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Top Secret Twenty-One

(Stephanie Plum #21)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  49,980 ratings  ·  4,493 reviews
Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Bantam
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Debbie I agree, it's all sounding the same....It may be my last one too. I really did enjoy the first 15 or so. I would be fun to see Ranger with another lov…moreI agree, it's all sounding the same....It may be my last one too. I really did enjoy the first 15 or so. I would be fun to see Ranger with another love interest or a health conscious Lula.....or a Zen Vinney...(less)

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Yvonne V (Naughty Professora)
21 things about Top Secret 21
1. Stephanie is still a bounty hunter, and Lula is still her sidekick

2. Mrs. Plum is still making pot-roast, ironing when stressed, and hitting the whiskey

3. Gramma is as wild as ever and this time has a bucket list she’s trying to complete.

4. Joe hasn’t changed: still watching sports, drinking, beer, eating pizza, and calling Stephanie a cupcake.

5. Ranger reveals more of himself in this book: You find out that while still sexy and mysterious, he’s also a bit of an
Just Deborah
Jun 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Please don't shoot the critic

Janet Evanovich has been writing best-selling books for so many years I forget when I started reading them. The antics of Stephanie and her crew have made me laugh so hard I had tears running down my legs. The sexual tension between the characters has always had me coming back for more, and, more. Ms. Evanovich was a master of the craft and we all profited from it. She's done now. The legend of Stephanie Plum is over. I don't know how it happened. I don't know when i
Aug 04, 2014 rated it did not like it

I hadn't read a Plum novel since about number 10 or so, then I decided that they were getting pretty boring and Stephanie wasn't aging or choosing a man, so I took a break. My dear friend kept me appraised on what was going on in the series. Nothing.

So I happened across this book at the library and I'm on summer break, I decided to give it a shot. Couldn't be so bad, right?'s pretty bad. Other people have done a more thorough job of reviewing this book, I don't
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ranger vs Morelli...the triangle continues!

There are some quirky, silly things you can always rely on when reading a Stephanie Plum novel. She will lose/destroy at least one car, her apartment will be trashed and grandma Mazur will say or do something inappropriate at the local funeral parlor. Well you won't be disappointed with this one. It includes all that and then some.
Now you can add assassins targeting Ranger!! Stephanie of course gets involved when she attempts to hide another of their
Mar 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Top Secret Twenty-One in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich has all the normal hilarious banter, sexual chemistry, and silliness as the ones in the past. It also offers a deeper look at Ranger's past, Stephanie's grandmother's bucket list, and Joe Morelli's tolerance level when it comes to Stephanie's escapades. I believe in love, but if someone put me through what she puts him through, I'd probably disappear just to avoid any further impacts. She's a barrel of laughs, but I couldn't w ...more
Darth J
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
"The same story yet again? I can't wait to read this!"
- Book-buying public (me included)

^That was my pre-read review, but honestly I might have to open up a hotline like Miss Cleo if Evanovich continues to write such predictable stories.

I want to point this out:
"I was in the backseat with an ice pack on my bruised cheek, and I didn't ever want to repeat my day." -pp.288
That's all Stephanie is doing anymore. She's trapped in a Groundhog Day-type situation. This book is made up of the same mostl
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Twenty one books in and I've learned to accept Stephanie Plum books for what they are - mindless entertainment. Like an old sit-com rerun that you watch when you are bored. Sure, you know what's going to happen, but it has a type of comfort and still can make you smile.

But, after reading my last book that made me frustrated and murderous because the alpha-male thing, I started to see Stephanie in a new light. She's really a very liberated idiot woman.

She lives alone and has no intention of
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok

In this 21st book in the 'Stephanie Plum' series, the bounty hunter is trying to track down a man accused of human trafficking. The book can be read as a standalone.


Stephanie Plum, bail enforcement agent, needs to round up Jimmy Poletti - a used car salesman accused of of trafficking girls. Jimmy is an elusive crook though, and while he's on the loose members of his gang are getting bumped off, one after another.

Jimmy seems especially anxious to get rid of Briggs, a little person who was Ji
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest, when I read the last Stephanie Plum novel, I was really disappointed and I thought it would be time for Mrs. Evanovich to either make drastic changes or retire the characters. So when I received the early copy, I was unsure if I even wanted to try it. But I must admit, Mrs. Evanovich, seems to be back to her great writing performance!
Stephanie Plum seems to be back to her catastrophic self, but for a change, she isn't the only one that needs help. The all mighty Ranger is i
Two-haiku review:

Someone's after Briggs
Steph's apartment gets blown up
Ranger's car explodes

A little funny
Nothing new, same old same old
I didn't feel it
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I am seeing this series a comic. Is just the longer reading. I love it. It puts me in a good mood, helps me relax.
Ask yourselves: how much you change over the year? Not so much. So leave Stephanie alone. ((hah, "leave Britney alooone")
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Top Secret Twenty-One felt like a return to the earlier Plum days. I thought the previous two books were a vast improvement over books 16-18, and this was even better. The story line of someone from Ranger's past trying to kill him was somewhat of a repeat from Notorious Nineteen, but it was a different twist and felt grittier than the other scenario. I'm not a fan of Randy Briggs, who plays a predominant role in this book, but his story line intermixes with the others pretty well. Grandma's buc ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ “Twenty-first verse, same as the first, but a little bit louder and a whole lot worse!

I’m Stephanie Plum, I am
Stephanie Plum, I am, I am,
I’ve been chasing FTAs for over fourscore
They blow up my house and kidnap me just like before” ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

What can I even say when it comes to reviewing the twenty-first book in a series?

