I’ve been a long time fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. (Or as I like to call them, “The number books”.) I discovered them shortly after college when my brain could only process bubblegum and they’re fun books.
Stephanie Plum is about as good of a bond apprehension agent as I would be and she and her friends get into lots of good old fashion sticky situations and trouble. The characters are fun, the storylines amusing, and I can usually read one in an afternoon or two. You don’t have to read the books in any particular order and each one gives you enough background info to stand alone.
Takedown Twenty was no different. Stephanie had to find Morelli’s uncle, he didn’t want to get caught, there are old women dying, she gets into a predicament that Ranger has to help her with, stuff blows up, there’s a little naughtiness, etc. It was a decently funny, mindless read, with the added bonus of a giraffe running around.
But, I wasn’t wowed by it at all. I used to really look forward to her new books, but I just feel – meh about them now. I actually texted Sue to see if I had missed something because it just wasn’t resonating with me as a great read. She felt the same way I did.
I think a 3 out of 5 stars is in order.
If you haven’t read her books yet, you should start with one of the first ones for better writing. Up to about book 15 were pretty good.