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Desert Vengeance by Betty Webb

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a PI book with a tough female main character, and I’m glad I read Desert Vengeance, book 9 in the Lena Jones series. Fair warning: the subject matter is incredibly tough. The book centers on the murder of Brian Wycoff, the foster parent who abused Lena when she was a child and who is released from prison as the book opens. While Lena did follow him after his release from jail, she did not murder him. Lena works alone during most of the book as she follows Wycoff to a small community hours outside of Phoenix, the Black Canyon City that I believe is in the cover photo, and the lone PI part of the story was not my favorite part of the story. I was more interested in Lena’s backstory, especially the bits of revelation of what happened to her family, which still isn’t entirely clear. Lena Jones clearly compartmentalizes to be able to go about her life, and in some ways that’s what frustrated me as a reader. I think I expected to know more about her since I jumped in so late in the series.

desert-vengeanceDesert Vengeance by Betty Webb

Poisoned Pen Press, February 2017

Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher.

 

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3 thoughts on “Desert Vengeance by Betty Webb”

  1. I like the Lena Jones character, Rebecca, but she is definitely a bit of an enigma. You’re right that Webb gives this series a bit of a hard edge. Still, I don’t think she gets gratuitous, and I do like the settings.

  2. I will look for that series. I haven’t read any of her books, but I wonder if Betty Webb explains more about Lena’s past life in earlier books and then assumes the reader of the current book already knows all about her?

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