“Blood Law” Book 1 in the Alexandra Sabian series by Jeannie Holmes is a suspenseful tale of murder shrouded in bigotry and distrust as a serial killer stalks the night in rural Jacksonville Mississippi.
Alexandra Sabian, is an enforcer in the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations (FBPI) charged with policing the vampire community of Jacksonville Mississippi. Driven to succeed, Alexandra sometime has the penchant for treading none too lightly and on occasion is the cause of added friction between the FBPI and the local authorities. Ms. Holmes’ character development of Alex is a work in progress; the novel touches on her life before Jacksonville and the tragic event in her family’s history. But the novel falls short in it’s depiction of her true emotional turmoil regarding her metaphysical connection with Varik. I was looking for something more intense, considering the importance of the blood-bond.
Varik is an enigma that really needs further exploring. Hidden behind a veil of civility is a dangerous predator lurking to pounce. The little history about him that the novel imparts, only serves to wet a reader’s appetite. I really wanted to experience the full force of Varik’s desire and hunger for Alex and felt a just little cheated; hopefully the next installment with delve deeper into the emotional and physical relationship.
Ms. Holmes does a good job of weaving an interesting tale in a genre that has seen it pages bulge with an influx of vampirism over that past 2 years. I really loved the novel perceptions of a vampire’s existence and laws that govern them. In limiting her vampire’s preternatural skills, Ms. Holmes presents a society that is far closer to humans than even its characters realize. They have families and children, go to work and have problems just like everyone else. All of these aspects really define the theme of the novel and its ensuing conflicts.
Life in Jacksonville is nothing if not exciting. Ms. Holmes has collected a cast of ancillary characters that optimize the phrase “Good Old Boy”. This tight nit community is so full of conspiracies and twisted plots, a reader may need a score card to keep up with the events that transpire. The novel is really a paranormal suspense mystery with a few red herrings thrown in for good measure. While the novel's pace is slow at times, it does pickup as the body count rises. While Ms. Holmes is writing is crisp and to the point, there were times when the scene transitions were a bit confusing.
I enjoyed “Blood Law” and look forward to the next installment. I highly recommend it.
To stop a vampire killer, she’ll have to slay her own demons first.
A provocative and savvy vampire, Alexandra Sabian moves to the sleepy hamlet of Jefferson, Mississippi—population 6,000, half vampires—to escape the demons lurking in her past. As an enforcer for the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations (FBPI), Alex must maintain the uneasy peace between her kind and humans, including Jefferson’s bigoted sheriff, who’d be happy to see all vampires banished from town. Then really dead vamps start turning up—beheaded, crucified, and defanged, the same gruesome manner in which Alex’s father was murdered decades ago. For Alex, the professional has become way too personal.
Things get even more complicated when the FBPI sends in some unnervingly sexy backup: Alex’s onetime mentor, lover, and fiancé, Varik Baudelaire. Still stinging from the betrayal that ended their short-lived engagement, Alex is determined not to give in to the temptation that soon threatens to short-circuit her investigation. But as the vamp body count grows and the public panic level rises, Varik may be Alex’s only hope to stop a relentless killer who’s got his own score to settle and his own bloody past to put right.