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Takedown Twenty

(Stephanie Plum #20)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  58,433 ratings  ·  5,421 reviews
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Bantam
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Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
After Reading:

The only reason I gave this book two stars instead of one was because there was a giraffe in it. Giraffes are my favorite animals and therefore a star is earned. The book itself? Just as I figured. Stephanie cannot choose between Ranger or Morelli. Stephanie has klutzy moments and bad things happen to her. Stephanie nearly gets killed. Stephanie gets the eye on her again. Lula is still is tight clothes but no strange diets. Grandma doesn't shoot anyone but she is still involved. Ba
Nov 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't think I've ever rated a book one star. I'm so disappointed in where the Plum series has gone. The series still has potential to be something different, something good, but I swear since book 16 it has been the same thing over and over. How many times is Stephanie's car going to break down or get shot at? How many times are they going to go to the funeral home? How many times is Stephanie going to get the eye? How many times is she going to take down the murderer without actually taking d ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Stephanie Plum series is like your regular Saturday evening movie... there are always some good moments, often you'll encounter a few repetitive things, and occasionally exists the chance you might wet yourself! In Janet Evanovich's latest installment (for me, I'm behind a few books) -- #20, Takedown Twenty, here's what you need to know: (a) a giraffe is wandering around Trenton, NJ, (b) a sicko is strangling elderly women, (c) you get attacked if you attend BINGO, (d) Stephanie's guaranteed ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a true plum fan! Some say this book was predictable and they tired of the same thing. I understand however I still love these books. Stephanie is making small steps forward. I do think she needs to make a decision a between Ranger or Joe. I think it should be Ranger as he excepts her for who she is, asks for her help knowing she has knowledge too, shares info with her no matter what, helps her when she's over her head, protects her, loves her, does not ask her to be something she's not, and ...more
Shawn Mcneill
Sep 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
After reading the first two chapters today, I think I am done with the series. Spoilers::: It picks up the day after book 19 ends. In 19 Steph had 2 huge bonds with what the totals should have been She should have $$$$$ yet she is driving a POS rusted out white taurus. Morelli was shot in the last book and is back to work the next day,. OH and there is a Giraffe running around Trenton. Really enough with the stupid animals in the books too.. I really wonder if JE is actually writing these anymor ...more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was surprised to find I really enjoyed this novel, the last few of this series have felt very stuck in a rut. I've seen reviews that felt the same was true for this one, but I saw subtle things that made me feel like Janet Evanovich is finally moving things forward in some small way.

The men:

This is one of the largest areas of frustration for a lot of readers. Nothing ever really happens. To some extent I can see why Stephanie is stuck. She thinks Joe is the one. Others think she should settle
Nov 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
As much as it pains me to admit it, I'm breaking up with Morelli and Ranger. While I love them both, I can no longer go on reading this garbage being thrown at us by Janet Evanovich. I'm not sure if she's going senile or if she's having someone else write these books, but the last 4 books have been complete garbage, and this one is no exception.

There is a giraffe on the loose in Trenton, New Jersey. A giraffe. Lula decided to name it Kevin. It just gets dumber from there. There were no laughs,
I really hope they don't change Loreli King as the narrator in the audio. She has truly defined these characters through her narration. ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The thing about having a love triangle for 20 books is that people are pretty firmly planted on one team by now. This makes the book reading experience something along the lines of:

Reading along... where's my book boyfriend?

Book boyfriend makes appearance... Omg! He's the best ever! Wait, let me re-read what he said again. Now, I'm going to analyze it and think of all the reasons she should pick him.

