Book Review - Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
Yes, time for guilty pleasures again... It's Janet Evanovich's latest Stephanie Plum novel, Ten Big Ones. Every time one of these come out, I always fear it's going to be the start of a downward spiral a la Patricia Cornwell. I'm happy to report that Evanovich is still on track with fun reads.
Stephanie Plum (a "fugitive apprehension agent") starts out at the wrong place at the wrong time when she witnesses a robbery by someone wearing a red devil mask. She also sees his real face, and she's the only person who can identify him and stop a string of increasingly violent hold-ups by this guy. Turns out he's part of a gang who wants her dead. Plum, her "partner" Lula, and Grandma Mazur end up dodging gang members who are hunting her down. Her cop boyfriend Morelli wants her to quit the job and hole up in his apartment, but she wants none of that. Ranger, the mystery man who excites and scares her, loans her his truck after her car gets blown up (again!). She hides out in his apartment, and then has to figure out how she feels about him vs. Morelli when he returns unexpectedly and finds her camping out there. Throw in her sister's impending wedding and a transvestite wedding planner/bus driver/singer, and you once again have a wacky read with unforgettable characters.
I've yet to read one of these novels that I haven't liked. There is less Vincent (the head of the bond agency) in this one, but much more Lula. In fact, Lula ends up going out with Stephanie on most of the collections, and adds plenty of color to the apprehensions. You also learn more about Ranger, and there's a fair amount of room there for the next installment. Which I already am looking forward to...