Stephanie Plum, our hapless heroine is back to her old tricks. I think I mentioned that I am getting tired of this series in general. But when one gets books for free one reads them. Especially when I am in the midst of trying wean #3 and perhaps Evanovich’s light fare are all I can handle mentally right now.
At any rate, here I am continuing to read the series.
This time Stephanie has agreed to help Ranger with a special project. Unfortunately, her ex husband Dickie Orr is part of the favor. Stephanie’s emotions are never quite even when Dickie is involved and the discovery that he is back with Stephanie’s nemesis Joyce Bernhardt only makes matters worse. Of course, she threatens him with violence which isn’t unusual, but he goes missing and Stephanie is the prime suspect in his disappearance. Morelli just happens to be busy with work at the same time and can’t help. Stephanie knows she needs to find out what happened to Dickie in order to clear her name, and then perhaps, really do him in.
As usual we have the wacky side dishes of Stephanie’s friends and family. We have misunderstandings and sexual tension with both Morelli and Ranger. We have some rather obvious sociopaths who try to kill Stephanie. We’ve been here before… many times. When I read these books I think they would make a great sitcom, but I am not sure how effective they are in a series. I don’t see characters progressing emotionally. I don’t see lasting change. I see one comic scene leading to another comic scene leading to another… the end. This was okay, but if this is the first book I found in the series, I don’t think I’d seek out the other books.