Book Review: Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

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Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum, #19)Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I began reading the Stephanie Plum mystery series years ago and got through number eighteen around 2012 when I stopped. I am not really sure why, but I was in a reading slump for a few years. When that ended, I didn’t go back… now I’m on a kick to close out all series I used to love so I’m fully caught up. I picked up Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich at the library last week and finished it last night. ‘Why did I stop?’ I asked myself ten pages in when I had to hold my bladder to prevent spontaneous bursting. Maybe it’s a good thing I waited so long as it was like reading the series all over again this time — had me nearly wetting myself a few times! It might be formulaic, but it works.

Stephanie Plum is a disaster. She’s smart and feisty, but she just always gets herself in trouble. That’s why we love her. When it comes to capturing bond breakers, or dealing with her new bestie, Lula, a former ‘ho, to use her terms, you can’t not laugh out loud. Between their trips to Cluck in a Bucket (chicken joint) or misusing guns and shooting people or their own toes, it’s hilarious. I also love the back and forth between Ranger and Morelli, but I know it might get old again soon. Either way, picking the series back up after almost 7 years was a good decision.

In this one, she’s got 3 different perps she’s trying to capture. Evanovich is politically-incorrect and non-apologetic about it — but in a good way. Some might be offended, but it’s done in a way where hopefully it’s not about calling out a certain thing or personality or race / creed / religion / disability / style to make fun of it. That ‘thing’ or ‘person’ being focused on could be ANYTHING, It’s just about laughing at a situation… for instance, Lula the ‘ho is a few pounds overweight or possibly 100 pounds overweight (we never really know) but she constantly gets into situations where her weight poses an issue. Lula herself laughs about it, but there are also a few lines about how she feels great and she looks sexy and she knows she needs to check that she’s healthy and not hurting herself long-term by binge eating et al. There’s a balance. Stephanie does the same thing with her hair or apartment or car being blown up or caught on fire. It’s just about exaggeration. That said, I can understand why someone could get offended and I respect people’s opinions if they feel this can be hurtful in any way. I do not think the author is intending to be hurtful.

Okay, that out of the way… seriously?!?!? how many times is Stephanie gonna get hit with a stun gun? Or think she has a perp only to have them wriggle away. Or be car-jacked? It’s always funny… I could say it’s repetitive, and maybe it is, but at the same time, I’m laughing out loud. I’m wanting to smack her for the stupidity, but I love her. So I enjoy it for what it is… a 3 hour escape that makes me feel like everything in my own world is a whole lot better! 🙂

Love ya, Stephanie Plum! On to #20 next month. View all my reviews

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


19 thoughts on “Book Review: Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

    susandyer1962 said:
    October 13, 2018 at 8:22 PM

    I’ve still only read the first one in this series! I’m so pathetic!😊Hope you are having an awesome weekend Jay!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 14, 2018 at 8:05 AM

      Its been great. It’s a fun series but there are a lot. I totally understand.


    The Cozy Pages said:
    October 13, 2018 at 8:37 PM

    how many times is Stephanie gonna get hit with a stun gun?… Lol

    I’ve been meaning to start this series for years now. One day I’ll get to it.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 14, 2018 at 8:05 AM

      I’m not saying a word!!! I promised.

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        October 14, 2018 at 11:20 AM

        Lol. Don’t worry I think I need to find a few cheap second hand copies of these. They’re a bit pricey on kindle for the number in the series! Book budget and all 😊

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 14, 2018 at 1:02 PM

        Totally get it. My library doesn’t have them! Hi


    Upamanyu Sushma Naskar said:
    October 13, 2018 at 9:40 PM

    Still gonna go for it!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Sam said:
    October 14, 2018 at 12:56 AM

    The bright colours on this cover pulled me in! From your review I feel like I need to commit myself to this series! I may finally give in and give it a try!

    Sam |

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 14, 2018 at 8:07 AM

      The good thing is they are usually all similar and funny, so you can read just a few and be fine if 25 is a commitment. She’s still writing them.

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    tylerus said:
    October 14, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Sometimes repeated mis-adventures do work . . . you have to laugh (and groan) at all the silly (hysterical) antics.

    Liked by 1 person

    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    October 14, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    This sounds too funny!! It’s defintitely going on my list. Anything that makes someone have to hold their bladder is something that needs to be in my life! 😂😂
    And… A reading slump for a few YEARS?!? That is the saddest thing I’ve even heard!!

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    carhicks said:
    October 18, 2018 at 10:10 PM

    I have to say that I can’t agree more. I have about three more to go and stalled on them. It is time to get back to them, I love a laugh out loud story and Stephanie always provides that.

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