If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde It’s a shorter novel but still packs a punch. Character development continues, hilarity ensues.
It was hard trying to figure out whether to give this book a two or three star rating. As much as I enjoy the Stephanie Plum series so far, this one did not catch my attention the same compared to the previous two.
First, the crime/plot in this novel. Mo. Let me just say by the end of the novel I didn't want to hear about Mo no mo'. To me, the crime(s) that this novel revolved around were boring. Boring to the point I didn't care who murdered who and I didn't care about the characters that were being murdered. I definitely wasn't sitting in anticipation speculating who could be the murderer because I wasn't interested and the mystery component did not keep me entertained.
Two things this novel had going for it was: Lula and Morelli. They sold the book! Lula especially was hilarious. Morelli? Gotta love him! But with that being said, I also felt that even his character was underplayed compared to the prior novels.
I would still recommend the series as a whole because I do find them funny and enjoyable in addition to being an extremely quick read. This book in particular though? Meh. I can only hope for more in the next installment.
Another crazy adventure of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. You just never know what you are walking into when you take on an FTA - even if it is the local ice cream seller that everybody loves. Once the body count starts piling up and your own life is threatened, it's time to realize that you are in way over your head! Janet Evanovich has a way to tell a story that involves the reader, no matter what. In this particular series - there are now 24 tales and still going strong - where you start reading and soon feel that all these things cannot possibly be happening to the heroine of a book ... and yet, you simply cannot put it down either. Such is the magic of both the author and the hapless bounty hunter.
PLOT OR PREMISE: This time around Plum's got a dandy assignment: pick up Uncle Mo, the owner of the local soda shop who everybody thinks is a saint. He got picked up for carrying a concealed weapon (which everybody says is no real crime at all) and promptly jumps bail for no apparent reason. She no sooner asks the first person about Mo's whereabouts, and lo and behold, her mom is getting complaints about her harassing poor Uncle Mo. Ah, life is just peachy. Add in a couple of vigilante types who keep warning her away from Mo, some more involvement with Jackie and Lulu (the hookers from book one), and life gets interesting. . WHAT I LIKED: I liked the expansion of the various characters again. As well, its kind of fun to see the relationship develop between Joe and Stephanie, even if it is romance-by-the-book. :) The grandmother is less pronounced in this one but Lulu more than makes up for it as she wants to kick butt too. Ranger is definitely an interesting presence, and fun for everyone. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: This book is a little more hard-boiled, complete with lots of guns blazing, and some harder-core motives for stuff. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it detracts a bit from the otherwise amusing antics of Stephanie as she is still learning the ropes about being a bounty-hunter. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.