Twisted Twenty-six

Twisted Twenty-six

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This isn't just another case. This is family.

How far will Stephanie Plum go to protect the one person who means the most to her? The stakes have never been higher in this #1 New York Times bestseller from Janet Evanovich.

Grandma Mazur has decided to get married again - this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli. If Stephanie has her doubts about this marriage, she doesn't have to worry for long, because the groom drops dead of a heart attack 45 minutes after saying, "I do."

A sad day for Grandma Mazur turns into something far more dangerous when Jimmy's former "business partners" are convinced that his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. But the one thing these wise guys didn't count on was the widow's bounty hunter granddaughter, who'll do anything to save her.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780399180194
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Twisted 26

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jeffreyochsner
Feb 23, 2020

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!

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AnneCarolineDrake
Feb 07, 2020

She's back!

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.

Enjoy!

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chromybaby33
Feb 04, 2020

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.

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MOLSON86
Dec 13, 2019

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.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 09, 2019

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.

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xyzxyzxyzII
Dec 05, 2019

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.

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njon38
Dec 05, 2019

These books are laugh out loud funny although by the time you finish you wonder why you bothered.

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kayanne55
Nov 23, 2019

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.

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1Ronald
Nov 22, 2019

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.

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LESeymour
Nov 18, 2019

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!

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