Sleek and sexy, Power's new mystery series has it all -- suspense, high-profile politics and sizzling scandal. Texas congresswoman Carly Wagner is a smart, beautiful, likable protagonist.

Carly gets the surprise of her life when she discovers the dead body of fellow congressman Alistair Dunhill slumped in an office chair. Police peg her as their No. 1 suspect, and Carly believes that she may be in danger from the actual killer. When hunky bodyguard Mr. Jones appears on her doorstep, Carly is grateful, even though she has no idea who hired him.

As she tries to solve Alistair's murder, Carly discovers that Alistair had a multitude of enemies -- thanks to his propensity to engage in multiple affairs. As the stakes become higher, propelling Carly closer to the truth, Jones may be the only one who can save her. (ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR, Sep., 320 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick