TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONE: A STEPHANIE PLUM NOVEL -- death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, Grandma Mazur's bucket list, and a pack of feral Chihuahuas highlight Janet Evanovich's latest
Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich (2014, Bantam; 354 pages)
This is part of a continuing series by the author featuring Stephanie Plum, a reluctant bounty hunter for her cousin Vinnie's Trenton, N.J., bail bonding company. The supporting cast is sometimes more important to the story than Stephanie herself is. She has a crazy Grandma Mazur who is always good for a laugh or two, and Stephanie is also torn between two men, one being her sort-of boyfriend, local vice cop Joe Morelli, and the other being "Ranger," aka Carlos Manoso, who is a loyal friend and sometimes boss who runs a private security firm. Also involved in Stephanie's life are her co-workers, a friend named Connie and a prostitute named Lula who are always trying to help her out.
Top Secret Twenty-One is about Stephanie trying to find used car dealer Jimmy Polletti. The case leads her to Jimmy's bookkeeper, Randy Briggs, who Stephanie doesn't like but reluctantly ends up having to protect so Polletti won't kill him. Amidst all the goings on with her job, "Ranger" has been the victim of an assassination plot, and he needs Stephanie's help to survive the next attempt on his life. At the same time, Stephanie is also dealing with her Grandma Mazur's bucket list and her assorted antics. No one seems to know what is on Grandma Mazur's list at the top because it is top-secret!
The Stephanie Plum novels are hilarious, which is why I highly recommend this series to our patrons. And the good news is that the series will continue in November 2015, when Tricky Twenty-Two comes out.
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Recommended by: Angie