No spoilers!! But man that makes it a little more difficult because I really want to detail the book. I hate when people do that to me, though so this review will refer to the characters as they are first introduced! Oh and this is a standalone novel! No cliffhanger, but part of a series.
Death Before Decaf is a fast-paced, funny AND serious mystery. How can it be funny and serious? Easy when Caroline Fardig is behind the ink! Caroline has an amazing ability to create characters that go through real life situations and some insanely dangerous ones without losing their sense of humor. I am a firm believer that if you keep your sense of humor you can overcome anything (even yourself!).
So Juliet was beaten down (emotionally) by her ex-fiancée when he stole her things, the money for their café and ultimately she had to close the café. So here she has come back to her hometown and is going to run her best friends coffee shop. He has been struggling with it ever since his father began having health issues and ultimately passing away. There is some definite undertones to Juliet and Pete’s relationship, but both have determined they are just friends. Being a romance lover I was ready to read the story of Pete and Juliet realizing their feelings and finally be together forever….that was before I even got through the first chapter and oh man the relationships are definitely a big part of the characters. but not the center of the story.
This is so great for the Suspense/Mystery lover in me! The twists and turns just kept on coming! This is not a girl who sat around and pondered who might have done it…she was right in the freaking middle of it! I loved that Juliet was able poke holes in Seth’s story and figure him out (mostly), and he is stunned that she put those pieces together. I also loved that these characters had flaws and were able to admit they were wrong. I have to stop there or I will spill too much!
When I pick up a Caroline Fardig book I know that I am going to laugh, bite my fingernails, and I am probably going to be reading it all in one sitting….Generally speaking I have a horrible time putting her books down because the action and events are constant and steady. So far every book of hers I have read has turned out this way, so I suggest that when you see a new one coming, grab it as fast as you can and mark the release date on your calendar. You probably won’t be doing anything else! LOL
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Caroline Fardig is the author of Death Before Decaf and the Lizzie Hart series. 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.