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Better than expected
on January 25, 2013
I've read all 19 books in this series and I think it peaked with Hot Six, went on a big slide after Twelve Sharp; but I give Janet Evanovich credit for pulling up her socks and writing like she means it again.
I am a die-hard Babe who sadly acknowledges that the author intends for Stephanie to spend her life eating pizza and watching sports on the sofa with Joe Morelli, being a sweetly incompetent mother to unruly Morelli children. I don't like it, but there are worse fates than marrying a steady wage earner who's handsome and fun in bed. There was enough Ranger heat and hero-ness in this episode to keep me smiling despite his sudden downgrade from loving Stephanie to "being fond of her". That really doesn't correlate to looking at her like she's lunch and making sure her life is safe and running smoothly in my book, but Janet clearly has decided she wants his attachment to Steph to be physical only. Morelli is much more likeable than he's been in years despite always leaving Ranger to clean up the latest brush wih death, and there are several in this book. I'm waiting for Stephanie's nervous breakdown when her PTSD kicks in. Or else I want some of what she's taking. She's quintessentially American, she just keeps plugging away every day doing her best despite no real clue what's going on in the world, a horrible diet and dim economic prospects.
There's a real plot again, there's a few amusing lines, and a few phrases lifted verbatim from older books. Grandma Mazur was well up to speed too. If you read any series, Daniel Silva, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly - they all recycle character themes and situations. This one reminded me of One for the Money in many ways, but that's like meeting an old friend whose jokes are the same as ten years ago and hasn't quite reached her full potential. It's still a pleasure to catch up. And that's how I felt about reading this book.