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Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  78,204 Ratings  ·  2,223 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 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2007)
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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 hilarious antics
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
May 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
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
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
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
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
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 ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
:: 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 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.
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
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
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
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
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pas le meilleur tome mais on passe un super moment avec Stéphanie et toute sa clique !
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm really tired of hearing that Stephanie was married to Dickie "for about fifteen minutes" before she found him with Joyce on the table. And that "about fifteen minutes" after that, Stephanie filed for divorce.

But I'm tired of a lot of the things that get said over and over in each book to "catch up" anyone who might not have read the upteen books that came before.

But no. No, I don't really mind because they're usually contained in a paragraph immediately following a cue that says, "This next
LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN (Humorous Mystery-Stephanie Plum-New Jersey-Cont) – VG
Evanovich, Janet – 13th in series
St. Martin’s Press, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312349493
First Sentence: For the last five minutes, I’d been parked outside my cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds office in my crapola car, debating whether to continue on with my day, or return to my apartment and crawl back into bed.
*** When bounty-hunter Stephanie Plum’s ex-husband goes missing and it’s realized Dickie has left behind an estate w
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of humorous mysteries
Stephanie’s ex, attorney Dickie Orr, goes missing shortly after Stephanie threatens his life. The only clue to what happened: bloody drag marks leading out of his house. The investigating detective wants to question Stephanie and she has no alibi so is in no hurry to talk. To make matters worse, Stephanie’s archnemesis, Joyce Barnhardt (the woman responsible for Stephanie’s and Dickie’s divorce), is hot on Stephanie’s trail. Joyce is back in a relationship with Dickie and wants the 40 million do ...more
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 one of them again.

Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (a.k.a. Ranger). Ranger needs her to meet with D
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Review as originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: To help Ranger on a mission, Stephanie agrees to plant a bug on her slime of an ex-husband Dickie Orr down at his law office. To no one's surprise, Dickie gets under her skin and Steph goes postal on him. When Dickie turns up missing, apparently dragged from his now blood-stained home, guess who's suspect #1 on everyone's list... To clear her name, Stephanie begins investigating Dickie's disappearance and as usual, gets herself into a littl ...more
Jun 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Stephanie and the gang are back. Along with exploding rodents, a missing obnoxious ex, old nemesis Joyce Barnhardt, and a slew of new baddies. Ranger and Morelli end up tag teaming to keep Stephanie alive and out of jail.
Another great addition to my favorite stress reliever series...Thanks Janet, I needed that!
Amanda McGill
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, audio
Another read for the Stephanie Plum series.

In this novel, Stephanie confronts her ex-husband, who then ends up disappearing shortly after. Stephanie is the prime suspect and also ends up getting into trouble with multiple other bonds.

I love how quick paced this audio books are (3.5 hours)! It's never boring and I tend to laugh out loud on my runs!
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite lines from this book.

Ranger talking to Stephanie -

"Babe, you've destroyed a car, burned down two buildings, stapled a guy's nuts, and you have sixteen stitches in your leg. Take a night off. Have a glass of wine, watch some television, and go to bed early."
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I always love Stephanie Plum but this one wasn't my favorite..still good though.
Winter Sophia Rose
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Compelling & Funny!!! A Fun Read!!!
Beth (Ducky)
Twitter review (140 characters of less):

Dickie Orr was involved. I laughed until I cried and I was so nervous I could barely read. The more I read, the more I love Stephanie.
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“Babe, you've destroyed a car, burned down two buildings, stapled a guy's nuts, and you have sixteen stitches in your leg. Take a night off. Have a glass of wine, watch some television, and go to bed early."
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