And it's more of same... Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich. The main reason I got this one is that I saw Takedown Twenty make it to the pre-order list at our library, and I realized I hadn't read installment #19. The only thing that makes me not yell "ENOUGH!" is that I went into Notorious with pretty low expectations based on the last half-dozen installments. It wasn't as bad as I had steeled myself for, but that may be due to the long-ish break since the last one I read.
It's not that the Stephanie Plum series is bad. It's just that it's going... nowhere. Looking over my previous reviews, every installment since Fearless Fourteen has had some phrase along the lines of "covers much of the same ground." The same would apply here. Skips are tracked and escape, Lulu rides along with snide comments, cars blow up, apartments are shot up with rockets... pretty much par for the course. The plot with her looking for a person gone AWOL from the hospital was a bit more involved than normal, and the sub-plot involving someone out to kill Ranger (and her by extension) was a bit different. Other than that, all the main characters are still in the same place... Ranger, Morelli, Stephanie... all status quo.
Will I read Takedown Twenty? Yeah... The books don't take that long to read, and I hold out hope that something drastic will happen to alter the dynamics of one or more of the characters. But that hope is faint, and I'll go into it expecting as little as possible so as to give myself the greatest chance for a surprise.
Let's face it: Stephanie Plum is a walking disaster area! No matter what she does or where she goes, violence and exploding cars seem to proliferate around her. This new book is no exception to that fact, for there are more than one car losses in it, including one in the very first pages. Why Ranger would give her one of his Rangeman cars is almost beyond my comprehension (although I have some ideas!). Once again Stephanie and her friend Lula are on the trail of bail … more
Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more