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The twenty-seventh entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series isn’t just the biggest case of Stephanie Plum’s career. It’s the adventure of a lifetime.

When Stephanie’s beloved Grandma Mazur''s new husband died on their wedding night, the only thing he left her was a beat-up old easy chair…and the keys to a life-changing fortune.

But as Stephanie and Grandma Mazur search for Jimmy Rosolli’s treasure, they discover that they’re not the only ones on the hunt. Two dangerous enemies from the past stand in their way—along with a new adversary who’s even more formidable: Gabriela Rose, a dark-eyed beauty from Little Havana with a taste for designer clothes. She’s also a soldier of fortune, a gourmet cook, an expert in firearms and mixed martial arts—and someone who’s about to give Stephanie a real run for her money.

Stephanie may be in over her head, but she’s got two things that Gabriela doesn’t: an unbreakable bond with her family and a stubborn streak that will never let her quit.

She’ll need both to survive because this search for “fortune and glory” will turn into a desperate race against time with more on the line than ever before. Because even as she searches for the treasure and fights to protect her Grandma Mazur, her own deepest feelings will be tested—as Stephanie could finally be forced to choose between Joe Morelli and Ranger.

About the Author

Over the last twenty-five years, Janet Evanovich has written a staggering twenty-four #1  New York Times bestsellers in the Stephanie Plum series. In addition to the Plum novels, Janet has coauthored the  New York Times bestselling Fox and O’Hare series, the Knight and Moon series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and the graphic novel,  Troublemaker (with her daughter, Alex Evanovich).

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Chapter One

CHAPTER ONE
My name is Stephanie Plum and I’m a fugitive apprehension agent in Trenton, New Jersey. I’m not especially brave, so you would think I’d pretty much stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, I occasionally ignore the obvious signs of danger and stumble into something ugly with the potential for disaster. This was one of those times. I was in a tunnel under a strip club, and I was with my coworker, Lula.

“This is a bad idea,” Lula said to me. “My nipples are all shrunk up and trying to hide inside my body. It’s like what men’s gonads do when someone comes at them with a butcher knife. Those suckers abandon ship and there’s nothing left but an empty nut sack. Not that I know firsthand. I’m just sayin’ what I hear.”

Aside from being a bounty hunter, I think I’m pretty normal. I have shoulder-length curly brown hair that’s usually pulled back into a ponytail, blue eyes from my mother’s Hungarian ancestors, and a bunch of rude hand gestures from my father’s Italian side of the family. My nipples aren’t as smart or nearly as big as Lula’s. They were currently snug inside my sports bra, going along for the ride, and not paying attention to much of anything.

“Not only that, but I think my hair’s standing on end,” Lula said. “Look at it. Is it standing on end? It feels like it. My scalp is all tingly. That’s a for-sure sign that something horrible is going to happen to us.”

Lula’s hair is always a surprise. Some days it’s lavender. Some days it’s braided. Some days it isn’t even Lula’s real hair. Today it was a massive puffball of chemically induced black ringlets shot through with hot pink highlights and sprinkled with glittery tiny pink stars. It was awesome. The rest of Lula is equally awesome, as her bounty runneth over in booty and boob and everything else. Today she was packed into a yellow spandex mini bandage dress that was sized for a much, much smaller woman. I was in my usual uniform of sneakers, jeans, and girly T-shirt.

Lula and I were playing hooky from bounty huntering to track down Lou Salgusta, a mob guy who specializes in information extraction and revenge by barbecuing various body parts of his victims. He’s one of six hit men who, years ago, bought a strip club called the Mole Hole. It’s located in downtown Trenton, and it’s famous for its cheap drinks, outstanding burgers, and mob-occupied back room. It was common knowledge that the six club owners each had a personal La-Z-Boy recliner in the back room, and the possession of one of those recliners was as good as, if not better than, being made.

Recently, Salgusta and one of his La-Z-Boy pals, Charlie Shine, decided my grandmother had the key to a treasure. They kidnapped Grandma and me, and while we endured some terrifying moments, we were able to escape with minimum damage. Problem is, Shine and Salgusta still want the key to the treasure, and we saw them murder a man in cold blood while we were captive. So, there’s incentive for Salgusta and Shine to capture us again, persuade Grandma to give them the key, and then kill us.

“I know it’s a righteous undertaking to protect your granny,” Lula said, “but we aren’t exactly that Die Hard guy.”

“John McClane?”

“No, Bruce Willis. I’m guessing you don’t even have a gun. I’m guessing your gun is home in your brown bear cookie jar.”

She was right about the gun, and she was right about us not being Bruce Willis. Unfortunately, I can’t let any of that stop me, because I love my grandma, and I will do whatever it takes to protect her. And as I see it, the only way to protect her is to track down Salgusta and Shine and get them behind bars.

Twenty minutes ago, I got a call from my mom, who’d gotten a call from Margie Wisneski, who’d gotten a call from her alcoholic brother that he was having his midmorning pick-me-up at the Mole Hole, and that Lou Salgusta had just walked in and gone straight to the back room.

Lula and I rushed to the scene, but the back room was empty when we arrived. Margie’s brother was still at the bar and swore that Salgusta went into the back room and didn’t come out.

“There’s gotta be a secret way out of that room,” Lula said. “That’s the way it always is in the gangster movies. You’ve got to have a way to sneak out when the bulls show up. That’s what they used to call the police. I know all about this because I got the classics movie channel on my TV package.”

We returned to the back room and looked around. Six La-Z-Boy chairs. A monster safe. A card table with four folding chairs. Big-screen TV. No windows or doors other than the door opening to the barroom.

After several minutes of searching, we found a trapdoor hidden under a rug. We opened the door, climbed down a ladder, and stood squinting in the dim light of an escape tunnel that was approximately six feet high and three feet wide. It was encased in concrete and lit by a single bulb that was about thirty feet in front of the ladder.

Lula and I were now standing under that bulb. The tunnel changed from concrete to dirt at this point. It was supported by wood posts at regular intervals and it narrowed slightly.

“I’m going back,” Lula said. “No way in hell am I going to squeeze myself into that dirt tunnel. First off, it’s going to smudge up my dress. And second, it’s the tunnel to death and doom.”

“I imagine you got the death-and-doom message from your nipples?”

“Don’t underestimate my nipples. I got nipple radar. When they talk, I listen.”

Lula turned and huffed back to the ladder. She climbed the ladder and stopped at the top.

“This here door’s closed,” she said.

“You followed me down. Did you close the door?”

“Yeah. I didn’t want anyone to know we were down here. I didn’t count on it being so hard to get open again.”

“Maybe there’s a latch somewhere. A button to push,” I said.

“I’m feeling all around and I don’t see no button.”

“Are you sure you can’t push the door open?”

“Would I be standing here on this freaking ladder if I could get the freaking door open?” Lula said.

I replaced Lula on the ladder and tried the door. No luck. I climbed down the ladder and pulled my cell phone out of my pocket. No bars. I looked down the corridor at the dark, dirt tunnel of death and doom.

“Guess what?” I said.

“I don’t like ‘guess what.’ And I don’t like the way this place smells,” Lula said, following me to the end of the concrete.

“It smells like dirt.”

“Exactly,” Lula said. “There’s no other smells besides dirt, and that would indicate that we’re underground with no windows or anything. Like we’re in a tomb. You see what I’m saying?”

“We aren’t in a tomb. We’re in a tunnel that Lou Salgusta just used so it has to go somewhere.”

Okay, truth is, I was every bit as creeped out as Lula. I didn’t like being underground. It was claustrophobic. The air was heavy with dirt and damp, and I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t suffocating. Even worse was the thought that Lou Salgusta might be waiting at the other end. I wanted to capture him, but I wasn’t confident that I could do it under these circumstances.

I tapped my phone’s flashlight app. “Stay close behind me and don’t use your phone,” I said to Lula. “We should save your battery.”

“Do you want my gun, being that you’re first in line?”

“Sure.”

