This is the third book I have read from Roberta Kray, and I can say that so far she has continued to be a consistent writer. Roberta is able to write easy to follow and understand, yet still detailed and enjoyable crime novels. Her characters are well developed, possibly a little stereotypical for some of the more ‘mob’ style characters. You end up becoming attached to them, even the more dubious ones.
Roberta continues to have females as the lead character, which I rather enjoy. Although they are generally described as beautiful women, they do not follow the dumb or totally useless female characters that other writers often portray. Nor are they the powerful, superhero types that can be just as unrealistic. I tend to find her female characters as quite believable and relatable.
Streetwise follows Ava who gets a job driving around a member of a known criminal family. She gets caught up in a crime and needs to find a way to clear her name and find out what really occurred and why she was dragged into it. At the same time keeping her father in the clear as he has been involved in some dodgy business.
I quite enjoyed this book and found it an intriguing yet easy to follow novel. I enjoy Roberta’s style, and will continue to read more of her books. I rate this novel 4 stars, possibly closer to 4 ½. The only reason I will not give it 5 stars is because it is a light easy read and does not necessarily have all of the big twists and depth that I enjoy more from a suspense/crime novel.