Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig

brew or die
Pages: 352
Publisher: Alibi (Random House)
Published: April 25, 2017
We join Juliet as she works on her first case after she has earned her PI license. Maya, her PI boss, has asked her to investigate a company called Wonder-Gen after one of the owners hired them to figure out if his partner is swindling money from the company. At the same time, her boss at the coffee shop Java Jive has asked her to look into the death of one of the employees fiancé. Did she really die of an apparent drug overdose or was she murder by a jealous co-worker. Both cases take Juliet on a wild ride. Will she survive both emotionally and physically?
Even though I started this series in the middle it did not affect being able to follow along. Sometimes when you start in the middle of the series you are lost in trying to fissure out who is who and the connections. Caroline Fardig did a great job in introducing everyone and their connections very early on and without overdoing so.
I like the spunkiness of Juliet as she is a sleuth that is not afraid to get out there and get in the middle of a case to solve it. My biggest let down was her waffling on who she was in love with. Is it Stafford, Hamilton or Pete? Do all female sleuths have to have a love triangle or quadrangle to make them successful? I think not. Maybe in the future we will see Juliet take a break from trying to fall in love.
This was my first introduction to the Java Jive series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It will definitely be a series I add to my reading list.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for providing a free copy for my honest review.

What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman

what the bishop saw
Pages: 352
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Published: May 1, 2017
I enjoy knowing I will learn something new when I read a Vannetta Chapman book.
We join Henry and his community while they are trying to figure out who killed one of their own in a suspicious fire. Henry has a special talent in being able to draw a scene and see things he does not consciously remember.
You will come to love Katie Ann who holds a special place in so many hearts.
It was pleasing to read about an Amish community in a not so familiar setting. I didn’t know there was an Amish community in Colorado.
This is a great novel for Amish and mystery fans alike.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers for a free copy to read and review with my honest opinion.

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

the idea of you
Pages: 332
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Published: March 21, 2017
When I first started reading this book I wasn’t sure it was my cup of tea. It was a bit slow and the main character Lucy was very unlikeable. Lucy seemed petty and childish especially when it came to her stepdaughter. Being a stepmom myself, I would get so mad at Lucy’s behavior. As the story started making connections and things were falling into place I noticed Lucy was maturing before my very eyes.
I’m happy I stuck with it as it was a great read. You may even find yourself learning a few things in your own life.
If you are a fan of Maeve Binchy, Barbara Delinsky or Diane Chamberlain this is the book for you.
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy. All reviews are my own honest opinion.