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Twisted Twenty-Six

(Stephanie Plum #26)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  14,566 ratings  ·  1,723 reviews
Stephanie Plum's career has taken more wrong turns than a student driver on the Jersey Turnpike, and her love life is a hopeless tangle. In order to save someone dear to her, she'll have to straighten things out in Twisted Twenty-Six the latest, novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

Grandma Mazur is a widow...again. This time her marriage lasted
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Paige Turner Thankfully Jess, many of us disagree with you. I love this series and hope it continues in the same vein as long as Janet Evanovich is able to keep…moreThankfully Jess, many of us disagree with you. I love this series and hope it continues in the same vein as long as Janet Evanovich is able to keep writing!(less)

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Stephanie Plum is just pure fun. The books are always enjoyable, even if they are a bit formulaic. It works, I laugh, so I like them a lot. Janet Evanovich knows how to keep them interesting, and even though there are a few repetitive techniques, it's still something I find myself keen to read at the end of the day. Today... after a disappointing book, I needed a sure-thing, and Twisted Twenty-Six provided the relief.

Stephanie's grandmother, Grandma Edna Mazur, remarried in between books. Her
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a conspiracy theory so bear with me.

I don't know who wrote this book but it wasn't Janet and here's why:
1. Stephanie finally admits she's in over her head with men in her life. Like she's legit thinking of how messed up the whole thing is.
2. She's finally admitting that the bond agent's life is not for her. She's sick of being constantly surrounded by shit individuals and of being blown up/kidnapped/stabbed/shot at, etc.
3. Gran is having a personality transplant with her being all wise
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy, audio
There is no better way to spend a fall afternoon than with the new Stephanie Plum book. As always, Steph blows up a car, has mind blowing sex with Joe (cozy style, of course) and Ranger makes Steph . . . wonder. Wonderful and entertaining and laugh out loud funny. I split my time between the e-book and the audio and the audio was the best I have ever heard.

When Stephanie Plum's Grandma Mazur takes a trip to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas with retired mobster Jimmy Rosolli, Grandma and Jimmy
May 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Looking at my previous reviews (25, 24, 23, 22, 21, and 20) you all know where I stand. This book seems to focus a bit more on Grandma, which should be fun as she wasn't in 25 enough for a lot of readers... but I really hope Evanovich (or her ghost writer?) moves away from the terribly formulaic mess the most recent books have all been and mixes things up a bit! I guess we will find out in November... or later as I will be once again be waiting for a library copy.
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
I was slightly hesitant to read #26 because I wasn't a huge fan of #25, and I was afraid that the magic might be gone... but I really enjoyed it! I laughed out loud throughout the book and loved that Grandma was a big part of the story. The Stephanie Plum series will always be one of my favorites
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, usa-new-jersey
Before Look Alive Twenty-Five I was ready to give up on Stephanie Plum but that was a surprising good read. And now Twisted Twenty-Six got me really hooked again and I can't wait for number 27 to be released. This was such a fun read. Yes, it was crazy but it wasn't so crazy that it was off-putting. I had an absolute great time with it and highly recommend it to all original Plum fans.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I was not going to review this, but I got such a kick out the author's slight digs at some of the negative reviews from the last novel. The story itself is a hilarious romp with Grandma Mazur, but we find Stephanie questioning her lifestyle, is there more than this job, is she a loser, a tramp? Also, in a distracted state, she tells Lula she is 56, which she would be if you calculate her age from the first novel in 1994 to today. All I can say is she has aged well and still makes me laugh.
Kiki Z
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-5-stars
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one. These books have always been formulaic, and I expect it, and in a lot of ways, this book felt like one of the earlier ones, a true return to form. On the other hand, it also feels like all the worst things about the series are present: Stephanie being unhappy with her life but not enough to change it, Lula and Stephanie's incompetence (which feels like it's being played for laughs but hasn't been funny for several books; they were better in ...more
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Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yes, these books are formulaic and predictable. But, Ranger and Morelli are still hot. Lula is still outrageous. Stephanie is still a likable mess. Her mom is still an anxious bundle of nerves. Her dad is still an old-fashioned guy. And grandma Mazur is still the best side kick ever. I laugh out loud when reading these books. Sometimes predictable is just fun.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! In my opinion this is the best book in the last several years. Stephanie and Lula are back at capturing bail jumpers with all the humour and excitement of the series origins. There is also a little bit of darkness which again took me back to those first books in the series. Organized crime, family in danger and lots of donuts. I enjoyed every minute.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, 2019
Now, THIS is the type of Stephanie Plum book I have come to know and love -I love the mobster theme, I love the fact that she isn't losing cars left and right. I love the fact that this has to do with Grandma...and I even love the fact that these last two books (this one included) have cliff hangers. Not huge ones but ones that will lead to the next book.

