Janet Evanovich keeps cracking these books out, and I keep reading them.
In Fourteen Stephanie is acting as a ‘body guard’ for an aging country/pop/rock star who is trying to hold on to her career and her youth at any cost. We are also introduced to a wacky side character, Zook, who is some sort of cousin of Morelli’s whose mom is in jail for robbing a liquor store. Somehow Stephanie and Morelli get roped into caring for the teenager in the interim. To complicate matters (because in Trenton, New Jersey, nothing is simple) Zook’s uncle Dom who just got out of prison may or may not have buried the proceeds of a bank robbery in Morelli’s basement. Lets just say, it was hard to suspend the disbelief long enough to fully enjoy this one. One aspect I did like was a slight evolution of the Morelli character. We see what might happen if Joe were ever to have kids, and see what he might be like as a cop, because we never truly see him in that role. We just see him in the cop role as relates to Stephanie and her mishaps. There are some interesting side arrangements that detract a bit and it is hard to follow just which is the main story thread. Is it the Lula story? The Ranger story? The Zook story? They didn’t meld as well as some of her other books.
This was light hearted and somewhat silly and enjoyable, but not terribly memorable. That sums up how I feel about most of this series these days. This is the last book I actually own, and unless someone gifts me some (which was how I acquired these gems) I don’t think I will seek them out. There are too many books out there I want to read, but I will say this series fills a spot in the genre of mystery/thriller/crime that is sorely needed.