book are back in another great story. The humorous and witty dialogue, mixed with romantic tension, and a puzzling mystery make this a book that I quickly read. Juliet is a wonderful heroine, she reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plumb from the Janet Evanovich books. She is humorous, constantly justifying her actions to herself and others and so loyal and loving to her friends it is impossible not to root for her and like her. The mystery-suspense elements have an emotional twist this time with Gertie and Juliet worried about Pete, she does things without thinking because she can not live without him. There are so many suspects in this one with twists and turns that I had no idea who the murderer was until the very end. I think cozy mystery readers will enjoy getting to know Juliet, also known as The Redheaded She-Devil or Scooby, and all her friends at the Java Jive. This series is well written and extremely entertaining.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    “Mug Shot” by Caroline Fardig   In “Death by Decaf,” the first book in the Java Jive Mystery series, we met Pete, who inherited his family’s coffee bar, The Java Jive, which he promptly handed over to his best friend, Juliet. Managing the Jive is difficult, but when a murder takes place, Juliet discovers a talent for detective work, which puts her in danger, but she manages to help catch a killer. However, her heart becomes collateral damage when Ryder, the undercover cop investigating the murder, “Mug Shot” by Caroline Fardig   In “Death by Decaf,” the first book in the Java Jive Mystery series, we met Pete, who inherited his family’s coffee bar, The Java Jive, which he promptly handed over to his best friend, Juliet. Managing the Jive is difficult, but when a murder takes place, Juliet discovers a talent for detective work, which puts her in danger, but she manages to help catch a killer. However, her heart becomes collateral damage when Ryder, the undercover cop investigating the murder, breaks her heart. All of that is in the rearview mirror now, as Juliet has moved on. Pete has reunited with his girlfriend, Cecilia, and Juliet is dating Stan, Cecilia’s brother. But, a mind blowing murder will put Pete behind bars and have Juliet once more putting her amateur sleuthing skills to the test. However, she does get help from an unlikely source…Ryder. Yes, the whole gang is back in this second installment of the Java Jive series. This is another solid effort by Caroline Fardig. The humorous and witty dialogue, mixed with romantic tension, and a puzzling mystery is a fresh and unique combination. Juliet’s first person narrative is humorous at times and poignant at others, making her a loveable character, I can’t help but cheer on. I get a kick out of her running internal monologue, which is a riot. The mystery-suspense elements are truly tense on an emotional level this time around, with numerous suspects, various motives, and some very surprising twists and turns, that kept me guessing all the way to the bitter end. I think cozy mystery readers will enjoy getting to know Juliet—The Redheaded She-Devil—and all her friends at the Java Jive. This series is delightful, well written, and wildly entertaining.   Reviewed by Julie Whiteley for Suspense Magazine

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tracie Banister

    The awesomeness of the Java Jive Mystery series continues with Mug Shot. Y'all, I'm not gonna lie. I cackled with evil glee when I read the blurb for this book and saw that Pete's snooty girlfriend, Cecilia, was going to meet a gruesome end. She was SO awful to Juliet, the series' intrepid heroine, in the first book and she's clearly not the right woman for sweet Pete. So, I was glad to see her get what she had coming to her. Turns out that Cecilia was even more heinous than I thought as Juliet The awesomeness of the Java Jive Mystery series continues with Mug Shot. Y'all, I'm not gonna lie. I cackled with evil glee when I read the blurb for this book and saw that Pete's snooty girlfriend, Cecilia, was going to meet a gruesome end. She was SO awful to Juliet, the series' intrepid heroine, in the first book and she's clearly not the right woman for sweet Pete. So, I was glad to see her get what she had coming to her. Turns out that Cecilia was even more heinous than I thought as Juliet discovers her nemesis was leading a secret life while she investigates the other woman's untimely death. I know, I know, Juliet's not supposed to be sticking her nose into police matters (she's warned repeatedly about this), but what's a girl supposed to do when her best friend gets arrested for a murder she's sure he didn't commit? She proceeds to find a whole slew of suspects, all of whom are acting shady. Will Juliet be able to unmask the real killer and bring him/her to justice before she suffers the same fate as Cecilia? This was a very entertaining and engrossing mystery. I honestly had no idea who the murderer was until the culprit was revealed in a really harrowing scene in the last act (I shudder every time I think about the situation poor Juliet ended up in when the killer became totally unglued!). I love the characters in this series. Juliet is smart, fun, feisty, and willing to go to the mat for the people she cares about. And the two