Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hardcore Twenty-four Review...

Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-forth thriller as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey...Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun—whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.

Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.

If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits—that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.

As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?  



This book was full of crazy things.  But what is a Stephanie Plum book without a little crazy or a lot of crazy in this case.

In this book Stephanie isn't contending with her usual two hotties (Morelli and Ranger) but a third one as well.  The stakes are higher as she makes a few bets and now she has to start paying up.  There is the usual car havoc as well.  I don't think I've read a single one of these where she hasn't completely destroyed every car (except Big Blue) she drives.  Throw in Lula, Grandma Mazur, the FTE's and zombie's (yes I said zombie's) to make this book one of the best ones in the series for me.

I have read each one of these books and I have loved every one of them.  I wait for November to come every year so that I can buy the next one in the series.  These characters and this community of crazy people are a home away from home for me.  I look forward to  meeting these people again every year.  The book flows extremely well and while I feel like it was over way too fast it was paced perfectly.  The book felt like it ended on a cliff hanger though.  I don't usually feel like that with a Stephanie Plum book so this was new for me and I don't like it.

If you have not read a Stephanie Plum book then I would highly recommend it.  They can each be read as a stand alone (I didn't read the first 20 in order at all).  One day I will get the chance to read some of Janet's other books and I look forward meeting other characters in other worlds that she creates.

5 zombified stars

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