Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.
Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.
With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.
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©2011 Janet Evanovich (P)2011 Random House Audio
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I had given up on Janet and the Stephanie novels cause they were so redundant. I have been a loyal follower since the series started. I was taking a short solo business trip thought this would be lite easy listen. Well, it was so disappointing. I could have written this book. The only thing that is worth it is the excellent reader Lorelei and how she makes all the characters come alive. But that didn't even to it for me this time. Janet, next one needs to be Ending Eighteen! Thanks for the ride though.
While a fan of the series, it appears Janet Evanovich has gotten lazy in her writing. She is reusing lines from previous books and not developing the characters. Also, no longer developing the scenes between Joe and/or Ranger and Stephanie. Lots of obvious opportunities in this book for more details especially with the interaction between these primary characters, but all opportunities were passed up. In fact, some situations screamed for more explanation/reaction, but were ignored. Unfortunate, as these relationships are what we want to read about.
I have been a huge Janet Evanovich fan since discovering the series in 2005 and reading everything I could get my hands on by her. I have read MOST of her books (and loved them) BUT this book was not even 'ok.' It seems Janet got LAZY writting this book. I feel like I wasted my credit and my time by buying & listening to it. This book just sucks and did not leave me wanting to read another one in the Stephanie series.
12 chapters into this book - I quit. It is stupid, has little plot and just doesn't hold my interest at all. The reader is very good, doing a lot of voices but the story isn't worth my time listening to it. I have never written a negative review before but after I saw the author on the Today show I felt I had to listen to it. Major disappointment - was looking for a good mystery or crime story but this was more about Lula eating and Plums' boyfriends and their sexual exploits than anything else.
For the last several Plum novels Evanovich has used an object or concept that is supposed to further the plot but ends up taking the place of the plot. Uncle Pip's Lucky Bottle, Vordo, whatever. It's a bit like my house in which the architect included some weird angled walls in place of real architectural details. Janet, you're going to have to work harder instead of pulling in stupid gimmicks. Sorry. You're first several novels were great--original, fresh and fun, but the last several needed better story lines. I would suggest re-booting and telling the next few novels from the perspective of another of the characters that inhabit Stephanie's world. Either find a fresh approach or 86 the Plum novels.
I have read or listened to every Stephanie Plum novel. I loved the first 5, and have tolerated them since. The problem isn't the narration - its the story. Stephanie hasn't evolved in years, her inability to decide between Ranger and Morelli is old and tired. She is no more competent as a bounty hunter, her friendship with Lula, as well as Lula herself, have failed to add any depth to her stories. Really disappointed, done and over her.
I was a little disapointed in the 16 book and some of the off shoot books but this one put Stephanie back to her usual bumbling funny self and mis fit friends.
But I keep buying... :). I want it to end already. She is releasing another book in November, but at 6 hours + this is about a half a book, so it certainly pays to keep shortening them up if you can get people to buy 2 books instead of one. I feel like a sucker...
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