Monday, July 20, 2015

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Romance, Fiction, Humor, Mystery
Published: November 19, 2013 (first published January 1, 2013)
Publisher: Bantam
Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

My Thoughts
Even sitting here to write this review I am laughing at the memories and sections of the story that are still playing in my mind.  I absolutely and 100% love Joe's grandma, Bella. I hope to meet someone that is like her because she would be fantastic to hear stories from and know!  If you are a Stephanie Plum fan then this book does not miss the mark.  We have mystery (hello how is a giraffe hiding during this entire story!!), crime (why did it have to be Sunny?...though I loved the dynamic it created between Stephanie and the entire Burg.  There is also romance (still Team Ranger but I am getting worried that it is veering to Morelli), friendships, drama and more.  I think what I liked the most was at the end the hints that now seemed so obvious were not obvious to me at all while reading the story. 
I have read a lot of reviews that said they think the series needs to end because how long can she really go between two men.  While I understand the back and forth and not choosing can have its moments of grr, I think this triangle is still very viable and humorous.  I do hope she chooses Ranger because I enjoy their scenes and who they are with each other more than who she is when she is with Morelli.  In the meantime though I love the by plays between these three characters and can't wait to move onto the next book for more of Stephanie's adventures with her men, Lulu and the grandmas!

Important Links

Links to Purchase

Disclaimer:  I borrowed this from my community library! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

No comments:

Post a Comment