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“No less than her plotting, Evanovich’s characterizations are models of screwball artistry. . . . The intricate plot machinery of her comic capers is fueled by inventive twists.”—The New York Times
“[Evanovich’s novels are] among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction.”—GQ --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004UI0NVE
- Publisher : Bantam; 1st edition (November 22, 2011)
- Publication date : November 22, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1637 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,456 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The situations with Joyce and Buggy were two other big annoyances. Stephanie just let both of them walk all over her. Why? There were so many other things she could have done to rid herself of those two.
My other problem with this one was the ongoing saga between Stephanie, Morelli, and Ranger. I applauded her initial decision to swear off men, in general, until she got herself together and figured out what she wanted. Smart move - finally! Problem is, that didn't last long and then she was right back to the same old thing.
I thought this story seemed pieced (thrown) together and there wasn't much of a point to it. Stephanie got her butt kicked at one point and the reactions from both Morelli and Ranger were disappointing. Morelli's reaction was practically nonexistent. Ranger's was mostly in keeping with his character and his reactions to things, in general, but still. . .disappointing. From my perspective, there were no good story line wrap ups with this one. It definitely felt like just another holding pattern type of ending. . .more of the same (probably) to follow in the next installment.
So now I'm wondering, at what point will I just decide to bail on this series? I guess I haven't quite reached it yet. Curiosity will keep me going for the time being.
My own life is full of stress and pain and though I love to read heavier, more thoughtful classics, I am attracted to stories like this for my emotional retreat. I will never have to get too attached to any of these characters (except for Rex) because they don't demand it! While reading these stories, I never have to solve the world's problems or feel guilty because I haven't done enough, in my lifetime, to clean up ALL the messes humankind has left behind . . . instead I can rejoice in glee every time Stephanie fails at a capture and marvel at Lula and her brand of wisdom or her latest "diet" . . . I can be secretly attracted to Ranger and adore the bizarre Grandma Mazur . . . and I always expect a spectacular vehicle explosion. There is always a bit of a mystery but not one that breaks my brain at the end of a hot day at work . . . I can read and go along with the flow of the story . . . and when the end comes all too soon, I am satisfied and ready for the next installment.
I hope that Stephanie never makes a choice between one or the other of her guys . . . I think she should be free to be herself . . . never becoming like her mother . . . barefoot in the kitchen . . . eyeing the cupboard with the hidden bottle of whiskey, but remaining a character with hidden dreams of walking from one day to the next while maintaining a personal integrity of freedom.
I appreciate this style of entertainment . . . simple and funny with no surprises . . . yet charged with a certain measure of hope that it will all work out in the end. . . because it always does.
Seriously. If you tell the same joke 18 times, don't be surprised if your audience just yawns.
I used to gobble these up like candy, but lately I find they're not at the top of my list anymore. And yet they're still priced over the $9.99 benchmark... I think I'll start checking them out at the library instead of paying for them.
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Lula continues to be made more and more absurd, in this episode she decides she has drunk a love potion, and imagines herself in love with a huge fat purse snatcher. Grandma Mazur doesn't appear much, and altogether this series seems to be running out of steam. There is definitely nothing explosive about this one.
I don't know how she does it!
Always inventive and forever funny
From amusement to belly laughs
I love the characters and during the course of reading from the first :- "One for the Money" , I seem to became friends with all the wacky characters that live in the 'Burg'
May she always continue.
Though this book can be read in isolation it is far better to start at the beginning to understand the motive an inter-relationships between the many characters