September 14th, 2020

Book 15 - 2019

Book 15: Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich - 326 pages

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Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she'll pull it all off: top secret. Trenton, New Jersey's favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he's out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city's hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer's whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn't want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti's bookkeeper and knows all his boss's dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti's list of people to put six feet under. To top things off, Ranger--resident security expert and Stephanie's greatest temptation--has been the target of an assassination plot. He's dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he'll have to enlist Stephanie's help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past. Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day's work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur's wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli's Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what's number one on the list--but that's top secret.

I don't know if I'm just not in the mood for Stephanie Plum at the moment, but for at least the first 150 pages I was really not feeling this book. I had to keep going back and re-reading bits to remember what was going on. It's not that the books have gotten worse (they are already exceeding formulaic), and I long ago accepted that no character development would ever happen. I just feel like I have no patience for the antics at the moment. Having said that, this one did start to pick up when the plot moved to the Ranger and Russian bad guy story which was exceedingly more interesting but rather pathetically wrapped up. Standard fare but missing some of the laughs of the past.

15 / 50 books. 30% done!

3544 / 15000 pages. 24% done!

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