I took the gun from her not so much for self-defense as to make sure Lula didn’t panic and accidentally shoot me in the back.

We walked a short distance and the tunnel curved. The single lightbulb disappeared from view and there was only blackness in front of us and behind us.

“I can’t see what I’m walking on,” Lula said. “It feels squishy and I hear water dripping.”

Water was dripping from the top of the tunnel and the dirt underfoot was muddy. I could see men’s footprints in the mud. Salgusta, I thought. Maybe someone else. Hard to tell in the dark. The tunnel came to a T-intersection. I flashed the light in both directions and saw nothing but endless dark tunnel. I went right, following the footprints.

“There’s something dropped on my neck,” Lula said. “I can feel it crawling. It’s one of them big tarantulas. Lord help me, I got them all over me!”

I turned and flashed the light on Lula. “I don’t see anything. I think you’re just getting dripped on.”

“It was on me and then it jumped off.”

I directed the light to the ground and a small rat scurried away.

“Holy hell,” Lula said.

I bit into my lip to keep from screaming and moved forward.

“I bet there’s snakes up ahead,” Lula said. “That’s the way it is with Indiana Jones. First the tarantulas and rats and then the snakes. Where’s the end of this freaking tunnel? I want to see the light. Where the heck is the light?”

“Hang on,” I said. “I’m following footprints.”

“I think we must be coming to the end because I smell something different,” Lula said. “It doesn’t smell like just dirt anymore. It smells like kerosene or gasoline or something.”

I’d noticed the smell when we turned the corner a while back. I didn’t think it was a good sign since we were following a man whose best friend was an acetylene torch.

“What’s those red dots in front of us?” Lula asked.

I flashed the light at the dots. “Rats,” I said.

“Shoot them!”

I wasn’t going to waste bullets on rats. I was saving them for whatever more horrible, more ferocious creatures might be lurking in the dark. Alligators or a slimy mud monster or Lou Salgusta.

I saw a flicker of light far down the tunnel. Another flicker eerily illuminated a smiling face, and WHOOOSH, the face disappeared behind a curtain of fire. Flames licked at the ground in front of a monstrous fireball and raced toward us.

I turned and shoved Lula. “Run!”

We ran blind in the dark, my flashlight beam bouncing around. A swarm of rats were also running for their lives, squealing beside us. I stepped on one and kicked another out of the way. Lula was huffing and puffing in front of me.

“Run faster!” I yelled. “I’ve got a wall of fire behind me.”

We reached the intersection, made the turn, and the fire roared past us. We were bent over, catching our breath and I thought I heard footsteps, far off in one of the tunnels.

“We need to get to the trapdoor,” I said to Lula. “Get moving.”

“What happens when we get to the trapdoor?” Lula asked.

“We open it.”

The dirt was dry underfoot in this part of the tunnel and the single bulb was visible in front of us. We passed under the light and I stared up at the wood door.

“Stand back,” I said to Lula.

I emptied the clip into the door where I thought the latch was located. The door was pocked with rounds, and I could see through a couple of holes I’d drilled in the wood. I climbed the ladder and pushed, but the door didn’t budge. I heard the scuff of shoes and muffled speech. I banged on the door and yelled for help.

The trapdoor was wrenched open and a young guy in a black Mole Hole T-shirt looked down at me. “What the heck?” he said, taking my hand, helping me out.

Lula was right behind. “No kidding, what the heck,” she said. “You gotta fix that door. Bad enough you got a creep-ass tunnel down there, but your door don’t even work when you want to get out. I got ruined Via Spigas, and I gotta take this dress to the cleaners. You know how much they charge to clean a dress? And on top of that, there’s fireballs and rats down there, and I’m pretty sure I got the rat cooties on me.” She tugged her skirt down over her ass and looked at the guy who helped me out. “You’re the bartender, right? I want one of them man-eater burgers with extra fries and a chardonnay.”

“Not a good idea,” I said. “There might be someone following us, and I’m out of bullets.”

“Yeah, but I really need a burger,” Lula said. “I’m about having a heart attack. I need something to calm myself. I need meat and grease and cheese.”

