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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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    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.

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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.

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    Meave Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada 09-25-14
    Meave Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada 09-25-14

    I enjoy a good mystery with unique characters plus humor.

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    "Top Secret Success!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Top Secret Twenty-One to be better than the print version?

    Without a doubt! Lorelei King is a master narrator and her version of unique voices for each character is very enjoyable to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line with Stephanie and Briggs was down right laugh-out loud -funny and when the vibrating Chihuahuas were introduced it was hilarious. The story was excellent and very entertaining. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Without a doubt! Lorelei King is a master narrator and her version of unique voices for each character is outstanding.


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

    If it were possible I would have listened to this book all at once. I enjoy audible books so much that I've developed a habit of turning the TV off and listening to a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this audible book terrific with a good story and the characters very entertaining as usual. This book I have to admit is one of my new "favorites".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 09-16-14
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 09-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "go get them stephiane....."

    love this listen... huge plum fan .... ready for the next one..... lula your the best.....

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    Busy worker 09-10-14
    Busy worker 09-10-14
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    "Short and sweet"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I could have read the book faster.


    Would you recommend Top Secret Twenty-One to your friends? Why or why not?

    This series is cute. It's a light book, I.e. Beach book


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?

    Yes


    Was Top Secret Twenty-One worth the listening time?

    Took longer to listen than to read


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    J.C.D. 08-27-14
    J.C.D. 08-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Stephanie Plum Rocks"
    What made the experience of listening to Top Secret Twenty-One the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    Ranger and Stephanie almost to the point of a commitment - but not quite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene with Grandma - she's a hoot!


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

    No. I don't want to listen to any book in one sitting. I listen while I work.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was as enjoyable as it could be, predictable and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rich United States 08-23-14
    Rich United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Entertaining"

    Entertaining story, a lot of drama, just OK, didn't keep me on the edge of my seat

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    Debi 08-22-14
    Debi 08-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Plum is a Plum."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


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    Pegret NJ - exit 4 08-13-14
    Pegret NJ - exit 4 08-13-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Where's Kevin?"

    Found lots of laughter in this novel - good to have the group cast in the chapters. If you have no clue on my headline review - well, take a listen or pick up the book to read. It is amusing and I am not even thru the book yet. I am savouring many of the chapters while at work so have to stop back for a listen when home. I like this one ..Thanks!

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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 08-13-14
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 08-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect Summer Book"

    This is a perfect book for a summer read. It's got a good plot with some nice twists and turns towards the end, sympathetic characters, it's performed well, and it's very entertaining.

    There's a good dollop of humor, as in most of the Stephanie Plum novels. The chihuahuas are a nice touch. Ranger gets some depth to him, and the "babe" exhalation takes on some meaning.

    Lorelei King is one of the few narrators who can give voice to the opposite sex. Without seeming forced or affected, she uses separate and entirely credible voices for Ranger and Morelli.

    This book isn't great literature and it won't tax your mind, but if you're looking for light summer reading that is just plain fun, you can't go wrong with Top Secret Twenty-One.

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