men in her life? SIGH I simply can't choose between them, because they're both wonderful and right for Juliet in their own ways. Pete is kind, generous, loyal, and dreamy while Ryder is a hot alpha male with a tragic past. I think that Juliet could have a HEA with either one of them, so I have no idea how this love triangle is going to shake out now that Pete is single again. I liked that Juliet was immersed in a totally different milieu in this story. In the first book, her investigation took her into a seedy criminal underworld while in Mug Shot, she's poking around in the upper echelons of society in Nashville, where she finds the people to be just as nefarious. To her credit, Juliet's able to adapt equally well to both environments (I think her talent as a performer/singer helps her out with this). Caroline Fardig knocked it out of the park with this book, and I can't wait to see where she takes Juliet next! I'm sure that fans of both Cozies and Chick Lit will enjoy Mug Shot as much as I did!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Business is pretty good at the coffee shop Juliet Langley manages for her best friend Pete Bennett, until Juliet stumbles over the body of Pete's girlfriend in the tent/booth Java Jive was to staff at a benefit race that morning. When Pete is arrested for murder, Juliet goes on the offensive, determined to clear his name, despite repeated admonitions from her boyfriend, Detective Ryder Hamilton, to stay out of it and let the police do their job. Not listening to him nearly costs Juliet her life. Business is pretty good at the coffee shop Juliet Langley manages for her best friend Pete Bennett, until Juliet stumbles over the body of Pete's girlfriend in the tent/booth Java Jive was to staff at a benefit race that morning. When Pete is arrested for murder, Juliet goes on the offensive, determined to clear his name, despite repeated admonitions from her boyfriend, Detective Ryder Hamilton, to stay out of it and let the police do their job. Not listening to him nearly costs Juliet her life. The second book in the series got off to a rocky start with me when the main character cracked a potty joke worthy of a 12 year old boy in the first scene. Yet we're to believe Juliet and Pete are adults? I'd hoped it would get better, but I read for character, and I was stunned by the choices Ms. Fardig made between the first and second books in her series. For example, she wrote herself back INTO a corner with the Juliet/Pete/Ryder love triangle, which made no sense. At the end of book #1, Pete and Juliet finally get together and begin to acknowledge that each has been pining for the other for a dozen years, yet two months later when book #2 begins, they've long since broken up and agreed to be "just friends"? For real? No. Finding that navigating a romantic relationship while maintaining a professional one is harder than they thought, OK, but giving up and resuming previous patterns of behavior? No. And Pete picking right back up with his stuck up, bitchy, jealous (ex)girlfriend? HUH?? Also, NO. We're supposed to believe he would rather date someone who treats people, including him, like garbage instead of his best friend who he's been head-over-heels in love with for over a decade? Seriously? No. So many of the things Juliet says and does in this book are downright idiotic. I had a hard time rooting for someone so immature and lacking in impulse control. The Redheaded She-Devil concept was at least funnier in the first book. This time around I found myself gritting my teeth and wishing she would grow up and think things through for a change. The secondary characters in book #2 also lack internal consistency. It felt to me like Ms. Fardig started writing the book one way and then couldn't figure out who the killer was and so forced her characters to contort in order to come up with an ending. Particularly the unexpected twist near the end that revealed the murderer--my jaw dropped, and not in a good way. I did appreciate the section of the book set in Nashville's Centennial Park, as I was just there earlier this summer and visited the Parthenon replica, so I could picture those scenes much more vividly than I would have been able to in the past. I also enjoyed the glimpse into Ryder's past as he took Juliet to the Christmas tree farm. For readers' advisors: story doorway is primary. There is a ton of swearing, but usually pretty mild as swearing goes. The sex and most of the violence happens off-screen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    Juliet has her hands full running the Java Jive, her best friends Pete’s coffeehouse, she didn’t bargain going as a third wheel to his aristocratic girlfriend Cecilia Hollingsworth’s grandmothers repast. Who just happened to be one of the wealthiest women in Nashville. Her death only leaves Cecilia with more wealth and power. In this addition to the series the reader is introduced to Cecilia’s dysfunctional family, and boy is it dysfunctional. The repast does not go off without a few glitches wh Juliet has her hands full running the Java Jive, her best friends Pete’s coffeehouse, she didn’t bargain going as a third wheel to his aristocratic girlfriend Cecilia Hollingsworth’s grandmothers repast. Who just happened to be one of the wealthiest women in Nashville. Her