I loved Notorious Nineteen. It was a quick and funny read. Ranger seems to be more prominent in this one. Always a plus!
Eh. Same old same old. I think if a series this long is going to be successful, the characters need to learn and develop. Stephanie's car blows up. Big surprise. Lula wears some "poison green spandex." Again. Ranger inappropriately touches Stephanie in an intimate fashion and she likes it! Someone breaks into her apartment. They lose a client by allowing her to go get something in her home. Wouldn't you think at this point, they would have that one figured out?
At this point, you would expect Stephanie to either move, get better security, learn how to be comfortable with a firearm, or refuse to allow anyone return alone into a home for any reason. I didn't hate this book, but will probably skip the next installment. It was an okay way to spend a few hours without thinking too hard. About anything.
I have to agree with jjares. This is getting boring; Stephanie keeps falling for the same stupid tricks; cars keep getting blown up; she can't make up her mind between Joe & Ranger. Its the same old, same old. C'mon Janet; let's wind this up or step up your game. I feel like I am reading the same book over & over.
Several years ago, Sue Grafton lost a huge hunk of her fan base because readers became frustrated with the lack of personal growth in her character, Kinsey Millhone. Evanovich may be going the same way.
Stephanie Plum needs to decide on one man or the other or find someone new. The three-way romance is no longer interesting. The shock value of Granny is gone. In this story, 3 cars were bombed: Stephanies, Joe Morellis and Rangers. Boy, that is a real surprise I believe theres been a car bombing in each of the last 10 books.
Just to add to the fun, someone dies in Stephanies apartment I dont think that hasnt happened in at least 2 books. I note that Evanovich has joined forces with a couple of different writers. The latest with Dorian Kelly is awful (THE HUSBAND LIST). I havent read THE HEIST and doubt I will.
In this edition, Steph helps Joe Morelli and Trentons police search for an embezzler who disappears after surgery on his appendix. The Trenton police need Stephanie Plum? Meanwhile, she agrees to act as backup for Ranger at pre-wedding festivities. Stephanie cant even remember to load her gun; if Ranger thinks she can be a successful backup, he should just eat his gun now.
There were a few laugh-out-loud moments; but they were very few. Even Lula has grown tired and boring. Read something else. 2 stars
I just love this series. Stephanie is so funny! The thought of having her choice between Ranger or Morelli would be glorious. I really liked it. Very comical.