May 31st, 2020

Book 32 - 2018

Book 32: Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich - 305 pages

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Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she's knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she's flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he's dead--and a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph he was supposed to be carrying.

Only one person has seen the missing photo: Stephanie Plum. Now she's the target. An FBI sketch artist helps Stephanie re-create the person in the photo, but Stephanie's descriptive skills are lacking. Until she can improve them, she'll need to watch her back.

Why does all the juicy stuff in these books happen between the books themselves? This one starts with Stephanie coming back from a trip to Hawaii, having left her two main men in 5-0 after they've had a punch up. The first 50+ pages refuse to explain what happened between the two men, and their absence from the story diminishes it. This one is Lula heavy and her antics - eating more than she should, dressing inappropriately, over-reacting to every situation - and I tired of it after awhile. Moreover, having Joyce Barnhardt actually interact with Stephanie in this book (rather than just be discussed at a distance) showed how ignorant Stephanie can be (which is saying something, given Joyce is still a terrible person), which kind of just made her even more annoying, particularly given she keeps inviting Lula along on her misadventures despite the fact that Lula nearly always screws it up for her. Also the fact that the changes in technology are accounted for in the story (Stephanie now has a mobile, uses a laptop, knows about social media) but Stephanie has not aged since the series began is just plain annoying. I don't know, they are light, quick, enjoyable reads, but 18 books in, I can understand why everyone is wondering when Evanovich is just going to finish the series up.

32 / 50 books. 64% done!

10185 / 15000 pages. 68% done!

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