New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don't just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don't do what Tiki tells you to do.
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.
Since the hospital staff's lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it's hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie's Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money - or maybe just desperate - Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again - a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid's dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone.... Or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she'll have to remember: No guts, no glory.
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By bebe on 26-01-13
This same story line over and over again, with no resolution on Joe and Ranger, is geting very old and boring. The author is taking us for granted - and for idiots. I will give her one more book to breathe some life into the Stephanie series (which was wonderful in the earlier books). If she doesn't, I give up and will not go to #21.
Stephanie should marry Joe, have children and juggle her immediate family, dog, grandma and dad, along with bounty hunting. "Aunt LuLu" could love the precocious kids. The kids could be smarter than Stephanie is and solve her mysteries for her - or anything except the same old "Joe is hot", "Ranger is hot", "my car blew up" etc. There are certainly funny parts to this book, but that's about all it is - a few funny parts wrapped up in the same old story line. To make it even worse, the Joe I grew to know and love is getting very little attention and is becoming plain vanilla. Come on author. I know you made a lot of money already and are not too interested in writing great books, but either liven up this series or put it to bed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By GH on 22-11-12
Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old
I have listened to all 19 of the Stephanie Plum novels. There are so many characters in them that you come to love: Grandma, Lula, Connie, Moreli, Ranger, etc -- we even have a movie. But, the problem with the series at 19 is that Evanovich is using recycled events. Yup, Stephanie’s car gets blown up and Moreli’s car in flames. Bombing, knifing shooting, Lula pouncing, stun-gun, and a tiki all set in a mystery that I hardly was able to care about. A tiki, really? Can Evanovich possible pack more recycled gimmicks into a seven hour listen?
Evanovich still hasn’t moved any of the characters forward in their relationships except for a few, inconsequential declarations. Sure Stephanie Plum is a magnet for trouble and that’s still fun but we need to see some character growth. The love triangle is old and way past its usefulness. I would like to see more plot and a little more resolution within the series backdrop. Skip this book, you have read it all before.
59 of 69 people found this review helpful