Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review:Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich

When you're not feeling well you need to turn to a trusted author who you know is going to provide you with a great 'pick me up' read which is why this week when I woke up on day 3 without my voice I turned to Stephanie Plum to offer me some comfort. 

Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich is book 21(the clue is in the title!) in the Stephanie Plum series. For those who haven't read an SP book yet, Stephanie is a female bounty hunter living in Trenton, New Jersey who always ends up in trouble in the most comical of ways. 

The Blurb

Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.

To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.

Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret

My Thoughts

So as I said this is Stephanie's 21st outing and yes whilst the story is often predictable you can't help but love SP and the catastrophic situations she finds herself in. The normal cast of characters are back, Lula with her fantastic lycra outfits and her appetite for both hot men and food, Grandma Mazur and her bucket list that includes seeing Ranger naked(can't say I blame her!) and then Stephanie is still torn between the two men in her life Ranger and Joe Morelli. I still can't decide who I want her to end up with. 

In this book Ranger's life is on the line as an old enemy is causing him problems and I loved how we saw the softer side of both his and Steph's relationship when she tries to help him catch the bad guy. The plot was good and as always full of comedy which was just what I needed week to help me while away a few hours. Overall the book was a quick fun read allowing me time with one of my favourite leading ladies and two of my book boyfriends.

Thanks to Headline for the ARC
Published by Headline Review- 17th June 2014
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