A Whole Latte Murder is the third novel in the Java Jive series by best selling author Caroline Fardig.
Juliet Langley is the manager at Java Jive, the coffee shop she worked at in college, that is now owned by her best friend Pete. Java Jive, and Jules, seem to attract strange occurrences, and Jules wants to get to the bottom of the latest ones.
When Jules' boyfriend Ryder gets promoted to Homicide, things start falling apart. Jules has a pretty good idea of what that's going to entail, due to her involvement with several murders in town already. And she doesn't want Ryder in that position.
When a local college student goes missing, and then Jules' neighbor turns up dead, things really start to get complicated. Jules and Pete team up to try to get to the bottom of the disappearances, especially when one of the women who disappears works at the coffee shop.
With several twists and turns, Jules and Pete get to the bottom of the mystery, while dealing with the fallout from broken relationships.
I really loved Death Before Decaf, the first novel in the series, but A Whole Latte Murder just didn't hold me as much. It's a good mystery, and several of the plot twists I never saw coming. That being said, it felt a little predictable. Fardig seems to use the same characters in very set ways, and there isn't much character development. It was a fun book, and I enjoyed it, it just didn't live up to my expectations. Fans of Cozy Mysteries will enjoy it. Fans of Fardig's other series, Lizzie Hart Mysteries, will find it right up their alley. And those who like Charlane Harris' Aurora Teagarden series, or her Harper Connelly series, or even the Lily Bard series will not be disappointed.
A Whole Latte Murder
Java Jive series book 3
Publisher: Alibi (November 8, 2016)
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Sold by: Random House LLC
In the interest of disclosure, the publisher provided me with an advance copy of this book.