Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

Every summer, I place a hold on the newest installment in the Stephanie Plum series. This series never really add much to the story, but it is always enjoyable. Fearless Fourteen came in fairly quickly, and I read it even faster. I give the newest Plum addition a B+.

Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet.
The Crime: Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars
Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn’t be more proud. He always was the smart one.
The Cousin: Joe Morelli
Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom’s sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.
The Complications: Murder, kidnapping, destruction of personal property, and acid reflux
Less than a week after Dom’s release from prison, Joe Morelli has shadowy figures breaking into his house and dying in his basement. He’s getting threatening messages, Loretta is kidnapped, and Dom is missing.
The Catastrophe: Moonman
Morelli hires Walter “Mooner” Dunphy, stoner and “inventor” turned crime fighter, to protect his house. Morelli can’t afford a lot on a cop’s salary, and Mooner will work for potatoes.
The Cupcake: Stephanie Plum
Stephanie and Morelli have a long-standing relationship that involves sex, affection, and driving each other nuts. She’s a bond enforcement agent with more luck than talent, and she’s involved in this bank-robbery-gone-bad disaster from day one.
The Crisis: A favor for Ranger
Security expert Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, has a job for Stephanie that will involve night work. Morelli has his own ideas regarding Stephanie’s evening activities.
The Conclusion: Only the fearless should read Fourteen.

There is never really big mystery to solve and the reader really never has enough clues to figure it out. I never read this series to try and solve a mystery or have a good thrill, but just because I love to catch up with all of the characters. I love Lula and Grandma Mazur especially, and would have loved to see more of Grandma Mazur. There were funny parts that brought a smile to my face and it was a really quick read. That is the main reason why I refuse to buy these books. For $27.95 and about 2 hours of entertainment, it is not very cost effective. I do recommend this book to everyone who enjoys this series or a humorous read, though I would highly suggest getting it from your local library! Happy Reading!


Rhea said...

I must read one of her books. She is from my hometown, South River, N.J.

Kristie said...

They are wonderful books!!!