I could identify. My blood pressure was just a couple of notches below stroke level, but a burger wasn’t going to do it for me. I wanted to get out of the Mole Hole. I needed air. I needed distance from the smiling face of Lou Salgusta.

“We can get a burger on the way to the office,” I said. I looked at the bartender. “Thanks for the help. We appreciate it.”

“Yeah, no problem. I wouldn’t have heard the gunshots, but the music shut off between sets.” He looked down at the open trapdoor. “I didn’t know there was a tunnel.”

I turned to go and almost bumped into a woman who was standing behind me. She was my height and about my age. She was exotically pretty, with long brown hair and large almond-shaped eyes. She was dressed in black. Black Louboutin combat boots with signature spikes covering the toes. Black skinny jeans. Black tank top with a black, Loro Piana Traveller jacket. Her lipstick was perfectly outlined just like her eyes.

“Did I hear you say there was a tunnel?” she asked.

“This here is the tunnel from hell,” Lula said.

The woman moved closer and studied the ladder. “What’s down there?”

“Mostly mud and rats,” I said.

“Interesting,” she said. “A tunnel under a strip club. If you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll investigate.”

“And fire,” I said. “Did I mention the fire?”

She was already halfway down the ladder.

“Hey!” I yelled at her. “The tunnel is dangerous. You shouldn’t be exploring down there.”

She disappeared from view, her boots echoing on the concrete for a short time, and then there was silence.

“Do you know her?” I asked the bartender.

“Never saw her before,” he said.

“She’s not from Jersey,” Lula said. “She doesn’t talk right. She sounds like Eliza Doolittle. And she’s a crazy lady, but she got good taste in purses. She had a Fendi mini backpack hanging from her shoulder. I always wanted one of them.”

Lula and I were splattered with mud and smelled of gasoline. We left the back room, walked through the dimly lit barroom, and went out the door. We stood blinking in the bright sunlight.

“I need to get out of these clothes before I got spontaneous combustion going on,” Lula said.

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MOMof3
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End It!
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2020
I LOVED this series! Laughed, cried, got others hooked on it and stayed up to the wee hours reading them. However, I truly believe these books have ran their course and have definitely run out of steam. I quit reading them and so did everyone else that I got hooked on them.... See more
I LOVED this series! Laughed, cried, got others hooked on it and stayed up to the wee hours reading them. However, I truly believe these books have ran their course and have definitely run out of steam. I quit reading them and so did everyone else that I got hooked on them. Reading the description I was hoping we were finally going to work toward a final book. No such luck. Same old, same old nothing new, no humor. Janet it’s time to write the final book and end the series.
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Renee M
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I couldn’t be more disappointed...
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020
I am usually such a fan of these books. So much so that I stayed up until midnight for the release and read it straight through. I was sooo disappointed. I don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for others, but I think the cover blurb raised my expectations and... See more
I am usually such a fan of these books. So much so that I stayed up until midnight for the release and read it straight through. I was sooo disappointed. I don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for others, but I think the cover blurb raised my expectations and then the book failed to deliver. To the point that I feel the cover was pretty deceptive and it made me a little angry when I was done reading the book. The characters where flat...some even seemed to take a step back as far as development. The relationship triangle was flat (there was no where near the conflict or resolution hinted to on the cover). I’ve never been annoyed by “the triangle” as other readers have been in the past, but I was with this book for some reason. The plot was pretty flat. Even the new character, Gabriela, was such a miss. I definitely won’t be picking up her stand alone series.

