Notorious Nineteen ~ Janet Evanovich

  • Title: Notorious Nineteen
  • Author: Janet Evanovich
  • Series: Stephanie Plum #19
  • Genre: Romance, Mystery
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Public Library
  • Reviewed by: Valerie
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Description:  #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are: “irresistible” (Houston Chronicle), “stunning” (Booklist), “outrageous” (Publishers Weekly), “brilliantly evocative” (The Denver Post), and “making trouble and winning hearts” (USA Today).

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. . . .

*Potential Spoilers*

Review:  This is a typical installment of the Stephanie Plum series.

Once upon a time, I really enjoyed this series. Alas, these days, it has gotten pretty stale.

Here is the synopsis for Notorious Nineteen . . .

Stephanie is broke. Her car gets blown up. She uses her grandfathers’s car until Ranger brings her another. She is inept at bounty hunting, but is determined to make it work. She STILL can’t make up her mind between Morelli & Ranger. She goes to her mom’s for pot roast. Her grandmother gets into trouble for being disruptive. Lula is along for the ride, needs food, and jumps on someone. Stephanie finds herself in danger but still has no bullets for the gun in the cookie jar. She makes out with Morelli. She bonds with one of her non-violent skips. Finally, she gets attacked, but Ranger saves her thanks to bugs and tracking devices. She gets her gets her man (or at least his body) in the nick of time, which staves off her impending financial ruin for now.

Sound familiar? I flagged this review as containing spoilers, but can it really be called a spoiler when the summary can be used for almost any of the nineteen books in the series???

It would be nice to see some character development and maturation. It felt like the early books did a good job at having the characters and relationships progress, but I think the series may have jumped the shark. Maybe it was the Team Morelli/Team Ranger stickers in the back of the book?

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