Number-one best-selling author Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels are: "irresistible" (Houston Chronicle), "stunning" (Booklist), "outrageous" (Publishers Weekly), "brilliantly evocative" (The Denver Post), and "making trouble and winning hearts" (USA Today).
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don't just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don't do what Tiki tells you to do.
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.
Since the hospital staff's lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it's hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie's Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money - or maybe just desperate - Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again - a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid's dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone.... Or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she'll have to remember: No guts, no glory.
©2012 Janet Evanovich (P)2012 Random House Audio
I enjoy these books they are like potato chips you can’t eat just one but my problem this time is I think they are getting a bit stale, yes they still make me giggle and I love Lula & there wasn’t enough grandma and Stephanie still can’t make a decision between Morelli & Ranger and the first car to explode was within the first 5 minutes of the book, I kind of felt like ok now that’s out of the way on with the formula.
Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy these books and yes I will listen to the next one but I think it’s time for some forward movement this has started to feel like the same book over and over and if that’s all it’s going to be then I will go back and listen to these over and over because they are my feel good, get out of a funk, need something funny, go to books.
So why am I making it sound like I didn’t enjoy it? Because I would like to see some changes some growing up, some character building such as I learned something from my mistakes type of storyline or a final conclusion to the triangle that is a huge basis this book is based on. I truly believe she can still have both men in her life but she needs to choose which one…well I guess if she chooses Morelli her and Ranger can still be friends but not sure how well that would work if she chose Ranger not sure Morelli would be as forgiving. But still I think eventually it would all work out and I think it would help give the forward movement that this series needs to move it ahead.
As always Lorelei King is the voice of these characters her narration is like coming home to see old friends. This series & Lorelei’s narration is like comfort food!
3 ½ Stars
it has a great storyline
yes just seeing what mess they get into
she is the best reader
both stephanie and lula are great together but they are all wonderful to listen to
I really love the characters in this series but it is getting to be the same old stuff. Nothing exciting is happening to change their lives. Maybe it's time to quit, I'm not sure I'll be purchasing the next book. I think I could figure out what happens from the book summary next time. Very disappointed!
It was exactly like the last 3 books...BORING and nothing surprised me or made me laugh.
Seems like a rehash, same ole story. Nothing new happened
Nothing...Ms King rocks! Her performance is dead on.
Nothing! I honeslty do not know W-H-Y I bother! Same OLD story different day. The only thing different about this book is that Ranger had more than two lines.... He had 5 in this one.
No. I am so over it. Flop #2.
disappointment. Janet maybe its time to give up stephanie plum series and start a Ranger one?
Move on to a different book. This one lacks substance.
I love these books and the current narrator. The narrator gives life and character to each person. The story seemed thrown together and the narrator seemed disinterested. I was let down from the usual excitement of a Stephanie Plum adventure
for the first time, the narrator sounded tired and lackluster
Yes I would. I love the way Lorelei King reads. I forget that it's just one person reading the story. The story was good as well. There were several parts where I couldn't contain my laughter.
I'd compare them to any other Stephanie Plum books because they're meant to resemble them.
I love how diverse her voice is. She gives the characters attitude and their own personalities which makes the overall experience of listening to her read very pleasant.
I love the Stephanie Plum series books and really wish Janet Evanovich would write more than one a year.
These Stephanie Plum books are no works of literature (and I do like well written, well thought out books). But, I am truly sad that I finished Notorious Nineteen because I know that there will not be another book for a whole year!!! I have become friends with Stephanie, Lula, Joe, and Ranger and will miss hearing about them until the next book. I'm speculating that #20 will be the last book in the series and that Stephanie and Joe will elope to Las Vegas, and after a harrowing adventure with some bad guys, will get married and live ever after (maybe not so happily, since they seem to be at odds a good bit of the time! Joe wants a regulation Jersey wife and Stephanie admitted in this book that she's somewhat addicted to the adventure of the bounty hunter life.). Lorelei King is a wonderful narrator and because of her narration and my preconceived ideas of the characters, I decided not to go see the One For The Money movie - I was afraid that the characters that I saw on the screen would not match those that I had in my head!
Hm.....I love reading myself, but when I read these books on my own, yes I still laugh. However, I have to admit Lorelei King is such a great narrator/performer I do laugh harder when I listen to her read them to me! Audiobooks last longer for me as well, since I will limit the time I listen, where when I read I can't seem to make myself put the book down...
Not so much on the edge of my seat.....but the book kept me in stitches.
More humor. And please keep her doing this series. The earlier books were narrated by another and they just aren't right. Lorelei is the voice of Steph, Lula, Ranger, Joe, Gramma! It sounds wrong when I listen to another read them now and they never measure up to King.
Saw One for the Money, while it was ok it wasn't nearly as funny as the books, in my opinion. Heigel is a great actress but she just wasn't Stephanie to me.
Janet's recent Stephanie Plum books have been quite contrived recently. And not in a good way. This book was different. I really enjoyed this book and the multiple plots seemed to work & the flow was natural.
I would recommend this book. Lorelei King, as always, does great characters. She gets an A+.
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