Saturday, December 14, 2013

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

This twentieth offering in Evanovich's super popular Stephanie Plum series is just mediocre: entertaining enough but nothing new happens, unless you count Stephanie's car not blowing up. That's new since it usually always does.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is trying to locate Salvatore Sunucchi (aka Sunny) whose bond will give much more than just pizza money. A bona fide wise guy, Uncle Sunny, however, happens to be Joe Morelli's (her soon to be fiance) uncle and his Grandma Bella's nephew. Bella isn't too pleased and hits Stephanie with her evil eye. Tracking down Sunny at his mistress' house has just resulted in being shot at so far, so Stephanie knows this isn't going to be an easy catch.

While out on the prowl for Sunny, Stephanie and her sidekick (and former 'ho) Lula happen across a giraffe lose in the Burg. Lula is determined to catch the giraffe, who she has lovingly named Kevin, and attempts to use lettuce as bait that she leaves on street corners.

Meanwhile, several elderly women have been turning up in dumpsters after being choked to death by a Venetian blind cord. Ranger is looking for the perpetrator on behalf of one of his clients, and he enlists Stephanie's help, but so for the bingo halls and senior centers have not yielded any clues. She taps into Grandma Mazur and her circuit of friends as she looks for some connection between the elderly ladies.

As typical of this series, Takedown Twenty features lots of humor, references to our favorite Lula food places, such as Cluck-in-a-Bucket, and the Morelli-Ranger-Stephanie love triangle (just pick Ranger already). I don't know why I keep reading these; the characters never evolve or progress. Hopefully the next offering will be a little better, but I am sure it will be more of the same, which I will continue to read.

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