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Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum #12)

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Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, where bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's life is about to implode in Janet Evanovich's wildest, hottest novel yet!

While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdos Stephanie discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her.

The woman dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock, and has
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Published June 20th 2006 by Macmillan Audio (first published June 1st 2006)
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Nov 24, 2007 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a blog post I wrote in 2006:

I readily admit my OCD tendencies and one of the stronger ones is that I hate putting a good book down until it's done.

Twelve Sharp is a good book.

I started reading around 10:30 last night and finished up around 1:30 this morning. I did look at the clock several times and contemplated going to sleep but sleep was not nearly as compelling as finishing the book.

Sometimes, series tend to get old and the characters stale. Not so in this series. Stephanie, while still
Yes, they are formulaic. Yes, they are light. Yes, they don’t challenge you. Well, so what. They’re a lot of fun. I’ve read all of the Stephanie Plum series, and I enjoy the formula, the humor, and the zany family (Grandma Mazur’s passion for funeral viewings is hysterically the opposite of the revulsion most of us have for such events.) I sooo empathize with Stephanie’s father who is just trying to hold it together in the presence of Grandma Mazur, who, having shot the Thanksgiving turkey with ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
If there is one thing you can count on with the Stephanie Plum series, it is that you are going to have a laugh until your stomach hurts, good time.

I adore this series. It has it all, tension filled romance, yummy and hilarious side characters that are every bit as hilarious as they are swoon worthy, action, humor, and most of all, it is just freaking fun and one I turn to time and time again.

While this twelve installment is just as funny, just as good as all the others, it is also a little more
At first I was pretty disappointed in Twelve Sharp because it wasn't hilarious. All of the other Stephanie Plum novels were super funny.

I gave book #12 5 stars because of the following:
1. Stephanie used some of her Bounty Hunter woman power. She didn't seem so helpless and kicked a little butt.
2. We actually learn some interesting facts about Ranger. YAAYY!
3. Stephanie tells a certain someone she LOVES him, not just l-l-likes him ; )
4. An important character gets severly hurt, which usually
Jun 02, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooked
My absolute favorite of the series thus far! 12 is a wonderful balance of humor and tension, with a determinedly different plotline. I don't know how she does it, but Evanovich keeps this series fresh and entertaining with every addition.

I'll admit, I'm getting a bit tired of the Ranger-or-Joe debate. Mostly because I've never been a girl who loves the bad boys, so the attraction of bad-boy-Ranger does not entice - for me, it really isn't a question. Because I'm tiring of the "who will she pick?
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
:: 4.5 Smokin Stars ::

As with any Evanovich novel I was hooked from page 1 all the way until the end. I can never get enough of Stephanie Plum, Grandma Mazur, and Lula. Once again, this book is jam packed with laughs, fun, and gun yielding woman (amongst other crazies). Readers cannot get enough of Stephanie’s eccentric family; specifically, grandma Mazur trying to open the closed casket on her favorite night of the week- funeral viewings. Some people ask if the stories ever get old? No they d
Again, I have only chosen one of the Janet Evanovich/Stephanie Plum mysteries to put here so as not to clog the shelf with all of her stuff. If you want to read some funny shit with fantastic characters and totally outrageous scenarios that only get crazier, check out Janet Evanovich. Her main character, Stephanie Plum, is an incompetent bounty hunter who is constantly being stalked, getting all kinds of nasty things in her hair, and having her car blown up. She is caught between two men: the ev ...more
Jul 06, 2008 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to laugh!
The perfect brain candy for a holiday weekend, and a nice reward after some intense weeks of school reading and writing. The Stephanie Plum series makes me laugh out loud - I think that's why I love it so much. (Well, that and the fact that I am Jersey girl who lives just down the road from Trenton.) I only read one of these books a year, and I purposely stay one or two behind the newest release so that if I need a good, funny read to pick me up, I can always turn to one of these books in a pinc ...more
Sondra Caserio
Feb 20, 2008 Sondra Caserio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-novel
I highly recommend going back to the beginning of this series and starting there. I stumbled upon the stephanie plum novels halfway thru the series and wish I had found it sooner. Each addition to the series is a treat....sarcastic witty humor...a heroine that can bumble around and eat consolation donuts but still look herself in the eye in the mirror and kiss hunky mysterious guys when she and her boyfriend are on the outs. LOVE this series....

