A Stephanie Plum Novel (#22)
By Janet Evanovich
Read by Lorelei King
November 17, 2015
PRHA/Random House Audio
Audiobook Download 388 Minutes | Audio CD 360 Minutes
HC/E-Book 304 Pages | Paperback Large Print 368 Pages
Audiofile provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute.
Stephanie Plum might not be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she’s being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren’t adding up, and Stephanie can’t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college—and it’s not just Zeta fraternity pranks.
As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it’s good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken’s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve. http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/223441/tricky-twenty-two-by-janet-evanovich/#
Let’s see, an Italian-American cop, a Latino security specialist and an Italian-Hungarian bond agent walk into a viewing,… Of course I’m talking about Joe Morelli, Ranger, and Stephanie Plum. Regular characters along for the ride in this book: Lula, Grandma Mazur, Stephanie’s Mom, and Connie Rosoli.
Indeed, in this story Stephanie, Lula and Grandma Mazur and her mother do something completely different. I don’t think I don’t think they have ever done it in a book before, although they might do this all the time off page — who knows what characters get up to outside of the books!
There are a couple of twists in this book. They would be spoilers but, let’s just say the game may change.
We still have the eternal love triangle between Joe, Ranger and Steph, but I got the feeling there is some resolution possible other than a threesome living situation that would probably cause Joe’s evil Nonna to curse Stephanie all the way to the cemetery. I mean, Stephanie knows that Ranger ain’t the marrying type, and there is just something about him that she doesn’t find in Joe. Is it just that he’s really hot, or that she knows there will never be a commitment with him? If she gave him up entirely, would she just be settling for the easy thing, the expected thing?
And, it’s the first time Steph goes to college. Well, she doesn’t go to college as much as she has to find a fraternity brother who’s skipped on his bond. She gets seriously into the Greek system.
I really enjoyed the twists — I was honestly quite surprised by a couple. I was so turned around I thought that Ranger might do something completely un-Ranger-like. And Lorelei King IS Stephanie Plum and all the other characters, she is entirely awesome.
If you follow the series, you will want to read this one. You don’t have to have read them all, but it would be good to have read a few to get the lay of the land.