January 11th, 2020

Book 7 - 2018

Book 7: Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich - 309 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!

Dickie Orr. Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her arch-nemesis Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping to never see either one of them again.

Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (a.k.a. Ranger). Ranger needs her to meet with Dickie and find out if he's doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, he's also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger's favors always come with a price...

Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office.
Now Dickie has disappeared and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can she stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, NJ is also keeping Stephanie on her toes--and he may know more than lets on about her...It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum, where the ultimate prize might be her life.

With Janet Evanovich's flair for hilarious situations, breathtaking action, and unforgettable characters, Lean Mean Thirteen shows why no one can beat Evanovich for blockbuster entertainment.

Another significantly more entertaining Stephanie Plum novel. I'm not sure if I'm just getting used to these novels and therefore find them less obnoxious or if I'm just in the right mood to enjoy their familiarity. Either way, I read through this one much quicker than prior novels and actually quite enjoyed it - to the point where I actually thought about it when not reading it! It's the same old plot for the most part, but I think I appreciate the relative truce between Morelli and Ranger, the fact that Ranger features more heavily (he's an interesting character) and the fact that Stephanie seems to be getting slightly less dumb than in past novels. Still not stellar literature, but it's the perfect read when you don't want to think too hard!

7 / 50 books. 14% done!

2258 / 15000 pages. 15% done!

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