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Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21 | [Janet Evanovich]

Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.
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Publisher's Summary

Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’ dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.

To top things off, Ranger - resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation - has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.

Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list - but that’s top secret.

©2014 Janet Evanovich (P)2014 Random House LLC

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 06-20-14
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"

    We want to learn something new about Stephanie, new about Ranger or Morelli. Yikes, the characters have turned into caricatures. I won't even bother to discuss the plot opening because you can pick any of the last 10 books, change the character names, pick a pedestrian crime of interest and viola you have this plot - yawn.

    Evanovich spiced up the language in this book a bit which was okay and Lorelei Kind did a good job as usual doing Stephanie. But we HAVE to see some forward motion in this series. Wow, now I am interested how long she can keep this series going without conflict or content. Do something Evanovich; give Morelli a love interest that threatens Stephanie and has Step do something; bring Ranger and Morelli to blows; have Stephanie move in with Ranger just to get him out of her system -- anything to stop the boredom.

    At this point, this series is car wreck -- you can't look away. Only listen if you must; otherwise pass. By the way, the movie "One for the Money" didn't help.

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sunmonu 06-18-14
    A. Sunmonu 06-18-14 Member Since 2009

    avid reader

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    "diasppointing for the series"

    This is the first time I've been disappointed by the Stephanie plum series. It is a case of '"same ol' thing" and one gets the feeling we are being strung along unendingly....It is beginning to get the "wheel of time" feel to it.
    I was excited about the plot at first but less than halfway through, it felt as if the same old jokes, gags etc were been trotted out, barely recycled......I think this does it for me with this series, except a miracle happens!
    If you get the book, it isn't too bad, but uf you've pre-ordered it for months like I have......don't hold your breath.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    SJC Ardmore, OK United States 09-02-14
    SJC Ardmore, OK United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring!"
    What could Janet Evanovich have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Janet needs to expand her characters. This book recycles the same plot lines, gags, and ineptitudes as the previous twenty books. They were funny the first ten books, but lets move on already!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I stopped listening half way through. I didn't finish for almost two months.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the last Janet Evanovich I'll be buying. I'll get them free at the library or not at all. Complete waste of money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Gooch 06-21-14
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    "Stephanie Bombs -- Lorelei Rocks"
    Did Top Secret Twenty-One inspire you to do anything?

    Top Secret Twenty-One inspired me to stop reading/listening to the Stephanie Plum series. I won't, though. I'll keep reading it until it finishes dying a slow, painful death.


    Any additional comments?

    You can tell that Lorelei King is getting just as bored as the rest of us. But, just as we keep coming back for more, King keeps taking that practically guaranteed Plum paycheck every year. Of course, Lorelei King is STILL great at her job. She's an incredible voice artist, but you can tell she's thinking "I'm still doing this?" as each novel comes along.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lucky W 06-20-14
    lucky W 06-20-14
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    "one of the most enjoyable Stephanie Plum Novels"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Top Secret Twenty-One to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoy this novel as there was a nice play between Ranger and Joe Morelli with Stephanie I really enjoy the emotional sorta tug of feelings between the two men for Stephanie and I love the way Lorelei King said Babe the influx of the word does say a whole lot with out voicing more than the one word


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Top Secret Twenty-One?

    when Ranger threw the Russian over the wall in the garage to the ground below saving Stephanie


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Ranger


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes and will listen to more than once


    Any additional comments?

    I love all of the Stephanie Plum books and I Lorelei King as the narrator if someone else was to narrator them now I don't think I could enjoy them as much

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Valentine 11-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Going downhill."

    I've read all of the books in this series, so I care about and like the characters quite a bit.

    That said, the series is really going downhill and Evanovnich is starting to play fast and loose with some offensive content. A few parts of this book (regarding Ranger) were icky in a racist way and had me wincing.

    It's gotten a little too slapstick and predictable and lost a lot of its quirky appeal. Still not terrible, but nowhere near as enjoyable as the earlier books were.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David M. Jacobs 11-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Dedicated fan will laugh."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes , dedicated followers will enjoy the series although it is getting a bit stale chose someone already Stephanie plum.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Typical Stephanie plum style. Grandma mazur breathes life into this editin.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?

    Oh yes she is the voice of Stephanie plum. And the whole list of chracters.


    Did Top Secret Twenty-One inspire you to do anything?

    It makes me laugh and want to eat cake, or what Stephanie is eating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sue 11-09-14
    sue 11-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "i love janet evanovich read all of her books"
    Where does Top Secret Twenty-One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    right next to debbie macomber!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    love all of the characters.
    they all have special parts that just make you laugh and feel good about yourself while reading or listening to the books


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    she has the best voices for all


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    best mix of all romance, comedy,mystery


    Any additional comments?

    have coworkers listening to them to.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CAM 09-25-14
    CAM 09-25-14
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    "Instant Deja Vu."

    I have read all of the Stephanie Plum books. They are funny, if a bit predictable - there will be donuts, pizza, Ranger Looking Hot, Morelli Looking Hot, Grandma will at some point be packing a 45 in her big handbag - but still a fun read. But this time I swear I thought I'd read this book before - wait, wasn't the annoying Briggs guy blown up in earlier books? Didn't a group of old men start getting bumped off one by one in another book? It felt like the author put all her earlier characters and plot elements into a bag, pulled out a random handful, and arranged them into a story. The characters are all caught in a time warp. I hate to say I'm done with this series, but I think I'm done. It was definitely not worth spending a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Crete, IL, United States 09-25-14
    Mary Crete, IL, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Ranger is gaining the inside track"
    What did you love best about Top Secret Twenty-One?

    Ranger used the "M" word! While Joe was stuck doing things with his family, Stephanie got to go on an adventure with Ranger.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Stephanie is realizing that Joe is the white sheep of his family. If she has children with him, she will be raising Morelli boys that usually grow up to be, if not serial killers, drunken slobs. Life with Ranger would be more interesting. Of course on of Ranger's cars blew up while in her care. Predictable, but I would be disappointed if it did not happen.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    She has all the character voices down. They all sound like different people who would live in Trenton New Jersey.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did find myself sitting in parking lots waiting for a point in the story where if could bear to break off listening.


    Any additional comments?

    The first books in the series were darker, but I like things like Lula morphing from a tragic, abused street walker into a comic side kick. I am rooting for Stephanie to realize that she really does not want to be a house wife, and Ranger to realize that he needs and wants Stephanie for more than entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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