This edition follows the patented “Stephanie Plum Format” – Stephanie attempts to capture run-of-
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Anti-climactic. I might be done with Stephanie Plum. Just marry Morelli will you!
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't know about you guys but little dogs creep me out. A mob of feral chihuahuas is something I would never ever want to see for myself.


And that's just one of Steph's problems this time. Exploding cars and apartments are another. But, I guess when your super is so used to your mess, that he keeps commercial fire extinguishers right next to your door - it's kinda old news. Also you should probably think of a more secure location. Just a thought. Although I did mourn the loss of that Por
Sandy Neal
A story as cute as Stephanie Plum. Love that Lula and Grandma. A nice, light, funny story to balance out too much reality in the world!
Ruth Turner
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: stephanie-plum

Well! I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

A lot of it was same old, same old, which annoyed the crap out of me.

BUT...although there were no laugh out loud moments for me, I did crack a few smiles and there were even a couple of snorts.

I thought the story line was better than the last half dozen or so books.

I liked that Randy Briggs was back.

I liked that there was quite a bit of Ranger and although he's not the same as he was in earlier books, I liked him a lot.

If I put the whole Ranger/St
Caitlyn Ahern
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
The plot was better in this one than Takedown Twenty, but any character development Steph made in that one was nonexistent in this one. Listed in the front matter there was a "Pros and Cons" after the last chapter and i actually got excited thinking we were maybe headed toward the end of The Love Triangle. But no, it was a preview for a new installment in JE's other series. I still love Ranger and as always, Grandma makes me smile. Lula was a little off for me in this one, they were trying too h ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So...3 stars is really generous coming from me, because I'm a Babe. However, if you're a Cupcake(sigh...really?!), this will be a better read for you. The plot was actually decent in this...funny, but plausible. I did chuckle out loud a couple of times. I think my deal with the last the several Plum books is that I can no longer 'feel' the emotions of the characters. I'm sure the first 12 books were not like that for me. I struggle with how an author can just completely lose the ability to creat ...more
Still funny, same ol' same ol'. The never ending series with characters who don't age and don't make decision about settling. Stephanie is never going to choose between Morelli or Ranger which is too bad since a Stephanie Plum Wedding could be one of her best stories and capers ever. Some good laughs in this one. Grandma Mazur always gets a good laugh. I hope she never dies.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pass
Already looking forward to reading all the negative reviews once again. I can already predict how they'll read.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
The same old thing with Stephanie & Co. Exactly the same thing happens--so no surprises. It would be so nice if something different did happen. ANYTHING different!! I don't care what but SOMETHING!! This one lacked a lot of humor, too. Keep hoping so I keep reading.

Plus, I'm happy that the last few I've borrowed from the library and haven't spent any money on these books!! Not worth the cash:(
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I know some people would disagree with me but, this series never gets old. I can always count on it to put a smile on my face and make me laugh out loud numerous times. It's my go to series when I need a reading pick me up and something that will just be a crazy good time.

I adore Stephanie and gang.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s been a while since I spent some time with Stephanie, LuLu, Ranger, Morelli, the grandmas and Bob...and boy have I missed them. Immediately I was drawn into the action, the detailed and vibrant world and the humor. Oh goodness I could not stop laughing at one of Bob’s antics. The bucket lists were fantastic and I loved how some of grandma Mazur’s items occurred😹 I always enjoy these Stephanie Plum escapades and how something will occurs to a car or apartment, but I really appreciated how all ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie is back and just as goofy as ever but for once she's not the one in the center of all the trouble, well not in the sense that she caused, witnessed, or walked-in on the trouble. Randy Briggs is back and so is the mayhem. He's short, annoying yet has some of the best lines.
Grandma Mazur and Grandma Bella heading for a showdown. I wonder if we could get a spin off on those two old ladies. Gma M rocks...and that bucket list of hers, she's gutsy I'll give her that.
Yes, the love triangle is
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
#21 in the Stephanie Plum series. There are two basic plots: a group of dying poker players, and Stephanie is supposed to bring in Jimmy Poletti for missing his court date. Someone is trying to kill the short, obnoxious Randy Briggs, Poletti's accountant, but nobody knows who nor why. Meanwhile, Ranger's life is on the line when an attempt on his life is made involving plutonium at the Rangeman offices, following a capture, with his nefarious past catching up with him. Grandma Mazur manages to m ...more
Wart Hill
Jan 31, 2015 marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
I have determined I don't care.
I really wish Evanovich would pick a guy for Plum already.
It would be more interesting to see her interact between both of the guys if she was married to one. Other than that, seems like these books are just sounding the same. Hope maybe soon she will decide.
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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.

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“Babe!” Ranger shouted from the bathroom. “Come get your grandmother.” Ranger was standing in the glass-enclosed shower with the door open, looking out at Grandma. He was dripping wet and seemed not especially concerned that he was naked. “It’s like she’s paralyzed,” he said. “Amazing,” Grandma said, eyes wide, staring in unblinking stupefaction. I yanked Grandma out and closed the bathroom door. “It was mesmerizing,” Grandma said. “It was like staring into the eye of a cobra. I don’t care if I do anything else on the bucket list. This was awesome. It was like a biblical experience.” 15 likes
“be refreshing.” Ranger smiled. “There are times when I seriously consider marrying you, but then I get yet another black mark on my path to enlightenment and forgiveness and I scratch marriage off my bucket list.” “Really? You think about marrying me?” “Marrying you might be extreme, but once in a while I think about sharing my closet.” “You have a really great closet.” 12 likes
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