I am back to the Stephanie Plum books, and while the ninth installment was entertaining, it wasn’t wonderful.
Once again, Stephanie Plum is in a bit of a pickle. Vinnie has bonded out a young man who is in the country on a work visa. Samuel Singh disappears from his job and his ‘fiance’ and future mother-in-law are looking for someone to get him back. Stephanie blunders her way into the investigation and quickly becomes a danger to herself and to others. Others in this book means Ranger and every member of his team. For a bizarre reason Singh’s disappearance has some links to an unsolved murder of a young woman. We have the regular cast of characters and a road trip to Las Vegas. Stephanie’s sister Valerie is also ready to have a baby. In short, a lot of stuff was going on. Perhaps too much was thrown into this one and parts of it felt disjointed. I have to say I am ALSO kind of souring on the whole Morelli/Ranger love triangle. We are now nine books in, and I can see it going on indefinitely. Unless something drastic happens, I am not sure the romance could keep my interest that long.
Evanovich is clearly writing to her fan base who enjoy the wacky character descriptions and Stephanie Plum’s endearing ineptitude. I am hoping the next books will see Stephanie making some interesting life changes and perhaps a return of some of the characters we know and love from previous books.