Sunday, July 02, 2006

Title: Twelve Sharp
Author: Janet Evanovich
Published: 2006, St. Martin's
Category: Mystery
Rating: 8/10

I love the Stephanie Plum books. I discovered them just a year or so ago. I read number 5 first, I think, and thought it was a riot. So I had to go out immediately and get the entire series and read them all at once. And you'd think that reading 10 books in the same series all at once like that would get old, but I just inhaled them.

So of course I was eager for Twelve Sharp. And it delivers like always. I don't know exactly why they're always so funny. It's basically the same jokes over and over: Stephanie's cars exploding, Lula's trampy clothes, Grandma Mazur's antics, Stephanie's ineptitude at bounty hunting and her compulsion for donuts. But they don't get old. The jokes are funny every single time.

In this one, Ranger's daughter is kidnapped. Reports of the kidnapping suggest that it was Ranger who did it, so the police are looking for him to arrest him. So he has to stay at Stephanie's apartment to hide. (Ooooh!) Turns out some crazy guy is impersonating Ranger, and he's decided that he has to have Stephanie to round out his little stolen family.

And the Ranger-Stephanie-Morelli love triangle continues. I can see why Stephanie would have trouble deciding between them. They're both great. But really they're pretty similar. Hot cop. Hot bounty hunter. And they're both bad boys who are really more tough than bad. But if I were Stephanie, I'd go for Morelli. It's the nice girl in me.

Anyone else out there read this series and have an opinion? Morelli or Ranger?


Samantha said...

I've read up to book nine. Then had to take a break. I'm not a big fan of love triangles. They tend to get on my nerves after a while.

I have to agree with you though. Morelli all the way.

Dylan said...

Oh gosh, this is on my wishlist, I haven't been that excited to read it though, I'm getting tired of the whole love triangle between Stef, Morelli and Ranger...I'm a cupcake ALL the way!! ;)

Kristie (J) said...

I have two sisters and we all have a completely different taste in books. But we all agree and love the Stephanie Plum books. They are wonderfully laugh out loud. One of my other favourite characters is Bob the dog. And I'm a Morelli girl too.

Holly said...

I'm a Morelli girl, too, but I will say I was very intrigued by Ranger in the last book. Not enough to switch camps, but I was more curious about him.

I have this book, but I haven't read it yet. I just haven't been in the mood. Maybe next week.

Marg said...

Morelli all the way for me too! I am waiting for this to come out...haven't seen it here yet!

Mailyn said...

man, I've been hearing about this book and I must say your review is totaly making me add this to my next shopping spree. too bad I JUST finished book shopping on Amazon. but hey, it gives me an excuse to go shopping again! LOL

ames said...

I gave up after book 2, but if there's a triangle, I think I'm going to have to pick this series up again.

Jennie said...

Wow, looks like the Morellis have it. Poor Ranger can't get no love!

Love triangles usually annoy me too, but somehow this one doesn't. I think it's because Stephanie is at least very honest with both of them about the way she feels.

Holly-If you're a Ranger fan, you'll like this one. We find out a bit more about him.

Ames-You should give the series another try. I think the later ones are better than the earlier.

Dylan said...

Hmm, I'm going to get this book soon, it sounds most intriguing, especially if there's more Ranger in this one, yeah I'll pick it up.