This might be the end of the line for me and Stephanie Plum. It’s time to give up on these, which makes me sad. I’ve loved them for so long. Sometimes, you have to move on.
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Shannon
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Not worth the time
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
Like most readers, I have been a big fan of this series since the beginning. Yes, the books have fallen into the never ending cycle of repetition and lack of development but I stick with it because for those hours it takes me to read, I''m entertained. Nothing changes but... See more
Like most readers, I have been a big fan of this series since the beginning. Yes, the books have fallen into the never ending cycle of repetition and lack of development but I stick with it because for those hours it takes me to read, I''m entertained. Nothing changes but the pacing is good and it keeps me turning the pages. But this book was painful to read. Painful. Like a 300 page newspaper article. Flat is the only word I can think of to describe it. I felt like I was reading an outline that never got developed. The characters had no spark or energy - like even they were bored and just dialing it in. And forget about a triangle/romance. Ranger and Morrelli have very little "screen" time.
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linda galella
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The finale of a great series is a romp and a half!
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020
Stephanie, Lula, her two love interests, (Ranger & Morelli), a new character named Gabriela Rose, Grandma Mazur and an host of others, are fully focused on finding the treasure left behind by Grandma’s recently deceased husband. In typical fashion, they bungle and eat... See more
Stephanie, Lula, her two love interests, (Ranger & Morelli), a new character named Gabriela Rose, Grandma Mazur and an host of others, are fully focused on finding the treasure left behind by Grandma’s recently deceased husband. In typical fashion, they bungle and eat their way thru the non-stop action with lots of guffaws and head shaking along the way.

Not so typical, at least of the last few books, there’s real action, mystery and adventure in this book. The story is still largely driven by dialogue but there are car chases and destruction scenes that will rival “Fast & Furious” and make classic car enthusiasts groan.

The sense of determination and finality in this volume is evident from the early chapters. While I found it a welcome addition, I did miss some of the ethnic “charm” or tropes that usually pepper author, Janet Evanovich’s writing. Trenton, NJ is in my backyard , the Italianisms ARE my yard and these have provided much of the joy from the Stephanie Plum series.

Gabriela Rose is a great foil in this story. She’s everything Stephanie is not, including the lead in Evanovich’s next novel: her heritage is Hispanic, she’s designer thru ‘n thru plus she’s a soldier-of-fortune that can cook; no take out cartons for this chica!

All the loose ends of Stephanie’s life are finally tied up. There’s no real “satisfaction” chapters which left me with the feeling we might see these characters again sometime. Still, the ending is typical Plum and will give a smile to fans both old and new as well as hope for what might yet return another day.

G’bye for now - Stephanie, Grandma, Lula, Joe & Ranger...see ya’s later📚
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Kim greeley
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Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
While I enjoy the characters that are introduced, the plots are getting thin, and the Ranger-Morelli , who gets the girl, is the same in every book. It really needs to end and the only way to do that is have Ranger get the girl so that the series can continue with some... See more
While I enjoy the characters that are introduced, the plots are getting thin, and the Ranger-Morelli , who gets the girl, is the same in every book. It really needs to end and the only way to do that is have Ranger get the girl so that the series can continue with some spice. There are more ways to go with the series at that point. The way it is now, well let’s just say- you are left flat at the end.
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Recca Scott-Fox
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Disappointed ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
I know this series focuses on the Stephanie being a bond enforcer with FTAs and one of the sub-plots being the focus of the Ranger/Joe triangle. However, I was really hoping after the "jacket write-up" about Stephanie getting some competition related to the men in her life... See more
I know this series focuses on the Stephanie being a bond enforcer with FTAs and one of the sub-plots being the focus of the Ranger/Joe triangle. However, I was really hoping after the "jacket write-up" about Stephanie getting some competition related to the men in her life and her making some choices, we would finally see some hope in the whole triangle. Not so much. First, Stephanie''s competition is not described as a mini-Ranger as the jacket originally said, nor does she make any revelations about her relationship with Ranger other than they get each other; there is some around Joe, however, it''s about jealousy. And seriously, what man fist bumps his competition when 10 pages prior, Joe asked Stephanie "do you really want to talk about dinner partners?"

While I get the book is not about getting into the deep and emotional weeds, I was expecting a lot more and just disappointed $15 went to what? Lulu getting her hair shot through like a cartoon?

