Alibi Release Date - November 17, 2015
Cozy mysteries are an indulgence of mine, so it's not surprising that I am always eager to review a new entry to the genre. Caroline Fardig's Death by Decaf is a fun addition to the world of cozy mysteries. If you are a fan of Joanne Fluke, Diane Mott Davidson, or Jessica Conant-Park (all my favorites), check out the first novel in Caroline Fardig's A Java Jive Mystery series.
Juliet "Jules" Langley may not have made much of her music career, but she was very proud of the cafe she owned with her fiance. When he takes all of her money and runs off with her waitress, Jules is forced to return home to run a long-time friend's coffeeshop. Her first day doesn't go well. She fights with the head chef and then finds his body in the shop's dumpster.
With the police considering her their prime suspect, Jules decides to start investigating the case in her spare time. Soon, she's making enemies and up to her neck in trouble she just didn't need.
There's the mystery in Death by Decaf, but there's also the start to a romantic triangle between her best buddy and a dark and mysterious bad boy who frequents the cafe. Add a dose of Pete's grandmother, a sassy elderly woman who definitely doesn't act her age and adds dashes of humor, and this book is a clear winner.
The only thing Death by Decaf is lacking are the recipes that culinary-themed cozy mysteries usually have. I found myself craving coconut chocolate chip cookies to go with my morning latte. That's not enough to keep me from wanting to read future Java Jive books.