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Where did the fun go?
on June 28, 2010
I have read Janet Evanovich from the beginning - my local bookstore was trying to promote the second book and was giving away a free copy of One for The Money with every purchase.
Back then Ranger was a secondary character, not like he is hyped to be now, but the story was new and the plot was silly and hilarious.
Grandma Mazur, Stephanie Plum's grandmother, has always been a hoot and loves to go to funeral viewings, usually at Stiva's Funeral Home. They serve better cookies there.
So here we are, at number 16 and Sizzling Sixteen sizzles when bombs go off, but as far as the plot is concerned, little laugh out loud moments appear in this offering.
Cousin Vinny who owns the Bonds company Stephanie, Connie, and Lula, and sometimes Ranger work has been kidnapped and they want a king's ransom to get a weasel like Vinny back.
There are some funny moments in this book, mostly centering around underwear and stink bombs, and Mooner makes a visit and that's always, like, groovy man...
But sexual tension between Stephanie and Joe Morelli and Ranger is kept to a minimum. One scene with Ranger, several with Joe. Part of that interplay between the three characters keeps you going, although you know there can never be a resolution, because when there is, there is no sexual tension, no plot being driven through characters' love triangles.
There are some laughs, but fewer than previous novels.
I think Ms. Evanovich should step back, maybe rethink things since there will be new beginnings in 17, and see what made previous books page turning laugh out loud books.
Yes, I too will keep reading her, but only the Stephanie Plum books, but we especially now need laughs, silliness and a new boost in the arm in this series.
Katherine Heigel said on Regis and Kelly that she is going to be Stephanie Plum in the film One for the Money - they must have finally gotten a good script they were waiting so long for - will be interesting to see it in film.