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Tricky Twenty-Two

(Stephanie Plum #22)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  48,834 ratings  ·  4,456 reviews
Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute.

Stephanie Plum might not be the world's greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she's being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles h
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Bantam
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MJ Codename: ♕Duchess♕ Nope, you're not. However, I'm not going to buy this one until I get it from the library. 19-21 for me were the biggest wastes of time and money. Ther…moreNope, you're not. However, I'm not going to buy this one until I get it from the library. 19-21 for me were the biggest wastes of time and money. There's literally nothing new happening in this story and it's kind of bullshit. After 22 books, I say get Morelli a new girlfriend and get her pregnant. Something. Anything. Anything to actually advance the story. Even Lula has gotten on my nerves, there's nothing new with Grandma. I think Ranger is the only one who doesn't annoy the crap out of me at the moment.
I also think Janet isn't writing these books anymore. The pacing, dialog, and feeling are all off.(less)
Shevawn Eaton I so want her to get better at her job and getting more confident. I'd love to see her take over for Vinnie while he's in jail or something. I'd love …moreI so want her to get better at her job and getting more confident. I'd love to see her take over for Vinnie while he's in jail or something. I'd love a new bail bondsman who isn't an idiot to come into the agency that she could work with. I would like her to recognize finally what she wants in a relationship. Heck, I'd be happy if she decided to get a friend for Rex. Something new!! (less)

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Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Before Reading
Ok... Janet Evanovich... let me level with you here.

Make this the last book. Make it good. Make it not be like books 15-21 and end this played out series. Please. Do not reuse all your old material. For the love of God let Stephanie choose between Ranger and Morelli or neither. Permanently. Let her not be the same person who has not grown or changed at all... give her something. More than a hamster.


After Reading

Ok. Better than the last two books in my opinion.

Still a littl
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Poor Stephanie. Her life has gotten so complicated that she's considering changing professions. Her FTA'S aren't coming along quietly, she keeps forgetting to buy bullets for her gun, she still can't keep a car intact for any period of time, she's getting pranked by the college fraternity from hell, and something is up with Morelli. His post coital suggestion that they break up and that Steph should see other people (just not Ranger) has totally thrown her for a loop. But Stephanie isn't short o ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

Car blown up? Check
Big Blue, the Buick Roadmaster makes an appearance? Check
Hot Morelli? Check
Wacky Grandma Mazur attends a viewing? Check
Flashy Lula wants to eat? Check
Stephanie needs to be rescued by Ranger or Morelli? Check
Smokin' hot Ranger? Check Check!!

Entertaining? Check
Fast read? Check
Repetitive? Check Check!!

HURRAY! When the first three pages cracked me up right off the bat, I was happy as pie, and when the laughs continued, well, let's just say TRICKY TWENTY-TWO is one of the better Stephanie Plum novels I've read in quite some time.

Yes, our bounty hunter still trashes a few of Ranger's fancy cars, Yes, Grandma Mazur still attends her visitations, and Yes, Lula is still her usual spandex eating machine self; BUT I had many more laugh-out-loud moments in TRICKY TWENTY-TWO than the last three books c

Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine writing dozens of books in a series about the same core characters? If you find the right combination of setting, characters, and tone, it can be amazing. Janet Evanovich has been successful with the Stephanie Plum series creating clever and humorous plots that always bring something fun to the table. Occasionally they get repetitive, but as a stand-alone book, each is always great. Number 22, Tricky Twenty-Two, continues the trend with Stephanie visiting a college campus to coll ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This series has the longest running love triangle in fiction. I think when they are old, it's going to look something like this:

Ranger and Morelli think that's Stephanie in the middle. They have cataracts. (Steph died years ago from clogged arteries.)

