Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig

Setting: Nashville, TN
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Alibi
Release Date: April 25, 2017

The fourth book in Caroline Fardig's Java Jive Mystery series is almost out. Once again, Juliet Langley finds herself mixed up in a baffling mystery. This time, however, Juliet has her investigator license, so her sleuthing is perfectly legal.

Juliet's friend and boss, Pete Bennett, isn't thrilled with her new part-time career, but Pete ends up being incredibly thankful when a Java Jive's employee's girlfriend dies. Shane knows his girlfriend wouldn't have overdosed. He's convinced she was murdered and needs Juliet and Pete's help to prove it.

As the investigation kicks off, Juliet balances her new job investigating a local warehouse with Shane's case. Juliet's in for some huge surprises as things pick up the pace and leave her questioning those closest to her.

I've read each book in this series as soon as I could, and I've yet to be disappointed. I like some of the realism that appears. Main characters get hurt. Life isn't always sunny for them, and there isn't always a happily ever after. Despite this, they always seem to brush themselves off and never wallow like I've seen other series characters do. I also love that the characters learn from each of these situations and carry their experiences with them as life goes on.

Brew or Die is another great entry in this series that's had me hooked from the start. I do admit that there's a bit of a shake-up I didn't see coming. It's left me wanting to know a lot more right now. Waiting for the next book in this series is going to be sheer torture!


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