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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as the series has become somewhat formulaic, but I was pleasantly surprised as it turns out to be a fairly decent book. I would rate it about 3.75 as there are some interesting bits that delve a little more into the cast of supporting characters. Grandma plays a significant role, with some actual words of wisdom. Stephanie's mother and father actually talk and have roles beyond ironing and TV watching. Stephanie does some soul searching but nothing is decided and the search for the keys plays a prominent mystery role that leads readers to book number 27. There are some laughs and smiles which are always fun. Quick and easy read.
I had about given up on the Stephanie Plum series. It seemed she was getting dumber and dumber and Lula was so totally outrageous, she seemed like someone from a comic book and Grandma Mazur, well she seemed ready for the home for patients with dementia. Then this book! As a commenter said below, our girl is growing up! Stephanie seems to be looking more at her life and her life choices. Lula actually had some wise things to say. And Grandma Mazur, well she must have started taking the vitamins that are supposed to sharpen your mind because she had some profound things to say! And the story was a good one....actually made sense and was tense and a little frightening at times. I hope the author has decided to continue these "updates" the Stephanie Plum books. I was so exasperated and unhappy with the Stephanie Plum books, I almost didn't get this one to read. But glad I did. And look forward to the next one.
One last thing. Stephanie's mother stops being a total doormat and does a really surprising thing in the middle of the book.
Our little girl is growing up! With the chaos of 'Twisted Twenty-Six', Stephanie Plum realizes her life is unfulfilling. She just doesn't know how to change it or what she wants.
There were quite a few profound statements by Grandma Mazur in 'Twisted Twenty-Six' in addition to the sass we know well. Then there's Lulu with her own brand of profundity: "Sometimes I find human nature to be real disappointing," Lulu said. "I guess that's why God made metallic extensions and pink hair dye. Sometimes you gotta compensate."
It appears with the announcement of the title of the next book at the end of 'Twisted Twenty-Six' that Stephanie might be moving forward, at least that's what I think the absence of a numbered title might mean! I hope so. As entertaining as she had been all these years, it IS time for our little girl to grow up!
Janet Evanovich has a new Stephanie Plum book out: Twisted Twenty-Six. This is the 26th book in the series about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, who makes her living tracking down people who have skipped bail and failed to appear on their court dates. If she finds them and takes them to court, the bonding company does not lose a bunch of money, and she gets a cut of what they save. (Ms. Evanovich has not acknowledged that New Jersey has stopped requiring cash bail in 2017, at least according to Emily Bazelon in her book Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration.)
I have to admit that these 26 books are all remarkably similar: Stephanie Plum is pretty hapless most of the time, though she shows flashes of competence; her grandmother is a kick; the two men in her life (Morelli and Ranger) are very appealing, though neither appears to be marriage material; I love reading about Ranger; there are always cars that blow up or burn (usually Stephanie’s cars); her plus-size friend Lula eats an enormous number of donuts and wears clothes a few sizes too small; Stephanie ends up in a terrible situation and either rescues herself or is rescued by either Morelli or Ranger.
So why do I keep reading these books if they are all the same? They make me laugh out loud multiple times, and we all need that sometimes! These books are not great literature, but they are funny. If you need a good laugh, these books will provide one.
And while I usually say that every series should be read in order, I think you could pick up any one of these books and read it even if you had not read the prior books. You might miss some details, but they will not really matter.
This book had a cliff-hanger ending, so there will be a 27th book called Fortune and Glory in Fall 2020. No number in the title!
Janet Evanovich paired the irresistible mad-cap relationship between Stephanie Plum and her Grandmother Mazur in Twisted Twenty-Six.
Screw the romantic tension between Ranger and Detective Morelli. The fun in this book of a series which had lost its luster is the screw-ball antics of Stephanie and her crazy granny.
Granny's mob boss husband Jimmy Rosolli of 45 minutes has a widow-maker coronary after winning a casino jackpot. His buddies want to know who has the "keys." We don't discover the answer to this question, but the romp is lots of fun.
I am rather sorry I wasted my time on this book, and the comments about bestiality were in very poor taste. Enough already with two "hot" men always being there for a woman who seems lost. I don't get that part at all, most men would just move on. That poor little hamster who gets food dropped on him and who never gets out of his cage for any playtime or cuddle time.... is just so sad.
This was pretty funny but I do wish she would stop dancing around the whole Ranger & Morelli triangle. Time to pick one and have a professional relationship with the other. Grandma's role in this book was ridiculous but funny.
Laugh-out-loud hilarious; snicker worthy in places, and a couple spots to cringe, a couple more to guffaw. I had to read passages aloud to my husband; I took a photo of one page and emailed it to a friend. While it held a touch of hope that Stephanie might grow up, I did miss her saying "It's not my fault." But since everything that happens is Grandma Mazur's fault, the omission of Stephanie's signature wail was okay.
A wonderful, "I couldn't put it down" romp that was very satisfying.
Is it possible to give something a zero star rating? This book deserves that many. I’m trying not to spoil anything, but there is a search for something held by a man who had something in common with his friends. The group nickname is used so often, it moves from foreshadowing to X-marks the spot denouement. The pacing is awful: it reads like any day of the week precedes/follows any other day. And this is pure personal jealousy, but PICK a man already. In this book, Stephanie tired of her lifestyle; seems fitting, since I’m tired of these books. Pick villains, “wacky” hijinks, and car-tastrophes from three/four/five previous books, throw them in a blender, and ta-da! You have the structure of this book.
There are now more in this series than there are Kinsey Milhone novels. Quantity certainly doesn’t add quality.
These books are laugh out loud funny although by the time you finish you wonder why you bothered.
The characters had more substance and less 'same old-same old' interchangeable dialog/reactions which is welcome since everything was becoming stagnant (in fact Stephanie talked and thought about it and made some changes to move forward) in this series. I had some problems keeping all the new key characters straight, flipping back to find the connection or detail. The recurring characters had more meaningful dialog and showed more depth of character than usual. Focus on Grandma, retired mob, family, Joe and Ranger and of course Stephanie--this time she accidentally blows up her own car and she got a couple of skips the first time despite the potential for disaster (don't worry, one skip kept getting away). This series is still fun and has belly-chuckle moments. Looks like #27 won't have a number in the title and may be a new direction for Stephanie Plum.
My parents recently got me hooked me on this series. I am afraid this is not the best Stephanie Plum book in the series. It has a lot of filler and is just part one of a multi-volume story ark.
Well, I inhaled this book down in 3 days. Usually it takes me more. Sadly, this isn't her best book. But Stephanie Plum is something I will read ANYTIME!
Janet Evanovich has finally jumped the shark with her Stephanie Plum series. I could not get past the pages in Chapter 1 where she makes jokes about bestiality and rape. How did this book get past her editor?! I will no longer read her books.