A blast from the past gets Nashville PI and coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley in hot water in this explosive mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Death Before Decaf.

As a newly minted private eye, Juliet Langley has sworn to leave homicide to the authorities, limiting the scope of her investigations to cheating spouses and dirty business partners . . . like her ex-fiancé, Scott O’Malley. When Scott shows up unannounced at her coffeehouse, Java Jive, Juliet’s first instinct is to punch him in the nose. Her second is to turn down his desperate plea for help with a case that’s way too dangerous for her liking. But when Scott drops dead before her eyes, Juliet isn’t going to wait around for someone else to clear her name.

It’s only a matter of time before her tumultuous past with her ex-fiancé comes out, so Juliet teams up with her ex-boyfriend, police detective Ryder Hamilton, to figure out who poisoned Scott. They soon confirm that Scott was involved in an illegal scheme that’s definitely grounds for concern.

Just as romance is finally beginning to percolate for Juliet and her best friend, Pete Bennett, she has no choice but to head back to her hometown to seek out the truth. And she’ll need help from the locals to find the real killer—otherwise her happily ever after could easily end up including an actual ball and chain.

Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries can be read together or separately:

Character Interview

Pete, welcome to Island Confidential! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
My name’s Pete Bennett, and I’m a sound engineer for a recording studio in Nashville. I own Java Jive coffeehouse, and I play a pretty mean guitar. I’m an open book, I think, but I guess a lot of people don’t know that I can yodel, or at least I could before my voice changed. I won a statewide yodeling contest once when I was a kid. I never told Jules, though. She’d bust a gut laughing.

Who’s your favorite character in Murder over Mochas?  Besides yourself, that is. 
Jules, of course! She’s been my best friend since college, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have run Java Jive. We’ve been through a lot together. And don’t tell her this either, but I’m hoping we can take our relationship to the next level in the near future.

Is there anyone you don’t get along with so well?
Ryder, because he’s a big jerk. We tried to be friends once, for Jules’s sake, but we’re too different.

Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?
I think it’s pretty cool that she’s a fellow guitar player and musician. But I could do without some of the scrapes she gets Jules and me into. And I don’t appreciate the fact that she seems to think Ryder is such a catch.

What’s next for you?
You’ll have to read Murder Over Mochas to find out!

About The Author

CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series.

Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. 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.

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