I got some belly laughs, I had the sinking feeling of horror just like when I read the very first Plum book, I got very involved in what was
Carmen Vande Stroet
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What's not to love? Another Stephanie Plum escapade, with the sizzle of Ranger and the comic relief of Lulu this is another book that you wont be able to put down.
An average Stephanie Plum book, starring Grandma Mazur. She marries a local Mafioso, Jimmy Rosolli, who keels over dead 45 minutes later in the casino. His business associates, the Laz-y-Boys are seeking a set of keys, which Jimmy had and nobody can find. It's explained what the keys are for, but Grandma and Stephanie face threats and kidnapping, etc. while Joe Morelli and Ranger try to protect them. In a marked change, Stephanie decides her life sucks and she needs to do something about it so ...more
Elizabeth Ireland
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love that Evanovich centered this one around Stephanie's family, and in particular, Grandma Mazur.
Wouldn't say it was the best mystery but the read was a lot of fun and I enjoyed reading it.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Evanovich’s clear and clever writing draws you in and then delivers a knockout punch.


Bounty-hunter Stephanie’s Plum grandma just got married. She married a local Trenton, New Jersey gangster named Jimmy Rosolli. But before the wedding day was even over Grandma Mazur was a widow. Jimmy dropped dead of a heart attack on the floor of the casino, right in front of the slot machine he was playing just 45 minutes after the nuptials.

Things turn dangerous for Grandma Masur when Jimmy’s former “
Vicki Willis
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-2019
AAAAhhhhh, back to the Stephanie Plum we all love. Lots of Grandma Mazur and Lulu. Some Morelli, Ranger and even Rex, the hamster. There was some ironing (on Stephanie's mom's part), family dinners and even a waving of the meat fork. Throw in some funeral viewings and an explosion and everything is right in the world. Fans of the series will love this one.
Linda Wells
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Twisted Twenty-Six will please all Stephanie Plum fans. I love all the characters: Grandma Mazur, Stephanie’s parents, Connie, Vinnie, Lula, Morelli, Ranger, Rex, and Bob. Stephanie seems to have decided Morelli is “the one,” but Ranger is still in the picture.

“It was that Ranger emits a sexual pull that is hard to ignore. He enters my field of vision and I get a rush. If I’m at arm’s length and close enough to get a hint of his shower gel or feel his body heat, I’m in serious danger of turning
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ
I'm going on record as not liking this one. I'm a HUGE fan of the series and have reread most of it at least five times. I expected to burn through this book in one evening staying up til I was finished. About 60 pages in and I'm bored. The author has a formula for these books and she was checking off the list.... car gets destroyed, check... It wasn't that interesting. It started about the keys, it ended with the keys kicking off the next book (more about that later) but the middle was all ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Readers and fans of Janet Evanovich know what you get with a Janet Evanovich “Stephanie Plum” book. An independent, pretty girl, a couple of hunky guys – Moretti and Ranger - to team up with, and an adventure full of mystery and silly zaniness. Solving the mystery usually involves visiting different locations, lots of overwhelmingly crazy characters (especially Grandma Mazur), and comical situations throughout the quest. There is lots of teasing and innuendo between the Stephanie and the hunky ...more
Natalie M
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely no literary value and following the formula of books 1-25, I still love Stephanie Plum, Lulu and Co.

For lovers of the series this is a good instalment and interestingly one that is up be continued into book 27. A few twists, lots of mishaps, requisite car loss, to be expected love interests in Morrelli and Ranger, and of course the laughs.

