Book 15 in the Stephanie Plum series
I’d been hoping to find my apartment dark and deserted. I loved Ranger’s apartment, but it wasn’t home. Looking up at my windows, I wasn’t sure that was home, either. I’m in limbo, I thought. My whole friggin’ life is in limbo.
Stephanie Plum is back for another round as a Trenton bounty hunter. She is single again, after having a fight with Morelli about peanut butter and Ranger is looking as yummy as ever. Lula witnesses a beheading and is being hunted by murderers, albeit bad ones. Lula and Grandma Mazur are entering a cooking contest and many mishaps ensue. And Stephanie’s mom has decided to fix her up with men she meets in the supermarket.
I’ll start with the things I liked. Evanovich knows how to write funny books. The scene with Stephanie in the hot dog costume had me laughing out loud. And even though the book does not wrap it up with a bow it does seem like Stephanie has made a choice between her two hot men. Of course, that does not mean that she will do anything about it, which moves us right into my dislikes.
I chose the quote from the book because that is how I feel about this series. I’m all for zany and funny and ridiculous things that would never happen in real life, but after 15+ books there needs to be some growth. Stephanie has lost some appeal for me because she complains about her lot in life, seems unhappy with her job, apartment… but she never actually does anything about it. She never seems to make any choices.
As for the actual story itself, I did find it funny in parts, but the emphasis on juvenile humor -farts, big penises, diarrhea- did get a little tiresome.
I know I’ve read lots of good reviews for this one, but it was just more of the same for me and I want something new and fresh or some growth for Stephanie. So, I’m really going to do it this time, I’m taking my name off the Stephanie Plum holds at the library.
Elmer came back to the table, and Grandma trotted in with coffee and half an apple pie. She served the coffee and pie, and Elmer reached for the cream and farted.
Flames shot out of Elmer’s ass, set his pants on fire, and ignited the upholstered seat on the cherrywood side chair. Elmer jumped up and dropped his pants, drawers and all.
“Holy crap,” my father said. “That smells like the slaughterhouse burned down.”
This Between-the Numbers Stephanie Plum novel was a welcome surprise. I have complained about the first two being too short in length, humor, and plot, but this one was fun and funny. And it was just long enough to make it feel worth my time.
Diesel, the mysterious, world travelling, superpower infused hunk of a bounty hunter, is back in Stephanie’s life and bed. The two are searching for geeky nerd Munch and ice-cold murderer Wulf. The chase leads them to New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where any number of kooky characters live. Carl the monkey joins them and spends most of the book playing video games and flipping people his middle finger.
Diesel is front and center and Lula is spandex deep in her wedding plans to Tank. Both Ranger and Joe were minor players, but I was okay with that, because I do get tired of Stephanie being in love with them both. It did maybe lack a little romance.
This book had a farting theme. Lula sneezed and farted most of the way through and then Elmer the Fire Farter takes the stage to catch things on fire with his rear end gas.
And there were losts of monkeys. I actually kind of liked Carl in this one. There was a scene with him eating mashed potatoes at the Plum dining room table that had me laughing out loud.
I liked this book more than some of the more recent Stephanie Plum books and would recommend it to anyone who likes a little bit of wacky in their mysteries. Or anyone who likes monkeys. And farts.
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Stephanie Plum is back with her crazy assortment of cohorts. Ranger needs Stephanie for a bodyguard gig and Morelli needs her for mother duty. Ranger’s job introduces her to an aging singer way past her prime and the singer’s stalker who follows Stephanie home. Morelli is stuck with Zook, who may or may not be his son and needs Stephanie’s help until they can find his mother. Everyone is town thinks that 9 million dollars is buried at Morelli’s house and the town crazies (including Grandma Mazur) show up with a shovel. Lula proposes to herself and Tank faints, while Morelli might mention marriage to Stephanie.
I have been disappointed with the series for more than a few books now, but this book made me happy to have Stephanie back. It was good to see some character growth. Although I missed Ranger and the chemistry between them I thought Stephanie’s relationship with Morelli was sweet and sexy. And I loved the storyline of Lula and Tank’s engagement, priceless. This book was the best one in awhile and I’m looking forward to the next one.
I’m not sure why I continue to read the Stephanie Plum novels, especially these missives she calls “Between-the Numbers.” This one is a mere 166 pages. I fell in love with bounty hunter Stephanie in her first novel, One For the Money, and followed her through many zany adventures. Somewhere around the sixth book the novels became a cartoon of their earlier versions.
Okay, Plum Lucky. Stephanie receives a visit from her Between-the Novels pal, Diesel, and her Grandmother finds over a million dollars that she claims as her own. There is also a leprechaun, a horse, ex-hooker Lula, and a shootout with a rocket launcher. This book is almost all dialogue and very little little heart.
So, why did I bother if I am no longer enjoying the Plum novels? Because yesterday when I stopped by the library they gave it to me. And I read it because it was too short not to.