Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mug Shot (A Java Jive Mystery #2), by Caroline Fardig

Alibi/Random House, ISBN 9780804181310, April 2016

Juliet Langley and her friends at (or near) at the Java Jive cafe, are once again caught up in a murder investigation all too close to home.

Pete is still dating Cecilia Hollingsworth, Nashville socialite, philanthropist, and businesswoman. Juliet is dating Cecilia's brother, Stan--although Juliet and Cecilia still loathe each other. When Juliet and former boyfriend, cop Ryder Hamilton, find Cecilia's dead body in the Java Jive tent on the morning of a charity 5K that Cecilia organized, it's shocking and unsettling.

But not nearly as shocking and unsettling as finding that the last person to see her alive was Pete--in the Java Jive tent the night before, and that she had just broken up with him, telling him she was pregnant and someone else was the father.

Pete had motive, means, and opportunity, so it's not long before he's sitting in jail.

Naturally, Juliet can't just let the police do their jobs. She's a smart woman, but her loyalty perhaps outweighs her common sense. These are light, entertaining mysteries, but some aspects of the plot, and of Juliet's decision-making, don't bear close examination. I will say, though, that the resolution is both logical and fair--the evidence is there for the reader, even if Juliet's ill-conceived private investigation distract from it.

Good for a light read when you want an undemanding, entertaining distraction.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.