3 out of 4 stars
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James Street: A Novel, by Sarah Vail, is a mystery and romance. It kept me on the edge of my seat with many twists and turns.
Tim Andrews is a smart and handsome prosecutor in Seattle. He’s always been a “love ‘em and leave ‘em” guy until he sees a beautiful woman in the James Street garage. He begins a romance with the beautiful Daniela St. Clair. He is unaware that she is a wealthy heiress and businesswoman.
While pursuing his love interest, he is thrust into a case involving a series of deaths by a toxic mix of alcohol and antidepressants. Tim begins working with two of his lifelong friends, Scott and Kathy, to prove the deaths were murders. Scott is a police detective and Kathy is with the Medical Examiner’s Office. The three friends become a formidable team as the case leads them down a twisting road. Tim does everything he can to find the killer before Daniela becomes the next victim.
Sarah Vail has created a gripping tale. I liked that this book had a little something for everyone. It had suspense, romance, interesting characters and lots of action. I enjoy a good romance, so was drawn to the characters of Tim and Daniela. They were deeply in love and it showed through on the pages of this book. The secondary characters were interesting, also. I liked that there was another romance among the other characters.
The author described vivid scenes of the surrounding areas, facts about wine culture and business dealings. For example, “the verdant pastures full of cattle and horses grazing peacefully”. I could picture the restful scene in my mind. It was apparent a great deal of research went into this book.
There was some use of profanity throughout the book and a few descriptive love scenes. Also, some of the murder scenes and the descriptions of the crimes were graphic. I would not recommend this book to young readers. Also, I noticed a few grammatical mistakes, but they did not distract from my overall enjoyment of the book. It appears to have been professionally edited, though.
Based on the above observations, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The only thing I can recommend to make it better is maybe another editing. However, the errors were minor. I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. Anyone who likes mysteries and love stories would enjoy this novel.
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