Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum #14)
Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet.
The Crime: Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars
Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn’t be more proud. He always was the smart one.
The Cousin: Joe Morelli
Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and D...more
The characters I once loved and look forward all year to hearing from are barely visible. The little quirks that used to make them unique and funny are now taking over their entire persona making them slightly moronic. The dialogue that used to be naturally witty seems forced and contrived....more
This time Stephanie has q...more
Evanovich, Janet – 14th in series
St. Martin’s Press, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312349516
First Sentence: In my mind, my kitchen is filled with crackers and cheese, roast chicken leftovers, farm fresh eggs, and coffee beans ready to grind.
Stephanie keeps suspecting someone has been in the basement of her boyfriend, police detective Joe Morelli. Stephanie is baby-sitting teenaged “Zook” after him mother was arrested. Z...more
I almost gave up several times, but stuck with it. If this had been a stand-alone book it would have immediately gone in the garbage, but since it's a Plum, I'm obligated to keep it along with the rest of the collection.
The side characters are downright annoying in this book (Brenda, Dom, Carl the Monkey to name a few) and even the regulars just didn't seem right. The whole thing felt thrown together, almost like Evanovich just wanted the money and could care...more
Even the funny bits weren't funny in this book. Ms Evanovich apparently got ahold of an online dictionary for MMORPG slang and made up a subplot based on it. She got some of the terms way wrong. It was painful to r...more
There's an interview with Evanovich on the web (romancenovels.tv) where she says she wanted to make this series into a kind...more
I think she needs to do something a bit different. Maybe concentrate the main story on one of the other characters, Grandma or Lula, or even Ranger. One of them could get in a fix and Steph could help get them out of it. Give some back story on them etc.
She seems to be in a bit of a rut, and needs a bit of change.
I am so sad to say goodbye to Stephanie Plum. She did give me many hours of enjoyment.
When I read the synopsis on the back cover that there were new thrills including a monkey named Carl, my first thought was, "oh man, she is way out of ideas for these books and is now resorting to gimmicks like adding a monkey."
I was relived to find that not only did Carl the monkey not have a substantial part in the book, he was barely mentioned in two places. Still don't know why he was added.
Another problem I have wi...more
These books are funny! FUNNY! They are. Yes, canned humor and some...more
In book 14, there is less tension in the long-running love triangle between Joe-Stephanie-Ranger, and can anyone believe that a true love connection will...more
I am invested in the lives of these characters. What I got this year is slapstick, unresolved sub plots, villains with no names, subject matter bordering on the distasteful, recycled plots and my favorite characters very out of character. I even recognized things said by one character in past books, now bein...more
The plot was pretty solid (at least compared to other JE mysteries), but there were too many sub-plots that...more
And I feel guilty saying that because I for one, don't want the series to end (or at the very least quite yet) but I also don't want to the series to continue if this is an indication of what there is to "look forward to"!
It hurts to remember the good old days - days of reading a Plum adven...more
Those who are giving worse reviews of this one are expecting too much. If I just started the series and this was in the middle, it would be fine (a "filler" book). I look at this series like The Babysitters Club when I was a kid...more
Sure, there's everything you can expect from a Plum mystery -- a wild Grandma Mazur, a hot Joe and Ranger, a crazy Lula, and more -- but Stephanie's quest for a missing $9 million and a kidnapped woman w...more
Stephanie Plum is likened by Evanovich to Seinfeld, a central character that the rest of the characters revolve around. Plum is a bounty hu...more
Also published books under the name Steffie Hall.
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"Fainted," I said.
Ranger walked to Tank and stood hands on hips, staring down at him. "Tank doesn't faint. I've been in firefights with him. He's a rock."
"Well, the rock fainted.”
There was total silence for a couple beats. "I'm not sure. It just popped out."
"Let me know when you're sure."
"Would you say yes?" Morelli asked.
"I'm not sure.”