Monday, October 23, 2017

Murder Over Mochas-Book Review-Author Interview

About the book 
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.

And I thought 
This is one I really wish I have jumped in from the beginning.  

Murder Over Mocha's was so good!  Juliet and all the cast 
are delightful and left me really wanting to get the whole 
scoop about what's been going on!

Juliet has been one busy girl. There seems to be alot of background and history going on that I am just nosey enough to want to get into it!  

There's x's in the form of boyfriend and fiance' and even a new sizzling romance.  But will the sizzle last when Juliet has to go back to here home town?

But when the ex-fiance's secrets seem to catch up with him and he is nixed Juliet and the ex-police detective get together to solve the crime. 

It's indeed a bit of a ride 'back home' full of twists and turns and lots of characters to interview.  

I enjoyed my first Mocha with Juliet and look for ward to many more visits.  

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.

This review will appear on retail sites where available. 
This review will appear on Net Galley and Good Reads. 

Author Interview

Welcome Caroline I am delighted to have you visit the blog! 

Thank you, Sherry.  I’m happy to be here!

Have you ever visited a blog before? 

Yes—and I learned we have something in common.  My reading journey also began with Trixie Belden!

I am looking forward to reading Murder Over Mochas for The Great Escapes Tour. 

Thank you.  It’s one of my favorites in that it blends characters from two of my series—both Java Jive and The Lizzie Hart Mysteries.

Is this your first tour with Lori at Great Escapes? 

No, we’ve done a few together.  Always a pleasure!

Since we’ve just met let’s get acquainted with some need to know questions!

Do you have any little guilty pleasures that you indulge in when you writing?

Lattes!  In order to be more knowledgeable about coffee for the Java Jive series, I bought an espresso maker and taught myself how to make real espresso drinks and pour latte art.  After a couple of years of practice, I can only make a heart, but I can do it every time, which wasn’t the case when I was first starting out.  I’ve got a whole section in my kitchen dedicated to my coffee bar.

Do you have a pet that helps your or maybe hinders your writing at times?

Three of them.  The cat hates me (it’s mutual) but insists on sleeping in the corner of my office and leaving me his hairballs when he has the chance.  When my Boxer Lucy is outside, she barks at everything that moves, so I’m constantly having to ask her to please keep it down.  Then there’s Goldie, my faithful Golden Retriever, who sits at my feet and sleeps while I write, asking for nothing but a pat on the head every so often.

Which is more intriguing as a place to write. A private island? A cabin in the woods?
The busy city? Have you ever written in any of these places?

I think I’d have fun in any of those places.  I love to travel.  I live in the woods, so I’m used to that kind of scenery.  I’m thinking I would go with a private island.  I often write at the beach during our yearly trip to Hilton Head.  There’s something about the waves and the ocean breeze that gets my creative juices flowing!

The Java Jive series sounds fun.

I think this cast of characters is my favorite of all the books I’ve written.  I love how they play off each other.

How did you come up with the idea for the series?

My agent and I were batting some ideas around, and we both thought the Nashville scene would be a great place to start.  I’ve always loved the vibe of coffeehouses, and Nashville has some great ones.  I did a lot of research (read:  vacationing) in Nashville before and during the writing of this series.  It’s still one of my favorite destinations.

Can you tell us a little about the series and Juliet?

At the start, Juliet is a jilted fiancée who loses everything and accepts a job from her BFF Pete managing the coffeehouse he inherited from his father.  As her bad luck would have it, she finds a dead body her first day on the job.  Along the way, she stumbles into one dangerous situation after the other.  Finally, she decides to embrace her destiny and become a private investigator on the side, which comes with its own set of problems.  She’s juggling a lot, and that’s in addition to trying to get over a debilitating case of stage fright so she can get back to what she loves most—performing music.

Where does the series take place?

Nashville, Tennessee—Music City, USA!

If you were to transplant Juliet what city would you send her?

For her ultimate career goals, Juliet is right where she needs to be.  However, if she makes it big as a singer, she’ll have to tour the world, so she could end up anywhere.

I’m curious does Juliet have any sidekicks that help her solve crimes? 

She has her BFF Pete—but don’t call him a sidekick to his face.  She also usually ends up either working with or against her detective friend/on-again-off-again boyfriend Ryder.  And then there’s Maya, her PI boss and mentor.  She’s got a great crew of friends who always have her back.

If you were to choose one of the characters from the series to star in a new series who would you choose and why?

Ryder, definitely.  I could see him as the lead detective in a gritty police procedural.

You’ve gotten me really interested! I can’t wait to start reading!

Thanks so much for chatting today. I hope you have a Great tour!

Thank you for having me, Sherry!


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