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Hardcore Twenty-Four

HARDCORE_24A Stephanie Plum Novel
By: Janet Evanovich
Narrator: Lorelei King
Imprint: Random House Audio
Genre: Fiction – Mystery & Detective – Women Sleuths
Release Date: November 14, 2017
7 Hours

 

 

Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-forth thriller as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey…

Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun—whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.

Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.

If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits—that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.

As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events? http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/551790/hardcore-twenty-four/

My Take Oblong Shaped
There comes a time in all series, especially in popular fiction, when I start hoping the author will close up shop in the next couple of books. 

The main character in this series, Stephanie Plum, has been running in circles for 24 books. The other characters move on, and except that Plum seems to know a little more about her business, she isn’t going anywhere.  Plum is in a sort of committed relationship with Joe Morelli, a police detective who was also her first boyfriend.  But, she also dallies with Ranger, who owns a successful security company.  Joe is always going to be a cop (although he has a good cop job) and Ranger isn’t; the marrying kind of man.  

Lorelei King does a great job though, and really has all the characters in this series nailed down.

And, Ranger is like crack for Stephanie Plum.  So she has interludes with him while nearly living with Morelli. And Ranger has no respect for the relationship with Morelli.

Just bring it to a conclusion already! We could say that Plum is owning her sexuality and defying societal norms, but  I think she is just weak-willed and she’s cheating on Joe with a guy who doesn’t respect  her or her relationship with Morelli.  Plus Ranger exchanges sex for the cars Steph destroys regularly.  Of course, there are real issues at play here; like commitment, and wanting more than her current life can offer.  She can either stay with Joe and live a life very similar to her parents’ lives or she can do something else.

Additionally, when an author has run out of ideas in one series and starts incorporating ideas and characters from her other series, well then she needs to realize that and either come up with new stuff or bring it together. The character I am talking about is Diesel, who first appeared as a sort-of-supernatural character in this series but then moved on to get his own supe-lite series.  I don’t enjoy that series and I’m confused by his inclusion here. Plus there are several plot points here that I recall from at least one of her other series.

Yeah we can say this is a light, humorous, not-at-all serious  series, but even a funny series gets hackneyed.  And this one is.

Links Blue Horizontal

 

PUBLISHER: http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/551790/hardcore-twenty-four

AUTHOR: http://www.evanovich.com/

AUDIBLE: https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Hardcore-Twenty-Four-Audiobook/B074CNVWP9/