As a mystery lover, I was excited to read a mystery by an author, Caroline Fardig, who new to me. After reading the description of her new book, Brew or Die, I decided to give it a try.
One of the descriptions, by USA Today, for this mystery is a “cozy mystery” which is defined as a crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed and it takes place in a small community.
If Brew or Die lined up with that description, I probably would have liked it. Unfortunately, it was a lot different than I expected.
So, what’s not to like about Brew or Die? The story opens with character Juliet Langley at work in the local coffeehouse, Java Jive. The reader is introduced to a cast of characters that are in Jules life, including her current boyfriend, Stafford, who is a police officer, longtime friend Pete and her old boyfriend Ryder. At first I thought this book would be clean.
But beginning on pages 12 & 13, started a trend of vulgarity which continued on throughout the book. Profanity was used well over one-hundred times, perhaps much more. It was to the point of distraction. I don’t understand why authors resort to the use of profanity.
If I had picked up this book to read on my own, at the beginning of the profanity, I would have put it down and not finished it. But because I agreed to read it for a review, I read the entire book and couldn’t wait to be done with it.
In addition to the excessive use of profanity, Juliet (Jules) seemed to be attracted to any male that had a pulse. Thus, sexual immorality also included in the book.
Based on the profanity (used excessively), casual sexual and sexual immorality, I do not recommend this book. Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig was a big disappointment and not my cup of tea.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for the opportunity to read Brew or Die in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.