Product Added : December 9th, 2012
Category : Books
"This Best Selling Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
#1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are: “irresistible” (Houston Chronicle), “stunning” (Booklist), “outrageous” (Publishers Weekly), “brilliantly evocative” (The Denver Post), and “making trouble and winning hearts” (USA Today).
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do.After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory. . . .
**Update: In my initial review, I meant to point out that I would have given this book a 3.5 stars out of 5 (if I could have). People have asked why I rated it four stars.. instead of three. My reason for rounding up to four is that I have really enjoyed reading most of the Plum novels (with the exception of book 14). Yes the more recent ones haven’t been as good as 1-12(which I would give 5 stars each) but I did enjoy reading this book. The character personality changes, the turn by turn directions when Stephanie drove anywhere, and the large price were all negative aspects of this book but I don’t think these negatives completely ruined the book for me. I also don’t feel that the fact that Stephanie focused on her relationship with Joe would lower my rating at all even though I am rooting for Ranger. The plot was interesting, there were several humorous parts, and I really liked the fact that I couldn’t figure out the mystery in the book up until the end. This is my reasoning for wanting to give it 3.5 stars**
I just finished reading Notorious Nineteen and had mixed feelings about this book. Let me start off by saying that I am a huge Babe/Ranger fan and have been hoping that JE will give them a chance to explore a deeper relationship at some point. If you are like me in this respect, Notorious Nineteen was somewhat of a let down. Don’t get me wrong, Ranger plays a big role in this book, but Steph focused more on her relationship with Joe.
As for the main plot of this story, I think that JE came up with an interesting mix of adventure for Ms. Plum. I enjoyed the aspect of the story where Steph was a bodyguard for Ranger and she helped him figure out who is leaving the threatening messages. The plot line involving the Cubbin FTA was also very intriguing and had me guessing until the very end. Lula and Grandma Mazur added a lot of hilarity to this novel as well.
One thing I noticed in this book was that the characters seemed different. I don’t know if it was the dialogue or how they acted, but they just seemed kind of off. For example, Joe was a lot more understanding and less hot headed in this book, than he has been in the past. Ranger was still pretty not talkative but even some of his lines seemed off for his character as well. Steph definitely seemed more mature and was rethinking a few aspects of her life ut her character was pretty much the girl from previous books. She also seemed a little more competent with her job in this one.
Overall, I would say that if you have enjoyed books 1-18, then you will more than likely enjoy this book as well. The book is kinda short for the large price, so if you would rather wait and just get the book from the library, it might be worth the wait.