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
After three disappointments in a row, I was ready to give up on this series. I'm glad I gave it one more chance - because this one is Classic Plum - complete with laugh out loud funny Lulu, hot Ranger moments, silly criminals and exploding cars.
My only complaint was not enough Grandma, but with so much else happening, she still managed to make herself heard.
I've listened to all the numbered books in this series now, except for 5 & 6, which Audible doesn't have for some reason. I like them because they make me laugh out loud, which I frequently want to do. I've enjoyed all the books about equally well. None of them struck me as much better or much worse than the others. For this reason, I'm just going to express my general opinion of the series.
Suspension of disbelief is an important part of reading fiction. If fiction precisely imitated real life, what fun would that be? It's fun to imagine all the incidents involving chases, guns, stun guns, Lula, Grandma Mazur, and exploding cars, to name a few. However, Stephanie's "love life" is stretching my suspension to the breaking point.
This girl supposedly has 2 super-hot "chick magnets" fighting over her--sort of. You'd think she must be something pretty special, but as far as I can tell, she's just a major pain in the neck to both of them. I can see Ranger keeping her as an entertainment line item in his budget, but I have no idea why Morelli puts up with her. She's just not worthy!
Morelli loves her. She loves Morelli. They have a long history together. He's good to her. By her own account, Morelli is extremely hot and incredibly awesome in bed. Plus, he wants to marry her. You'd think that would be all that any woman could dream of.
Ranger is "magical" in bed, whatever that means. She knows virtually nothing about him, except that he's never gonna marry her. For this, she continually plays games and jeopardizes her relationship with Morelli.
I don't think any man, either real or fictional, (especially a hot-blooded Italian) would keep up a relationship with Stephanie Plum unless she changes her wicked ways pretty darn soon. She's been lucky so far. I will lose all respect for Morelli if he continues to put up with it. Enough is enough! There will still be plenty of room for adventure and mayhem if she settles down with Morelli.
I hope the next book will put an end to this ridiculous love/sex triangle.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Lorelei King's narration of this series is what makes it all work. Stephanie Plum bond enforcement agent middle name is "trouble." Whatever will go wrong will when Stephanie and Lulu are on the job. This story kept me laughing from bridesmaid dress to car being blown up are vintage Stephanie. I wish Evanovich would have gone into more depth with Grandma Mazur going undercover at the hospital and assisted living facility. The story makes a pleasant break from more serious reading.
I've listened to (or read) all 19 books in this series, starting with One for the Money. Notorious Nineteen didn't disappoint! Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum seems to be edging slightly closer to resolving her difficulty choosing between the two hunks (Ranger and Morelli) but she still has her "issues" (cars blowing up, near death experiences, crazy eating habits) she should probably try to overcome before settling down. This book was on par with many of the past episodes and caused me to laugh out loud several times while listening. How many books can do that? If you have kept up with this series, definitely get this book. If you are new to this series, start from the beginning. Either way, enjoy!
Great story and characters that made me laugh out loud
Great as always. If she ever stops being the narrator for the Stephanie Plum Novels. I will stop listening. No narrator can make these books as enjoyable as they are.
Briggs, He is such a stinker
This is a fun series, I have been listening to a lot of Connelly, Coulter and Lee Child which are also great books. I needed a break from all the serious stuff, and this was perfect.
Evanovich has run her course wth Stephanie Plum. None of the Plum books get very far with the storylines. They are overshadowed by cute vignettes chained together by the stories. However, there are only so many vignettes that one can draw from the finite relationships in her life. I thought I was rereading her first book.
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