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Hardcore Twenty-Four

(Stephanie Plum #24)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  29,842 ratings  ·  3,416 reviews
Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-fourth thriller as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey...

Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Ste
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Hardcover, 285 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Allie
Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After Reading: Zombies. Are you kidding me???? About five years too late on that trend (in my opinion) and five times too ridiculous. Once again... no character development, no growth, same old same old, ping pong between Ranger and Morelli and add a Diesel just for kicks. It has been so long since his last appearance I remember nothing about him and I don't read the Wicked series, so it just seemed ridiculous to me.

At least she only totaled two cars this time.

Humor me here Evanovich... make 2
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Lori
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It's filled with raccoons. They were eating cereal and stuff and rearranging the furniture."

These books are like a movie-snack: popcorn, candy, you get the idea. I laugh and smile every time that I read one.
carol.
I finally figured out the target audience for this series! My younger cousin is trying to read again--she has a four-year-old and a two-year-old, so I'm doubtful for her chance of success--so I introduced her to this series. To be completely honest, I took three things into consideration when suggesting it: one, in the early part of the series, I always laughed out loud at least once a book, if not more; two, they have a low mental commitment value; and three, if the kids or her puppy damaged my ...more
Sheri
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A fast, light, and fun read. Stephanie is all that we are and all that wish we could be: insecure in her looks and in her abilities, yet trustful and secure in her relationships. She’s fearless and independent, with a loyal sidekick and protective men in her life. She questions her relationship status at times but is confident she is exactly where she needs and wants to be at this point in her life. She is able to eat all the junk food she wants without any weight or health repercussions and has ...more
No Apology Book Reviews
Boring, sick of Evanovich formula, disgusted with Stephanie

One of your friends makes an unexpectedly hilarious joke at just the right moment, and everyone laughs until they’re leaking bodily fluids. Then the moment passes and everyone gets over it, but the friend liked the attention and keeps trying to tell the joke over and over again or reference it or try to tell similar jokes to the point of seeming desperate for a reaction. In my opinion, Evanovich has become that friend.

I have loved Stepha
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Jilly
Oh, the usual Stephanie Plum book. Half the book is her and Lula eating enough junk food to feed a college frat house and the other half is her chasing after some dumbass criminals and totaling cars - often Ranger's cars...

“Bad news,” I said. “It’s about your Lexus.”

“One of my patrol cars drove by it an hour ago and said it was being circled by vultures.”

“There was an unfortunate incident with a dead groundhog.”

“I didn’t see that one coming,” Ranger said. “How bad is it?”

“There are vultures
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James
It's been a long-time coming, but I'm finally caught up on the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I just finished reading Hardcore Twenty-Four and am looking forward to reading #25 when I get to the bookstore next month (it was just released a month or so ago). 2019 is my year to catch up on every series I enjoy... I'm actually avoiding all new authors until I'm caught up and trim my TBR. I want a fresh, clean start... and now that I've got under 200 books on my TBR, it will happen this y ...more
✴ Cindy ✴
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This was the first time I've been let down by a Plum book. Most of my friends in various Stephanie Plum groups admit they stopped reading the series somewhere around book 12. I thought that was short sighted and I still had a lot of fun reading about Stephanie's antics even though Janet never makes any real headway in a permanent love interest direction. Up until this book I would have described myself as a Plum. Not necessarily a Babe or Cupcake. I have to admit book 24 has caused me to lose
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Calista
Is this book funny? Yes. Is this book fresh and new? Absolutely not. Everything is just retreading, but when the stress is high and you simply want a guarantee of a laugh, then you can count on this series. I didn't expect anything and I got a great laugh. I actually peed my pants listening to this. Oh, the scene where Stephanie has the snake in the car. I knew something was coming and oh, it was worth it.

