book review: Mug Shot

Mug Shot is a mystery that is part of the Java Jive mystery series by Caroline Fardig.  If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, you’ll probably like this book.  The book’s main character is a redhead named Juliet (Jules) Langley who runs a coffee shop with her best friend, Pete.  Like Stephanie Plum, Jules is caught between two men – Pete and cop named Ryder.  Pete and Jules have a mostly platonic relationship, but the sexual tension is always there, with Pete often eyeing Jules when she wears revealing clothing.  Jules even has a feisty grandmother, like Stephanie.  There are other personality similarities between Stephanie and Jules.  They both have a knack for getting into dangerous situations and sort of are bumbling detectives, yet somehow manage to solve the case in the end.  Like the Stephanie Plum books, you don’t have to read the entire series to understand what is going on in this book because there is just the right amount of back story explained without it becoming tedious for people who have read the other books.

In this book, Jules has to play detective to rescue Pete, who is arrested for the murder of his snobby socialite girlfriend, Cecilia.  Pete’s DNA is all over Cecilia and in the tent where her body was found.  To complicate matters, Jules is casually dating Cecilia’s brother, the black sheep of the family.  Break-ins, jail time, and love interests keep this mystery going at a decent pace.

This mystery is an easy, light read that would be perfect for lazy summer days by the pool or beach.

Disclaimer:  I received this complimentary e-book as part of #RHMysteryPack from Chatterbox.