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1.0 out of 5 stars Another Disappointing Plum Book..., June 23, 2011
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I was horribly disappointed in books 13 - 16 and I wasn't going to buy 17 but I saw some decent reviews as well as the mention of Steph/Ranger sex and I caved. Is this book better than 13 -16 - Yes. Is it good? No. This book feels forced and completely disjointed. I don't believe it was written by JE or at least not completely and many of the characters are, once again, out of character. Grandma is tame, Ranger is devoid of personality and Morelli is resigned.

I love Ranger, I'm thrilled we got some S/R loving and I would like to see what would happen with a Steph/Ranger pairing. Morelli has always made it clear that he hates Steph bounty hunting and wants her to settle down and be a good Burg wife regardless of what she wants. If Steph ends up with Morelli then JE needs to end the series because no one wants to read about Steph learning to make pot roast. At some point she needs to make a decision. It would have been nice to see Steph actually struggle with choosing one of her men but instead she has sex with both of them and believes she is doing it because of a curse put on her by Bella. Pathetic. Why can't JE have Steph grow up a little, get some skills, look at her life and really consider whether she wants to be Morelli's Burg wife or Ranger's Wonder Woman?

Instead JE keeps doing these idiotic and repetitive plots and in this book...the characters don't feel real. There was no connection between Steph and Morelli, little connection between Steph and Ranger and the concept of Steph starting to sleep with Ranger again out of the clear blue after all these years was never addressed. Even the dynamic between Steph and Lula was off. The early Stephanie we all fell in love with is gone and in her place is this poorly written caricature. The whole book just felt wrong. And lazy. What's the point in having a killer when you make his identity obvious almost from the beginning? I don't know what I'll do about 18....other than hope JE fires Alex and her other ghostwriters and writes it herself! Or goes out to Fanfiction and hires a ghost who truly loves the series!
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Initial post: Jun 23, 2011 4:58:50 PM PDT
SusieJ says:
You nailed it with your descriptions of the men: "Ranger is devoid of personality and Morelli is resigned." They were both so flat and lifeless in this book. Resigned perfectly describes Morelli's attitude. "Take someone with you" was all he could say when she was about to go off in search of the bad guy. That's so sad. I miss his bluster and his ultimatums. At least it looked like he cared. Now he just acts like he's been neutered.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2011 8:53:35 PM PDT
Wallaby says:
I know better than to buy any more of these. Evanovich has used up all her good ideas. Its just the same, lame stuff.
They would be more entertaining if she gave up on the so-called romances between Stephanie and the two love interests (yawn) and wrote a decent story.
The In Death series is steamy. (And she married her man) The Plums are room-temp.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 3:49:59 AM PDT
Booklover848, good review. In Book 14, JE made Stephanie a 'Burg housewife and pseudo stepmother and it was deadly dull.

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 8:13:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2011 8:14:03 AM PDT
I agree, JE apparantley is wandering off doing other things. Wearing herself too thin. Plum series got her to where she is. I agree books are still fun to read but at times frustrating with not knowing what direction Steph is going in.

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 4:41:28 PM PDT
Amy R. says:
I stopped reading after #12. The series has gone down hill. I loved the vibe from earlier in the series and it isn't there anymore and hasn't been for a long time. I read JD Robb series In Death series and JE needs to take some notes from there. It is still an exciting series even after 30 + books. It still has mystery and a hot romance. Not stale at all.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 8:28:36 AM PDT
Peaswithin says:
Wow! Booklover848....your comment was better written then the book!!

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 6:33:34 AM PDT
C. Martucci says:
I resent the fact that I too caved and bought it. It is an insult to all readers, no plot, characters so watered down that who cares who is sleeping with who. What murder was there a murder?

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 10:32:47 AM PDT
Yes ... certainly wish that I had your review in hand prior to pre-ordering this release. You are so right ... the characters are wooden, the "snappy" comments seem forced and I can see why you conclude that this has little of the "Evanovich" touch. I loved this series ... but the recent additions are lack luster and huge disappointments. I should have been patient and waited to borrow this one from the local library. Big sigh ... guess I can donate this loser to their collection!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2011 12:05:52 PM PDT
Thankfully, I borrowed this book from the library rather than buying it. To me it is like reading the same book all over again. I remember other books ending with a "what's going to happen with Stephanie and Ranger/Morelli" cliffhanger and nothing ever does. And what kind of ending is that. Two guys square off with guns, one gets shot, the otehr gets run over and the driver ends up in jail. Not very creative. Good authors with a recurring character base will have to kill some of them off to make it more interesting. Time for that to happen.

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 4:49:38 PM PDT
Janbintx says:
I really appreciate and agree with the reviews. It also bothers me that the paperback is $5 less than the kindle edition.
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