Beka Cooper has some typical girl-power characteristics, but she is a deep and complex character. The first book of the series, Terrier, shows Cooper as a Puppy, or police woman in training. She has an intense desire for justice, but is crippled by an overwhelming shyness in crowds. The three books follow Beka Cooper and her friends through different stages of police training and a variety of criminal cases. The cases and mystery are intriguing and Beka Cooper is a character to be admired and enjoyed.