I have always been Team Ranger, but it would be nice to see them move it to the next level and see if it goes beyond the physical.
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L.T.
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I''ve waited 25 years for THIS Stephanie Plum to emerge!
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
I am not going to analyze what happened, but at least Stephanie Plum is having a stellar year ( it''s likely NOT 2020 in her world. ) :) She''s maturing in important ways, and I believe this will be an " Upward and Onward" course for our favorite heroine. I''ve read... See more
I am not going to analyze what happened, but at least Stephanie Plum is having a stellar year ( it''s likely NOT 2020 in her world. ) :)
She''s maturing in important ways, and I believe this will be an " Upward and Onward" course for our favorite heroine. I''ve read NOTHING which says this is the LAST Stephanie Plum book. I see reviews which say it is, but why? Stephanie did not give any hint that her life was changing drastically. Janet Evanovich has not said this is the last book, as far as I know. There''s a new publisher, but that''s it. So, on with the show!

IF you didn''t read the prior Stephanie Plum book " Twisted 26", it would be really helpful to do so, as this book is a stand alone read, but directly continues the cliffhanger ending of the book just prior to this one. In " Twisted 26", Stephanie''s beloved Grandma Mazur found love, married, and lost her elderly husband in about 48 hours'' time.
Her elderly newly deceased husband, Jimmy, left a riddle of great importance to be solved. A riddle/ secret he''d guarded carefully. Stephanie and Grandma Mazur ( Edna Mazur) were left looking in some unsavory Trenton, NJ, dives and in the special recliners of a gang of mobsters trying to find out what Jimmy wanted his bride to know or have. The book 26 had a cliffhanger ending. This book picks up the mystery and Stephanie and a few helpers solve many clues to reach a stunning finale.

This book is all about the adventure to find Jimmy''s and his criminal but elderly ( and a few already deceased) friends'' long- hidden secrets.
I found the writing to be extremely tight without dangling loose ends or detours other than her bail bond recovery career, which continues unabated, although there are hints here and there in her thoughts that Stephanie is finally aware that she can branch out if she wants to.

I was really happy with the overall story within a story, with Stephanie''s new friendship who''s a wealthy and more skilled version of Stephanie and a treasure hunter all over the world. As I understand it, Stephanie and the glamorous and mysterious Gabriela will be teaming up for several more adventures in future books.

Everything gelled in this book. Ranger finally made a magnificently glorious found gift to Stephanie which may have a deeper meaning.. Morelli seems to have stepped more into his career and out of Stephanie''s, which was a relief.

Cars still got blown up, funerals and caskets still play a huge role in the '' burg life, and Uncle Sander''s Roadmaster is still the emergency transportation when Steph''s car is destroyed by all the methods the bad guys inflict on her.
But, Stephanie is showing more skills, more determination, has spruced up herself, may be less afraid of fighting back, and has remorse when Ranger''s vehicles are destroyed. ;)
Maybe it was just my imagination, but it seemed to me our heroine is moving closer to Ranger''s orbit and out of sync with Morelli''s except as he''s doing his duty as a LE officer.
As a die- hard Ranger fan ( Rangerette), I''m extremely hopeful and happy, having just finished my Kindle edition of the book.

I believe this is the best of all 27 books, bar none. Growth and change can be painful mixed with the new sense of power gained, and finally, there is movement in the storyline of our feisty protagonist. I LOVE the changes after so many years of hoping for this, and more.
I''m also very happy to see the titles with numbers fade away. Thank you, Janet and new publisher! For those who may be wondering how long it will take to read a book with such a grand title, this is an easy book to read either all the way through, or as life allows. I read my copy in one day to evening time period at a leisurely pace and with many breaks. There were no dull places or overly busy chapters with too many names to remember. In fact, the only thing to ever really know in a Plum series book are the names of Stephanie''s family and friends. The others likely will be " the bad guys" she''s in the process of taking to the police for re-booking and bonding... and maybe exploring new avenues of adventure with Gabriela and *maybe* more time with her boyfriend, Ranger.
( I call him that, Stephanie knows what he means to her, but calls it " complicated".) She''s extremely funny and innovative and shines like a brilliant gem with her friend, Lula, her family, the multi-talented security expert and her lover, Ranger, and an unexpected new ally.

