Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review: Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum might not be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she’s being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren’t adding up, and Stephanie can’t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college—and it’s not just Zeta fraternity pranks.

As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it’s good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken’s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.

From the library.

I finally, finally got around to listening to this and I'm glad I didn't rush when it first came out since it wasn't really that great.

I know that all the Stephanie Plum books have a formula and that's why we like them.  They're comforting and you know there will be a) sexy times, b) humor, c) a bit of action, d) a happy ending.  However, this formula also leads to a bit of boredom since what used to be fun at the beginning of the series is now just yawn worthy.

The characters are just the same and everyone performs their roles flawlessly.  Stephanie continues to be bumbling yet inexplicably desirable to both Morelli and Ranger.  Ranger is still mysterious and hot.  Grandma is still out of control and smile worthy.  Lula is still wild and an amusing sidekick.  Morelli is the only one with a bit of character development this time around and that by perhaps only a half step.

The story was bland and the "mystery" boring and tedious.  I frankly didn't care what happened or when as long as it ended quickly.

The reader, Lorelei King, however was her usual amazing self.  She did a beautiful job making each character come to life and made listening to the story infinitely more enjoyable.

Overall, despite the excellent reader the book was just plain blah.  I didn't dislike it, but I didn't really like it either.  It was just sort of there like a glass of room temperature water.  If you've read the other books in the series it might be worth it to take a look at this as well but you won't be missing anything if you don't.

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay


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