A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
Once again, Janet Evanovich has done it! Stephanie Plum manages to have another car blow up within the first few pages, and it just keeps going from there. Big Blue is still indestrucible, and Stephanie is still confused about who she wants to be with - Morelli or Ranger. She has to be the worst bounty hunter ever! But she manages to get her man anyway (even if he's dead). Laugh-out-loud funny!
I'm going to be generous and give Notorious Nineteen 3 stars ONLY because Ms. Evanovich gave us not only a clearly defined plot but a subplot and she refrained from adding the inane slap stick that dumbed down her 2 previous Plum books.
While Stephanie and Lula's dialog is much the same, the dialog of Ranger and Morelli is "off". The tired and much overused triangle is still in play with Stephanie "on again" with Morelli as she fights her feelings for and physical attraction to Ranger and tries to keep him at arms length.
Unlike the first dozen books in the series, there is no subtle humor in this book. All in all I feel as if Evanovich no longer has any love of the Plum world and sadly it has become "just a job" to write each book.
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
Lorelei King does her usual wonderful job of narrating this book.
The Plum novels are like eating store bought cookies that have been on the shelf just a little too long. They satisfy a sugar craving but in the end, you wish you hadn't bothered to spend the money.
The characters and plot line hold absolutely NO new developments--I think the author needs to stop writing this series now. Or learn from people like the late Donald Westlake who could make each novel in the series entertaining and different with well-loved characters who change just enough to keep us interested.