October 31st, 2020

Book 20 - 2019

Book 20: Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich - 280 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute. Stephanie Plum might not be the world's greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she's being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren't adding up, and Stephanie can't shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college--and it's not just Zeta fraternity pranks. As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it's good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken's killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.

Again, I'm going to err on the side of caution and give this a 4 but its more a 3/5 stars. The last half saves the first half. The first half did not hold my attention and it took me three times longer to read a hundred pages than normal. After that, it picks up. The mystery of the week this time features a college fraternity, a crazy Dean, an even crazier professor, the bubonic plague and a colonoscopy. Some of the college stuff is either plain wrong, or reflective of the differences between Australian and US universities (I work in administration at a University in Australia!). The bubonic plague stuff was interesting, as was the link to World War II. The colonoscopy stuff was pretty accurate based on my own experiences (gluten sensitivity and a family history of bowel cancer necessitates such procedures!). Overall, a couple of chapters at the start could have been cut and this would have been a far superior story.

20 / 50 books. 40% done!

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