Monday, June 16, 2014

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum Series #20)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate take down.

My thoughts:
I love taking the time to relax with Stephanie Plum and see what sort of jams she manages to get herself into.  A few books ago I got frustrated with how things always seem to be the same, she can't decide between Joe Morelli and Ranger, she has car trouble, Grandma is up to something and Lula is wearing spandex and eating a lot of Cluck-in-the-Bucket.  I even contemplated not reading anymore of the series, but then I decided that the books are fun.  If Stephanie ever decided on one guy, I would miss whoever she didn't pick and if she ever got good at doing her job it would stop being fun to read about.  Sometimes you need a klutzy heroine who makes mo0re mistakes and bad choices than one would expect to bring some lightheartedness to your day.

Stephanie can't seem to catch Uncle Sunny, so she agrees to help Ranger catch a killer who is targeting older women and leaving their bodies in dumpsters.  She finds connections between the women with belonging to the Senior Discount Program and playing Bingo, but she knows she is missing something.  With Bella giving her the eye, Vinny breathing down her neck to bring in some skips, Lula obsessed with fining Kevin the giraffe Stephanie even contemplates a career change, but when it all comes together at the end it all makes sense. 

Luckily it too me so long to get around to reading this installment that it already time for book 21 to come out!

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345542892
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Series: Stephanie Plum Series , #20
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich
Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, the Lizzy and Diesel series, How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, and The Heist, the first book in the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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