Book Review - Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
My number finally came up at the library for Janet Evanovich's Fearless Fourteen. Since I enjoy the Stephanie Plum series, it didn't sit around the house long before I picked it up and started into the latest adventures of Ms. Plum and all of her surrounding characters. The novel is a decent installment in the series... Not one of the best, but I did enjoy the read and the plot.
Plum ends up babysitting a punk gamer when she picks up his mom on a bond violation. It should only be for a couple of hours, but the kid watching duties stretch into days when the mom is held longer than normal, and then disappears after she's released. Morelli also pitches in on the duties, as they decide to have the kid stay at Morelli's place instead of Plum's apartment. Of course, nothing is ever normal in Stephanie's life, and this is no exception. People start sneaking into Morelli's place, and a few don't come out alive. The kid's uncle, Dom Rizzi, wants to kill Morelli, as he thinks that Morelli was responsible for getting his sister pregnant, which would possibly make the kid Morelli's son. Rizzi was also involved in a bank heist where the money was never found. For some reason, many of these murky people following Morelli seem to think that Morelli's house holds the clue to the missing money. And really, all Morelli and Plum want to do is find the kid's mom and be done with it all...
Fearless Fourteen covers much of the same ground as other novels in the series. Morelli and Plum seem to be getting a bit more serious, and the potential fatherhood thing forces them to contemplate life as instant parents. Many of the other supporting cast aren't quite as active here as they are in other novels. Grandma Mazur plays a decent role, and Lula's pending marriage to one of Ranger's guys is pretty funny. Ranger is pretty low-key here, as are Stephanie's parents. Bottom line, it was mind candy for a few hours of entertainment among "friends". It wasn't absolutely must-read, but as a fan of the series it was OK.