Book: Ten Big Ones
Author: Janet Evanovich
Started: June 24
Finished: June 26
Own or library?: Library
Synopsis: She’s accidentally destroyed a dozen cars. She’s a target for every psycho and miscreant this side of the Jersey Turnpike. Her mother’s convinced she’ll end up dead . . . or worse, without a man. She’s Stephanie Plum, and she kicks butt for a living (well, she thinks it sounds good to put it that way. . . .).
It begins as an innocent trip to the deli-mart, on a quest for nachos. But Stephanie Plum and her partner, Lula, are clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time. A robbery leads to an explosion, which leads to the destruction of yet another car. It would be just another day in the life of Stephanie Plum, except that she becomes the target of a gang—and of an even scarier, more dangerous force that comes to Trenton. With super bounty hunter Ranger acting more mysteriously than ever (and the tension with vice cop Joe Morelli getting hotter), she finds herself with a decision to make: how to protect herself and where to hide while on the hunt for a killer known as the Junkman. There’s only one safe place, and it has Ranger’s name all over it—if she can find it. And if the Junkman doesn’t find her first. With Lula riding shotgun and Grandma Mazur on the loose, Stephanie Plum is racing against the clock in her most suspenseful novel yet. Ten Big Ones is page-turning entertainment, and Janet Evanovich is the best there is.
Janet Evanovich never fails to make me laugh. And it’s more than that. She makes me laugh, but she makes me remember why I’m laughing. I’ve read books that were funny but a few weeks down the road I don’t remember what was so funny about it. But this book, and the others in the series, make me laugh and then laugh five weeks after I read it, and then make me laugh three months after I read it. Memorable books are my favourite books.
Ten Big Ones was a little different than most in the series. This time, instead of just picking up skips and blowing up her cars, she had a hit man trying to kill her. It brought a new twist to the series. My favourite part was The Bat Cave aka Ranger’s super secret house. No one, up until this point has found out where Ranger lives. While he’s out of town, Stephanie just hangs out at Ranger’s house. I read later books (15, 17, and 19) so I already knew that she finds his house at some point, but I didn’t think she’d find it the way she did. It’s hilarious and is one of the many reasons why I think she’s hilarious.
There was less romance in this one. It’s probably really hard to have a romance when you have a hit man trying to find you. I usually say this series is heavy on the humor and romance and light on the mystery, but this one was heavy on the humor and mystery and light on the romance. I’m okay with that. This book was still perfect.
Lula and Grandma Mazur were still Lula and Grandma Mazur. Usually I get annoyed if, ten books in, there isn’t a lot of character development, but I would be heart broken is Lula randomly went on a real diet and Grandma Mazur stopped trying to look at dead people. This is who they are and they are perfect because of that. It would also be weird if Stephanie became a competent bounty hunter. I don’t even want to think about if Ranger randomly wanted to go on a real date with Stephanie. Basically what I’m getting at is, this series should never change. The humor is always on point. The romance is always interesting and heated. The mystery is always good.
Ten Big Ones is a whole new kind of Stephanie Plum and I’m excited to dive into Eleven On Top to see if she gets to go back to the Bat Cave.
Have you read any Stephanie Plum novels? Are you a Babe or Cupcake?