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 have read all of the Plum books and I must say Fearless Fourteen is one of my favorites. There was Stephanie, Morelli, Ranger and all the regulars plus some old friends and new.
Mooner was back which is where I got most of my chuckles. He is such a rich character and the way he interacts with Stephanie is extremely humorous. Oh there was a monkey too which had me laughing out loud.
The two hunks in Stephanie's life are back finer than ever. If I was Stephanie I don't think I could choose so I guess she shouldn't for a while yet.
The central story is simply great and all of the smaller ones weave in well so fun and sleuthing builds nicely. In the end we are left waiting for ------- Fifteen. I can't wait!
Lorelei King does a wonderful narration. I must say I had a bit of trouble transitioning from C.J. Critt but now I am very comfortable with Miss King.
I have listened to the entire series. #14 is very,very cute and lots of fun. If you were a bit disappointed with 12 and 13, give this one a try.!
This was a classic Evonovich. The book was very entertaining, and included her usual humor. I really enjoyed the new characters in this book. Their personalities were really developed. Also, the reader does a very nice job creating different voices for the characters.
TzuMom in ATL
I have to admit that I took a long break from the Stephanie Plum series. Somewhere around 8 or 9 I felt that the stories were getting to be too far-fetched, and the characters just too silly. It was like Evanovich was trying too hard to be funny, just for the sake of being funny. So for the last year or two I've been enjoying a couple of other series. However, when I saw that she was getting ready to release #18, I thought I might want to get caught up. I picked it back up at #13, and am delighted to report that I am enthusiastically on #16 in about one month's time! (Atlanta has a lot of traffic) Look out, boys and girls, Stephanie is BACK!
Lorelei King's performances have never faltered. She is as animated as ever with her endless store of voices and characters. Expect to see a few new ones, and don't be surprised when a few of our old time favorites pop back up!
Late middle-aged constant reader who greatly prefers Audible "reads" to radio. I love all books -- Audible, eReader and print editions.
I am a total sucker for Stephanie Plum and this one has it all -- both Morelli and Ranger, real skips, crazy fading entertainer playing off of Lula's desire for fame, and even a chimp. My husband was in the car with me one day while I was listening and HE gt so caught up in fifteen minutes that I had to loan him the recording when I was finished.
Janet Evanovich has a genuine talent for dialog that shines in this novel. I hope that she keeps writing about Sophie for a long time to come.
If you thought Stephanie Plum was getting a bit stale, this one will pull you back in. I'm not going to give anything away. If you laughed out loud at any of the earlier books, read this one.
I thought the characters work very good together. Joe and Stephanie are on and off again boyfriend and girlfriend. They are right together, so they need to get married. Ranger is the coolest and he loves Stephanie too. It is a toss up of who gets her in the end. Marino is husband material and Ranger is every girls fantasy. The book is great, I love the series. There is action around every corner with Stephanie and you get a good picture of the people in this town.
This was another can't-let-go adventure featuring Stephanie Plum, the usual and unusual cast of characters around her, and some great friends from the past! The story line is a bit different - fewer skips, more personal - and it brings in some wonderfully rich new issues. Wedding bells? Flying pizzas? $9 Million? And a "blue woman" review! Sorry once again that it ended, and can't wait for 15!
See, now, I don't agree that the series is getting tired, because there is alway so much character humor. I listen to the Plum series when I am exercising, it is a fun, light listening/read. I don't expect War and Peace, I expect laughter, and Evanovich never ceases to amuse me with the funny characters and their antics. I can relate to the potato canon, my son built one and I almost died laughing when he set it off and the potato probably landed on the neighboring college campus, that sucker went as high as the eye could see. What can I say, I love slapstick, even real life slapstick. I guess I simply love to laugh. I just wish her books were longer: more words, more laughs. Come on, her Jersey jokes are a hoot. And, admit it,you all want to picture Lula squeezed into a spandex wedding gown, you just know she is going to need a shoe horn to get into her dress when and if she gets married!
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