death only leaves Cecilia with more wealth and power. In this addition to the series the reader is introduced to Cecilia’s dysfunctional family, and boy is it dysfunctional. The repast does not go off without a few glitches which make for some laugh out loud moments. Poor Juliet just can't win with this family. Meanwhile, back to Java Jive, Juliet must get ready for Cecilia’s annual Holiday 5K Race, which they have a booth to get set up. Cecilia will be sure to be extra critical of it because she would love to see Juliet fail since they have such a contentious relationship. So Juliet is making every effort to make sure they have the best booth. Juliet is out at the fairgrounds to get put the finishing touches on their booth before sun up. When she arrives at the booth she raises the tent and stumbles over something, she's thinking, "Oh, No, what now" then she realises it's a body. When she sees who it is she shocked, to say the least, how could she be stumbling over Cecilia’s body in their booth of all places and who killed her? She falls out of the tent right into her ex-boyfriend, Detective Ryder’s arms who is there as a participant in the 5K. The day just gets worse, much worse. Pete is arrested and she knows there is no way he could have killed Cecilia. She cannot stand for him to be behind bars for something he didn’t do. She will do anything to get him out of jail until she can prove his innocence. It’s bad enough his girlfriend is dead, then it looks like the police are convinced of his guilt. Now the fun begins, when she enlists her only girlfriend, Savannah to help her find the real killer. The list of suspects keeps growing daily. I love this series; the characters are really growing on me. I love the subtle romantic undertones between Juliet and Pete, now that Cecilia is out of the picture I'm curious where this could be headed. However, I happened to feel the same why as Pete’s "feisty, tell it like she sees it" grandmother, Gertie when it comes to hunky Ryder. The surprise ending was just too much, A Whole Latte Murder will be coming out in early November of this year it looks like. I for one can’t wait. This is one series that you don’t have to start at the beginning to get into the flow of things, but it's well worth it if you do. I would like to thank NetGalley and Alibi Publishing for providing me with an e-galley for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Mug Shot #2 in the Java Jive Series by Caroline Fardig Release Date April 19, 2016 This is the 2nd book in the series by the talented author Caroline Fardig. This book picks up shortly after Death by Decaf and the antics of Juliet Langley will keep you laughing. It's time for the holidays and Juliet is working hard as manager of Java Jive, the coffee shop owned by her best friend Pete. Pete is still involved with Cecelia Hollingsworth and her dislike for Juliet is as strong as ever. When Pete is wrong Mug Shot #2 in the Java Jive Series by Caroline Fardig Release Date April 19, 2016 This is the 2nd book in the series by the talented author Caroline Fardig. This book picks up shortly after Death by Decaf and the antics of Juliet Langley will keep you laughing. It's time for the holidays and Juliet is working hard as manager of Java Jive, the coffee shop owned by her best friend Pete. Pete is still involved with Cecelia Hollingsworth and her dislike for Juliet is as strong as ever. When Pete is wrongfully accused of murder, Juliet has no other choice than to investigate, against Ryder's advice, after all is he a cop and he doesn't want her getting involved in the investigation. Business is dropping as no one wants to have coffee in a shop where the owner is accused for murder, so Juliet digs deep into the history of the murder victim, revealing some horrible truths. Even though Ryder and Juliet have ended their relationship, they both seem to have feelings for one another and Ryder continues to try to keep Juliet safe. The investigation brings Juliet into a world of greed, anger, cheating, abuse and murder. The appearance of Kent really added a different dimension to this story. He was portrayed as such a bully that I really wanted to reach into my kindle and wallop him. I was flabbergasted at the end, I did not see that ending coming at all. This was a great story and I look forward to reading more in this series. I received and ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Hail, hail the gang's all here! Juliet and Pete have decided to be "just friends" and Pete is still seeing his psycho socialite girlfriend, Cecilia. Even though Juliet dated and broke up with hot bod cop, Ryder, he's back too. Juliet's best friend, Savannah, and her husband, Carl, are here also. Java Jive is still the happening coffee shop in Nashville, TN, except when the manager and owner are mixed up in another murde ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Hail, hail the gang's all here! Juliet and Pete have decided to be "just friends" and Pete is still seeing his psycho socialite girlfriend, Cecilia. Even though Juliet dated and broke up with hot bod cop, Ryder, he's back too. Juliet's best friend, Savannah, and her husband, Carl, are here also. Java Jive is still the happening coffee shop in Nashville, TN, except when the manager and owner are mixed up in another murder. This isn't just any dead body - it's Cecilia. When Pete is arrested for the murder the Redheaded She-Devil dusts of her sleuth hat and gets to work. Juliet has a whole list of suspects, starting with Cecilia's crazy family. This time she drags a very reluctant Southern Belle Savannah along as her partner in sleuthing. Ryder Likeapony tries to keep her out of trouble, but that is difficult when Pete's life is at stake. Nothing is going to stop Juliet from clearing his name and getting him out of jail. even if it means risking her own life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

