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21. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich...

January 19, 2009
Title: Fearless Fourteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
ISBN-10: 0-312-34951-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-34951-6
Hardcover: 310 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2008

Morelli's extended family features in this fourteenth Stephanie Plum novel. His cousin Dom just finished serving time for robbing a bank, and Dom's sister Loretta is one of Stephanie's FTAs - for robbing a liquor store. Stephanie brings Loretta in to get re-bonded and ends up babysitting Loretta's son, an artistic type who goes by Zook. Luckily for her, Morelli volunteers to take over.

Good thing, too, because Ranger has a side job for Stephanie, babysitting a still-popular-but-heading-out singer. Things get interesting (don't they always?) when strange men start showing up in Morelli's basement - some alive, some dead - and his backyard. Then Loretta disappears, and Stephanie starts receiving gifts from the kidnapper. So in between picking up FTAs on her list, working for Ranger, and helping Lula with her wedding planning, Stephanie's also hunting for Dom's partners in the robbery, who're apparently still looking for the loot.

Family: Grandma Mazur not only gets engrossed in an online game Zook's playing, she recruits her friends, too.

Wheels: A used-to-be-silver Nissan Sentra that gets decorated & signed by Zook.

Action: Not a lot going on with Zook living at Morelli's till they find his mom.

Another adventure in the life of Stephanie Plum, bounty-hunter extraordinaire (not!), this books has the requisite dead bodies, blown-up vehicles, stalker, comic FTAs, and the ever-bumbling, ever-smart Stephanie and her sidekicks. It was a fun read, but really didn't expand beyond the formula.


Darlene said...

I was curious what you would think of this last book. A lot of people didn't like it much because it was the same old thing. I still enjoyed it but I do hope for more in fifteen. I guess we'll see.

drey said...

Dar ~ I enjoyed reading it. I probably wouldn't recommend it to someone who's tired of the formula, but for a quick read, it'll do. I've got Plum Spooky on my library list, so it'll end up here some day. And while I do want Stephanie to figure this out, I can see why Janet Evanovich doesn't want to mess with it. I mean, if Steph picks Morelli, there'll be mad Ranger fans, and vice-versa... This way we're all hanging together.

Anonymous said...

It's not fair! You area caught up! I am sooooooo behind!!! :(

Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

It's so cool that you pretty much read the whole series back to back :) I just finished reading each of the reviews. I agree that the books are getting kind of repetitive in terms of general events, but I still like them, if only because I want to see resolution in the Morelli vs Ranger battle. I wonder how many more books Evanovich will write before she wraps that topic up... Oh, and the wheels blurb from every post? Awesome!

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