Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: 'Cold Ambition' by Rachel Sharpe


Jordan James left her home in Louisiana to attend Brown University. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in psychology and then moved to Boston, assuming that she’d land the perfect job. Reality set in and she ended up taking a job as a waitress. However, once she saved enough money she decided, in spite of her parents’ criticisms, to become a private investigator and set up her own business. All she needs now is clients. As she walks around the Boston Common looking for clients, she is hit by a bicyclist, resulting in a case, a volunteer assistant, and a broken arm.
Cold Ambition is a fast-paced thriller with a well-developed feisty PI. I really liked Jordan and I appreciated her determination to find her own path. She has problems dealing with her family and she sometimes doubts herself. But she tackles a very difficult cold case, determined to solve a twenty-one year old mystery.
The plot is complex and interesting. I thought I’d figured everything out, but there were twists and turns that I never saw coming. The supporting characters in the novel are interesting and very believable. I liked the dynamics between Jordan and Jon, her assistant, and Rick, her client. Both guys are obviously attracted to Jordan and she, equally obviously, is focused on solving the case and making a mark as a PI.
The action heats up quickly and I found that I couldn’t put the book down. There are car chases, threatening phone calls, and gunshots. Jordan has to work all the angles in both Boston and New York, and she does it all most capably.
Mystery fans are sure to enjoy the action in Cold Ambition. This is the first in what looks to be a wonderful mystery series and I shall be eager for more of Jordan’s adventures.

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