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)
OK, so this is not a Pulitzer Prize award winner, but if they had one for comedy, Janet Evanovich would be the definite winner. When I describe this series to people who haven't read it I tell them: "Comedy with a little drama, mystery and mayhem mixed in." Knowing the characters from the previous books is an absolute prerequisite to thoroughly enjoying this book. In fact, now that I have finished 14, I am going to go back and start at One for the Money again and enjoy the series from 1 to 13 because I found 14 to be so uplifting and funny. I remember the other books had similar moments and want to re-live them! I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
I love the Stephanie Plum series but Fearless Fourteen was a disappointment. Stephanie plods along chasing a mild drama. Ranger is out of character and without substantance to the "plot." Only Lula seems in character but even she was unable to add any true flavor to redeem the book for me. A big disappointment.
This is the first book I've read in this series, and I loved it! The characters were rich and hilarious, the story held my interest. Will definitely read more from this author and highly recommend this book!
I started out as a big fan of Janet Evanovich's books and got a big kick out of the first few I read. However, they're all basically the same plot with a few variations over and over and over again. Good if all you want is a little mindless entertainment, but there's not much originality in this series. This Plum is definitely past its expiration date.
Fearless 14 was a good book. Very typical of the others in the series. This is the first book of the Stephanie Plum series that I listened to instead of reading. The narrator does a good job but since I have read the other 13, the voice I have for the characters is different than the narrators so that was distracting for me. Noting new here but still a good listen.
Sorry, but as a fan of the previous Plum novels I have to say this is the weakest so far. Although well read, the plot was formulaic, weak, and plodding - the real storyline didn't emerge until the book was almost half over! There were several funny moments, but overall it felt like a series of set pieces rather than a cohesive novel. Let's hope 15 is better.
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