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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 2015

    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.

    31 of 36 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane SUNSET BEACH, CA, United States 01-04-15
    Diane SUNSET BEACH, CA, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2011

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    "One of the better Plum books"

    While it's true that this series has become pretty repetitive, but I enjoyed this book more than the last few.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Valentine 11-13-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Pass Minnesota, USA 07-07-14
    Mary Pass Minnesota, USA 07-07-14

    65yr young grandma , living in and enjoying MN. Reading is my favorite relaxation. Have always been a reader, now also is my grandchild.

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    "Another HIT for Evanovich"
    What did you love best about Top Secret Twenty-One?

    Just another great story from Ms Evanovich. I laugh out loud as I am listening..family always wonders, until I let them know what I am listening to.


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

    Every single character is brought to life by Ms King, probably the best narrator !! I will listen to anything read by her !,


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

    Makes me laugh, and cry from laughing so hard!


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the funniest and most notable characters ! And with Ms King... You know exactly who it is, as soon as you hear her change character. Kudos to all!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sunmonu 06-18-14
    A. Sunmonu 06-18-14 Member Since 2015

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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 15 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 2014
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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.

    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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    Jane C. Tutton FL USA 03-02-15
    Jane C. Tutton FL USA 03-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Too short"

    Love this series, but the last 2 have been too short. They say this review was too short to submit.

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    "Better than the last few installments"

    I hope #22 moves everyone forward in the development of their relationships. Stephanie deserves to take a leap forward in her life with her job, family, Morelli and Ranger. We her fans want to see some development and have fun along the way. Otherwise, S.P. will be driven into early retirement by recycling old plots, again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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