Synopsis: Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.
Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.
If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.
My review: This is a fun paced murder mystery with a lot going on as new PI Juliet tries to solve two crimes. That brings a bewildering cast of characters and I’m still not entirely sure I worked out who all of them were. I liked the love triangle angle, it added a nice edge to the story and I’ll be interested to see what happens next with those characters.
The first mystery is around whether a business owner is channelling dirty money through his business which also involves Juliet’s current boyfriend who may not be all he seems. This was the least interesting of the two for me. I just couldn’t quite care too much for it.
The second one was around the murder of a young woman, the human interest and the characters for this one were more interesting. I’d have been happier with just the one story around this particular murder. The characters seemed much more rounded and developed in this strand of the book.
I found it a quick read and it had enough to keep me going without skipping pages. After four books Juliet and her men are well rounded with decent development as we go along. The female friends seem like add-ons. The main one Maya (Juliet’s boss) is sent out of the country at the beginning of the book and we don’t hear much from her after that. I’d say all in all it would make a good beach read for a lazy day by the pool.
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