Title: Top Secret Twenty-One
Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #21
Publisher: Bantam; 1st edition
Format: E Book
Source: Own It
My Rating: 3 stars
Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.
Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.
To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.
Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret.
I’ve read all of the Stephanie Plum novels. However, I’m not sure why I continue to do so. They are the same thing over and over… Lather, rinse, repeat.
Stephanie still works at her cousin’s bond office, hangs out with Lulu who is a train wreck. She is still torn between her boyfriend Joe and Ranger. Stephanie is also bad at her job and ends up solving crimes by sheer luck not talent.
I use to laugh out loud while reading the early books in the series. Now I read them when I’m in the mood for fluff. I had this one for my e reader for months before I finally got around to reading it. I use to stalk my calendar waiting for the new one to come out.
I honestly think the author needs to hang up this series. She should write one more book and tie up loose ends, have Stephanie pick either Joe or Ranger and end the series already. It was good while it lasted but not everything lasts forever.