My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Look Alive Twenty-Five from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich was published last fall, I devoured the remaining books I’d not caught up on yet. I was surprised to see it already available at the New York Public Library (NYPL) and requested it around Christmas. What a shock when I moved up to #1 in the waiting queue last week. Since I had only a few days to accept it, I happily jumped into the book and finished it within two days. It pushed back a few other items on my reading schedule, but nothing I couldn’t easily re-arrange. I wasn’t letting this one slip through my fingers.
For fans of the series, you’ll get the same thing you get every book but with a small twist. Instead of chasing six to eight felons, Stephanie’s been recruited to manage a diner that her cousin Vinnie’s father-in-law, Harry the Hammer, inherited when someone couldn’t pay back a loan. Vinnie puts Stephanie in charge of keeping the place running well so Harry doesn’t hammer him. Except it seems… all the managers are kidnapped. One shoe is left behind. Six are gone already. Will Stephanie be the 7th? Along the path, she runs into Wulf, the crazy vampire-like guy she met through Diesel. Lula and Ranger help her operate the diner, but one of their tight little family is actually kidnapped. Joe Morelli helps protect her, too, and we learn a lot more about the mob families in Trenton.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a nice change of pace to have Stephanie follow one big mystery rather than lots of smaller ones. Her parents and grandmother play a very minor role, but one of them is part of a big cliffhanger involving Harry the Hammer. I suspect we’ll get to know more about that side of the family in the next book. Lula’s sandwich-making abilities are epic. Ranger’s knowledge knows no bounds. And Evanovich is as funny as ever. I enjoy the books purely because I can laugh out loud without fail.
It feels good to be caught up on this series, but I think I’m ready for it to end. It’s not that the books aren’t good anymore. It’s just that we need something different. While reliable, they are too formulaic. That said, I’ll always read them, and now that I can get #26 possibly as an ARC or the day it’s published, the sweeter it’ll be.
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