I like the Stephanie Plum books, but this book just doesn't seem to fit in the series. It is funny, of course, but it doesn't feel like Stephanie PlumI like the Stephanie Plum books, but this book just doesn't seem to fit in the series. It is funny, of course, but it doesn't feel like Stephanie Plum. Ranger and Vinnie aren't in this book, and Morelli and Lula only get a handful of pages apiece. Stephanie spends most of the book in the company of Diesel, a supernatural superhero who flirts with her and chases superpowered supernatural villains. I don't think the supernatural elements fit too well with the Plum novels, either, and it isn't even a "Christmas" miracle story, since Diesel is a year-round magic guy. I read the book and enjoyed it for what it was, but the whole time I was telling myself that once this between-the-numbers book was over, I could pretend it never happened. Unfortunately, (view spoiler)[at the end, we learn that one of Valerie's kids will grow up to be a supernatural superpowered superhero, too, (hide spoiler)] so now I suppose that for the rest of the series, whether this book's events are mentioned or not, I will have a constant reminder anyway. Sheesh!
If this is the only Plum book you've ever read, you'll probably like it. I think it's nice on its own; it just doesn't mesh with the rest of the series.["br"]>["br"]>...more
I enjoyed this book very much. The likable characters and suspenseful storytelling made reading this book a pleasure. I don't tend to read murder mystI enjoyed this book very much. The likable characters and suspenseful storytelling made reading this book a pleasure. I don't tend to read murder mysteries very often, but I'd recommend this book even to people who do not consider themselves fans of the mystery genre. A novel of trust, betrayal, and love, this book offers a complex story and still manages to tie together the loose ends. Perhaps this happens a little too neatly, and some aspects of the plot do tend to come off as contrived. Nevertheless, an exciting read that can intrigue, entertain, and delight....more
I enjoyed this book very much. I have not read many mysteries, so I have no idea how this compares to others in the genre, but from my limited experieI enjoyed this book very much. I have not read many mysteries, so I have no idea how this compares to others in the genre, but from my limited experience, I think it would hold its own. The style is unlike what I've seen before: most chapters are told in the first-person by the lawyer who is solving the case, but the rest of the chapters--almost half--are in third person, showing the reader different events that certain characters may or may not know. In this way, the different pieces of the mystery fall into place gradually, throughout the book, rather than during an unveiling at the end. The two different voices used to tell the story cause the reader's experience of the mystery (and even the very understanding of the case) to differ slightly from the experiences of the characters who work to uncover it. Moreover, the very first chapter, told in third-person, immediately establishes the novel's suspense, which doesn't let up during the book. In addition, the main characters are engaging and fun, and the lawyer's tone during the first-person portions made me laugh out loud in several places. Finally, as the title might suggest, this novel features a very lovable dog who, in this case, forms the connection between the lawyer and the client. The dog is a main character, too, but this book is still great for dog-lovers and non-dog-lovers (if there even is such a thing!) alike. I received this book for free from Goodreads firstreads giveaway....more