    Java Jive coffeehouse manager Juliet Langely can't avoid getting mixed up with another murder. Her best friend and Java Jive owner, Pete Bennett, is accused of killing his girlfriend, Celicia Worthington, by stabbing her in the neck with a frothing wand. The police think Pete is guilty of the murder and arrest him, but Juliet knows Pete, and she knows Pete would never kill Celicia, no matter how big a pain Cecilia was. Juliet never had much use for Celicia in life, but she is determined to find Java Jive coffeehouse manager Juliet Langely can't avoid getting mixed up with another murder. Her best friend and Java Jive owner, Pete Bennett, is accused of killing his girlfriend, Celicia Worthington, by stabbing her in the neck with a frothing wand. The police think Pete is guilty of the murder and arrest him, but Juliet knows Pete, and she knows Pete would never kill Celicia, no matter how big a pain Cecilia was. Juliet never had much use for Celicia in life, but she is determined to find her murderer, so Pete doesn't rot in jail. Suspects abound in this case, from Juliet's own lackluster boyfriend, Stan Worthington, to Cecilia's sister Abigail and her rather rough husband. Juliet quickly learns that Celicia was cheating on Pete as well. Doing her best to stay out of trouble and shake her over-protective ex-boyfriend, Ryder Hamilton, Juliet is determined to solve the case. I enjoyed reading this book. Juliet is a fun, fiery heroine! I like that she has a messy love life because life isn't always perfect and that she persists even when the going gets tough. I definitely plan to read the next book in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Juliet Langley has returned to the Java Jive coffee shop where she had worked during college. Juliet is working for Peter Bennett, the son of the deceased owner. She manages the shop. Pete has a socialite girlfriend who is organizing a charity event….the annual Holiday 5K Race. The Java Jive has a booth at the race to sell cookies and drinks. Juliet arrives early in the morning with the cookies. Upon entering the booth, Juliet finds a body….a dead body !!!! The body is Cecilia Hollingsworth, Pete’s s Juliet Langley has returned to the Java Jive coffee shop where she had worked during college. Juliet is working for Peter Bennett, the son of the deceased owner. She manages the shop. Pete has a socialite girlfriend who is organizing a charity event….the annual Holiday 5K Race. The Java Jive has a booth at the race to sell cookies and drinks. Juliet arrives early in the morning with the cookies. Upon entering the booth, Juliet finds a body….a dead body !!!! The body is Cecilia Hollingsworth, Pete’s socialite girlfriend. Pete gets arrested for murder. Then the story takes off. Juliet decides to clear Pete. The Redheaded Devil to hopefully ridethe rescue!!! Her escapades lead to danger, suspense, humor, being rescued by her desired cop boyfriend, meeting with unsavory characters, getting a broken finger and punched in the jaw. Will she be able to solve the murder and remain unharmed? This is the second book in the Java Jive Mysteries series. It can be read as a stand alone. Thank you to Alibi via Net Gallery for this eBook. My opinion is my own

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Kander

    This is the second book in the Java Jive series, and I am becoming a big fan of the main character, Juliet Langley. This book picks up shortly after where Death by Decaf left off. Juliet's boss is accused of murder, so Juliet is trying to clear his name as well as managing Java Jive. Ryder, of course, doesn't approve of her sleuthing activities. Even though their relationship is over, he is still concerned about her safety. The plot is fast-paced and a real page turner. It will keep you engaged f This is the second book in the Java Jive series, and I am becoming a big fan of the main character, Juliet Langley. This book picks up shortly after where Death by Decaf left off. Juliet's boss is accused of murder, so Juliet is trying to clear his name as well as managing Java Jive. Ryder, of course, doesn't approve of her sleuthing activities. Even though their relationship is over, he is still concerned about her safety. The plot is fast-paced and a real page turner. It will keep you engaged from beginning to end, wanting to find out how it all plays out, and whodunit. The final reveal was a HUGE surprise for me. Already looking forward to A Whole Latte Murder in November. