I have been reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich for over 10 years now. They are one of my guilty pleasures and are great for light reading after a 500+ page epic tale. Yes, they are sometimes super cheesy and it’s amazing that the main character Stephanie still hasn’t made up her mind between the two men in her life after 22+ books, but I have come to love these characters that reside in Trenton, New Jersey and reading each book is like getting a letter from a distant relative about what’s going on with the people in their town.
Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
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.
If you don’t know the series, Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter though not a very good one. She kinda fell into the job when she got desperate for money and bribed her Cousin Vinny for a job. She has a partner named, Lula, who is just as bad at catching the FTA’s as Stephanie, but together they make a great comic duo. This time they are after a frat boy nicknamed Gobbles. He specializes in college pranks and supposedly beat up the college dean, which according to his friends, is out of character for him.
But before Stephanie can get started looking for Gobbles, one of the men in her life, Joe Morelli, drops a bomb on her. He has decided they need to stop seeing each other. He hasn’t been feeling well and because of that, he’s making changes in his life starting with breaking up with Stephanie and ending with possibly no longer being a cop.
This of course sends Stephanie into a tailspin because so far she has been the one in control of the love triangle she’s been in forever. So as Stephanie runs around trying to figure out the mystery that has Gobbles skipping bail and in hiding, she is also re-evaluating her life too. She knows she sucks at being a bounty hunter, but she has no idea what she would do instead. She has no dreams that would lead her anywhere else and so she tries to think of other career paths she might be tempted to take.
As usual, cars blow up, Lula makes some interesting fashion choices that involve the use of a bedazzler, lots of food is consumed, a couple pranks are pulled, oh and let’s not forget the opportunity to see another side of Stephanie’s mother and you’ve got this fast-paced and funny book with some interesting twists that ends with us possibly finally finding out who Stephanie is going to choose by the end. I know, I’m a sucker for this series and that being said, I can’t wait for the next one.