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Lean Mean Thirteen

(Stephanie Plum #13)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  86,558 ratings  ·  2,444 reviews
New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!


Dickie Orr. Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her arch-nemesis Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping to never see either on
Hardcover, First Edition, 310 pages
Published June 19th 2007 by St. Martin's Press
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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3+ out of 5 stars for Lean Mean Thirteen, the 13th book in the "Stephanie Plum" mystery series, written in 2007 by Janet Evanovich. What can you say about a girl who is half in love and half in lust with two different men, only to have one of her ex-husbands show up, then be killed. And she's the chief suspect! But she's a bounty hunter on the good side of the law. How is that possible? Well, it seems anything is in NJ! Another good book in the series, full of the hilariou
Nov 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of sure things, bad boys, and New Jersey
Few things in this world are as consistent as a Janet Evanovich novel featuring Stephanie Plum. You know that the following will happen at some point in the story: you will laugh out loud at least three times (often more), Stephanie will have hot sex with Joe Morelli, Stephanie will think about the possibility of hot sex with Ranger, Stephanie and Lulu will find themselves in some embarrassing situations while trying to apprehend a bail skip (this 13th installment involves exploding taxidermy an ...more
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
This was already the thirteenth book and Stephanie and her antics never cease to amaze me. XD

I have no idea how Janet Evanovich does it but I still love this series and I still can’t decide if I’d like to tousle Morelli’s nice hair or if I’d rather tousle Ranger’s bed sheets doing the nasty with him. *LOL*

Well, I guess that’s exactly what Janet is aiming for and she’s doing it more than just well. ;-)
(Can’t help but wonder if Stephanie is going to decide for one of them in the next 11 books tho
May 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
Dear Janet Evanovich,

I stopped reading you a while back, when it seemed like you were floundering and had no clue what to do with your series and it was really getting pretty embarrassing. But this week I've needed something that was all candy, no brain, and you were there. And - well. It seems like you've found something to do with your series. But it's obvious that you don't understand what that is.

I know! I know it can be hard to pay attention to all the subtleties, the subtext of what you're
Aug 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only those who cannot pass up another Plum
Shelves: mystery

What I learned from this book is that if you have a million dollar book contract, you can pretty much just list junk food, articles of clothing, and expensive cars and call it a book. I don't ask for a great plot from a Stephanie Plum adventure or I never would have got past the 5th book in the series. I read these books because Stephanie is funny and eats the way most people over 14 can only dream of eating. Some of the previous books have been thinner and less satisfying than others, but this
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's official - everyone hates the cable company! It turns out that the guy Stephanie is trying to catch for missing his court date can't leave his house because the cable company is supposed to appear sometime between now and the Apocalypse and he needs to be at home. (Of course, the minute you go to the bathroom they show up, knock once, and then leave a note on the door and take off like they are fleeing a crime scene.) The guy knows how this works. His neighbor needed his cable fixed and it ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
It truly is hard not to fall in love with this series. It is so outrageous so chaotic, and so much darn fun.

With a cast of crazy laugh out loud lovable characters and danger and mayhem lurking around every corner, this series is my go to series when I need out of a book funk or just plain and simply need a good hearty laugh.

Stephanie has a way of getting herself into trouble regardless of the situation and why it is ridiculous, it also can't help being hilarious at the same time. And the best
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jennifer by: Alisa
I gotta say, I NEVER thought I'd give a novel 5 stars. My friend Alisa bought the first book in this series for me about 2 years ago. I was visiting home and she and I were out having fun and stopped into a bookstore and she said, "Have you read these? They're good - I think you'd like her writing style." Um, right. I'm thinking no way will I like some chick lit novel. BUT... Alisa has known me just about forever and knows me very well...

Then Alisa said, "You need something to read on the plane
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lula is the best. She makes me SOL. You know, snort out loud.😂
Jan 23, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm listening to Lean Mean Thirteen on cd at work. Twice today I burst into laughter and had to fake a coughing fit to disguise my inappropriate behavior. The line "I stapled him in the balls." completely undid me.
Finished it. Liked it. Laughed a lot. However...I'm getting a little tired of all the Ranger-calls-her-Babe stuff. I mean, is it really necessary for her to have two hot guys battling for her attention? I'd like it better if Ranger fell heavy in love with someone else and he and Steph
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the first one of these books I've read. After reading it, one can see why the mob runs New Jersey!

Incompetent bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum gets to go after her louse of an ex-husband. She beats him up a little. The husband disappear. Stephanie is the prime suspect. Top cop Joe Morelli helps her out a little, even though like all cops in these types of books, he couldn't catch a cold. She does a favor for uber-bounty hunter Ranger (who is a former SEAL. Why is a SEAL going by the name Ra
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

Basic Info

Pages/Length: 6rhs and 43mins
Genre: Mystery

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: eh
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 6
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
It was short.
Worst Part: I got bored.
Thoughts Had: oh no!; ugh.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: Welp, this one fell a bit flat for me. It could have been
Stephanie Plum's ex-husband, Dickie Orr, has disappeared and Stephanie is the prime suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, New Jersey, is also keeping Stephanie on her toes and he may know more than he's saying about many things in Stephanie's life. It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum and the ultimate prize might be her life....

I enjoyed this book but I di
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)

I'm liking the direction Janet Evanovich is taking these books, changing around the main formula for how the mysteries take place. Also this was a laugh out loud funny book and I believe had the least problematic content to date! That being said, I'm not going to continue on with this series after this book.

