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First in a New series.

After her music career, relationship and business crashes, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to friend for a job.  Returning to manage Java Jive coffee shop in her old college stomping ground  in Nashville, for her best friend Pete.

Things don’t start out very smoothly on her first day, when she gets into a fight with the cook.  And everything spirals downhill from there on…not least when she discovers the cooks dead body in the dumpster.

Now she is the prime suspect in his murder.

After loosing everything she had when her ex de-bunked on her, with all her cash and belongings.  She is determined not left holding the can for a murder she didn’t commit.

With the help of Pete and a couple of college guys who live next door to her, she starts to sift through the information that they discover.  On top of that, she is trying to fend off the attention of a very hunky customer…without much success.

Will she find the murderer, before they put a stop to her pouring her last cup of coffee?

I enjoyed this new mystery.  A good set of characters, well plotted and written.  Will be interesting to see what happens next.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Alibi Books and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 Stars****

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After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over.

The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who’d locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who’s asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can’t simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she’s going to get burned.

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