Deaf Before Decaf: A Java Jive Mystery

Title:  Deaf Before Decaf
Series: A Java Jive Mystery
Author: Caroline Fardig
Publisher:  Alibi, Random House Publishing Imprint
Release Date:  November 17, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery


After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what's left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend's coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing's changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over.

The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who'd locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who's asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can't simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she's going to get burned.



Sweet, cozy and funny to boot! Goodness! The amount of "bad luck" our protagonist, Juliet Langley can get into is over the top insanity, but that's what it is. It provided some comedic effects as she plays detective herself, dragging along her best friend (and possibly the love of her life), Pete, in the attempt to clear her name from murder. What she didn't expect is to fall for a hunky stranger, get wrapped up in more than one mystery to solve, and be the murderer's next victim! Really? Yes, really. And that makes it all the more ridiculously fun to read. Think Bridget Jones' Diary's author's mystery novel, Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination.  If you're a fan, you'll enjoy this one. Even if you're not, give Deaf Before Decaf a try. Have some fun with a quirky gal and her sweet and mysterious sidekicks.

"Life has given me lemons.  What's a girl to do? I'm going to make coffee."

NOTE:  I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





Caroline Fardig is the author of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series.  Fardig’s Bad Medicine was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by Suspense Magazine.  She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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