I like that this wasn't about Zombies, but about a drug that caused Zombie-like side-effec
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Thomas
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars
There are still some laugh out lines in this continuing story of Stephanie Plum, bail bond enforcement agent. But the formula is getting worn out. She is still seeing Ranger and Morelli, but can't decide between the two. There is a new man in her life, Diesel, who comes and goes as he pleases, sleeping in her apartment periodically, even though he doesn't have a key. If you are a fan of this series, you will probably like it. Lula, Stephanie's friend and assistant is still present, with o
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Monnie
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I opened this book, the 24th in the series featuring offbeat bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, it was not without a bit of trepidation. The previous installment, Turbo Twenty-Three, was so lackluster that I gave it just 3 stars (and grudgingly at that). Aside from the same old, same old characters who just can't seem to grow up, the story itself was borderline silly.

But alas, my hope of improvement just wasn't to be. Not only is Stephanie still trying to decide whose bed she prefers - that of h
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Barbara
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bayb-2018

3.5 stars

In this 24th book in the 'Stephanie Plum' series, the Trenton, New Jersey bounty hunter becomes the target of zombies. The book can be read as a standalone.

*****

When grave robber Simon Diggery doesn't show up for his court date, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to track him down. Stephanie finds Simon taking refuge in a tree with his huge boa constrictor Ethel.



Simon explains that he was digging up a grave and accidently opened a portal for zombies, who streamed through screaming "brain
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Cheri
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Binge read it in 5 hours! I so needed the laughs from this book and there are plenty of them. Lulu had me rolling. Grandma Mazur is more hysterical than ever. Joe is still overworked but sexy. Ranger is still mysterious but sexy. Diesel is, wow, what can I say? I love Diesel!! Stephanie has her hands full for sure! Can't wait for #25. Looks like it's gonna be another great one!
Tiffany PSquared
I had been missing Stephanie Plum, and Hardcore Twenty-Four was our perfect reunion.

Stephanie's off-beat family and healthy list of suitors always makes reading Janet Evanovich's stories entirely enjoyable.

The only bad thing about finishing this book today is that now I have to pretend to be patient while I wait for book #25.

Cyndi
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Although I still love Stephanie and her gang at this point it is sometimes more blind loyalty than anything else. I loved having Diesel back but what was happening with Lizzy? There was no mention of her and she’s Steph’s cousin? Also, Steph jumping from guy to guy wasn’t as smooth as usual. But the rest of the story was ok and had some laugh out loud parts for me.
The destruction of Ranger’s cars was right on point. Hilarious! And, Zombies? No wonder they had to call in Diesel. That’s his real
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Donna
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the latest book in this series, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her sidekick Lula are knee deep in snakes and zombies. I read this series because it is the closest I get to slapstick comedy. The scenes and conversations are outrageously funny. Stephanie's grandma, who has to be 90 years old, meets a new boyfriend online and his picture shows him to look exactly like George Hamilton. As usual, Stephanie goes through cars as fast as Lula goes through donuts. And she still can't make her mind u ...more
Jeanne Adamek
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a confession to make-- I do not care who Stephanie will choose for her forever love interest, or, I have to admit, if she ever chooses.

That being said I want to state the reason why I picked this book. For every book I read there are probably 10+ books that I desperately want to read but put on the side of a very, very long wish list because I see something in the description that I need or want at the moment. With the Stephanie Plum books the reason is laughter. I have never read a Steph
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Sabine
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: usa-new-jersey, 2018
I had a heck of a good time with Hardcore Twenty-Four. I was ready just about ready to give up on Stephanie Plum but this got my right back on track. The Zombie angle was a lot of fun and Grandma Mazur and Lula were in their best form and made me crack up a few times.

One of the best books in this series. A fast and super fun read.
Kate
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Kirsty 📚📖❤️
Despite being on my author TBR pile for ages and this being the 24th book of the series it's actually the first one I've read. 

It's a fairly short book but quite the page turner so it's a quick read. I found it easy to get into the characters. They felt fully formed and well rounded. I loved gran. I could happily read a book of her stories alone. 

The story line is bonkers (now wondering if they're all like this?) full of zombies and garden gnome addictions but it's fun. There's quite a few funny
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Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Well, it took more time than usual for me to finish a Plum book and I don't know to what I should attribute that. Maybe it was zombie's fault? I never really liked zombies, from all the supernatural beings they're probably my least favorite ones.

