Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Takedown Twenty

I started reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich in 2009.  I devoured the first 9 books shaking with laughter until late into the night because she is flipping hilarious! I know if you read reviews on goodreads people get all irritated because the same crap happens in every book repeat now onto 20.  Here's the thing, that's the point.  They are made to crack you up.  In every book, you know Stephanie will do something stupid and klutzy and get hurt.  You know Grandma will make a poor decision which will make something hilarious happen and most likely put them in danger.  You know Ranger will save her.  You know Stephanie's car will blow up or be stolen.  You know these things and that is why you read.  Not to say, that I'm not as frustrated as all the participants are by the actual lack of hooking up lately.  If I could make a suggestion, there would be lots of Ranger sex in the next book.  I felt that way at the end of the last one too.  Darn Stephanie and her better morals than me.

Description: New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

The hilarity I speak of?

“I think I got a bruise from landing on you. I hear bacon is real good for healing a bruise.”   - Lula, after tumbling down a flight of stairs and landing on TOP of Stephanie and not for the first time...

“And here's the good part: He got a tongue could measure twenty-one inches. Bet Mrs. Giraffe likes that one.”   - Lula, while discussing the giraffe facts she learned after looking them up, after they encountered a giraffe running down the road while they were on a stakeout...

“Eleanor Krautz pushed her way through the crowd and stage-whispered to Grandma, "Who's the hottie with your granddaughter?"

"That's Ranger," Grandma stage-whispered back at Eleanor. "I don't think Stephanie knows what to do with him."

"I'd know what to do with him," Eleanor said.

"Jeez Louise," I said. "We can hear this conversation."

Ranger looked down at me. "I could make suggestions if you're really in the dark.”

I mean, come on! Get with the dude already! ;)

It's predictable but hilarious and always a CHANCE of a Stephanie/Morelli encounter or a Stephanie/Ranger encounter.  I mean things are shaping up, Stephanie won a slow cooker and tried to cook dinner and bought a vacuum, soooo...

What series/author do you tend to read a lot even though you know what is going to happen? Have you read any books in this series? Have you seen the movie One for the Money?

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