Stephanie Plum is back, and this time she is involved in body-guarding a country-western singer, taking care of the son of a kidnapping victim, and searching for money from a long-ago bank robbery. All the usual suspects are back and, as always, become in all sorts of absurd situations that leave me laughing out loud.
I have read a few reviews of this one, and it's hard to believe they're all talking about the same book! So much of our opinion about books, I think, results from our expectations. It's hard to feel terribly disappointed in a book if you just pick it off the shelf at the library on a whim. But when you are invested in a series (and its characters), there's a huge build-up when the next book comes out. I think that was why I was a bit disappointed in the latest Sue Grafton mystery.
When I open a new Stephanie Plum book, it feels a bit like unwrapping a chocolate bar. My expectations are there, sure, but they're not overly demanding. I simply look forward to a whirlwind ride out and about in Trenton, with quirky characters I've come to enjoy spending time with getting into all sorts of outrageous situations. I find Evanovich to excel at a nice, tight plot with dialog that makes me laugh - not to mention funny little surprises that keep me giggling along the way. This book delivered, and I had a great time with it. I'm ready for number fifteen!
Other B&OT review of Stephanie series:
Lean Mean Thirteen
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press, 2008)
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