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May 2011
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BOOK 1: Flowerbed of State
"A bright blossom in the garden of cozy mysteries." ~ Jacklyn Brady, author of A Sheetcake Named Desire

"Fast-paced plot" ~ Publishers Weekly

When it comes to gardening, Cassandra "Casey" Calhoun isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. But when it comes to murder, she's not the kind of gal to let any killer get away clean…

Casey's passion for organic gardening and eye for detail have carried her into the most important patch of land in America--the President's Park, on which sits the most important home in America: the White House.

With the biggest opportunity of her life ready to bloom, and all the President's men plowing up her perfect plans, Casey has to dig in and root out a killer before she ends up planted herself…
Birds In Paradise
An Original Short Mystery
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Young prostitutes are disappearing from the streets of Honolulu. When street-savvy P.I., Kyra Grainger, is hired to find the latest missing girl, she straps on a pair of high heels, pulls on a skirt no wider than a headband, and delves into the back streets and shadowy world hidden behind the glitz of Hawaii. What she finds is a web of lies and deceptions that threatens to destroy the paradise she's grown to love.
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April 2012
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BOOK  2: The Scarlet Pepper

As the White House's organic gardener, Casey Calhoun is up to her elbows in dirt. But when someone starts tampering with the Presidential vegetable garden, embarrassing the First lady-and a hard-nosed investigative reporter is found dead, Casey realizes that the next thing buried in the dirt might just be her…
Praise for The Scarlet Pepper:

"The second story in this series does not disappoint.... Once you start to read this story you will have a hard time putting it down. Can't wait for volume three." ~ reader review from JudiOH

"A potboiler of homicide, blackmail, journalism, power and sex but one that St. James handles with taste as well as verve "The Scarlet Pepper" fulfills the promise of last year's series debut, "Flowerbed of State," and then some." ~ Richmond Times-Dispatch

April 2013
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"Another nail-biter from St. James, who combines a dandy whodunit, a courageous heroine, a budding romance and a rich dose of White House history and horticulture in this clever outing ... all of which makes "Oak and Dagger" a treasure for readers."  ~ Richmond Times Dispatch

A Spy in the White House Gardens?
Stolen documents, death threats, mysterious holes in the South Lawn, and now a dead body in the garden! The evidence for the murder points to Gordon Sims, beloved White House chief gardener.

White House organic gardener Casey Calhoun, with the help of Special Agent Jack Turner, vows to clear Gordon's name. Soon Casey finds herself in a deadly race against time to discover the link between the missing stolen papers, the holes in the lawn, and a rumored 200-year-old treasure--before the killer strikes again...

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"Come the Water"
An Original Short Mystery
When You Pass Through Waters:
Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors
In response to the "thousand year flood" of 2015 in South Carolina, eighteen beloved and bestselling authors graciously contributed a water-themed story, essay, or poem to this heart-warming and thought-provoking anthology. Like a winding river, their words meander through memories and nostalgia or swell in a fit of faith, fear, or questioning. Some offer lessons learned by the water or new beginnings because of it. There are even works of fiction-it often speaks the clearest truth.  This is a timeless book for water-lovers and storm survivors. Proceeds support water-disaster relief effort.
Nominated for the Southern Independent Bookseller's Alliance Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize
Stick around, let me tell you a mystery...

I've always loved reading mystery novels, the cozier the better. So it was only natural that I began writing them. I'm blessed by my loyal readers who have stuck with me through the birth of my one and only daughter shortly after the release of the third book in the White House Gardener Mystery series. Thank you so much for your kind letters and support. Your words lift me up.

While there will be no more books in the White House Gardener Mysteries, Casey is getting a well-deserved break after the harrowing year she survived, I am cooking up a new series and hope to be able to tell you all about it soon.

In the meantime, pick up a copy of the anthology, As You Pass Through Waters, which features a short mystery written by little ol' me. All money raised through the sale of the books go toward flood relief charities after the devasting floods in South Carolina in 2015.

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November 2015
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