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    Another winner IMHO! Juliet is back with her best friend Pete and hunky Detective Ryder. This time it is Pete's girlfriend that ends of up dead and Pete is accused of the murder. Of course Juliet can't have that because he is her best friend and knows he would never have done such a thing. Just like the first book, this one is peppered with funny scenes due to Julie's fervor in searching out who really killed Cecilia. I will say that you will not see this one coming! There are several good suspec Another winner IMHO! Juliet is back with her best friend Pete and hunky Detective Ryder. This time it is Pete's girlfriend that ends of up dead and Pete is accused of the murder. Of course Juliet can't have that because he is her best friend and knows he would never have done such a thing. Just like the first book, this one is peppered with funny scenes due to Julie's fervor in searching out who really killed Cecilia. I will say that you will not see this one coming! There are several good suspects and the only reason why I did suspect the killer at the end is that is seemed like there was anyone else to suspect! This is a good series and I highly suggest reading but make sure to start with the first book, Death before Decaf.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The murder mystery part of this book was interesting and complicated. The relationship issues that came up over and over were also complicated but to be honest had a yuck quality. Especially Ryder. I would not want any but Gert as a friend. I felt some of the phrasing and language used were forced, unnecessary and were deliberately added just for effect. What happened was it disrupted the read and did not add value. I wanted to like the main protagonists, but really, had to search for redeeming tra The murder mystery part of this book was interesting and complicated. The relationship issues that came up over and over were also complicated but to be honest had a yuck quality. Especially Ryder. I would not want any but Gert as a friend. I felt some of the phrasing and language used were forced, unnecessary and were deliberately added just for effect. What happened was it disrupted the read and did not add value. I wanted to like the main protagonists, but really, had to search for redeeming traits. I got this book via netgalley for a review

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    What a great follow up to Death Before Decaf! The second in the Java Jive Mysteries was even better than the first. When Pete is arrested for his girlfriends murder, Juliet will stop at nothing to prove his innocence. Nothing. Lots of laughs and romance kept me turning the pages. You'll never guess who did it! I didn't. And of course, I'm still Team Ryder! Just adore them together. Looking forward to Juliet's next adventure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Coker

    This is a fun, fast-paced mystery that kept me on my toes until the very end. I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading. It kept my attention to the very end. It has the right amount of suspense paired with the right amount of humor. It is definitely a page turner. I received this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you crossed Goldy Schulz from Diana Mott Davidson’s Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries with Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you’d get someone like Juliet Langley from Mug Shot. And that’s definitely a mixed blessing. Like Goldy, Juliet seems to get involved in solving mysteries because someone near and dear to her (or her own self) gets accused of murder. And of course the police focus on someone that Juliet is just sure can’t be guilty. Also like Goldy, Jul Originally published at Reading Reality If you crossed Goldy Schulz from Diana Mott Davidson’s Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries with Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you’d get someone like Juliet Langley from Mug Shot. And that’s definitely a mixed blessing. Like Goldy, Juliet seems to get involved in solving mysteries because someone near and dear to her (or her own self) gets accused of murder. And of course the police focus on someone that Juliet is just sure can’t be guilty. Also like Goldy, Juliet’s life and her mysteries revolve around a food establishment. In Juliet’s case, that establishment is the Java Jive, the cafe she manages for her best friend Pete Bennett. Like Stephanie Plum, Juliet is more than a bit hapless as well as rather klutzy. However, unlike Stephanie, Juliet has no pretensions to being a profession crime solver, crime stopper, or investigator of any kind. Juliet gets caught in the middle trying to save a friend. Her involvement always begins as an accident. She’s not supposed to be any good at it, where Stephanie Plum, if she were as inept a bail bonds investigator as she appears, would be dead several times over by now. Not that Juliet doesn’t put herself in more than enough danger to get herself killed, but it’s not her job. If she’s bad at it, it is less of a suspension of disbelief. Also, unfortunately like Stephanie, it looks like Juliet is caught in the midst of a romantic triangle. She’s falling for the cop who frequently rescues her, Ryder Hamilton, in spite of his having lied to her in the first book (Death Before Decaf) when he was undercover. It is a somewhat fraught relationship. On that other hand, Jessica has always been more than a little in love with her