Or maybe it was the way Steph was drooling on Diesel even though she already has Morelli AND Ranger to choose from. I mean come on already, don't be greedy.

I'm honestly frustrated.



Over and out
Marianne
3.5★s
Hardcore Twenty-four is the twenty-fourth full-length novel in the popular Stephanie Plum series by American author, Janet Evanovich. A spate of headless bodies is keeping Trenton’s police busy, in particular Joe Morelli, current boyfriend of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Many apparently lose their heads in funeral parlours, although one victim near a dumpster kept his head but lost his brain. And when the heads begin turning up minus brains, Stephanie’s colleague Lula is convinced that zom
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Jen
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know when you can just read a book so quickly that instead you end up taking almost a full week to finish it? That.

If you know about Stephanie Plum then you know about Stephanie Plum.

This is one of my favourite series despite my touch and go moments with continuing.

Yes character progression is basically now a myth in this world, and yes we all know the formulaic sequence of events so well we could recite it blind folded and hanging upside down in a shark tank.... but it works.

At the end of t
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Skip
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, to be kind for Christmas Day. The good news is that Stephanie has found new ways to destroy Ranger's cars, amusing him and his Rangeman staff, Lulu continues to use her body to subdue their quarry, and Stephanie is kind to a pet boa constrictor, whose owner is jailed following his capture. On the other hand, zombies running amok in the Burg? Silly for sure, but the local residents would never stand for it. And somehow, Evanovich was unable to generate humor for the headless corpses in ...more
Vicki Willis
Stephanie Plum books remind me of Thanksgiving because they always come out this time of year.
All the things that remind me of home were in the book. Lulu and her outrageous clothes, Grandma Mazur going to a viewing with a gun in her purse, Stephanie destroying a car, Stephanie's mom nipping at the alcohol and of course deciding between Morelli or Ranger. Diesel is in this one too and he is always fun.
If you are a fan of the series, you will love the book.
Jay
Nov 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I have been a fan of the Stephanie Plum series since I picked up the first book, but I have to say that I think this book makes it seem that the series is running out of steam and becoming so filled with repetition that you could read any book in the series and you'll have read EVERY book in the series.

This time around Stephanie finds herself taking care of a snake when she brings in one of her FTA bounty pickups. If that wasn't enough, she's apparently beset by zombies that have begun popping u
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Kiki Belle
Will I still read these books? Yes. Do they need an update? Definitely.

1) Why is Diesel in this book? Not only is he barely in it, but he brings a magical realism aspect that is missing from literally every other book in the series except the between the numbers ones. It's not interesting; it's actually kind of annoying. Not only is he yet another attractive man Stephanie wants to sleep with (and for some reason is attracted to her despite us being told repeatedly she is average looking and a me
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Marian
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read every Stephanie Plum novel since One For the Money made me laugh out loud in 1994. Sadly, Hardcore Twenty-Fore did not so much as make me smile. What made the Stephanie books so great was how down-to-earth they were, with great characters doing hilarious and ridiculous things. Readers were enthusiastically divided between Morelli lovers and Ranger worshippers. And the plots were crazy, though to me they were secondary to the characters. Sadly, I think it's time for either Janet Evano ...more
Madeline K. Worrell
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
When I pick up a Stephanie Plum novel I’m not expecting a novel that’s transcends me or has some poetry in its prose.

I’m looking for wit, irony, something engaging and simplistic or even slightly unrealistic.

Hardcore 24 met my expectations and kept me highly entertained.

Woo hoo, that’s why I continue buying these novels!

A perfect read after a hugely disappointing one.
D
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mysteries
Diesel returns adding suspense to the usual chaotic plot.
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“Diesel grinned. “You have a choice. You can be the stupid inferior female or the stupid powerful female.” “How about if I’m just myself?” Diesel glanced at Ranger. “I’m not going to touch that one.” Ranger shook his head. “I’ll pass.” “Funny,” I said. “Very funny.” 3 likes
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