Long story short, girl works as bounty hunter to br
May 23, 2008 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This did not disappoint. The tension between Stephanie, Joe, and Ranger is better than ever.
Patrick Gibson
Just like reading the complete works of Dickens, I am working my way through the epistles of Mistress Evanovich whose tomes cover a panoply of colorful characters in ye merry old New Jersey. And why not? I bought the complete works of Nathaniel Hawthorne at a flea market once and decided, since I then owned it, should read it. I didn’t make it though one volume (I think there were ten)—much better than Advil PM, it was great at sleep inducing. Dame Janet is a little more lively although, perhaps ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Pascale rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First, I’ll admit a personal weakness: I actually laughed several times when reading one of the Stephanie Plum books last year. But that was last year, and a couple Stephanie Plum books ago. Words cannot describe the formulaic lack of imagination in this particular twelfth book: sitcom-quality one-liners, grotesque, stereotypical, clownish characters, and one particularly annoying Stephanie Plum, whom the reader wishes to die, so as to end this ridiculous series.
I got it! I too can write could
Winter Sophia Rose
Hilarious, A Little Dark & Refreshing!!! Still Loving It!!!
I'm thinking this one is by far my favorite in the series, and not just because of Ranger. Well, OK. Mostly because of Ranger.

In this installment, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie are up to their eyeballs in FTA's. Vinnie has overextended the business by handing out bonds willy-nilly and is now putting the pressure on everyone in the office to recoup some money. Things have gotten so bad that Connie is forced to put an ad in the paper for an extra agent. Trouble is, everyone and their mother are sho
Aug 28, 2007 yoli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like reading an author's personal fantasies under a thin veil of fiction
Shelves: 2007
First, I would like to say that a. I did not purchase this book b. I am suffering from jet lag induced insomnia and c. as a result of this insomnia I wasn't up to anything super intellectual at 4 AM so I thought I'd try the book my mom got for free at her company picnic in July.

Obviously I wasn't thinking properly, period.

I saw how bad this book was by page two (gratuitous descriptions of characters? CHECK over exposition CHECK fantastical plot/characters? CHECK) but kept going. I figured, it's
John Inman
Mar 21, 2015 John Inman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
This is a hard book to rate. I disliked the beginning and almost quit reading it. There was too much sleaze and foul language for my taste. I am very glad that I kept reading because the actual mystery and its effect on the regular characters was great, one of the best, if not the best in the series so far. Added bonus: the almost obligatory hilarious dinner scene at the Plum residence will be hard to top in future books.
Dec 10, 2009 Drebbles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
Security expert and bounty hunter Ranger is used to catching wanted people, but now he's the one who is wanted. There's a woman looking for him who claims she is married to him. He has another big problem - someone who looks a lot like him has kidnapped his daughter. His friend, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, has her own problems. Even though it's her job, she's not particularly good at bounty hunting and each apprehension is difficult. She's also dealing with her grandmother's decision to become ...more
This is the twelfth in the numbered series about the continuing adventures of Stephanie Plum, who is still (as always) trying to make up her mind between Joe Morrelli, the cop who took her virginity behind the counter of the bakery at which she was working when she was sixteen (in response to which she drove her car up onto the sidewalk to nail him a few years later and broke his leg) and Ranger, a “real” bounty hunter, who is not the marrying type but is strong, dark, silent, dangerous, and mys ...more
Aug 24, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books still make me laugh out loud, and I am enjoying them, but I am really getting annoyed with both Stephanie and Ranger. It bothers me a lot how much of a pushover Stephanie is. She says no to something, and everyone just goes and does it anyway and she just lets them. I don't think she would be half so incompetent at everything she tries if she would just stand up for herself and mean it. I mean, seriously!

**** Possible Spoilers...*****

And, I know Stephanie is to blame here too, but I
Jun 22, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Plum fans
A crazy woman is looking for Stephanie Plum, Ms. Bounty Hunter and every auto insurance company's nightmare. When they come face to face, the woman pulls a gun on Steph and tells her she is looking for her husband Ranger. He, unfortunately, cannot be reached, since he is on some special case in Miami. And the next time Stephanie sees him, he's on the news. He's wanted for kidnapping. And murder.

