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Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum #12)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  66,767 ratings  ·  1,676 reviews
America's favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is back in her twelfth bestseller and sure to win more fans than ever before. Trenton, New Jersey's premier troublemaker is once again struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her gift for destroying every car she drives. Not to mention her attempts to bring in the sometimes scary bail jumpers of Trent ...more
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Published June 1st 2006 by BBC Audiobooks
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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
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
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?
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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!!!
Aug 28, 2007 yoli rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
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.
Latest (for me) in the continuing fun story of The Burg and its equally fun characters. Couple ones are introduced; an exhibitionist who goes to work for Vinnie as a file clerk, and a new female bounty hunter with a mysterious past (the scenes of interviewing possible candidates for the mob are pretty hilarious and easy to imagine). This book mostly describes how a woman claiming to be Ranger's ex threatens Stephanie; turns out Ranger DOES have an ex and a child, and there's someone out there po ...more

One of my favorites of the series! I know, I know...I say that every time - but this one is sooooo good!! If I remember correctly this one and 13 are the last ones I LOVED...14 starts a bit of a down-swing. But THIS is Stephanie at her BEST! FUNNY, dangerous, in love with both Morelli and Ranger - good stuff!!

Original review:
Wowza! This book has sooooo many "big" moments!! Steph gets confronted by Ranger's wife (say WHAT???), Steph and Ranger almost get caught in a clinch by Morelli, Ranger
The tenacious trio, Joe Morelli, Stephanie Plum and Carlos Manoso (alias Ranger) are at it again. This time they are drawn into a case of kidnapping that hits a little too close to home. With adversaries including an irate wife and a Ranger wannabe the trio experiences a multitude of problems not the least of which are being tazered and/or shot at. As in all the previous Plum books, Stephanie’s talents as a bounty hunter leave a lot to be desired as do her spontaneous declarations of love. Does ...more
Adrian Stephens
I'm not one to give really low ratings, so having done that for a handful of Janet Evanovich's books, I felt compelled to give a reason for it. I actually really enjoy Janet's writing. If you take any one of her books in and of itself, they are quite enjoyable. The problem is, her characters have not developed.

I could have read any one of her Stephanie Plum series, and the individual book would have been enjoyable. But, at the time of this review, she has seventeen books in the series. Stephani
Iris Blobel
Bingo! “Twelve Sharp” is for me one of the best if not the best so far of the Stephanie Plum series.

Admittingly the book is not quite as funny as the previous ones, but the plot is brilliant and most of the characters have some unusual depth in this book.

First we have the mysterious Carmen following Steph and then Ranger turns out as a suspect to have kidnapped his own daughter. He becomes a “person” in this book with more background about him and emotions.

Steph proclaims her love to Morelli ..
Pamela Mclaren
Another funny, silly book to read from Janet Evanovich. I know that I've read some blogs recently where people have gotten tired of her Stephanie Plum character — and its true that there's not much in the way of mystery about the books, and sometimes its hard to believe that people can be this silly and frankly, stupid, but they are still fun to read, especially after a totally serious book like House of the Seven Gables, which is what I had finished prior to reading this.

Its sort of like the pa
Oh my goodness, so much Ranger I nearly had a heart attack. Also, this book was just absolutely phenomenal. Yes, there was a lot of Ranger, but there were also many aspects of this book that lead to its phenomenal-ness. Not only does Stephanie grow up a little bit, but she finds herself in more situations that most people would not be able to handle.

Stephanie is confronted with the painful experience of having to share an apartment with Ranger, for reasons I will not go into, while still being f
Stephanie is back being a Bounty Hunter and working for the gorgeous, mysterious Ranger on the side. A female is stalking her, claiming Stephanie has something of hers and will not leave her alone until she gets it. When folks start coming up murdered and more cars are being bombed, Stephanie starts hunting more than skips. Ranger's daughter is kidnapped and missing and he is suspected of doing it.The hunt is on to find Ranger's daughter, the true kidnapper and the murderer. Another day in the l ...more
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“I need to look like an idiot at least twice a day to keep myself humble. ” 177 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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