Pros: Amusing read
Cons: Some of Stephanie's dumbness.
The Bottom Line: Something fun to read for those times when you're bored or want something fun to read.
Welcome to Stephanie Plum book #15. I'd actually read this book a few days after it came out. But then I forgot to review it, so here we are a year later with #16 due out in a week. I read it again. It's fine because for the life of me I couldn't remember what this one was about. I just remembered Lula and a lot of barbeque sauce.
Lula, as it turns out, has been witness to a murder. A beheading, really. And now the killers want to snuff out their only witness. Except they're pretty bad at, well, everything, so in the process they just end up with more witnesses. Now Lula's trying to keep her behind (all of it) from getting taken out, and of course Stephanie has to help. Meanwhile Ranger's security services are being compromised and he needs Steph's help too. Except helping Ranger might be a lot spicier than helping Lula, especially since Steph and Morelli are on the rocks...
I pretty much read this novel in a day because it's fast, fun, and not too involved. It's pretty much a day in the life of Stephanie Plum, and it's been long enough that I was as tired of Stephanie's dumbness as I'd recently been getting. But that doesn't mean I don't remember. Steph is notorious for making moronic decisions when it comes to her skips (the people who don't turn up in court after posting bail). Twice in this book she allows people to go into the house or another room for some reason while standing there, la de da, oblivious to the fact that the skip is getting away. At least the second time she acknowledged how stupid she was being, which helped to redeem her a little bit. However, I still think she's dumb for even entertaining the idea that Morelli would let Joyce Barnhardt touch him without a HAZMAT suit. Come on, the guy likes sex but he's not about to jump into bed with something that questionable. He's not stupid.
It's pretty much all Lula drama this time, so if Lula annoys you, sorry. If not, then you'll be in for some giggles. I laughed aloud a few times because I just haven't read any Stephanie Plum-ness for a while. There are plenty of good bits to enjoy, and I do like (from a writerly perspective) how Evanovich takes typical non-verb words and makes them into verbs, like "I fobbed my way into the garage." as in with a key fob.
Of course, there's plenty of Ranger goodness, and that's really hard not to enjoy. In fact, you have to be dead not to enjoy Ranger. All in all though, it's a good time. All for fun, so don't take it seriously. Just enjoy the ride. And the barbeque sauce.
Ok, maybe not the barbeque sauce...
Originally posted 2010 on Epinions.com