Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Juliet Langley's developed a knack for finding bodies. In A Whole Latte Murder, once again she stumbles her way into a murder. This time, the victim is one of her neighbors. During an attempt to return a customer's scarf, Juliet finds her neighbor in the bathtub with a toaster. Juliet's new beau, Detective Ryder Hamilton, asks her to stay out of it as he's newly promoted to the homicide division and wants to do his job perfectly, but even he can't help but ask Juliet to put her snooping skills to the test and find out a few things.
When one of Juliet's employees disappears, she and her best friend Pete dive in to see what's happening in their community. With her growing concern for Ryder's safety, the fact that he's working long hours, and multiple disappearances or murders, Juliet can't rest until a killer's found.
I've been following the Java Jive Mystery series from the start and love watching the characters grow and change. A Whole Latte Murder finds Juliet facing new challenges. She wants Ryder to be happy, but she also worries about him chasing down murderers for a living. On the other hand, he's just as concerned by her ability to stumble into murders. This creates a new conflict for the couple, and I enjoy the realistic approach to their struggles.
Cozy mysteries are my preferred subgenre, so I'm always thrilled when I find one that I can't put down. That's the experience I get from Caroline Fardig's books. I become engrossed with the plot, characters, and mystery at hand. This one kept me guessing, which made it even better in my opinion.