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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.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Azeezat Dubai, United Arab Emirates 06-18-14
    Azeezat Dubai, United Arab Emirates 06-18-14 Member Since 2009
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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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    Nora Pocatello, ID, United States 07-16-14
    Nora Pocatello, ID, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2005

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    "SAD"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    As a Plum fan this is a rehash ..nothing new.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

    Storyline was a rehash of several others.


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

    Grandma


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the characters remaining the same.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Plum books. This is a retelling of the same story. Nothing and no one has changed. You don't have to buy this NEW book, you can read any of the others for the same basic plot and characters. I am returning this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Coronado, CA, United States 06-25-14
    Amazon Customer Coronado, CA, United States 06-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun, but...starting to become too predictable"
    Where does Top Secret Twenty-One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was fun to listen to, and I appreciated bringing in the character Randy Briggs as that broke things up, but these stories are becoming so formulaic, so repetitive (granny at the viewings, Lula at the cluck in a bucket, ranger naked in a bed, Joe continuing to be the guy who doesn't seem to care that his girlfriend has another love interest, an evil bad guy that ends up almost taking Stephanie out, etc... the pace and predicaments plugged into each section of the book showed up like clock-work, it's hard not to anticipate exactly what is going to happen next. Another-words, I'm getting bored and may not get the next one... but then again, I may.

    I appreciated the little changes, the new attitude for the mother, in re: a household chore. The travel to Atlantic City and New York was also good.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lucky W Boston Ma USA 06-20-14
    lucky W Boston Ma USA 06-20-14 Member Since 2007
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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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    ShaSha 07-22-14
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    "Do you want to laugh?"
    What did you love best about Top Secret Twenty-One?

    Everything


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grandma


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My sister introduced me to Janet Evanovich with Lorelei King narrating the book. Perfect combination. and I look to make sure she always the one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am sure the drivers on the road thought I was having a conversation with myself. I was laughing as I drove.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara M McLeary 07-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I love Stephanie Plum!"
    What made the experience of listening to Top Secret Twenty-One the most enjoyable?

    I look forward to every new book in the Stephanie Plum series, and this one is did not disappoint! A little bit of romance and lots of crazy situations keep me engaged (and giggling) throughout the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie Plum -- because she's not perfect and makes crazy decisions.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lorelei King is a great narrator and brings different voices to each character smoothly and with humor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Dee Central Florida 07-19-14
    Shelly Dee Central Florida 07-19-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Same Story Differenet Day"
    What would have made Top Secret Twenty-One better?

    I had to stop listening after about half an hour ... I felt I'd heard it all before. Great writer, but needs to branch out in some other direction.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Evanovich again?

    Probably not. I've come to the conclusion that once you've listened to a couple of her books it's the same story with only minor twists -- predictable and definitely not a page-turner. She's in the same category in my mind as Sue Grafton, whose books I used to love (A is for Alibi, B is for...), but in her case she doesn't make it to the 21st Century, which I just find annoying (I'm sure there are Agatha Christie fans out there who would disagree).


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    MeL 07-18-14
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    "Bad purchase"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Couldn't download my purchase. Lost $23.95!


    Any additional comments?

    Do not purchase audiobook from Amazon for ipad. Unable to download book. What a racket they have going with audible.com. I am out $23.95. Will never do business with them again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 07-14-14
    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Plum crazy, one of the best in the series in years"
    What made the experience of listening to Top Secret Twenty-One the most enjoyable?

    "BABE" the narrator does a great job on Ranger with his BABE, gives you a little tingle. The other character voices are good too.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Good story, loved the part with the "minions" and the whole thing with Briggs was a hoot.


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

    Grandma Mazur without a doubt, cracks me up every time


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

    no I like to listen over time to spread out the enjoyment


    Any additional comments?

    Part with Joe and Stephanie that made me laugh so hard I almost had an accident. I loved the descriptions of Ranger and Joe, made you want to go find them and just "grab" them. This whole book was terrific. Evanovich had been phoning in her stories for a while and this went back to her regular style and was very enjoyable. If she sticks with this type I would look forward to many more books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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