Janet Evanovich

Twelve Sharp

"As ever, Evanovich excels herself."


Whilst chasing down the usual cast of miscreant and weirdos, Stephanie discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her. The woman, dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock. She has a bad attitude and a mysterious connection to Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger.

The action turns deadly serious and Stephanie goes from hunting skips to hunting a murderer.

Ranger needs Stephanie for more reasons than he can say. And now the two are working together to find the killer, rescue a missing a child and stop a lunatic from raising the body count. When Stephanie Plum and Ranger get too close for comfort, vice cop, Joe Morelli (her on-again, off-again boyfriend) steps in.

Will the ticking clock stop at the stroke of twelve, or will a stranger in the wind find a way to stop Stephanie Plum... forever?

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Despite keeping to the same characters and being on her twelfth book, Evanovich has lost none of her steam with the Stephanie Plum novels and they still retain the same humour and originality they did from the start. The main characters are larger than life, the plots unbelievable and completely implausible, which just adds to the enjoyment of the books. Even the incidental characters have been given much thought and I especially liked the interviewee with the Magic Marker pen! Twelve Sharp continues with Stephanie trying to carve a living as an incompetent bounty hunter, with the help of ex-hooker, Lula. These two characters work really well together and the dialogue they share is priceless. Grandma Mazur is still alive and kicking and her fondness for funeral home viewings is still strong. In fact, the whole family is hilarious. The book, of course, contains the usual Stephanie-Ranger-Morelli-Triangle. In fact, the only things absent from Twelve Sharp were exploding cars. As ever, Evanovich excels herself. And my only disappointment is having to wait for the next instalment.

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