Most fans of this series are thinking that there is no way to resolve this triangle unless the author decides to kill one of them off. And, hey, I'm down with that! Kill Morelli! I'll even help! But, I don't see it ever happening. The author has kep
Darth J
Sep 22, 2015 is currently reading it
MRW people ask me how many books are in this series (including the Between the Numbers ones):

Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't care that this book didn't resolve the Stephanie-Ranger-Joe triangle. I just wanted it to be a fast paced mystery with a lot of sarcastic humor and with a few off beat characters thrown in. Hot sex with Ranger would be a bonus. Well, no hot sex with Ranger, but the mystery, humor and off beat characters were all there. A lot of people have come to expect an awful lot from these books. Me, I just expect to be entertained and I was. Another issue that bugs a lot of people is what I call "S ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

Obviously anyone who has already subjected themselves to TWENTY-ONE prior books in this series has a serious mental disorder . . . .

In my defense, I thought I was over my addiction. I mean, Evanovich is up to like 24 and I had stopped at 21 when NetGalley quit offering ARCs so that was good, right? But then the dang stinking library challenge had this series offered up as one of the options for a contemporary mystery and
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
TRICKY TWENTY-TWO is another fun, easy and fast read that had me laughing out loud quite a few times! I have read every other book in this series and I still find myself looking forward to reading the next to see what happens to my favourite bounty hunter and her men! These books can be a little bit repetitive and predictable but that doesn't really matter to me. I am invested in these characters and this series so I will see it to the end whenever JANET EVANOVICH chooses to do so.

I liked the en
Deanna Zigray
Oct 10, 2015 marked it as to-read
PLEASE, PLEASE, PUUUULLLEEEAAASEE for the love of all things holy, let this be the last one. I truly believe that I might be the biggest Stephanie Plum/Janet Evanovich fan in all of the world. I have read and re-read the entire, Stephanie Plum series fourteen times. Let that sink in a bit... That's the same as reading 294 books. Not only did I read them and then read them again, but I was also like a salesman recommending them to others and supplying them with the books. I did this so frequently ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was stellar! That one is for you Lula.... And you will understand this as well when you read the book, which if you are a Stephanie Plum fan it is a absolute must!

This book had all the typical SP mischief, with none of the silliness, there were no giraffes!!! Yes, cars blue up, granny shot off her gun, and Lula strut around in her crazy clothes.... And of course there were donuts, lots of donuts! But the ending was a bit of a shocker(view spoiler)
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
As always seriously funny, very light and entertaining , the funniest characters ever .I do some very dark reads and in order to decompress and lighten the fuck up : i need places like the Burg and characters like grandma Mazure and ex ho Lola and of course the incorrigible Stephanie Plum and all the hilarious situations they get themselves into....Thank you dear Janet.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge

3.5 stars

This 22nd book in the 'Stephanie Plum' cozy mystery' series has the usual murder, mayhem, and fun. The book can be read as a standalone.


If you're a fan of Janet Evanovich's 'Stephanie Plum' series you know what to expect and this book delivers as usual. Stephanie, a semi-competent bounty hunter, is trying to track down Ken Globovic (Gobbles), a member of the Zeta fraternity at Kiltman College. Gobbles skipped bail after being arrested for assaulting a college administrator, Dean Mi
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks

This is one of my most favorite series to listen to on audiobooks. Lorelei King is the narrator and she does a fantastic job each and every time. This is the 22nd book in the series. Yes, 22nd! It's my go-to read when I want something funny.

Quick background: Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter for her cousin who is a bail bondsman. Her companion is Lula, who is an ex-prostitue. Neither have any experience in bounty hunting, so it's like the blind leading the blind. Stephanie has been in an on aga
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't always enjoyed many of the later books in this series but I found myself really liking this one. It was a good visit with old friends. There was more action, with even mom getting into the thick of things. Easy, quick read. I think what bugs me most is the way she can't be allowed to finally, finally keep one good car. The car wrecks are really getting old. I do believe, however, that I will be giving the next book a shot. ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
A comic chick-lit outing for when you need some absurd diversion from reading too much serious stuff. Stephanie, our intrepid New Jersey bounty hunter, is tasked with tracking down a frat boy at a local college who was charged with beating up the Dean of Students and skipping his bail hearing. It turns out something nefarious is happening there, and her target is hiding out in fear for his life and that of a missing friend who was helping him with making fireworks for a big prank in a locked bas ...more
Yvonne V (Naughty Professora)
Sooo, last year I did a review of Top Secret 21 , and feel like this is a re-hash of that review.
It is.
Because Tricky Twenty-Two is a rehash of 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, get what I mean.
Without further ado, here's 22 Things About Tricky Twenty-Two

