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19. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich...

January 16, 2009
Title: Lean Mean Thirteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
ISBN-10: 0-312-34949-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-34949-3
Hardcover: 310 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2007

It's Stephanie's turn to be the suspect. Her ex-husband Dickie disappears, the day after she beats him up in his office. And there's bullet holes and bloodstains in his house. Joyce Barnhardt follows her around, hoping to find Dickie. Dickie's business partners follow her around, hoping to find his missing stash. And the bad guy uses a flamethrower. And the body (and building) count goes north.

The skips are entertaining, as usual, especially the taxidermist.

Family: Grandma Mazur helps out by waiting for the cable guy while a skip gets rebonded. Everybody hates the cable guy. I wouldn't want to have that job...

Wheels: Steph has a barely-mentioned Ford Escape that got crushed by a tree. She then drives a burgundy ex-cop-car Crown Vic that's shot at by Joyce, covered in exploded squirrel (it was dead already), dies, and it gets crushed in the junk yard.

Action: Morelli has a dude under protection in his place. Stephanie gets waylaid at hers. Hmm...

Y'know, while this series has been pretty entertaining, I'm kinda ready to get to the end. Stephanie's still a bounty hunter with more luck than skill. She's still broke. She's still going back & forth with Morelli. She's still flirting with Ranger. She's still shot at, stalked, threatened. And her vehicles - it's a miracle she can still get insurance. It's like she's stuck in Groundhog Day. I think it's time for a good wrap-up story. Soon.


Marg said...

Totally agree! I wonder if Evanovich knows how she wants to end the series. The problem is that they are still absolute bestsellers so why would she wrap it up.

Darlene said...

Well you only have one more to catch up. I'm hoping fifteen gives us someething out of the ordinary.

drey said...

Marg ~ I know! Why mess with a formula if it's selling? But then those of us who want more, get bored, frustrated, and then leave... Kind of a catch-22 for the author, but I really really want more for Stephanie!

Dar ~ I finished Plum Lucky on Friday, but didn't have time to post. I'm reading #14 while on a mini-vacation (yes, I'm sneaking in comment time), so I'll post both either tomorrow or Tuesday. Then I can go read something else! =)

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