Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 from Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, she’s flying back to New Jersey solo, and someone who sounds like Sasquatch is snoring in row 22. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. The FBI, the fake FBI, and guns-for-hire are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
Only one other person has seen the missing photograph—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.
Over at the Bail Bonds Agency it’s business as usual—until the bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke, Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their “largest” FTA yet, lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment, and everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?!
My Thoughts :
A long time ago, before I was a reader, I picked up a Janet Evanovich book and was pulled into the amazing fun and wacky world of Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum. That trip to the local library turned my world around as I became a huge Stephanie Plum fan and started to enjoy reading. Now I am a little behind on the series and over the years I have moved onto other genres but this is a series I have to read. It is just too funny to pass up on.
Yes there are already eighteen books in the series and yes Stephanie still hasn't made her mind up but the weird and hilarious episodes of her life make up for the torturous on-going storyline. The Morelli or Ranger t debate takes a back burner while Stephanie runs around with Lula trying to taser people into court reappearances and managing to eat up a storm at the local fast food joints. Something usually gets blown up and grandma tries her best to get her gun out in every book. There are some moments you just know are going come along in every book and you know you are going to laugh out loud as soon as it happens. It never gets old.
This time around the plot revolves around a picture that Stephanie picked up by accident. It is a fun story that involves her being followed for the majority of the book and also threatened. These two things aren't actually unusual for the Bounty Hunter and she seems to take things in her stride these days and manages to make the people involved pay for their idiocy. All the events that lead to the bad guys being caught are full of laughs and giggles which make this series even better. I need a nice stupid and fun book now and again and this series really does hit the spot.
Number Nineteen is now on my wishlist and I am pretty sure there are more in this series to come. Although I want the story of Stephanie Plum to come end at some point but I really don't want to loose this quirky mad-cap series. However long this one keeps coming, I will keep reading. I just don't rush out on release day to get a copy any more. I wait for the moment that I need some Stephanie Plum antics to brighten up my reading day.