The Crime: Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars
Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one.
The Cousin: Joe Morelli
Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom's sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.
The Complications: Murder, kidnapping, destruction of personal property, and acid reflux
Less than a week after Dom's release from prison, Joe Morelli has shadowy figures breaking into his house and dying in his basement. He's getting threatening messages, Loretta is kidnapped, and Dom is missing.
The Catastrophe: Moonman
Morelli hires Walter "Mooner" Dunphy, stoner and "inventor" turned crime fighter, to protect his house. Morelli can't afford a lot on a cop's salary, and Mooner will work for potatoes.
The Cupcake: Stephanie Plum
Stephanie and Morelli have a long-standing relationship that involves sex, affection, and driving each other nuts. She's a bond enforcement agent with more luck than talent, and she's involved in this bank-robbery-gone-bad disaster from day one.
The Crisis: A favor for Ranger
Security expert Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, has a job for Stephanie that will involve night work. Morelli has his own ideas regarding Stephanie's evening activities.
The Conclusion: Only the fearless should listen to Fourteen.
Thrills, chills, and incontinence may result.
Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.
©2008 Evanovich, Inc.; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter with a great sense of humor that balances out her attitude and worse luck...like Dorothy Parker with a lousy job and a Jersey accent." (Time)
"Evanovich's series is as addictive as Fritos...Evanovich serves up consistently craveable goodies." (People)
I just love this series, but something's got to change. It's more of the same and it's not fresh anymore. If I hadn't been trapped in a car on a 12 hour road trip, I probably wouldn't have listened to the whole book.
Yes, The Stephanie Plum series is semi-formulaic, but it is a formula that works. I like that Stephanie is becoming a little better at her job, still falls for Lula's unwitting traps, still loves two men, still likes birthday cake and still steps in it all the time. Familiarity can be comforting. Janet Evanovich introduced some fun new characters this time and I enjoyed the ride.
I too have read or listened to all 14 Stephanie Plum sagas and enjoyed each and every one. yes, all the characters are back and a few more. I just haven't found this one to be the laugh out loud funny as some in the past. Rated, good not great.
Lorelei King is a fantastic reader- I'd listen to anything she did. Her voices for these characters are wonderful.
However, the story itself was not strong. If you read Evanovich for the over-the-top funny, there was plenty of that here. But the mystery was weak. We were over two hours into a 6 1/2 hour book before it was even clear what the main mystery was. The side plot with Brenda seemed more like filler and distraction than anything.
This was enjoyable to listen to, but not the author's best offering.
I love to read and hope you do too! Audio books are great for people on the go!
I'm not sure what everyone else found so entertaining in this book. I have read every Stephanie Plum mystery (not the "Plum" books) and this was by far the worst. Absolutely nothing happens, and Evanovich just keeps recycling old cliches. The subplot between Lula and Tank was pathetic, not funny. It may be time for Stephanie to hang up her stun gun and marry Joe.
We used to love this series, but now it has become the exact same cliche'd formula over and over and over. There's absolutely nothing new, nothing that you haven't heard for the first 13 books, it's almost like she's got a computer that just cranks out the same story, same characters, same situations, over and over and over. Example: at first the antics of the grandmother were funny. But now yeah, we get it, she really likes to go to funerals and somehow create a scene, check, she likes to make "outrageous" sex comments, check, she loves to pack a big pistol, check, she loves to say things at the dinner table that make Stephanie's mother look up in shock and cross herself, etc. And its that way for every character. Every single thing they do and say is just a repetition of the caricature that's she made each character. We used to love listening to these on long trips, and would laugh out loud. With this one we just shook our heads in disgust.
Nope. She's milking it for all she can.
She's actually quite good.
If you've never listened to a Stephanie Plum novel, you might enjoy it. But we were Stephanie Plum fans, and Evanovich is just milking this by writing the exact same book every time these days.
Just that we're really disappointed. We were big fans, thought that the characters were evolving, but it's clear Evanovich is out of ideas.
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