Sunday, June 24, 2007
Lean Mean Thirteen
Janet Evanovich's thirteenth book in the Stephanie Plum series is better than the last couple, but it still doesn't measure up to the humor of the first few in the series. My favorite in the series is still the one in which Stephanie and Grandma Mazur blow up the funeral home. I don't think that one can be topped.
I hadn't remembered that Stephanie had been married for a very short time to a lawyer, Dickie Orr. Just because Ranger has Stephanie plant a bug on her ex-husband, she's sucked into a violent case. After she went ballistic in his office, the Burg suspects she killed him when Dickie disappears. She and Morelli know she was at his house, but he left before Orr's office reported his disappearance, so she doesn't actually have an alibi. But, suddenly Dickie's partners start disappearing as well, and buildings go up in flames.
It's not exploding cars this time. It's exploding stuffed animals, flamethrowers, fiery buildings, staple guns and Stephanie caught in the middle. Caught in the middle between Ranger and Morelli as well.
Lean Mean Thirteen is a fun book, a little better than recent ones, but still not up to the early ones when the characters and plots were fresh.
Janet Evanovich's website is www.evanovich.com
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich. St. Martin's Press, ©2007, ISBN 978-0-312-34949-3 (hardcover), 310p.