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
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
when Ranger threw the Russian over the wall in the garage to the ground below saving Stephanie
yes and will listen to more than once
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
The Stephanie Plum novels are fun and Lorelei King really brings Stephanie to life. The plot is outrageous, and that's what makes it so much fun.
Ranger and Stephanie almost to the point of a commitment - but not quite.
Every scene with Grandma - she's a hoot!
No. I don't want to listen to any book in one sitting. I listen while I work.
The book was as enjoyable as it could be, predictable and entertaining.
Ms. King brings the characters to life. I don't know if I would have continued reading if I hadn't switched to these audiobooks. Lula isn't nearly as much fun when I read the books.
Fun story and Lorelei King did a great job as usual.
This wasn't one of my favorite Plum novels, but was still very enjoyable. Lorelei King is great at her job and I will listen to any book in which she narrates.
Fabulous Single Chick
It is ok for a fast listen and requires absolutely no thought process on the part of the listener, I tend to zone out.
I really like the narrator, although it did take me a few books to get used to her.
It may have inspired me to stop listening to Stephanie Plum books
This story line is completely played out now, actually, it was played out about 6 books ago. At first it was cute with all the back and forth between Joe and Ranger, but now Stephanie isn't a young woman and so it just seems pathetic. Rather than being likable characters they are starting to seem narcissistic and boring.
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