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.

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Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich. St. Martin's Press, ©2007, ISBN 978-0-312-34949-3 (hardcover), 310p.


Liz Clifford said...

I credit Janet Evanovich with teaching me a new word - hork. Another word for vomit, I still remember Bob the dog "horking" up the Chinese food containers on someone else's lawn.

Yes, only eight year olds are supposed to like body function humor. But Bob voracious dog is still funny to me and I look for opportunities to use my new word. It is harder than you think to insert it into conversations.

Lesa said...

LOL, Liz!

I do imagine that it's hard to fit
"horking" into many conversations! Probably not comfortable conversations to begin with. (grin) Thanks for a good laugh this morning.