Finished this last night. I can't believe I almost didn't continue with the series, after not being overimpressed with One For the Money
! Stephanie, Lula, Morelli, Ranger, and the rest of the stellar cast feel like old friends now.
I do love that Evanovich puts some running jokes throughout the books, such as Stephanie's car woes, and the indestructible Buick! I think that there were some running jokes with language in this one also. "Hunh" (used as an exclamation, question, and so on) was uttered by many characters (including Stephanie's Father) in this book. "Damned Skippy" was another one, usually from Lula.
Lula displayed a tender and caring side in this book, putting her friend and previously fellow hooker Jackie into rehab. I noticed a few exchanges between Stephanie and Lula that were really quite serious. This book wasn't all slapstick comedy. Even Stephanie's strange relationship with cop Joe Morelli has been tempered a little. Morelli seems to be getting frighteningly close to settling down.
I also appreciated that there was not an over-the-top dangerous psychopath throughout the book (as in the previous two books), although the "men in ski-masks" came close.
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Trenton, N.J., bounty hunter and former lingerie buyer Stephanie Plum (last seen in Two for the Dough) becomes persona non grata when she tracks down a neighborhood saint who has failed to show up for his court appearance. No one wants to help Stephanie, who works for her bail-bondsman cousin, Vinnie. While questioning admirers of the man nicknamed Uncle Mo, Stephanie is attacked and knocked out as she cases his candy store. She comes to next to the dead body of her attacker, who turns out to be a well-known drug dealer. Suddenly, she can't avoid stumbling across the bodies of dead drug dealers: one in a dumpster, one in a closet and four in the candy store basement. Stephanie suspects that mild-mannered Mo has become a vigilante and is cleaning up the streets in a one-man killing spree. But when she's repeatedly threatened by men wearing ski masks, she wonders if Mo has company and just might be in over his head. Despite her new clownish orange hair job, Stephanie muddles through another case full of snappy one-liners as well as corpses. By turns buttressed and hobbled by her charmingly clueless family and various cohorts (including streetwise co-worker Lulu, detective and heartthrob Morelli and professional bounty hunter Ranger), the redoubtable Stephanie is a character crying out for a screen debut.
This is the funniest Stephanie Plum novel yet. I can't recall the last time a book made me laugh out loud not once but many times. And I'd laugh later when I would remember a certain passage from the book. Stephanie is up to her chin in trouble again, and what a fun ride to be along on!
She's got a new sidekick in Lula, the ex-hooker turned file clerk, and their banter is one for the record books. There is less of Grandma Mazur in this one, but the few appearances she makes are gut busters! She's at her funniest when Ranger joins the Plums for dinner one night. Things are getting interesting with Morelli, too!
The ending to this one was a bit murky. I was following along fine until Stephanie got a good lead, but while it was hinted at and you know what the end result is, you never know what the whole story is or why the lightbulb went on and how she figured it out. A lot of the details seemed to be pared down in the last chapter and I would rather have read them than assume what was going on. But aside from that, it's another fun adventure with Trenton's sassiest bounty hunter.
This is the 3rd in the series with Stephanie Plum, the inept bounty hunter, her two love interests - Joe and Ranger - and her eccentric family, including the infamous Grandma Mazur. Great reading and a surefire belly laugh in several places.
I loved the book, but not this audiobook. Not only is it abridged, but listening to Lori Petty read makes me want to gouge my eyes out. She reads too fast and her accent makes me crazy. To each his/her own I suppose.