OTHER guy shows up.... Sigh! Oh brother, I just hate him so much. Look at him acting like an ass
Nov 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
If you have read the last 6-7 books in the series, then you don't need to waste your time. Just seems to be a "copy and paste". This series stopped being funny around book 13; why did I even bother? Seriously, how can you word the same descriptions and scenarios differently after 20 books...the answer: You can't; and Evanovich doesn't. Time to really shake things up with this series or retire it. I believe at this point I could give the "plot line" to my Saint Bernard and he could write a more e ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio

Now that I'm on the road a lot, I've become a big fan of audiobooks. But I'm a little like Goldilocks with my set of requirements, nothing too complicated, nothing too deep. The Stephanie Plum series is the perfect mindless, fun entertainment for a long car ride. I've only read about ½ dozen and this is the first I've listened to. They're formulaic in the extreme. Each book has the same themes - Stephanie as a lousy bail bondsman, Lula as a comic foil, sexual tension with Ranger and inability to
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

In this 20th book in the 'Stephanie Plum' series, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is helping hunt down a killer. All the books in the series can be read as standalones.


Stephanie Plum is trying to accomplish two goals: nab the mobster "Uncle Sunny" for skipping out on his bail and help Ranger find out who's killing elderly women and throwing them in dumpsters.

As usual Stephanie and her sidekick Lula are hilarious. Stephanie can't go a couple of days without starting a fire, getting some cars w
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Did I ever tell you how much I've enjoyed and liked all of Janet Evanovich's books?!?! (except the romances, read a few but not really into those). I wait every year with baited breath for the next Stephanie Plum book to come out. But the last few I've been more and more disappointed in each time.

Takedown Twenty, Janet Evanovich's latest book in the Stephanie Plum series is here....and boy I'm I glad I won it and didn't pay for it. I would be looking for a refund!
Is Ms. Evanovich writing too man
Melissa Smith
Nov 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I thought it was lousy. I can't put it any clearer than that. Morelli and Ranger were cardboard cutouts, spouting their predictable lines, and Stephanie just seemed to be going through the motions. Completely unbelievable, no character depth whatsoever. Won't be reading another installment of this series. I want the old days, when the characters were fleshed out and three dimensional. This whole triangle thing has gone on so long that it's tired and weak. Nobody would have stuck around as part o ...more
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This just gets crazier and crazier with every book. What now, you ask?

Say whaa?

Weird thing is, people of Trenton are not talking about it. It's like that big proverbial elephant in the room (elephants/giraffes, whatever), everybody knows it's there and everybody ignores it.
"You don't seem to be very disturbed by it all."
"I have people trying to kill me. A giraffe is low on my list of disturbances."
"That's where we differ," Ranger said. "I'm
Dec 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
(Spoiler alert-though nothing that can spoil it worse than already achieved by the author)

I am begging my GoodReads friends to de-friend me, if I ever buy another Janet Evanovich book again.

As an aspiring crime author, I cannot begin to imagine what Ms Evanovich thinks of her readers. Especially the loyal ones who started way back with One for the Money. Does she no longer care about us or does she think of us as 'fans' who will take any amount of "steaming sacks of horse jobbies" to quote auth
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Loved this book, as usual. Actually was surprised who the murderer was. I think, if I was Stephanie, I would get away from Morelli. He's hot, but his family is nuts. He never even tries to keep his crazy Grandma from trying to hurt her. His baggage makes hers look like a carry-on. She has a job he doesn't like, he has a past that involves almost every woman she knows. Right now I like Ranger much better.

Reread June 2016. Dear Ms. Plum, Although, I admire your plans for self improvement, you are
Darth J
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, plum
Can't wait to read this rehash of the previous stories with only minor details changed and a slightly more obvious leaning toward Morelli as Stephanie's HEA. Sarcasm aside, I will be reading this and I doubt I will be disappointed with the expectations I have for this installment.

ETA: Yeah, I totally called it.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Seriously? A synopsis? It’s the 20th book in the series. You know what it's about. The only difference is this one has a character we haven’t seen before . . .

Einstein once said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. After the twentieth edition of Stephanie Plum getting kidnapped, shot at, blown up (for some reason that doesn’t happen this time around), burned up, broken down and bust
Diane S ☔
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Just fun, pure silliness, something I just need ever once in a while. After all they do say laughing relieves stress, something everyone could use as we are fast approaching the holiday season. Disliked the last in the series, but this one is more true to form.

