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Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum #12)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  79,792 Ratings  ·  1,985 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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4 out of 5 stars to Twelve Sharp, the 12th book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series written in 2006 by Janet Evanovich. I really enjoyed this book, given its focus on the mysterious Ranger. Stephanie is being stalked. She's not sure who it is, but the person is scary. She soon learns out this person has a connection to Ranger -- it's his ex-wife. At the same time, Ranger's daughter has been kidnapped, and someone suspects he's behind it all. But for what reason? As the boo
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Lots of Ranger in one of these books always makes me give an extra star. He is dark, mysterious, alpha in a good way, and sexy AF. His looks get compared to Ricky Martin in this book and it was written in 2006. Here's Ricky in 2006:

okay, I can work with that.

So, in this book Stephanie is trying to help Ranger clear his name and is working as bait for the bad guy. She is on the phone with Morelli:

"I was getting read to go to bed," Morelli said. "I don't suppose you want to join me?"

"That would b
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
Nov 24, 2007 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
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
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
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
May 30, 2008 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?
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
Sondra Caserio
Feb 20, 2008 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006, general_mystery
This did not disappoint. The tension between Stephanie, Joe, and Ranger is better than ever.
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
Winter Sophia Rose
Hilarious, A Little Dark & Refreshing!!! Still Loving It!!!
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 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
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 ☆
Timing parfait !
* review soon *
Aug 28, 2007 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
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: evanovich-janet
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.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I refuse to apologize for loving these books :-) Still fun, popcorn entertainment
John Inman
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Okay, here's the thing: I used to love this series with every fibre of my being. I was beyond excited every time a new book came out. I bought everything that Janet Evanovich published, and read them over and over again. And I still really enjoy the first handful of books in this series - they're actual crime novels with occasional humorous moments to lighten the mood. The first one, in particular, is ridiculously dark.


The further into the series you get, the more slapstick-y and same-recyc
Dec 10, 2009 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 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 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
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragon-s-hoard
The mystery of Ranger is explored, and wow! Evanovich has a way of twisting you around so you laugh out loud at one moment and suck in your breath at the next. Twelve Sharp has a more than its fair share of these moments. A rollercoaster ride the whole time, and no one is left out. A fan favorite for sure. Three magic words are said by the end and yes, this book is smoking hot.

Favorite quote/phrase:
"I try hard not to do things that are stupid. I'm willing to make an exception in this case. I'm n
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
Dec 30, 2010 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
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.
Dec 14, 2015 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.
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“I need to look like an idiot at least twice a day to keep myself humble. ” 189 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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