Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich (audio)

Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
Read by Lorelei King
Audio Renaissance
Length: 7 hours
Source: Library

New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!

MISTAKE #1: Dickie Orr

Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before catching him with her archnemesis, Joyce Barnhardt. Fifteen minutes after that Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping to never see either of them again.

MISTAKE #2: Doing favors for super bounty hunter Ranger 

Ranger needs Stephanie to meet with Dickie and find out if he's doing something shady. Turns out, he is...and he's also doing Joyce Barnhardt.

MISTAKE #3: Trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office
After their reunion, Dickie suddenly disappears and naturally Stephanie is the leading suspect. But can he be found? And can Stephanie stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, NJ, is also keeping Stephanie on her toes - and he may know more than he's saying about many things in Stephanie's life. It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum where-in the ultimate prize might be her life.

My thoughts: What I've come to love and now expect with a Stephanie Plum book is that there is going to be a lot of mishaps, a few characters will find themselves in some embarrassing situations, and tons of times I will find myself laughing out loud! Lean Mean Thirteen certainly delivers on all these fronts and more.

This time around the major case of the book centers around Stephanie's ex-husband Dickie Orr and Stephanie is at first considered a suspect in his disappearance. As she begins working the case, she has to deal with her arch-nemesis, Joyce, always a step behind her. Along with this case, there are some other cases that Stephanie is working on, with the help of Lula, who always seems to bring attention to herself wherever she goes!

Ranger and Morelli have come to the conclusion that Stephanie is just an accident waiting to happen after she gets caught in yet another explosion. It's quite funny how the two have come to terms with the fact that she needs looking after as she always finds herself in some type of danger - oftentimes at no fault of her own. 

I love how Janet Evanovich creates two plot lines - the action line and the romance line - and then weaves them together. It keeps the story moving forward as each adds a bit of suspense to the overall book. I've loved listening to all these books and each one reinforces my decision that audio is the way to go with this series!

Audio Thoughts: Lorelei King does a really good job of hooking you into the series. Even though, if you've been reading/listening to the whole series, you know the basic gist of the story, it's the emotion and humor that really make the scenes. Lorelei is able to deliver all this without making it seem too much. 

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Books in this series:

     1.  One for the Money                         12.  Twelve Sharp
     2.  Two for the Dough                         12.5  Plum Lovin'
     3.  Three to Get Deadly                      13.  Lean Mean Thirteen
     4.  Four to Score                                   13.5  Plum Lucky
     5.  High Five                                           14.  Fearless Fourteen
     6.  Hot Six                                                14.5  Plum Spooky
     7.  Seven Up                                           15.  Finger Lickin' Fifteen
     8.  Hard Eight                                         16.  Sizzling Sixteen
     8.5  Visions of Sugar Plums              17.  Smokin' Seventeen
     9.  To the Nines                                      18.  Explosive Eighteen
    10.  Ten Big Ones                                    19.  Notorious Nineteen
    11.  Eleven on Top


1 comment

  1. Looks like the audio is a better way to read this book, especially because it's action packed.


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