Janet Evanovich

Explosive Eighteen

"...makes for an easy, enjoyable read with plenty of humerous moments."


Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she's knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she's flying back to New Jersey solo. 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. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

Only one other person has seen the missing photo - 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.

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With Evanovich and Plum you know what you are getting, and with 'Explosive Eighteen' that was part of the problem. As always, Plum gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it goes from bad to worse, with some comic scenes getting there with the ever loyal Lula at her side, together with an order from 'Cluck in a Bucket'. What I am finding a little frustrating is the never resolving love triangle between Plum/Morelli/Ranger and it would be good to see (after 18 books) a decision finally made as the constant flitting back and forth, whilst amusing to begin with is now wearing somewhat thin. This book is filled with the usual Plum novels - explosions, murders, missing cars, attempted abductions, break ins, funeral home viewings and dinners at Stephanie's parents' home. It is the standard mix with a different plot which I never fail to enjoy. Colourful characters, unbelievable situations and light hearted relief makes for an easy, enjoyable read with plenty of humerous moments.

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