Power's second Me and Mr. Jones mystery is a fun read. Texas congresswoman Carly Wagner is a likable heroine and a great match for mysterious operative Mr. Jones. The tension between Carly and her 12-year-old daughter is palpable, but a few scenes, in which Jones refuses to share information and overly similar conversations with her daughter, slow the pace.
Carly's daughter Jordan discovers the body of her best friend's father, a respected federal judge. Just before the murder, Jordan and several friends avoided arrest in a computer-gaming sting when Mr. Jones removed them from the scene. Carly is uncomfortable with the preferential treatment Jones gives her daughter and her politically connected friends. Once the murder is discovered and appears to be somehow linked to Jordan's gaming circle, Carly joins forces with Mr. Jones to find who killed the judge. (ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR, Nov., 288 pp., $24.95)