Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Still Going Strong at Thirteen

New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!

MISTAKE #1: Dickie Orr
Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her archnemesis, Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that, Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping never to see either one of them again.

MISTAKE #2:Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (aka Ranger)
Ranger needs Stephanie to meet with Dickie and find out if he’s doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, Dickie’s also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger’s favors always come with a price. . . .

MISTAKE #3: Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office.
Now Dickie has disappeared, and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie Plum stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, New Jersey, is also keeping Stephanie on her toes---and he may know more than he’s saying about many things in Stephanie’s life. It’s a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum wherein the ultimate prize might be her life.

With Janet Evanovich’s flair for hilarious situations, breathtaking action, and unforgettable characters, Lean Mean Thirteen shows why no one can beat Evanovich for blockbuster entertainment.

Title: Lean Mean Thirteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum, Book 13
Published: June 17, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Genre: Mystery- Romance, Humor

My mom first told me about the Stephanie Plum series and she was constantly trying to get me to read them but I always have a very large TBR (to be read) pile so kept putting it off until last year when Twelve Sharp came out and I decided to see what all the hullabaloo was about. I’m so glad I listened to my mom! Our reading tastes sometimes differ but not when it comes to this series. All of Janet Evanovich's books have her certain "writing style" to them but not one of them can claim to be repetitive or boring! Lean Mean Thirteen was very good and even if it is the thirteenth book in the series (and they show no signs of stopping) it was very well thought out and funny.

Stephanie still hasn’t decided which man (Morelli or Ranger) she wants in Thirteen but who could blame her?! They are both so yummy but I think she would have to give up a lot to be with one or the other. I think her life just works the way it is and I think this little love triangle is what is mainly keeping readers coming back for more. All I have to say is, Stephanie Plum is one lucky girl!

The most disappointing thing for me in the book was the fact that Grandma didn’t have as many scenes as she usually does so I mostly had to get my comedy from Lulu. The funniest part in the whole book (and most memorable) has to be the results of her egging Stephanie on about giving the "singing beaver" to Joyce. I mean, it’s not like Joyce didn’t deserve what happened, she’s awful! I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

Stephanie Plum Series
1. One for the Money (1994)
2. Two for the Dough (1995)
3. Three to Get Deadly (1997)
4. Four to Score (1998)
5. High Five (1999)
6. Hot Six (2000)
7. Seven Up (2001)
8. Hard Eight (2002)
9. To the Nines (2003)
10. Ten Big Ones (2004)
11. Eleven on Top (2005)
12. Twelve Sharp (2006)
13. Lean Mean Thirteen (2007)
14. Fearless Fourteen (2008)
15. Finger Lickin' Fifteen (2009)
16. Sizzling Sixteen (2010)

Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novels
1. Visions of Sugar Plums (2002)
2. Plum Lovin' (2007)
3. Plum Lucky (2008)
4. Plum Spooky (2009)

First Paragraph: For the last five minutes, I'd been parked outside my cousin Vinnie's bail bonds office in my crapola car, debating whether to continue on with my day, or return to my apartment and crawl back into bed. My name is Stephanie Plum, and Sensible Stephanie wanted to go to bed. Loco Stephanie was thinking she should get on with it.

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Source: Borrowed from my mom, hardcover


  1. I love this series. LOVE. But, I thought this was the weakest one.

  2. I used to love this series; it made me laugh so hard! But then, around 10 or 11, I just got tired of it. No idea why. I should pick it back up now.



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