>Review: Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes

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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, nearly one-half vampires—to escape the demons lurking in her past. As an Enforcer for the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation (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—killed in the same gruesome manner that 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 one-time 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.Like it or not, though, as the body count grows, and the public panic level rises, Varik may be her only hope to stop a relentless killer who’s got his own score to settle, and his own bloody past to put right.

Jeannie Holmes has set up a fantastic mystery in her debut to urban fantasy Alexandra Sabian series, Blood Law. And when I say fantastic mystery I mean Ms. Holmes is a sneaky little minx!

In present day, Blood Law takes us to a world where vampires have been out since 1968 when the body of Bernard Sabian was discovered beheaded and staked. From then on, vampires and humans have been trying to coexist with one another with some success. Leading to branches such as the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations to govern vampires or the creation of Vlads Tears to help quench their thirst. The vampires in Ms. Holmes’ world are born not made, they have children, heal quicker than humans and even have abnormally long life spans.

I’ve read several books with third person points of view and only one series that had more than three, but this is the first time I would have needed to write notes just to keep up with a book without even doing a review as well. Blood Law has seven points of view with everyone searching for something, starting with our heroine Enforcer Alex Sabian who also suffers from psychometry.(To those who have read Anton Strout you will be familiar with this, but for those who haven’t, psychometry is the ability to see past or future through touch of an object or person. However Alex’s abilities are not as sensitive as Mr. Canderous)

Forty seven year old Alex works for the FBPI as the Enforcer of Jefferson, Mississippi. As an Enforcer, she’s responsible for upholding the law where vampires are concerned. So it’s her that is called out when the third victim in an ongoing serial case shows up in the same manner as her father, Bernard.

In Louisville, Kentucky is the past that Alex ran from including Varik Baulelaire. The over 200 year old vamp is retired from the FBPI, but when news of the murders reach Chief Enforcer Damian Albarez’s ears, he has no choice but to reinstate Varik to his prior position as Director of Operations sending him to help her… and to spy on her.

And of course when Alex finds this out she’s anything but cooperative. She’s speaks her displeasure of Varik’s arrival through pettiness, defensiveness, stubbornness and in some cases selfishness. In her defense, though, I will say Alex has a plenty good reason to why Varik’s appearance would send her to such measures and I’m hoping that we’ll see more of the “real” Alex in future books.

Helping with the investigations back in Jackson is Tasha Lockwood of the Jefferson Police Department. Not only is she the Lieutenant, but she’s also the liaison between JPD, FBPI and Nassau County Sheriffs Office. Tasha is extremely scared of vampires after an episode some years back and thought that taking the office as the liaison would help her face her fears, but she’s teetering on a tightrope of which way she’ll lean. Tasha is a character that I could of gone completely without. She didn’t seem to me all that needed and was brought in to serve one purpose, but alas, this is a series and maybe some use will be found of her yet.

Heading NCSO and HSM sympathizer is Sheriff Harvey Manser. Harvey hates vampires and believes that the Human Separatist Movement and Minister Tubby Jordan at the Holy Word Church are the solutions to all his problems.

Then we have the rest of the Sabians. Stephen Sabian is Alex’s older, protective brother and the owner of the local blood bar in Jackson called the Crimson Swan, an all around nuisance and the epitome of HSM’s problems. Emily Sabian is their mother. A no nonsense woman at over 200 years her self, she flies in from Louisville to Jackson to keep watch over her children.

Last, but not least is He. Yes, I said He. He doesn’t have a name because He is our murderer. He’s out for vengeance against those who took his beloved dead wife Claire. Though, unfortunately, I cannot tell you more for it would ruin the surprise.

Are you all confuzzled yet? Well don’t be because although there is lots to remember and I was forced to take notes in the beginning, once you get in to the rich world that Ms. Holmes has created, the story will flow and everything will fall nicely into place. Watch through Blood Law how hate can breed, love blossoms, mystery unravels and a heart racing drama unfolds. And like I said, it’s a fantastic mystery, right when I knew for absolute certain what was what Ms. Holmes threw me another twist. Well played Ms. Holmes. Looking forward to Blood Secrets next year.

Alexandra Sabian
Blood Law-July 6, 2010
Blood Secrets-Summer 2011

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This book was purchased by KittNLuv.

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