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Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  66,806 ratings  ·  1,967 reviews
New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!


Dickie Orr. Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her arch-nemesis Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping to never see either on
Hardcover, First Edition, 310 pages
Published June 19th 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Apr 16, 2009 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of sure things, bad boys, and New Jersey
Few things in this world are as consistent as a Janet Evanovich novel featuring Stephanie Plum. You know that the following will happen at some point in the story: you will laugh out loud at least three times (often more), Stephanie will have hot sex with Joe Morelli, Stephanie will think about the possibility of hot sex with Ranger, Stephanie and Lulu will find themselves in some embarrassing situations while trying to apprehend a bail skip (this 13th installment involves exploding taxidermy an ...more
Dear Janet Evanovich,

I stopped reading you a while back, when it seemed like you were floundering and had no clue what to do with your series and it was really getting pretty embarrassing. But this week I've needed something that was all candy, no brain, and you were there. And - well. It seems like you've found something to do with your series. But it's obvious that you don't understand what that is.

I know! I know it can be hard to pay attention to all the subtleties, the subtext of what you're
Aug 13, 2007 Wendyb rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only those who cannot pass up another Plum
Shelves: mystery

What I learned from this book is that if you have a million dollar book contract, you can pretty much just list junk food, articles of clothing, and expensive cars and call it a book. I don't ask for a great plot from a Stephanie Plum adventure or I never would have got past the 5th book in the series. I read these books because Stephanie is funny and eats the way most people over 14 can only dream of eating. Some of the previous books have been thinner and less satisfying than others, but this
Oct 01, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: Alisa
I gotta say, I NEVER thought I'd give a novel 5 stars. My friend Alisa bought the first book in this series for me about 2 years ago. I was visiting home and she and I were out having fun and stopped into a bookstore and she said, "Have you read these? They're good - I think you'd like her writing style." Um, right. I'm thinking no way will I like some chick lit novel. BUT... Alisa has known me just about forever and knows me very well...

Then Alisa said, "You need something to read on the plane
Stephanie Plum's ex-husband, Dickie Orr, has disappeared and Stephanie is the prime suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, New Jersey, is also keeping Stephanie on her toes and he may know more than he's saying about many things in Stephanie's life. It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum and the ultimate prize might be her life....

I enjoyed this book but I di
I'm listening to Lean Mean Thirteen on cd at work. Twice today I burst into laughter and had to fake a coughing fit to disguise my inappropriate behavior. The line "I stapled him in the balls." completely undid me.
Finished it. Liked it. Laughed a lot. However...I'm getting a little tired of all the Ranger-calls-her-Babe stuff. I mean, is it really necessary for her to have two hot guys battling for her attention? I'd like it better if Ranger fell heavy in love with someone else and he and Steph
Another great fun read in the Stephanie Plum series. The cases and mystery were interesting with a different twist. In the series, each Friday night dinner at the parents' home seems more humorous than in the previous book. The last few have been so funny that I wondered how Evanovich could continue ramping up the laugh factor. She managed in Lean Mean Thirteen.
This was one of my favorites in the series. It has the same great cast and characters. The section in which everyone has the same reaction about their cable company is priceless. Of course it's the same opinion and probably the same as we all feel about ours, ha! One of the FTA's that Stephanie tries to capture is a taxidermist. If you've read previous books in the series you can probably surmise that things will get a little hairy. Never fear, after the repeated stunnings that Joyce Barnhart ha ...more
The Stephanie Plum series is definitely in decline. While this novel has a promising plot (Stephanie's ex-husband disappears, and she's a suspect), the storyline is just plain flat, mainly because the author insists on borrowing scenes and dialogues from her previous Plum books.

I didn't even have much interest in the main characters, who have had virtually no character development in the last several books.

I'm really starting to feel as though Evanovich is just phoning it in these days. Sad. Thi
A bunch of us girls who love this series went on a road trip to meet the author and have this book signed when it came out. Though I love this entire series, a bit let down by this book.... It may of had to do with the fact that the author was a TOTAL LET DOWN. No personality and not warm in anyway. I wasn't expecting her to bow down and thank our group for spending hundreds of dollars on her books over the years.. or thank us for telling everyone we knew to read them as well.... I was just expe ...more
I'm really tired of hearing that Stephanie was married to Dickie "for about fifteen minutes" before she found him with Joyce on the table. And that "about fifteen minutes" after that, Stephanie filed for divorce.

But I'm tired of a lot of the things that get said over and over in each book to "catch up" anyone who might not have read the upteen books that came before.

But no. No, I don't really mind because they're usually contained in a paragraph immediately following a cue that says, "This next
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Review as originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: To help Ranger on a mission, Stephanie agrees to plant a bug on her slime of an ex-husband Dickie Orr down at his law office. To no one's surprise, Dickie gets under her skin and Steph goes postal on him. When Dickie turns up missing, apparently dragged from his now blood-stained home, guess who's suspect #1 on everyone's list... To clear her name, Stephanie begins investigating Dickie's disappearance and as usual, gets herself into a littl ...more
Jan 31, 2008 Christy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of humorous mysteries
Stephanie’s ex, attorney Dickie Orr, goes missing shortly after Stephanie threatens his life. The only clue to what happened: bloody drag marks leading out of his house. The investigating detective wants to question Stephanie and she has no alibi so is in no hurry to talk. To make matters worse, Stephanie’s archnemesis, Joyce Barnhardt (the woman responsible for Stephanie’s and Dickie’s divorce), is hot on Stephanie’s trail. Joyce is back in a relationship with Dickie and wants the 40 million do ...more
New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!

Dickie Orr. Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her arch-nemesis Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping to never see either one of them again.

Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (a.k.a. Ranger). Ranger needs her to meet with D
LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN (Humorous Mystery-Stephanie Plum-New Jersey-Cont) – VG
Evanovich, Janet – 13th in series
St. Martin’s Press, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312349493
First Sentence: For the last five minutes, I’d been parked outside my cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds office in my crapola car, debating whether to continue on with my day, or return to my apartment and crawl back into bed.
*** When bounty-hunter Stephanie Plum’s ex-husband goes missing and it’s realized Dickie has left behind an estate w
Gloria Mccracken
Ah, Stephanie, you and I are breaking up. You probably won't even notice with two hotties like Morelli and Ranger inexplicably besotted with you. Perhaps it's the horrible fascination with which car you'll blow up next or what might written on your underwear or how you'll injure and/or humiliate the odd professional thug who comes your way. And then there's your grandmother...Oh, you're funny enough, I'll grant you that. But really, after 13 books couldn't you have learned ANYTHING that might ma ...more
Beth (Ducky)
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Dickie Orr was involved. I laughed until I cried and I was so nervous I could barely read. The more I read, the more I love Stephanie.
Winter  Sophia Rose
Compelling & Funny!!! A Fun Read!!!
Stephanie and the gang are back. Along with exploding rodents, a missing obnoxious ex, old nemesis Joyce Barnhardt, and a slew of new baddies. Ranger and Morelli end up tag teaming to keep Stephanie alive and out of jail.
Another great addition to my favorite stress reliever series...Thanks Janet, I needed that!
One of my favorite lines from this book.

Ranger talking to Stephanie -

"Babe, you've destroyed a car, burned down two buildings, stapled a guy's nuts, and you have sixteen stitches in your leg. Take a night off. Have a glass of wine, watch some television, and go to bed early."
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I always love Stephanie Plum but this one wasn't my favorite..still good though.
OK, I have read all the numbers. I am a Ranger girl. I know that Joe is good and all that, but the love triangle has ended and it is now a one sided relationship with Ranger paying for the constant mistakes that Stephanie makes.

I also find it hard to believe that a man as strong as Ranger would allow his staff to see her sleeping with one man and always spending the night with Ranger and not thinking poorly of their boss. I mean talk about a whimp and sloppy seconds. And you know that Ranger has
Thirteenth Stephanie Plum book, in which Stephanie’s bastard x-husband vanishes after – you know what? I’m not going to give a plot summary, because that’s entirely secondary. It’s a freaking Stephanie Plum book – I read it pretty much cover-to-cover today, and it made me laugh hard enough to hurt my stomach muscles.

Where does she get it all? I mean, seriously, a book a year like clockwork, and they’re still freaking hilarious. It’s a sort of dry, off-kilter, sarcastic humor, which fits just rig
Light plot does little to spice up this just plum tired series!

We started out huge fans of Janet and Stephanie and could hardly read the first five or six installments fast enough. But when the Ranger/Morelli thing got commonplace, Grandma Mazur had few good lines left, Lulu all too predictable, and even Bob the Dog got tiresome, we started to tune out. Unfortunately, "13" did nothing to break that trend. What little story there is revolves around Steph's ex, Dickie, a lawyer who hooked up with
LOL, another excellent Stephanie Plum novel!

Oh, how I adore this series! Lots of laughs, Stephanie still gets herself into trouble in some way. Lots of colourful characters, old and new alike, and Grandma Mazur still knows how to make the reader laugh. Trying to figure out how Steph gets herself into these situations is still a great wonder, even though the reader gets it from A to Z.

Ranger still turns her to mush as much as Morelli, and Morelli still has it in his head that Stephanie should be
Jun 03, 2008 Kattie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone in need of a good comedic mystery
Recommended to Kattie by: Sarah Miles
I started reading this book with no expectations, little idea what the book was even about, I just knew that my friend was telling me that I should take it home, read it and pass it on.
The book starts off quickly enough. It doesn't start by explaining who everyone is for the first chapter and a half, but having never read a Stephanie Plum novel before, I didn't feel lost either. I appreciated that the book jumps you right into the story. And the story had you laughing out loud at some of the pre
Rated (surprisingly) five stars.

Alright, so I usually don't give Stephanie Plum novels five stars. Mostly because the formula for them is the same: Boring introduction, list of skips, Lula and Stephanie channel Abbott and Costello, Situation with Ranger/Morelli, Steph almost dies, happy ending. It gets kind of old. And after a while, Stephanie can get kind of annoying.

However, I still read them. It doesn't make sense, but I CAN'T STOP. It's an addiction. So I keep reading, and, somehow, I thin
Mar 02, 2012 Bree rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I loved the general response of everyone in the Burg whenever anyone mentioned the cable company - Those F***ers! Excellent. I think I laughed every single time.

I kind of love Stephanie and Dickie encounters. I'm childish enough that still laugh at his name. Seriously, who chooses to go by that nickname? Also, he never fails to be tactless, which always involves Steph attacking him. And the best part, she's never fully explained what made her want to marry him in the first place. It's like she's
I did not enjoy this book very much at all. When is Stephanie going to learn to lock her car doors? When is she going to learn to carry a loaded gun? When is she going to install an alarm system in her apartment? How many people are going to continue to break into her apartment? How many times must we imagine hot Joe Morelli pushing his sweater sleeves up to his elbows (how may guys really do that)? Where is the character growth?

Ranger's name embroidered on her panties? GIVE ME A BREAK!

Here is t
This is the current latest book in Janet Evanovich's series about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. I still really wish she'd pick a man although it seems like she's leaning towards Morelli (thank goodness), but that could switch in the next book.

Although this has some crack up outloud scenes and one liners in is basically the same as all her other books. Slightly different people who Stephanie is chasing and who are trying to kill her w/ Morelli and Ranger trying to keep her alive. Lulu is
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