Saturday, September 6, 2008

Stephanie Plum, undaunted

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
Plum Lucky

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press, 2008)

Also reviewed at:
Kevin's Corner
Love Romances and More Reviews
Maira's Books

5 comments:

  1. I’ll probably be reviewing this next month (there are 23 ahead of it) and I’m still not sure what to say about it. Of course I liked it but I don’t think it was as good as the previous ones.

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  2. Since I've only read the first 5 books in this series, I'm totally skipping your review!! But I do love Stephanie Plum. The books are just so funny!

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  3. Ladytink - I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who's behind in my reviews! I doubt I'll ever get caught up. I think #2 will always be my favorite Stephanie Plum novel, as much as I've enjoyed some of the later ones. Too, too funny!

    Stephanie - I envy you that you still have so many to read for the first time! They are funny, and there aren't too many books that make me laugh out loud all the way through. I'll be looking forward to your reviews!

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  4. I can't remember which one it is, but my favorite was 5 or 6.

    I liked this book though, it wasn't in my top 5 for this series, but I did enjoy it.

    Really the only ones that I haven't cared for our the in betweens. Those can be a bit goofy. I still love this series though.


    I also agree on the latest Grafton, I didn't like that one at all.

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  5. Hi, Ginny! There's a Halloween one coming out, and I have to say I'm excited about it, even if it might be goofy. :-)

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