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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich is another in the Stephanie Plum series. Here’s what Booklist had to say about the novel:

Our heroine, the irrepressible bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, finds herself watching over a goth teen called Zook, who is heavily into gaming, after his mom can’t make bail and disappears (or has been kidnapped). A lot of people think there is stolen money buried in or near Officer Morelli’s little house—that’s Steph’s Morelli, the cop who is her number-one boyfriend most of the time, or at least when the entrancing Ranger isn’t nearby. The money is the reason behind Zook’s mom’s disappearance, and it’s the tie that binds Evanovich’s various plotlines, which carom about endlessly, not always resolving. Questions abound: Are Steph’s sidekick, the plus-size Lula, and Ranger’s man Tank really engaged? Ranger is working security for a fading but brassy pop star: How does Steph manage to get into and out of her reality show? Can Zook and his sidekicks protect Morelli’s house—and Stephanie—with their homegrown weaponry (think potatoes as missiles)? Where else but Evanovich’s fourteenth novel can a line like “it’s raining money and popsicles!” actually make sense? Fans will be delighted, but others, who stumble into the series at this advanced point, may find themselves starved for backstory, so much so that they may need to go all the way back to One for the Money (1994).

As for me, what’s not to love about Stephanie, Grandma Mazur, Ranger, Morelli and especially Lula? If you haven’t read any of the novels, start with the first, One for the Money and get busy reading!! They’re all a lot of fun, and Fearless Fourteen was no different.

I listened to this novel, rather than reading it and Lorelei King absolutely nails the reading! She IS the voice of Stephanie, and does an awesome Lula and a more than passable Morelli as well. I can’t wait for Finger Lickin’ Fifteen due out in June.

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bermudaonion said...

I think these books are great fun, too, but I've never listened to one. I laugh so much when I read them, though, so I probably wouldn't want to listen and drive.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I need to listen to one. I'm up to #9 next. Fun reads.