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Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum, No. 12) (Stephanie Plum Novels) Mass Market Paperback – June 19, 2007
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Does it have a lot of romantic tension? Yes.
Does it have a good villain? Yes.
Is the mystery interesting? Yes.
Are the characters still fun? Yes.
What more do you want out of a summer beach book?
I've heard some reviewers bemoan Ms. Plum's lack of dynamic character development throughout the series. They would like to see Stephanie grow, or change, or mature, or develop, or choose between Ranger and Joe, or become a monk and move to Tibet, or join the Galactic Alliance and fight the Mucus Monsters of Planet Nostril.
I disagree. I think the formula is perfect. It's fun, fast-paced, and always good for some laughs.
You wouldn't ask Walt Disney to make Mickey Mouse more grown-up. Especially since Disney has been dead for several decades.
You shouldn't ask Janet Evanovich to change Stephanie, either. Both Stephanie, and Janet, are perfect the way they are, and I hope they stay that way for many more books.
I think that Stephanie Plum did with this novel what Sue Grafton is failing miserably at with her's...give the readers what we like. We like the characters that you made us grow to love, the ones that make us laugh, the ones that make us keep coming back to the books.
The plot is interesting. I thought it was great how she gave us some variety with the bounty hunter runs on perverts and crazies as well as the main plot of finding a missing child. I must admit that I loved the way she made Ranger a human being in this novel. He did more than just appear in black and seduce her. We got to see a better side to him.
Kudos to Stephanie Plum for this one. However, be aware that you may need to settle on one guy. It doesn't have to be Ranger or even Morelli but it needs to stop at some point. It kinda gets ridiculous after a while.
Read this book if you want a fun, light read with some good humor.
(Plot Line 1): Stephanie attends at least one dinner at her parent's house in which: a) Grandma Mazur makes an off-color reference about something sexual in nature; b) Grandma Mazur tells the family of her plans to attend a funeral; c) Stephanie's dad grunts or rolls his eyes at Grandma Mazur but doesn't say much else; d) Stephanie's mother begs her to keep an eye on Grandma Mazur at the aforementioned funeral; or, e) all of the above.
(Plot Line 2): Grandma Mazur attends at least one funeral and attempts to open the lid of a casket. Stephanie has to remove Grandma Mazur from the premises and apologize to the funeral director.
(Plot Line 3): Stephanie makes at least one unsuccessful attempt to apprehend an FTA.
(Plot Line 4): Lula accompanies Stephanie on one or more FTA busts; on at least one such excursion they stop to eat fattening food or go shopping.
(Plot Line 5): One or more bad guys are stalking Stephanie, attempting to do her bodily harm, or attempting to kill her.Read more ›
Stephanie wobbles between Joe Morelli and Ranger, wanders off to the beach to get away, takes a road trip with Ranger to Virginia, and deals with both her grandmother and Lula joining cross-dresser Sally Sweet's band. Meanwhile, Ranger has his entire organization on alert watching Stephanie and trying to find the faux-Ranger before he can strike again.
Author Janet Evanovich actually puts together a mystery/thriller plot that practically makes sense here, something a bit unusual in the Stephanie Plum series. Unfortuntely, for much of the novel, however, Evanovich seems to be going through the motions. We've got the weird perverts Stephanie has got to track down and re-bond--check. The love triangle between Stephanie, Morelli, and Ranger--check. Grandma Mazur being weird and thinking she's Mick Jagger--check. Lula going on about being an ex-ho--check. A car blowing up--check, but with a twist, watch for this one, guys. All of the pieces are here, but somehow it doesn't come together. I guess I just didn't see much character development, progress in the relationship, or really any sense of danger for Stephanie. Yes, she was getting shot at, but she didn't seem to care much--and I didn't either.
It's hard to go wrong with a Stephanie Plum book. Janet Evanovich sure can write.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very likeable, fun characters. Action packed mixed with zany craziness. A fun read anyone can enjoy. You don't have to read the series in order they hold up on their own.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love all these books in the series, the only problem is that she can't write them fast enough for me.Published 6 days ago by rhonda hedrick
As with any Evanovich novel I was hooked from page 1 all the way until the end. I can never get enough of Stephanie Plum, Grandma Mazur, and Lula. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pretty Little Book Reviews
As always always always your on the edge of your seat with laughter but can't wait to see what mess stephanie plum gets into nextPublished 2 months ago by GG