Read with a pinch of salt, a sense of humour and I’ll be back for the next Plum formula.
1. One for the Money -
2. Two for the Dough -
3. Three To Get Deadly -
4. Four to Score -
5. High Five -
6. Hot Six -
7. Seven Up -
8. Hard Eight -
8.5 Visions of Sugar Plums -
9. To the Nines -
10. Ten Big Ones -
11. Eleven on Top -
12. Twelve Sharp -
12.5 Plum Lovin' -
13. Lean Mean Thirteen -
13.5 Plum Lucky -
14. Fearless Fourteen -
14.5 Plum Spooky -
15. Finger Lickin' Fifteen -
16. Sizzling Sixteen -
17. Smokin' Seventeen -
18. Explosive Eighteen -
19. Notorious Nineteen -
20. Takedown
Cinamon Collins
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I gave this a four because I love this series and the wacky colorful characters in it. They always have great one liners or zingers. While this is not the best book in the series, it was still enjoyable and highlighted Grandma Mazur who is a hoot!
Barbara Schultz
I have read all 26 ~ yep I am a BIG Stephanie Plum fan. First one was in 1994 but hmmm isn’t that 25 years ago? Although Stephanie joked about being 56, she has got to be late in her late 40’s and yes she needs a LIFE!!
Sue Grafton was so smart in keeping Kinsey locked into the 80s and forever 35.
Perhaps these latest twenty something novels are for the youngsters as I believe I have reached my limit.
To me this is “I Quit- twenty-six” !!

I recently read several great books and picked this up for
✴ Cindy ✴
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I gave it four stars cause I love the characters and the fandom that Janet created, but if this had been a stand alone book, I would have given it 3 stars. The characters were flat and in they all felt pathetic. In the past, I've said that Janet has stopped actually writing the series herself and started using a ghost writer. It was never more evident than this book. I'm not offended by foul language by the words fuck and fucking were used about 10 times. It struck me as not something Janet ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Plum is an old friend and after 26 stories Janet Evanovich has told another amusing and wacky adventure of Stephanie's bail-bonds enforcement career.

The story is told through Stephanie's friends, sidekick( Lula) and extensive list of relatives that we have learned to like and understand in Evanovich's on-going series. We all follow her sort of conflicted love life with two great guys .. Joe and Ranger. I am never quite sure who to cheer for but both are great characters.

Grandma Mazur,
Angela Verdenius
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just plain good fun - a mystery, a crime, entertaining characters and re-visiting ‘old friends'. Just what you need for a light read. This series doesn’t take itself seriously, and I remain an avid fan!
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! IMO much better than the last book. Love triangle continues? ... babe.
Cris (The Biblio Blonde)
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A step in the right direction!

I’ve read all of the Stephanie Plum books, and have persevered through the disappointment many of us felt over the last few books. Twisted 26 is a good step back in the right direction. I felt like mostly, these are the characters we’ve come to love. And the book ends with a hint to the next adventure. Worth the read for fans of the series!
Jeff Dickison
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Plum is back. After the terrible Look Alive Twenty Five, Evanovich went back to basics with the Plum family, Morelli, Lula, Connie, Ranger and Rex. Grandma Mazur gets married again and after 45 minutes her new husband drops dead, leaving people to believe that Grandma has the keys to his fortune. I would have given this 4.5 stars if I could. Nobody is funnier than Evanovich when she is hitting on all cylinders. Highly recommended to anyone with a funny bone.
J.d. Grove
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Stephanie Plum. She is quirky and fun, just the type of girl I would want to be friends with, but for the past several books I felt like poor Stephanie is in a rut. After reading this book, I feel Janet concurs and will finally be making changes in Stephanie’s life. After reading Twisted Twenty-Six, I am hopefully that the future of the series will finally be moving forward. Fingers crossed!
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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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  • Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, #4)
  • High Five (Stephanie Plum, #5)
  • Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, #6)
  • Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, #7)
  • Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum, #8)
  • To the Nines (Stephanie Plum, #9)
  • Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum, #10)
“Truth is I’ll be relieved when all this is over, and I can move on to what’s in front of me instead of what’s behind me. It’s not like I want to forget Jimmy. It’s just that he’s in a different spot in my life now. He’s in the good memories spot. If I didn’t put him there, I’d be sad all the time, and I don’t like being sad. I figure happiness is a choice that you make. Even in terrible times.” Grandma slumped a little. “Sometimes you really gotta work at it.” 1 likes
“Notice he called us losers and not quitters. That’s on account of we never quit. In my mind, that’s the difference between being a loser and a winner. A winner is willing to look like a idiot for as long as it takes to get the job done.” 1 likes
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