I've been pushing myself through this series for nearly two years now and I'm only on the thirteenth book. I really do enjoy these books and find them hilarious, but I've been putting a
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich is the 13th book in the Stephanie Plum mystery series. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum plants a listening bug on her exhusband Dickie on Rangers instructions only to have him go missing and his law partners atart getting killed. Another funny and very entertaining book. These books always leave you feeling good. I love the back and forth between Ranger and Morelli and how they are both there looking out for Stephanie.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy, audio, humor
Stephanie does a favor for Ranger that put her in the middle of . . . something. Love these books on audio. The narriation is wonderful and as an added bonus Janet Evanovich does and interview at the end of the audio book. That just makes it that much better - getting inside the mind of one of my favorite authors.

Ranger just asked for a simple favor and since he has done so much for her, Stephanie could hardly refuse, even if it meant getting up close and personal with her scumbag ex, Dickie Orr
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Evanovich NEVER disappoints and the only thing betteer than her witty banter dialogue is the situations that her characters find themslves in. If you need a good laugh--pick up any of the Stephanie Plum books by Evanovich and ENJOY !!
Elle's Book Blog
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
:: 5 Pretty Little Stars ::

Janet Evanovich NEVER lets me down with her Stephanie Plum novels. For me, they could never get old. Whenever I am looking for something light, funny, and known for its entertainment value I pick up a Plum novel. I know some people think that her work in terms of this series is getting old, but if she stopped publishing these novels I think people would miss them. For all I care she can write 100 of them and I will read them all!

Clearly, I really enjoyed this install
Jul 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
The Stephanie Plum series is definitely in decline. While this novel has a promising plot (Stephanie's ex-husband disappears, and she's a suspect), the storyline is just plain flat, mainly because the author insists on borrowing scenes and dialogues from her previous Plum books.

I didn't even have much interest in the main characters, who have had virtually no character development in the last several books.

I'm really starting to feel as though Evanovich is just phoning it in these days. Sad. Thi
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Great book, as always. In this book we get to know Stephanie's ex-husband. What a jerk! Explains her commitment issues. After some time with him I would have been an asylum. Or maybe just arrested for manslaughter. It's so relaxing when an author makes the characters so easily defined. No redeeming traits makes the real jerks so much easier to smack around.

Reread May 2018 — Ok. Although I still love this book and I still love Steph and the gang, I’m still ticked off at Morelli. Ho
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: evanovich-janet
Another great fun read in the Stephanie Plum series. The cases and mystery were interesting with a different twist. In the series, each Friday night dinner at the parents' home seems more humorous than in the previous book. The last few have been so funny that I wondered how Evanovich could continue ramping up the laugh factor. She managed in Lean Mean Thirteen.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Laugh out loud amusing silliness and full action is what you always get from all the Stephanie Plum novels. Easy, fun, thrilling and funny. When real life gets too heavy and you need a break, grab any of these novels for a needed vacation from whatever ails you. Works for me!
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story that made me laugh throughout the entire story.Love the interview at the very end with the author it was a nice touch.
Lean Mean Thirteen
Stephanie Plum, Book 13

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Stephanie Plum:
Joe Manelli:
Grandma Mazur, Lula, Connie, Tank,

The Story:

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of Stephanie’s bumbling antics. More cars lost, more close calls, more laughter for me. I know a lot of people complain about Stephanie’s inability to choose between Ranger and Joe but it doesn’t bother me. I love her chemistry with each of
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
What I can say about this series that is very positive is that:
- the writing let's you read those books in one sitting and be done before you even know it. (Which if you start such a book where it just gets plain ridiculous, it helps to not put it down and actually think about what the heck you are currently reading)

- it never surprises the reader (at least not in the big plot kind of ways, because the actual story plot? Very easy and so similar to what we already read about at least five times
Leo Walsh
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay. Another fun installment in the loveable, blundering bond enforcement agent Stephanie Plum series. Which made me laugh out loud several times. This time, Stephanies in hot-water over her ex-husband's disappearance. And trying to take down a mad-scientist-like taxidermist who's skipped bail.

As usual, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie are a gas. ANd I loooooooove grandma Mazar and the long-suffering, sardonic Mister Plum. All these characters, even the cops as bounty hunters, all seem to care abou
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorites in the series. It has the same great cast and characters. The section in which everyone has the same reaction about their cable company is priceless. Of course it's the same opinion and probably the same as we all feel about ours, ha! One of the FTA's that Stephanie tries to capture is a taxidermist. If you've read previous books in the series you can probably surmise that things will get a little hairy. Never fear, after the repeated stunnings that Joyce Barnhart ha ...more
Gloria Mccracken
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Ah, Stephanie, you and I are breaking up. You probably won't even notice with two hotties like Morelli and Ranger inexplicably besotted with you. Perhaps it's the horrible fascination with which car you'll blow up next or what might written on your underwear or how you'll injure and/or humiliate the odd professional thug who comes your way. And then there's your grandmother...Oh, you're funny enough, I'll grant you that. But really, after 13 books couldn't you have learned ANYTHING that might ma ...more
Sep 06, 2007 rated it liked it
A bunch of us girls who love this series went on a road trip to meet the author and have this book signed when it came out. Though I love this entire series, a bit let down by this book.... It may of had to do with the fact that the author was a TOTAL LET DOWN. No personality and not warm in anyway. I wasn't expecting her to bow down and thank our group for spending hundreds of dollars on her books over the years.. or thank us for telling everyone we knew to read them as well.... I was just expe ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I always love Stephanie Plum but this one wasn't my favorite..still good though.
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