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A Whole Latte Murder By Caroline Fardig A Whole Latte Murder: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series...


A Whole Latte Murder
By Caroline Fardig


Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Alibi (November 8, 2016)


Coffeehouse manager and reluctant sleuth Juliet Langley returns in a gripping novel from the bestselling author of Death Before Decaf and Mug Shot. Just as things are perking up in Nashville, a serial killer sends tensions foaming over.

Juliet’s personal and professional lives have recently received an extra jolt of energy. Her romance with the hunky detective Ryder Hamilton continues to simmer, and business at Java Jive has never been better. But her good mood quickly turns as stale as day-old espresso when she finds out that Ryder has been promoted to his precinct’s homicide division. With him risking his life to catch the worst kind of criminals, Juliet’s growing sense of unease ignites when a local college student goes missing.

Suddenly every Nashville resident is on high alert, especially Juliet’s neighbor Chelsea. Juliet does her best to calm the girl’s nerves, but her worst fears are confirmed when she finds Chelsea dead. Even though she tries her best to stay out of it, Juliet’s involvement puts a strain on Ryder’s first homicide case. The situation soon becomes even more personal for Juliet and her best friend Pete Bennett when one of their employees disappears during her shift. As a killer lurks in the shadows, Juliet, Pete, and Ryder seek out a double shot of justice.

fardig 001_edited-1More About This Author

Caroline Fardig is the author of Death Before Decaf and the Lizzie Hart series. 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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Author Interview

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I write for readers like me, who like some humor and romance to fill out a twisty mystery.  I like my cozies a little on the edgy and modern side, so I tend to write that way—I always joke that my books are not your grandmother’s cozies!  My characters’ relationships are complicated and messy, with plenty of drama to keep those pages turning.  

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

The series title, The Java Jive Mysteries, came from a favorite song from my jazz choir days in college (“Java Jive”), which I use as the name for the coffeehouse that is the main setting for the series.  As for the individual book titles, any coffee/murder pun is on the table, and my editor and my friends and I have had such fun throwing out silly ideas.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular artwork?

My cover art is phenomenal, as is the talented artist who creates it, Niloufer Wadia.  My editor ran across the art for the cover design for DEATH BEFORE DECAF on the Internet, and we loved the beautiful redhead so much, we ended up asking Niloufer to design the other covers especially for the series.  For A WHOLE LATTE MURDER, I sent her a picture of my guitar, which she perfectly rendered for Juliet to strum on the cover.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I probably should say Juliet, but Ryder is my choice for this particular book.  Readers seem to be split on him—they either love him or they hate him.  And I understand that.  You either have a soft spot for cocky bad boys, or you don’t!  But in this book, we’ll get to see much more to his story and the pain he’s endured that created the tough exterior.  I had a hard time writing some of his scenes because of how much I care for his character.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

If it’s musical, I’m all about it.  I can play guitar, piano, organ, anything percussion, trumpet, and French horn.  And I’m a singer, too.  Lately, I’ve taken up songwriting as well, so that I can include an original song I’ve written in each Java Jive book.  To hear my latest song, “You Are Mine,” from A WHOLE LATTE MURDER, go to for a list of retailers.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Everything you need to know is at  I’ve got information about my books, music, mailing list, social media, and much more.  While you’re there, check out my blog for the latest news about me and my author friends.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Tell their friends!  And reviews are always appreciated.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
My biggest tip for writers who are trying to get published is to find a way to make criticism/rejection a learning experience rather than allowing it to defeat you.  There’s a lot of rejection involved in getting your work published, as any writer will attest to.  But then again, it only takes one yes.  After that, though, you still have to be willing to work with your publisher and editor in order to be able to offer the best possible version of your work.  Don’t be so caught up in your own vision that you pass up a chance at success because you’re not willing to be flexible.  As with life, we need to be able to play well with others to get things done!

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