True, Lorelei King may not look at all like Stephanie Plum, but she most certainly is Stephanie's voice and has been for some time, establishing a bond between listeners who eagerly await the next one from Evanovich and King. This narrator never tends to over dramatize but allows the listener to become very much a part of the story. Evanovich speaks highly of King, saying she knows how to differentiate the characters "... so you know when it's Joe Morelli (a handsome Jersey cop and Plum's love interest) talking and when it's Stephanie. But the voice still has a certain--for lack of a better word--generic quality that allows listeners to put some of themselves into it."
How true, so sit back and enjoy Twelve Sharp where we find Stephanie the victim of a stalker. Seems that the bounty business is in a bit of a nose dive so Stephanie takes on another bail-enforcement officer. Who would turn up to apply for this job? You cannot imagine!
In true Evanovich fashion the plot's a bit zany but always laugh-out-loud funny. You see, it seems that Ranger has kidnaped his own daughter. No way. But, you'll want to listen to find out who and why. Nonetheless, Ranger turns to Stephanie for help. And the closer he gets to Stephanie, the more Joe Morelli doesn't like it. Now, toss in a few stunts by Grandma Mazur and the resurrection (pun intended) of Stiva's Funeral Parlor and you have another riotous romp from the popular, prolific Evanovich.
- Gail Cooke