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Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum, No. 12) (Stephanie Plum Novels) Mass Market Paperback – June 19, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Twelve Sharp delivers on all of these. Grandma, Sally, and Lula provide most of the LOL moments. The adventure this time is a personal one, for both Steph and Ranger. The sexual tension between Ranger, Steph, and Morelli is all the better for being more out in the open. Steph finally admits, at least to herself, how she feels. This is no way solves the triangle, but complicates it further.
The plotting this time around was stronger and tighter than in previous books. The action was enough to have me on the edge of my seat, and occasionally holding my breath.
I've seen a lot of reviews that want Steph to grow up, to choose between these two extraordinary men, etc. In short, they want her to be someone other than herself.
I like Stephanie Plum just the way she is, thanks. Do I want a resolution to the triangle? Sure...eventually. But I see no need to be a fanatic about it. Steph's life, as is, is giving me hours of enjoyment. Is there really a need to fix it? Not in my opinion.
And really, doesn't the fact that so many people have such passionate opinions about what these fictional characters should do just prove that JE's gotten it right?
I'll be eagerly awaiting Thirteen. It's going to be a long year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every episode get better. I keep saying I have read the best and then I read the next one and it can't compare. I've loved every boojkPublished 6 days ago by beatrice Jones
Janet gets an A plus for this book. What's better than Ranger two Ranger's. Action, drama and lots of laughs. I am addicted to this series can't get enough of it.Published 13 days ago by S Newton
The Stephanie Plum novels are really fun, fast paced and enjoyable to read. You actually laugh out loud at times.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fun, easy to read books. Not very complicated but always a good read with plenty of zany characters including StephaniePublished 2 months ago by Greg V.