Title: Notorious Nineteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Blurb: New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do. After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her chequebook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumours are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouth-watering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around.
My Thoughts: Yes, I agree with everyone else the series is getting to be same old, same old. Yes, Evanovich has found a formula that worked and she is sticking with it come hell or high water. Yes, the characters seem to be going nowhere and there is no growth in any of them. But you know what? It still makes me laugh, the series was always meant to be slapstick and silly and that is why I enjoy it so much. Lula is gorgeous – she is my favourite character and I love her ever losing battle with weight; Lula don’t ever change! Grandma Mazura has lost her edge a little I think – she was always worth her appearance money but is not as strong in her crazy old lady role as she was. I did pick up on the fact that Stephanie’s mum now appears to be displaying all the signs of being an alcoholic, this seems to be getting worse, wondering if family dinners drives her to drink then maybe she shouldn’t have them. As for the two men in Stephanie’s life – I loathe the endearment of ‘cupcake’ used by Morelli and even more loathe the use of ‘babe’ by Ranger!! I am firmly in the Ranger camp – Morelli is sexist, wants Stephanie to give up work have babies and feed his needs both sexual and nutritionally. Don’t get me Ranger has needs to, but he doesn’t want to change Stephanie, he wants her at his side just the way she is – a partner not a suburban stay at home woman unless that was what she wanted. So he is the catch!! I think maybe the time has come to end the series and I would like to see Stephanie end up with Ranger I think he would be a better long term match for her. Book 20 ‘Takedown Twenty’ is due to be released later in 2013 (November); will I buy it? You betcha!
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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