Power by Debra Webb

Power by Debra Webb
Publisher: Grand Central
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (290 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Agent Jess Harris is back in another thrilling installment of Debra Webb’s Faces of Evil series.Jess is ready to start the next chapter in her life as the new deputy chief of Birmingham’s major crimes division. But with her first love, Chief of Police Dan Burnett, acting as her new boss, it looks like Jess won’t be able to put the past behind her that easily.Jess has decided to focus all of her attention on work when a celebrated ballet instructor is found dead by one of her students. Though Jess’s instincts tell her otherwise, the death is ruled an accident, and the case is assigned to another division. Still, Jess can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the story, and her investigation leads her into the worlds of Birmingham’s gang culture and its powerful elite.Now Jess’s investigation has dug a little too deep, and there’s a target painted on her own forehead. Will she be able to solve the crime before her own life is in jeopardy?

A beloved ballet teacher falls to her death with no witnesses. When it’s ruled an accident, Deputy Chief Jess Harris cries foul. Before Jess can investigate further, she’s derailed from the case by the disappearance of a straight-and-narrow kid from the wrong side of the tracks and is redirected to finding him at all costs. What she doesn’t yet know is that the more she digs, the more danger she’s putting herself into.
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I’m still having a bit of a love and hate relationship with Jess. I understand that she has to be arrogant, determined and sometimes a bit pushy to get things done, especially in such a male-dominated profession, but her constant refusal to accept any kind of help makes me a bit crazy. She is slowly learning, however, and if she’d just let go of her pride a tiny bit, she’d be a much more likable person. However, as a detective, all those things that make me crazy, make her awesome. That she doesn’t let propriety or Southern hospitality get in the way of getting answers makes me proud.

Jess and Dan have a new obstacle to overcome in this novel, in addition to all the crazies that seem to populate Birmingham. Their attempts to find a balance between work and fun isn’t as easy as they’d hoped it’d be. I found it very interesting to see how such a career-minded woman handles a budding relationship with a man who is essentially her boss.

Each new installment in the Faces of Death series by Debra Webb is better than the last. I love the way that they pick up within days or even hours of the previous book ending. I just think this poor woman needs a new identity if she’s going through this much in two weeks’ time! Power was an exciting and enjoyable mystery touched with enough romance to soften up the harsher edges of the crimes being investigated. The author does a fantastic job of getting to the nitty-gritty of the case while balancing it out with humor or love. I love this series – and author – more and more with each novel.

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