Stephanie is the temporary manager of a deli and Lula is the expert sandwich maker. But the managers have a way a disappearing from this deli, and maybe Steph is next! Morelli and Ranger are taking turns protecting Stephanie, but from what or whom, they're not sure. The characters are at their best in this humous adventure. To me, this series always delivers. It's the hot fudge sundae of my book life: I know what I'm getting, it never strays too far from what I expect, it's always a good treat, and I never get tired of it. I hope Ms. Evanovich is still writing them and I'm still reading them for many years to come. It's the series that will Still Be Great at Forty-Eight!
Look Alive Twenty-Five : A Stephanie Plum Novel
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There's nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.
Penguin Publishing Group
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Another fun bumbling b...
Another fun bumbling bounty hunters book, but this one has a twist. One of the many bondees from Vinnie's bail bond business has skipped, forfeiting the business he used as collateral for his bond. So Vinnie and his boss, Harry the Hammer, are stuck with a deli that they need to keep running. The problem is, the managers keep disappearing. So Vinnie put Stephanie in as manager, telling her not to mess it up while keeping up with tracking her FTAs. Neither Morelli nor Ranger is thrilled with the idea of Stephanie being in the line of fire. Of course, Stephanie has no experience in managing a deli. She has three employees - a waitress who seems pretty normal, a fry guy who has questionable immigration status, and a line cook with a constant buzz. The ever-present Lula made herself assistant manager. There are times when the deli gets busy, and Stephanie and Lula have to pitch in, creating even more chaos. Lula is a riot with her mad sandwich making skills, where she gets creative, and the customer gets what she made whether they ordered it or not. Ranger shows unexpected talents when even he gets sucked into helping while keeping an eye on Stephanie. When Stephanie hires an ex-skip to take her place as manager, the man disappears in the same manner as the previous managers, leaving Stephanie feeling guilty, and Lula convinced that aliens are abducting the managers. Ranger and Morelli share the task of protecting Stephanie, with Rangeman guards shadowing Stephanie's every move. When one of the guards goes missing, the intensity of the search ramps up. Following the clues gets Stephanie and Lula into a few sticky situations until Ranger himself joins the hunt. There are a few interesting and inevitable twists in the search, and the final takedown goes relatively smoothly, but there are a couple of unexpected revelations. The book ended with a shocking cliffhanger and Stephanie in a panic. Though they took a minor position, Stephanie still has a few skips to track down. Most were relatively easy though with some unusual steps to make them happen. I especially enjoyed the one with the cat. For the most challenging one, she was lucky enough to have Ranger with her - it is a joy to watch that man work. Strangely enough, no cars were destroyed, and Stephanie didn't get covered in any disgusting substances. Stephanie's romantic relationships continue to be complicated. I loved the scene with Morelli and Ranger setting up Stephanie's protection. They may be rivals, but there's no doubt both care for her. She and Morelli are still together, which makes his share of the protective detail easy. They are easy and comfortable together. Stephanie's relationship with Ranger is something else. There are sparks there, as illustrated by Stephanie's frequent musings on knees melting and breathing issues. Ranger is a master of innuendo and is on top of his game in this book. He can say a lot with a simple "Babe." He is also protective of her, and I liked seeing him care for her. Meanwhile, Stephanie fights the good fight against temptation. There were some things missing from this book that are regulars in the previous books. There is very little family drama, with only one Plum family dinner to attend. There were no funerals for Grandma Mazur to attend and disrupt. As mentioned before, no cars were destroyed. So while this wasn't as over-the-top crazy as some of the books, it was still a fun read. I'm looking forward to the next one and seeing how the cliffhanger turns out.
Look Alive Twenty-Five...
Look Alive Twenty-Five is a another great story of Stephanie Plum. Although it is missing the usual of a car getting destroyed and more involvement of Grandma (until the end that is which leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next); this story is hard to put down with comical scenes and a new storyline that all together makes this a good book.
Stephanie Plum is back...
Stephanie Plum is back, this time being dragooned by Vinny into managing a deli taken as part of a bond forfeiture. Only problem is, the managers keep disappearing without a trace, leaving behind just one empty shoe. Pretty well everything you expect from a Stephanie Plum novel -- a day or two of mild amusement and an update on Lula's fashion choices. Not recommended as a steady diet, but a nice peanut-buster parfait as a break between Serious Literature.
This was a fast-moving...
This was a fast-moving book and very funny. It even had a decent mystery in it. I like this series; I've been reading the books for years. The one thing I don't like is that she make Lula appear as such a clown. The only thing that makes it barely acceptable is that she makes quite a few other people appear foolish or funny including her family. I just think she overdoes it with Lula.
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