Another entertaining Plum novel. Same colorful characters, with an addition or two. Lula recruits Gra
I won't bother with my bitching again. It's all the same. Actually in this book Ranger ends up having to stay with Stephanie. So Joe decides that he needs to stand between the untrustworthy Ranger and his kind of slutty girlfriend Stephanie. When Stephanie says she thinks it's a bad idea, Ranger tells her, "I'm not leaving. And if you have sex with him while I'm here, I'll kill him." Take a moment. If Stephanie has sex with her boyfriend, Ranger will shoot him. So I decided that Morelli is the o ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my word. Pick a side, would you? And make it Morelli...because picking Ranger would be stupid. Really, Janet...your readership will not fall apart if she makes a choice. Let them evolve. Please? By book 12 (assuming it's one adventure a year, 12 years...if we can even say she's having two a year, still SIX years) what triangle can survive that tension, that long? This one almost did me in...but I love the other characters, and I'm reading 13 out of sheer determination. Call me OCD. Gotta fini ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Alexw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evanovich never disappoints- Twelve Sharp is an all out belly laugh, hold you sides and hope you are not drinking coffee while reading because you will spit out your coffee. Spoiler alert- her description of her family and her boyfriend at the dinner table is a classic. Don't miss this one if you are depressed-will bring you out of your doldrums. Another huge 5 stars for Evanovich.
Meredith Galman
Lots of strong action in this installment in the Stephanie Plum series, but short on laughs. I don't really like Evanovich's continued chipping away at the Ranger mystique: I preferred the early days when he would swing in, save Stephanie from a sticky situation, make a joke and a steamy comment, and leave -- the days when Lula would watch CNN to see what Central American country had a coup whenever Ranger left town.
Jul 07, 2015 Bookmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Formula-driven story that I still find amusing, even when rereading it all of these years later. Does Stephanie ever improve her skills, make better decisions or choose between Ranger and Morelli? Ah no, not really. But you can count on her to find herself in unusual and funny situations, especially with the cast of regulars as well as bad guys and skips she’s attempting to capture.

This one is a little more personal and emotional as Ranger’s daughter is kidnapped by a guy who looks like Ranger,
Christine Cody
Jan 16, 2016 Christine Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her Plum series simply cracks me up. There is always at least one laugh-out-loud scene, if not more. Who can resist books that make you laugh so hard you snort? Certainly not this reader. When Evanovich describes scenes that involve her friend Lulu, their drag-dressing six-foot tall friend Sally, and Stephanie's grandmother, it's similar to watching a Marx Brothers movie: silly but hilarious on all levels. By the 12th book of this series, Stephanie is no better at being a bounty hunter than she ...more
Beth (Ducky)
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Ranger is forever my favourite male character after this book. I could not stop reading it. It's funny, intense, and sometimes really sad.
Adrielle Pottle
Jan 07, 2016 Adrielle Pottle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-suspense
I just wrote a full review on this and it disappeared (kinda like stephanie's relationship morals) and now I'm pissed off. Anyway ...

As usual, there is lots of laughter to be had. This installment lets you see more into Ranger's world. The main case revolves around Ranger and he lets his guard down a little, which is nice.

Stephanie and Lula are under the pump because Vinnie has a lot of FTAs and Ranger has left. As usual, the apprehensions go balls up, one even drags laughter out of Ranger.

Stephanie Burkhart
Evanovich steps up her game – and Stephanie’s – in this installment. Vinnie’s been writing a lot of bonds which means more work at the agency. On top of this, the agency’s top bailsman, Ranger, goes missing. It’s a problem Stephanie doesn’t need.

While tracking down her FTA’s, Stephanie gets more drawn into Ranger’s troubles. When a “wife” shows up claiming to be looking for him, Stephanie knows it’s serious. She discovers Ranger’s daughter has been kidnapped and when his “wife” is found dead, St
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“I need to look like an idiot at least twice a day to keep myself humble. ” 180 likes
“One of us should stop her," Ranger said to Morelli, his eyes fixed on me.
"Not going to be me," Morelli said. "Have you ever tried to stop her from doing something she wanted to do?"
"Haven't had much success at it," Ranger said.
Morelli rocked on his heels. "One thing I've learned about Stephanie over the years, she's not good at taking orders."
"Has authority issues," Ranger said.
"And if you piss her off, she'll get even. She ran me over with her father's Buick once and broke my leg."
That got a small smile out of Ranger.
"Nice to see you boys bonding," I said.”
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