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 bank balance 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 ...
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 bank balance 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. The problem is, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumours 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 that 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, Plum 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 means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money - or maybe just desperate - Plum 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 it? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she'll have to remember: no guts, no glory...
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I have not finished reading this yet, but I am taking it slow.
Sep 4, 2013
Sad, Sad, Sad:
Several years ago, Sue Grafton lost a huge hunk of her fan base because readers became frustrated with the lack of personal growth in her character, Kinsey Millhone. I think this is going to happen to Evanovich.
Stephanie Plum needs to decide on one man or the other ? or find someone new. The three-way romance is no longer interesting. The shock value of Granny is gone. In this story, 3 cars were bombed: Stephanie?s, Joe Morelli?s and Ranger?s. Boy, that is a real surprise ? I believe there?s been a car bombing in each of the last 10 books.
Just to add to the fun, someone dies in Stephanie?s apartment ? I don?t think that hasn?t happened in at least 2 books. I note that Evanovich has joined forces with a couple of different writers. The latest with Dorian Kelly is awful (THE HUSBAND LIST). I haven?t read THE HEIST and doubt I will.
In this edition, Steph helps Joe Morelli and Trenton?s police search for an embezzler who disappears after surgery on his appendix. The Trenton police need Stephanie Plum? Meanwhile, she agrees to act as backup for Ranger at pre-wedding festivities. Stephanie can?t even remember to load her gun; if Ranger thinks she can be a successful backup, he should just eat his gun now.
There were a few laugh-out-loud moments; but they were very few. Even Lula has grown tired and boring. Read something else. 2 stars
Feb 25, 2013
Janet gives me all the enjoyment of reading her books and never disappoints me. My daughter and I look forward to the next book
Her book is filled with humor, suspense, romance and is easy reading and easy to follow.
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