best friend Pete, and definitely vice versa. But they have been friends so long, and their friendship is so much a part of their lives, that they are both afraid that if they try for more, they’ll end up ruining the most important relationship they have. But their closeness doesn’t leave a lot of room for either of them to become seriously involved with a significant other. So when Pete’s current attempt at a significant other ends up murdered, Pete is the prime suspect. His socialite fiance, Cecilia Hollingsworth, is, quite frankly, a bitch. But she is also pregnant with someone else’s child, and too many people heard Pete and Cecilia arguing just before she was killed and left in a crime scene that naturally has Pete’s fingerprints all over it, as well as his DNA in the victim. The cops are almost sure it must be Pete. But Juliet is equally sure that Pete is incapable of murder. And there are an awful lot of awful people who benefit an awful lot from Cecilia’s oh-so-convenient death. It’s up to Juliet to keep Pete out of jail and suss out the real killer before she becomes the next victim. Escape Rating B: I have mixed feelings about this book. It was fun and fast, but at the same time, it felt too much like too many other books I’ve read. If you haven’t read one of the food-related mystery series like Goldy Bear, and haven’t read Stephanie Plum, or really, really enjoyed Stephanie Plum, you’ll probably find this book to be a treat. For this reader, it was an okay read but didn’t shine in comparison to some of its antecedents. And I’ll confess, Juliet’s “torn between two lovers” thing reminded me way too much of Stephanie Plum’s indecision between Morelli and Ranger. However, on the plus side, the author does a very good job of catching readers new to the series up to current events. I didn’t even realize that there was a previous book in the series, and didn’t feel the lack of context that one so often does in this situation. So if this is your cup of coffee, it will taste good even if you haven’t tasted the previous book. As mysteries go, I didn’t figure out whodunnit until Juliet did. There were oodles of red herrings in this story, and they all dangled very enticingly. While the usual rule applies, “Who Benefits?” there were so many people that benefited from Cecilia’s death that it was amazing that she lived as long as she did. She was worth more dead than alive to a whole lot of people, and she was a nasty bitch into the bargain. She won’t be missed. If you like your coffee, and your mysteries, with a lot of froth on top, Mug Shot might just tickle your taste buds.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Penny Marks

    Mug Shot book two in The Java Jive mystery series is not your grandmothers cozy. This is jam packed full of mystery, adventure, as well as piss and vinegar. I love this series with its strong red headed She Devil Juliet. She is the manager at the Java Jive Coffee shop owned by her best friend Pete who she has been in love with since college but that's another story. Pete is still with Cecilla Hollingsworth a snooty socialite that is Jules arch nemesis. Java Jive is to be at the end of the Holida Mug Shot book two in The Java Jive mystery series is not your grandmothers cozy. This is jam packed full of mystery, adventure, as well as piss and vinegar. I love this series with its strong red headed She Devil Juliet. She is the manager at the Java Jive Coffee shop owned by her best friend Pete who she has been in love with since college but that's another story. Pete is still with Cecilla Hollingsworth a snooty socialite that is Jules arch nemesis. Java Jive is to be at the end of the Holiday 5k with coffee and cookies. Jules goes to set up the tent but instead she finds Cecilla dead laying dead with a milk frothing thermometer sticking out of her neck. Guess who's fingerprints and DNA are all over Cecilla? Yes, the prime suspect, Pete! Sexy Detective Ryder was there helping deliver the cookies so he called in and Detective Cromwell shows up. Yikes! Juliet finds out that Pete has a lot of evidence stacked up against him. She is going to do everything she can to keep him out of jail. She ends up going against Ryder and Cromwell to investigate on her own! Will Jules be able to keep Pete out of jail? Will Jules be able to keep herself out of jail while trying to help? The ending to this book was so unexpected I was shocked!!! I really loved not knowing who murdered Cecilla until the end. There are so many suspects you will be on the edge of your seat. This book has twists and turns galore. Can't wait for book three. I recieved this book from NetGalley for an honest opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Megan Schiffour