1. Stephanie is still a bounty hunter and her skips still get away from her.

2. Lula is still her sidekick and wearing outrageous clothing and hairstyles.

3. Mrs. Plum is still ironing when stressed and hitting the whiskey.

4. Gramma Mazur is as w
MJ Codename: ♕Duchess♕
Jul 31, 2015 marked it as _not-a-chance-in-hell
Books 18-21 were so bad that I can't even bring myself to buy this book. My mom will probably get it on audio, so if I can't get it from the library, I'll listen to that.

It's a shame because I used to devour these books like air. I have zero expectations for this book. I have no doubt that Stephanie will have no growth, she'll still be deciding between Ranger and Morelli, Lulu will continue to bitch about her weight, and Grandma will blow something up.

Janet is literally rehashing old material an
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Why do I do this to myself? Please be the last book. PLEASE. - JUNE 5, 2015

***Edited To Add 11/18/15***

Well, hmmm. Why DO I do this to myself?

The entire book, it really SEEMED like this might be the end of things. I had such a sense of goodwill. I was more patient with characters than I have been in awhile. Everyone was talking about change and exhibiting the growth they have been sorely needing for 80% of the series. I gave it a whole extra star for that! Then I realized there was an excerpt fr
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I'm hoping with the ending the way it was on this, that we will finally get some resolution in the romance department between Stephanie and a couple of certain men. It would be nice if the love triangle wasn't always so dominant.

Besides that though, this was classic Stephanie. I did love seeing her mom more in this and finally getting that feeling that we can understand her and actually like her more. I really hope she plays a bigger role in these from now on other than just cooking or ironing
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Once again I listened to this while doing yoga. Fell over laughing while in the warrior pose! Great book! Hilarious parts, and scary parts. Thought for awhile there we were finally done with Morelli. I know, for sure, I would have kicked him to the curb many books ago. He is not hot enough for all his nonsense, no guy is. Breaks up with her right after sex? Not only wouldn't I have let him nearer to me than a 10ft. Pole, I would have used it to beat him!

Reread June 2018– Still loving these books
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it

If my boyfriend told me that we should see other people, right after having sex mind you, I would've gone berserk on him. Seriously, I would strangle him with a pillow right then and there, while he was still in postcoital mellowness. The other option would be shooting him with a gun in the bedside table and use pillow as a silencer. I gave it a serious thought just in case, It's good to keep your options open. What did Steph do? She told Morelli to get lost, grown a huge pimple, sat in a car by
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I'm going to be generous and give this 3 stars. This used to be one of my favorite series to read. The early books are fun, entertaining, and provided a lot of laughs. The last few haven't been the same but I still read them to check up on the characters. Still holding out hope that Stephanie and Co. will have some "newness" to their story eventually. ...more
Bookworm LLC
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cindy-bookshelf
Another great read by Janet Evanovich. Most of us think this series needs to be done and over with. I love it because it is such an easy, no brainer read. And of course because I want to know who Stephanie will end up being with in the end. Well, all through the book you will go back and forth as usual between Morelli and Ranger. There is a shock in the book that will keep you guessing until the very end. And wow, what an ending.
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Okay, so I clicked the "Want to Read" button. Keeping my hopes up.

Okay I have until November to read 16-21

I am sad that I am caught up with the series but what a great way to end 2015. One of my favorites!
K.J. McGillick
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so on a roll with these books. Characters are my friends and the way the plot unfolds is hilarious. I should be writing when I'm reading! ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
If nothing else, the latest adventures of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is a hoot. By the end of a handful of chapters, I'd laughed out loud at least twice and once the water I was dumb enough to be sipping as I read got snorted out my nose. Quite a few of the chuckles came at the antics of Stephanie's office cohort, Lula, who is always a trip to say the least. When it comes to length, it's practically a novella, making it a quick read (for anyone who wonders about such things, the Science Fictio ...more
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
4.5 stars..I think this was the best Stephanie Plum story in a while! I really, really enjoyed this one!
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