Monday, January 21, 2013

Explosive Eighteen

I am a sucker for this series.  When I finally gave in to my friend's insistence that I needed to try it, I almost didn't want to admit that I laughed as hard as I did.  And then I stayed up far too late in January of 2008 and caught myself up to the series.  Then around 2010 I wasn't as obsessed anymore and didn't have the patience to sit through the 500 plus waiting list at the library and so here I am, just reading 18.


Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 from Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, she’s flying back to New Jersey solo, and someone who sounds like Sasquatch is snoring in row 22. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. The FBI, the fake FBI, and guns-for-hire are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

Only one other person has seen the missing photograph—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.

Over at the Bail Bonds Agency it’s business as usual—until the bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke, Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their “largest” FTA yet, lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment, and everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?!

Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.

My Thoughts:

It would have been nice to have been PRIVY to personal intimate details of her time in Hawaii (so SUE ME hahah).  I only laughed out loud twice this time around but there were still funny situations.  I suppose by 18, it takes a lot for me to laugh out loud and some of the silly lines that are always in the book aren't as cute at 18, but dude, it's mindless and you can read it in one day.  And there is Morelli and Ranger and Lula!

What is your guilty pleasure author/series?


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