    *I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow what a ride! So I did not realize that this was the second book in the series, and had never read the first. It didn't occur to me until about half way through to even check as it did seem like I was missing something, almost like it was just picking some characters back up ... hmmm wonder why? Even though I picked this up out of sequence it was still quite easy to follow the characters and how they related to each other *I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow what a ride! So I did not realize that this was the second book in the series, and had never read the first. It didn't occur to me until about half way through to even check as it did seem like I was missing something, almost like it was just picking some characters back up ... hmmm wonder why? Even though I picked this up out of sequence it was still quite easy to follow the characters and how they related to each other and where they stood which was fantastic! A lot of times authors assume you just finished the previous book before picking up the current and remember every minute detail (this is never the case for me, even when I read them in order). So it was nice to have a little bit of backstory thrown in every now and again, but not in an overwhelming sense. Juliet is a typical run of the mill heroine, she is flawed but intensely loyal. She is hell bent on figuring out who really killed Pete's girlfriend and to exonerate her friend. Her relationship with Pete did drive me a little nuts because it does seem a bit much for just friends; especially when I prefer Ryder. However, there is no obvious love triangle which I am forever grateful. The writing style is very neat and easy to follow. It flows soundly making for a quick read, I finished the book in less then 24 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will probably read the first one, just because and now I can't wait for the 3rd! She'd better stay with Ryder.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    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, 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I am just so in love with Juliet! This one had me talking to my e-reader. Juliet is not only at her sleuthing again, but she is more brazen than I remembered her being last time. She is putting her health and wealth on the line for this one. And by the end, she finally seems to be making some good decisions for her love life as well. I was surprised by the victim, surprised by the victim's secrets, surprised by the suspects (not Pete, but the others), and surprised by the ending. This one is just I am just so in love with Juliet! This one had me talking to my e-reader. Juliet is not only at her sleuthing again, but she is more brazen than I remembered her being last time. She is putting her health and wealth on the line for this one. And by the end, she finally seems to be making some good decisions for her love life as well. I was surprised by the victim, surprised by the victim's secrets, surprised by the suspects (not Pete, but the others), and surprised by the ending. This one is just so good! I do have to say I figured out who was the real murderer about 15 pages before Juliet, but the ending is just so fabulous. This is considered a cozy mystery and follows a rather predictable pattern. If that is going to bother you, you probably shouldn't read this. If you are interested in a fun read with fun characters and a bit of surprise, you should read this. If you like cozy mysteries, this series should be on your list. It is amazing!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    MUG SHOT by Caroline Fardig is exactly what I look for in a cozy mystery series. A strong, resourceful heroine, a slew of quirky friends, a superb location, (who doesn't love a coffee shop?) fast pacing, and a brilliant plot. Juliet is back in this 2nd entry in the Java Jive Mystery series, working with her best friend ( and possible the love of her life) Pete and dealing with his snotty hateful girlfriend, Cecilia. The three go way back to college days. Juliet is setting up a Java Jive tent at a MUG SHOT by Caroline Fardig is exactly what I look for in a cozy mystery series. A strong, resourceful heroine, a slew of quirky friends, a superb location, (who doesn't love a coffee shop?) fast pacing, and a brilliant plot. Juliet is back in this 2nd entry in the Java Jive Mystery series, working with her best friend ( and possible the love of her life) Pete and dealing with his snotty hateful girlfriend, Cecilia. The three go way back to college days. Juliet is setting up a Java Jive tent at a race venue when she trips over Cecilia's dead body. Pete, as the boyfriend, is naturally accused of the crime, and Juliet needs to clear his name. Sleuthing her way through the local upper crust, Juliet finds a myriad of suspects, but I'm pretty sure that readers are not going to figure this one out until Ms. Fardig is darn well ready to spill the beans. Excellent tale. Can't wait for A WHOLE LATTE MURDER due in November.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    What a great, fast-paced mystery series! I was hooked after reading the first book. I'm not a mystery reader, but this book/series is quick to love! The plot is filled with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. There are lots of crazy people in this town. Juliet, Ryder, and Pete are crazy too. The shaky relationship between Juliet and Ryder is poked at in this book. Pete is overcome with sorrow on the loss of Cecilia. But with the meddling of Juliet, who is determined to get Pet What a great, fast-paced mystery series! I was hooked after reading the first book. I'm not a mystery reader, but this book/series is quick to love! The plot is filled with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. There are lots of crazy people in this