Sunday, January 21, 2018

Short & Sweet Review: Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich (audio)

Title: Hardcore Twenty-Four
Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum, #24
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published: November 2017, Random House Audio
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes
Source: Library

Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-fourth 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?

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: Do you ever continue with a series just to see how it will end? I think that's where I am with the Stephanie Plum series. At book 24, I feel like it's the same old, same old - Stephanie gets herself into crazy predicaments with Lula, some hi-jinx ensue, they eventually capture who they need to, and along the way, she ends up blowing up a car or two, with Ranger coming to her rescue as always. Does anyone else feel this way? And yet, I can't abandon this series until I know how it's going to end. Who is she going to end up with?

And speaking of romance, the love triangle is still going strong - Morelli and Ranger, Ranger and Morelli. Though, this time around, there was a new guy added to the mix - Diesel was staying at Stephanie's apartment because he was involved in a case in the area and there is definitely some chemistry there, too. But much longer can this be drawn out? 

I think what makes the series is the crazy humor, and that comes not only from Stephanie and Lula, but from Grandma Mazur. She is hands down one of my favorite characters ever! As Stephanie describes her in this book, "she is a hoot!" I can't agree more!!! She definitely keeps me coming back - that and knowing that these books are pure mindless escapism.  

This one is filled with zombies, snakes and headless corpses...not my favorite things to read about, but the humor and the characters are what made it tolerable. So, are you sticking with this series to the very end or have you already bailed?

Audio thoughts: I just love Lorelei King and her narration of this series. Her enthusiasm for the characters and her unique voices is consistent from book to book, and as an avid audio book listener and avid series listener, I really appreciate that. This is just a fun book, and series, to listen to and Lorelei King makes it that much better!


1 comment

  1. This was the first one I didn't really enjoy - too gruesome in parts! Maybe she should retire Stephanie.... Cheers


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