This book was checked out from my local library’s ebook collection.
Also this is going to be an atypical review.
Tricky Twenty-Two – Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum Series
Publication Date: November 17th, 2015
Genre(s): Cozy Mystery, Romance, Humor
Format Read: Kindle (304 pages)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Stephanie Plum might not be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she’s being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren’t adding up, and Stephanie can’t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college—and it’s not just Zeta fraternity pranks.
As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it’s good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken’s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.
So this novel along with the entire Stephanie Plum series as a whole is a little off what I usually blog about here but this series is my guilty pleasure and this book just reinstated that fact even more so for me. I will never get tired of Stephanie and her shenanigans. I will never get tired of the Hot as hell Morrelli and the even hotter Ranger. I still continue to laugh just as much with each new addition to this series as I did with the first few and I still find myself in shock with all the crazy ways Stephanie destroys cars.
I know that a lot of people got tired of this series and the seeming lack of growth in the characters after the first 5 or so books but I continue to love the series with each addition. There are a few main reasons for that though:
This is the series that got me back into reading.
Throughout high school I read very little outside of the required reading for classes, with the twilight series being pretty much the only exception at the time. (Don’t judge I was part of the twilight generation, they came out while I was in high school) After high school and a bad break up I moved in with my mom and to help distract me she took her stack of Stephanie Plum books and handed them to me. I blew through all of the books in the series at the time that I was left craving more. If it wasn’t for this series it might have been many more years before I had my love for reading reignited.
This series is a slump killer.
With the humorous happening that go on in Stephanie’s day to day life that will make you actually laugh out loud and the fact that they are quick reads make the books in this series perfect for getting out of a reading slump. I have read a number of the books in this series multiple times and I know for a fact that if I am ever in a really bad slump I can just pick up one of the many books in this series and kill my slump with ease.
Any of the books in this series can be read as a standalone.
This series was cleverly written as to where each book has a certain small amount of background info on Stephanie, her job, her family and her love life required without feeling like you are missing out if you never read more than the one book. Also each book ties up in a fairly neat little bow that leave you not feeling like you have to pick up the next book because there is ultimately no cliffhanger!
Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.