I am swiftly coming to the end of the books I own in the Stephanie Plum series. My husband found some at a yard sale and bought them on the cheap. I only have one more and I don’t know if I will be buying the rest any time soon as there are so many great bubble gum reads out there. This book starts with Stephanie looking for new employment. Apparently, becoming a target for every sociopath within a 50 mile radius is not terribly fulfilling. She lands a job at the good old button factory right away, but it doesn’t stick. Neither do any of her other attempts. Her job at the dry cleaners leads to a murder. Stephanie isn’t very good at staying away from danger, apparently. This book wasn’t my favorite. Their was a scene involving Grandma Mazur and Grandma Bella that was beyond ridiculous. Usually I like ridiculous things, but this time around it was just too much a caricature of crazy old people. It made me want to see at least three sane people in the book.
It is difficult for me to review these books fairly because how I feel about them depends largely on my mood. I feel like as far as character development, Stephanie Plum as a character is in a rut. We keep saying her make the same mistakes over and over. At first it was cute and humorous. Right now it feels a bit forced. She isn’t progressing. Her worries are essentially the same that she had in book one. For once I’d like her not to blow up a car, or not break up with Morelli, or successfully apprehend her man (or woman) with no incident. With no end of the series in sight, I wonder if book 12 can keep my interest enough to make me want to keep going.