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
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.
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