June 28th, 2020

Book 5 - 2019

Book 5: Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich - 302 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don't just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don't do what Tiki tells you to do.

After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track him down. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff's lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it's hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie's Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case. The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money--or maybe just desperate--Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again--a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid's dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she'll have to remember: No guts, no glory.

A fairly standard Stephanie Plum. The plot line might have been better if not for the fact that it was so bleeding obvious I'd worked it out about 100 pages in. That fact alone made it rather frustrating that it took Stephanie AND Morelli almost the entire book to work it out - Morelli's supposed to be a cop, he should have been able to put it all together better. On the bright side, Lula's antics were kept mostly to the first half of the book, and Stephanie managed to not accidentally sleep with Ranger. Stephanie getting poisoned was also kinda entertaining though the rest of the plot line with Ranger's old army buddy felt like padding, and I didn't blame the couple they were trying to protect from eloping. Having Stephanie as my bridesmaid would probably make me elope too!

5 / 50 books. 10% done!

1184 / 15000 pages. 8% done!

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