Title: Twelve Sharp
Author: Janet Evanovich
Published: 2006, St. Martin's
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?