Janet Evanovich

Notorious Nineteen

"Notorious Nineteen' is another crazy, laugh-out-loud book peopled with the bizarre and the accident prone."


After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her check-book back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's down to Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumours are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

Since the hospital staff's lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it's hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie's Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case. The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money - or just desperate - Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid's dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone... or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she'll have to remember: 'No guts, no glory'.

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The disaster zone that is Stephanie Plum is back, together with exploding cars and copious amounts of fat laden take away food. Whatever Plum gets involved in turns into a nightmare. How she manages to earn a living is a mystery as she seems inept at everything she does. And her antics in 'Notorious Nineteen' are no exception. There are the usual shenanigans of Plum chasing the suspects and the comic escapades that her and Lula have. The plot is pretty transparent and it is easy to guess what is going on. But in-depth and intricate plots are not the reason for picking up an Evanovich novel. The reasons are her great, larger than life characters, unbelievable yet laughable events, and of course the love triangle of Ranger-Stephanie-Morelli. As usual Evanovich leaves Stephanie undecided and tempted. Lula continues to eat and grow and the hamster is the longest living rodent in any series of books. Yet despite there being no changes or major plot developments, I am hooked on Plum. 'Notorious Nineteen' is another crazy, laugh-out-loud book peopled with the bizarre and the accident prone. I have enjoyed all Evanovich's books from the very beginning and this is yet another delight to thrill her legion of fans.

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