Saturday, April 9, 2016

When Jule's Best Friend is Arrested for Murder, She has to Play Detective

It's the holiday season. Jules is working hard to make Java Jive profitable, which includes getting in early every morning to bake dozens of cookies. Pete, her best friend and owner of Java Jive, is supportive. Theirs is a platonic relationship but sexual interest is just under the surface.

The only blot on the horizon is trying to work with Cecelia Hollingsworth, Pete's snobbish girlfriend, to get Java Jive's booth ready for the annual 5K run. Things seem to be well organized until the evening before the race. Jules is taking cookies to their tent where she trips over Cecelia's body. The police cordon off the tent and arrest Pete. Jules can't let that happen. She'll do anything to free him. Although she promised to stay out of police business after her last brush with murder, she's back into sleuthing.

This is the second book in the Java Jive series. The characters are just as likable. Jules is trying to control her temper and make a success of her job, but it's difficult when staff don't cooperate and her old friction with Cecelia builds up. Pete is a great character. It's obvious that he's very taken with Jules, but they've agreed on a platonic relationship, and he's trying hard to live with it.

The setting moves from the coffeehouse to high society homes and the country club where Jules feels she doesn't fit in. The plot is full of twists, and the ending is a surprise. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this is a good one.

I received the book from Alibi for this review.