Wednesday, July 9, 2008

"Fearless Fourteen" by Janet Evanovich

What can we say about Stephanie Plum? Evanovich's series starring the hapless bounty hunter is now on its fourteenth installment - and it's pretty much like the rest of the series. Nothing much has changed in the Burg and I doubt it ever will. But then again, isn't that why we're still reading about Steph and her menagerie of friends and family? They're like a comfy chair, soft and welcoming, although getting a tad outdated.

I'm not going to go into the plot because, well, it really is pretty much like any other Plum book. Steph has one major mystery to solve and while doing that, she gets involved with the usual cast of characters from the agency, namely Connie and Lula. Steph and Lula try to catch a few "easy" bounties with their usual success (which isn't much); they also eat at our favorite Burg stops such as Cluck-in-a-Bucket and Steph's parents' house. Grandma Mazur puts in her usual appearance, although more briefly than in previous books. And then there's the two men in Steph's life, Joe Morelli and Ranger. Sigh. Not enough Ranger in this book for the Bookbabe's taste, which means he should have more page time in the next book. Here's hoping!

These books are basically the literary equivalent of Steph's beloved Tasty Cakes. You know it's going to be sweet, you know it's going to be fluff, and you know it won't last nearly long enough!

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