When Jimmy Poletti was caught selling a little more than the used cars from his dealership, Stephanie Plum is called to haul him in for missing his court date. *sigh* Will Trenton, New Jersey crimes ever be under control?
As Stephanie finds herself protecting the once hospital security guard Randy Brigg’s by placing him in her own home, along with ten yippy Chihuahuas (DO NOT ASK), while she tries to figure out who is dropping bodies all over town.
Of course, hot looking cop Joe Morelli is happy to share his apartment and his bed with Stephanie during this time that her own place is occupied. With Joe busy trying to get a handle on this crime wave Stephanie once again finds herself partnering with Ranger, super hot undercover security for Rangeman, and now also targeted by this mysterious group of thugs that are promising to take out those close to Stephanie – if not Stephanie herself. Never fear – Ranger is never far from Stephanie’s side.
As if that wasn’t enough, Stephanie’s grandma Mazur is on her continuing quest to attend every wake she can (who can resist a gathering of good food and friends?) while trying to check off items on her bucket list including getting a peek at Ranger and getting even with Morelli’s grandma for past transgressions.
Many many years ago I read this series as they came available year after year. I think I read the first twelve before I became a little tired of the continuous crazy antics of Stephanie and her side kick Lulu, as well as the constant “who is going to win Stephanie’s heart, Ranger or Morelli” (*cough cough… Ranger*).
I picked up Top Secret Twenty-One because the offer was made to review this one on audio, and (1) I had not listened to any of these books on audio and (2) I was curious as to where this long running series that still attracts several in my book club, has gone.
The verdict: The Stephanie Plum books are much like a soap opera. You can step away for years, and then, turn back to them one day and start with what is currently being offered and pick up right away on the story line as though you hardly missed a day. Stephanie is still pursued by two very attractive men and those of us that know the series can argue until the cows come home as to who we want to win her heart for good. But honestly.. will that day ever come? Grandma Mazur still enjoys a good wake and insists of going to each and every one looking forward to seeing her friends made up in the caskets so she can comment on how they look as well as comment or complain about the spread after the funeral. Stephanie still has cars blowing up all around her, Lulu is still a plus sized gal who dresses inappropriately and is looking for any excuse to stop to stop and pick up a doughnut.
All in all, it was a fun visit back to Trenton New Jersey and seeing that everyone is just as they were. While I did enjoy the listen (great on audio! I am just saying!) I think a visit is enough for me and I will not be staying in Trenton. While the books are fun… I can not commit to the continuing saga of nothing ever coming to a close. Kudos to those who can. 🙂
12 thoughts on “Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich”
I agree with you. I haven’t brought one of her for awhile. I wait for my library to get them and read. I am not sure if I will even do that now. There has been nothing new for awhile.
There is too much to read out there for me to stay engaged with this long running series. 😀
I feel the same way. The characters need to develop some to get my attention back.
Yes… it is now basically small crimes and same story line.
Love the Stephanie Plum books!
I think I’ve missed the last few Stephanie Plums. I mostly like them for the Ranger / Morelli triangle (and I’m team Ranger as well!). And I love Grandma Mazur’s antics.
I stopped reading them at some point…but I did enjoy the movie made from the first one, and my favorite character was Grandma Mazur, played by Debbie Reynolds.
I read the first dozen or so, practically one after the other, until I burned out. I can no longer pick one up and hearing that nothing has changed in my time away is kind of sad. She’s a great author. I hope she has plans for wrapping this series up with a good conclusion.
I never got past book 3 on this series. I don’t know why, but I just never clicked with them. Glad to see that I made the right decision. 🙂
I have stopped/started this one a couple of times. I love Stephanie but I admit I am tired of the romance being there. I would do better with it being a straight mystery 😉
I haven’t read this series yet. Book one is still on my TBR. I didn’t enjoy Wicked Appetite. I’m a bit skeptical about reading her other works but wanted to give another a try as it’s like buying a CD where you may only like half or just a fourth of the songs.
I still read each Stephanie Plum novel when it comes out in the summer. Since it’s only once a year, it’s a nice fluffy palate-cleanser! ha ha I used to read each one as soon as it came out, now I usually get to them later in the year, but it’s still a few days of fun – I have to admit, they still make me laugh!
Glad you enjoyed the audio –
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