Posts Tagged ‘Janet Evanovich’

Good Sunday morning! It’s a brisk one here in Massachusetts and I’m hoping to get much accomplished today (translation: no presents have been purchased to date, ugh).

This week’s recommendation is the ever-loving Janet Evanovich with her new book, Takedown Twenty. In this caper, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, along with her sidekick, Lula, find themselves chasing a giraffe down the streets of New Jersey, as well as a whole slew of bad guys, including one who is killing and then discarding old ladies in dumpsters. Keep in mind that Grandma Mazur is an old lady…

Takedown Twenty has the usual cast of crazy characters, along with the wonderfully recurring love/like-triangle of Stephanie, Ranger, and Morelli. If you liked the first nineteen in the series, you’ll enjoy this one as well. A fast, easy read that will give you a few laugh-out-loud moments. ‘Til next week, happy reading!


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Happy Friday! I hope you’re looking forward to a fun weekend.

This week’s read was The Heist, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. If you’ve read any of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, this is in the same vein of humor, silliness, and quick pace. In this story, the main characters are Kate O’Hare, sassy FBI agent, and criminal-hottie-extraordinaire, Nick Fox. Kate’s FBI career has been spent chasing the elusive Mr. Fox and has had to endure his taunting and practical jokes throughout the journey. When she finally catches him–by hitting his crew’s getaway car with a bus–he pulls his biggest con of all by convincing the FBI to let him help them catch an even bigger criminal. Far fetched? Probably. But funny.

This is a cute, zany story full of cons, high-speed chases, trips to exotic locations, flirtation, a crew of renegade wannabes as well as some pirates thrown in for good measure. The book won’t leave you pondering the meaning of life or anything like that, but it’s an easy, fast read that will keep you entertained. So when you need something light on the docket, give this one a go. Have yourself a great weekend, and ’til next week, happy reading! 🙂


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Good Sunday morning everyone! I hope this finds you safe, happy, and ready to face the day.

To begin, I recommended Split Second last Sunday and, as I indicated then, I hadn’t finished it. I did finish it early this week, and it had a little sci-fi section that I didn’t see coming, which got a bit weird for my taste. It was still a good read, and I really liked the Ted-Bundy’s-daughter-as-the-bad-guy/girl factor. But I’m not that into sci-fi/voodoo/magic stuff, so for that part of the book, I definitely scratched my head a bit.

This week, I finished Janet Evanovich’s Notorious Nineteen. It was all things Evanovich—silly, zany, wacky, a little unrealistic, but funny in her typical form. In this caper, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her voluptuous sidekick Lula are (primarily) looking for a perp who mysteriously disappears from a hospital after recently stealing millions of dollars, and—as is typical—there are a lot of side stories along the way. There’s a Yeti, a horrible pink bridesmaid’s dress, a little person, a firebomb in an apartment, several torched cars, tons of fast food, Grandma Mazur dressing like a hooker, and some Morelli and Ranger scenes to keep it interesting for the ladies.

If you enjoy standard Evanovich, then this is a good one. It’s a super-fast read and with overall  general silliness. For those of you who are into more thought-provoking, political espionage thrillers, this probably isn’t for you. For next week, I’m almost done with Broken Arrow by Tana French, and there’s nothing silly about this one. It’s a dark mystery that’s very cerebral, a bit melancholy, and quite good. But I’m getting ahead of myself…I’ll finish that one and let you know next week. ‘Til then, happy reading! 🙂

P.S. On a complete self-promotion note, you can signup for a free copy of my book, Two Out of Three, on goodreads.com, under the Giveaway section. Have a great day!


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