Janet Evanovich

Takedown Twenty

"...Evanovich has lost none of her sparkle and wit that was first shown in ‘One for the Money’."


New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it's up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in - not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because - just Stephanie's luck - the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It's not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client's mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie's Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she's working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior centre, trying to catch a killer on the loose - and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favour.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

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Stephanie Plum may be back yet again for her twentieth appearance, but Evanovich has lost none of her sparkle and wit that was first shown in 'One for the Money'. With a plot that is hard to believe, giraffes appearing in the street, cars being stolen or crushed, the folk of Trenton think nothing of anything that happens around them. Stephanie is like an old friend. Albeit an old friend who has a failed career, no money, and is a walking disaster. Despite her being quite so accident prone, this doesn't seem to stop the attention she receives from the two men in her life, Morelli and Ranger. Grandma Mazur also features in 'Takedown Twenty', and she remains as comical and mad as ever. Evanovich has really managed to hit on a winning formula with Stephanie Plum, Lula, Ranger, Morelli and Grandma Mazur. With her parents being the only grounded characters in the book, 'Takedown Twenty' is sure to make you laugh. As always in Evanovich's novels, there is the hint of a mystery that needs to be solved, but as always in Evanovich's novels, by the time the end of the book is reached, you will have enjoyed the characters and their antics so much that the mystery is all but forgotten. These novels are books that are read purely for enjoyment and 'Takedown Twenty' is certainly one that will put a smile on reader's faces and make you forget the cold winter weather outside.

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