A Whole Latte Murder by Caroline Fardig – Book Review

A Whole Latte Murder  By  Caroline Fardig

Published By  Random House Publishing Group – Alibi   November 08, 2016

Genres:  Mystery and Thrillers

Pages:  347

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Publisher’s Description

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.

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Story Notes

Although this latest book by Caroline Fardig provides the reader with a good mystery and engaging dialog not all readers will be pleased with the inclusion of so much profanity and crude language.

I’m going to have a bit of a rant here at the beginning, not because I didn’t like this book as a whole but because it grieves me that a good writer includes profanity and crude language in an otherwise well written book. Authors like Ms. Fardig have a gift for sharing stories and creating characters we would all like to know or be like. However, it is disappointing to me that she resorted to including so much profanity in her book. And not just the milder forms that a majority of authors include – there were some of the strongest words and a pretty healthy dose of crude anatomical terms as well. This made me cringe while reading because this book was funny, engaging and a good thriller otherwise. I wish I could make authors see that good stories only require a three things: a good plot, well developed characters, and witty/intelligent dialogue. When there is profanity and crude language included the book suddenly becomes  a lesser version of the great work it could have been. I am sure Ms. Fardig is a very intelligent person with a fairly large vocabulary but she makes her characters seem rather childish and ignorant with their many offensive words. It is my hope that she will realize this and seek to make her books more acceptable for all readers. It is for these reasons that I am only able to give this story 2 stars.

Now, as to the actual story that Ms. Fardig presents, this was fairly well done. I really enjoyed how Ms. Fardig gave only hints of the person who committed the murder so that the reader has to read to the end to figure out the mystery. I also was glad to see that she found resolutions for past crimes and mysteries as well. I am always fascinated when I  see that an author will not answer all questions or mysteries in one book when they intend to write a series. This device gives a continuance and cohesion to a series and helps the reader recall past facts and clues. It was interesting to me that Ms. Fardig further had two of her main characters who have had a fairly good relationship together break up – this will definitely give her opportunity to either develop the relationship again or provide a new and better one in her future books in this series. Its hard to read books that are part of a series when you haven’t read the previous ones but this book did a good job of providing the essentials the reader needed to become involved in the story with little trouble. I personally was able to follow the story and the friendships included pretty well and didn’t really need the previous books to understand the main mystery in this book. However, I would need to read the previous books if I wish to know details of the murder of Ryder’s wife and how it has become a cold case. I would also need to read the previous books to understand the past mysteries that have been solved that were referenced in this story. So, while I might wish to share this story with others, I would have to be very cautious whom I recommended this to and make sure they would not be offended by the content. I will not be purchasing a physical copy of this book as there are several in my home who would be offended were they to read this book.

This E-book was provided to me by Random House Publishing/Alibi via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.

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