Answering the important questions: Why is there a giraffe running down the street and where does he disappear too. Did Grandma Bella really put the evil eye on Stephanie? Will Stephanie continue to be addicted to Bingo? Will Lola go back
This is one of the best books out of the Plum series. Is it fresh and new? No, Stephanie is still looking for some unlawful soul that missed court that ends up being way more than she bargained for. If you are wanting a new story line for this series then you should probably stop at book 3 or so. The charm to these books for me is the attitudes of the characters. Lula is beyond hilarious with her ideas that she is classy and sophisticated. The things she says makes me laugh right out of my seat. ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm a big Stephanie Plum fan, but if you read my review for Notorious Nineteen then you know I was not thrilled with the direction that book was taking Stephanie, Lula, and her mom.

I'm happy that this book has taken a step back to the original Stephanie who is torn between two men, bumbles her way through every bounty hunter job, and has a crazy family and outrageous bff. Unlike Notorious Nineteen, I didn't feel that Stephanie came across as slutty nor did I feel the sexual references were out
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I almost didn't read this book. I wasn't happy with the previous few--Stephanie's adventures were getting far too ridiculous (remember One for the Money? That one was actually pretty dark given where this series ended up.), Janet Evanovich's writing style was drifting beyond lazy towards phoning-it-in, and the plots were so disposable that I forgot what the original problem was by the resolution. I'm glad I did give in, though, because Takedown Twenty is closer to what I want from a Stephanie Pl ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I would have probably gone two stars, but I feel the need to offset the 4 and 5 star ratings this book is getting. I liked this book better the first time I read Three To Get Deadly! I think JE even references the fact they are so similar. When? In this book, Stephanie is trying to apprehend Uncle Sunny, Joe's Godfather, and someone so beloved by people that no one wants to help her and everyone is mad at her? Sound familiar?? At one point, she knocks Sunny unconscious and as he comes ar ...more
Alisa Kester
Dec 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I think I'm done with Janet Evanovich. At least until she wises up and realizes that her characters need to GROW. Every book is *exactly* like the one before, and by book twenty, those same old jokes aren't funny anymore. ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I know the love triangle in this series is so overused and so..well, should be done and over with already but, I can't help it, I still adore this series. It is just so much fun and never ceases to put me in a good mood and have me laughing out loud and shaking my head throughout the whole story. I just love all the hi jinks that Stephanie and even Lula get themselves in. Plus, I love so many of the side characters like Grandma M, Ranger and Morelli. Love triangle or not, I will read these until ...more
Shana Festa
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I purchased my audio copy of Janet Evanovich's Takedown Twenty the minute I woke up on release day. With a $28 price tag on, I really expected more. I hate to admit that Takedown Twenty left me feeling ambivalent. While still funny at times, it didn't coax the usual rip-roaring laughter from me. At most, I let out a couple chuckles. As expected, Lula adds the most comic relief to Evanovich's books.

One of the things I enjoy most about this series is the love triangle and sexual tensi
Dec 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Story is no longer funny like previous versions. It's just become tired, boring, and repetitive. I think I'm done with Stephanie Plum even though it was my all time favorite. Sick of the which man should I choose rhetoric. Grow up & pick one already. The Giraffe thing was just plan stupid all together. Yep, DONE! ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: evanovich-janet
These books are still fun to read, but this far into the series, it must be getting hard for Evanovich to come up with new scenarios. They seem to be ever more bizarre and outrageous to keep readers from thinking "been there, done that." Lula's conversation is repetitive and Grandma Mazur is becoming little too over-the-top for me. ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
3.5 stars. Despite everyone being their usual selves--Stephanie, undecided and inept; Lula, a pain in the ass; Morelli, always looking for a booty call; Grandma, searching for love in all the wrong places; and Ranger, well, being sex in black, this was a little better entry than 19. I prefer these in audio but since I've listened to the last 13, decided to read since I have the voices in my head. This for sure won't be going on my best of the year list but it was a good diversion between footbal ...more
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg. ...more

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