Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: November 20, 2012
Personal Rating: 4 Stars
About the Book:
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do.
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory. . . .
I know many readers by now have totally given up on the story premise and I was not that hopeful for this book to be as good as it was, however, I thought the author had totally redeemed herself with this installment. I thought this story had some new fresh ideas, but also kept with the same expectations that just have to happen to Stephanie.
Lula was her usual self and spent time with Stephanie working to solve the crime. We also saw Grandma Mazur in action and her “typical plights”. Found myself laughing a couple of times these old lovable antics showed up.
Ranger is hot, as usual. I liked how in this book, not to give anything away, he has his own “behind” to worry about.
I will continue reading the series and was very surprised with how much I liked this story. Some of them in the past haven’t been up to snuff with me either. Hey, if you’re a true fan, you’ll keep reading.