town. Juliet, Ryder, and Pete are crazy too. The shaky relationship between Juliet and Ryder is poked at in this book. Pete is overcome with sorrow on the loss of Cecilia. But with the meddling of Juliet, who is determined to get Pete off the hook. She'll do anything for Pete, ok within reason. Juliet is getting better at her sleuthing. There are some funny parts too. Like when Ryder calls Juliet, Scooby. And when Ryder recites Shakespeare to Juliet. It was cute, but can Ryder win Juliet back and keep her safe? I'm ready for book #3!! Thank you NetGalley for ARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I love this little cozy series set in the Java Jive Coffee Shop in Nashville. Juliet is now the manager for owner Pete who is her best friend. Juliet can't stand Pete's girlfriend, rich bitch Cecelia, and when she's found dead in the Java Jive's tent on race day, Pete becomes the police choice for the murderer. As she works with ex boyfriend police officer, Ryan to clear Pete, someone close to them wants to make sure they don't find the murderer. Another book is scheduled for the end of the year I love this little cozy series set in the Java Jive Coffee Shop in Nashville. Juliet is now the manager for owner Pete who is her best friend. Juliet can't stand Pete's girlfriend, rich bitch Cecelia, and when she's found dead in the Java Jive's tent on race day, Pete becomes the police choice for the murderer. As she works with ex boyfriend police officer, Ryan to clear Pete, someone close to them wants to make sure they don't find the murderer. Another book is scheduled for the end of the year which makes me happy. The mystery is well presented and the clues are subtle but available if you look for them. Enjoyable and fun.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maritza

    *****Chatterbox Mission *****ARC received from Random House thru Netgalley for honest review***** This was my first book my this author and I really loved the humor and light-hearted pace of the book. I definately need to read the first in this series as it was alluded to in this book and sounds like fun. Juliet reminded me of a Lucy wanna be who is not afraid to jump in the middle of things and bring other along for the ride. I would like to read more of this series and of this author. One draw *****Chatterbox Mission *****ARC received from Random House thru Netgalley for honest review***** This was my first book my this author and I really loved the humor and light-hearted pace of the book. I definately need to read the first in this series as it was alluded to in this book and sounds like fun. Juliet reminded me of a Lucy wanna be who is not afraid to jump in the middle of things and bring other along for the ride. I would like to read more of this series and of this author. One draw back was it took until chapter 5 to get to the main mystery but from there on was a nice read. Thank you the Random House for providing this free ARC thru netgalley and chatterbox.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monsma

    Juliet Langley is back, managing Java Jive, her best friend Pete's coffee shop. But it doesn't take long before Juliet and Pete are knee deep in another murder. This time Pete's in trouble and Juliet's going to do all she can to get him out of it. This is a great, escape read especially good for Christmas time reading. I read Mug Shot courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    I received this free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Our favorite snarky amateur sleuth is back and Juliet Langley finds herself in even more hot water this time around. Ms. Fardig does a great job of putting red herrings in our path to throw us off the trail. Although centered around a coffeehouse, the mystery is the main focal point with laugh-out-loud moments, a touch of romance and lovable characters. The next installment is bound to be just as much fun.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I had not read the first book in this series when I was selected to read the second and review. I will say, I can't wait to read the first book because I could not put this one down! This is the best kind of mystery, one you can't or don't want to stop reading! I will say I never did figure it out until the end and would highly recommend this book to any mystery fan!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    This book was the second in a series and every bit as much fun to read as the first. It is chick lit in much the same way an Evonovich is. Quick, easy reading with laughs throughout. Great reading for a rainy day. Thanks to Net Galley and Alibi for an ARC for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    Cozy mysteries are not my preferred genre, but there is something about the crazy investigative "skills" of Pete and Juliet that I really enjoy. They don't take themselves too seriously, and always wind up in heaps of trouble, but are fun characters and the plot just moves right along.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one, but it was still a cute, fun read! The ending was surprising so it made it worth reading. I would pick up the next book in the series. *I recieved a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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