I believe anyone who enjoys fiction of the action/ adventure type featuring a young-ish adult very personable female protagonist in Trenton, N.J., with an Italian- American mother and grandmother will enjoy reading this latest and best installment of Stephanie Plum''s adventures. All the adventures are topped with a special little taste of fortune new to Stephanie which is perhaps tinged with something close to love, and the glory of solving a mystery with Ranger, a new fellow professional world treasure hunter named Gabriela. The title reflects an upbeat series of adventures and experiences, and the author totally delivers.
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Dosha
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I liked it!
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020
I am a loyal Evanovich reader. Some books are better than others , but this one was a winner. Loved that Ranger starred in this one . So glad to feel goosebumps for Morelli too!! Potts was fun also. Great writing , Janet. This was a treat.
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Sweetpea
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Was this actually written by Janet Evanovich?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2020
I pre ordered this ages ago and have been looking forward to it. While I did enioy it, I am also a bit confused... Was this actually written by Janet Evanovich? The author voice just seemed a bit different and there were a couple of incidents that make me wonder especially....See more
I pre ordered this ages ago and have been looking forward to it. While I did enioy it, I am also a bit confused... Was this actually written by Janet Evanovich? The author voice just seemed a bit different and there were a couple of incidents that make me wonder especially. The first was that the name of the aunt that Joe inherited his house from has suddenly changed! Also, where the heck was Joe in this book? He barely showed up which was a shame and when he did, he ''bumped fists'' with Ranger?! Ermmm.... Previously there''s been a grudging respect on each side for the specific skills each one has, but interaction, especially around Stephanie has been a nod at the most as the two Alpha males battle with their egos. The fist bump had me totally thrown and pulled me right out of the story, as did the misnamed aunt. And while I love Lula, there was little too much in this book and very little everyone else. The characterisation felt kind of flat compared to the usual rounded, ''I know these people'' feeling one usually has from these books. I did like Potts but as for the rest it was all just a bit odd and flat, which was a real shame. Something definitely a little off about the writing of this particular book.
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E Evans
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Enjoyed this continuation of book 26
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2021
Can be read as a stand-alone, but this is really a continuation of book 26. Since Grandma was with her new husband when he dropped dead within hours of the wedding, the elderly mobsters that formed his circle are convinced Grandma knows the location of the keys he was...See more
Can be read as a stand-alone, but this is really a continuation of book 26. Since Grandma was with her new husband when he dropped dead within hours of the wedding, the elderly mobsters that formed his circle are convinced Grandma knows the location of the keys he was holding and the code to unlock whatever it is they are all hiding. A lot of the book is taken up with Stephanie trying to keep Grandma out of the mobsters’ clutches whilst fitting in a bit of bail bond apprehension on the usual mix of bizarre absconders that populate Trenton. As with the previous book this seems more plot driven than recent books, rather than simply relying on food fights and car crashes to provide the entertainment. It also features very little Morelli and considerably more Ranger. Overall really enjoyed this continuation of the previous story arc.
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PATRICIA
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Has Janet Evanovitch, become formulaic?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 7, 2021
I haven’t read a Stephanie Plum book for a long while. So it was interesting to see how the author had developed the character. She hadn’t. I think I could have written the book myself as I seemed to be able to know what happened next. I am not really enjoying this book...See more
I haven’t read a Stephanie Plum book for a long while. So it was interesting to see how the author had developed the character. She hadn’t. I think I could have written the book myself as I seemed to be able to know what happened next. I am not really enjoying this book which is a shame as I did love these books for a long time when they were first written. However they appear to have become formulaic. There is only so many times you can read about this character, her disasters and her sex life and her friend and grandmother.
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MRS ANGELA WEST
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Poor storyline - not worth reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2020
Paid £9.99 for the kindle - for a book that is probably the size of a child’s paperback - storyline poor I think Ms evanovich has over stretched the Stephanie Plum series - very disappointed
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Janmo
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2020
Disappointed. Price is increasing without similar value in the book content. This was really part B of the 26 book. It’s getting too much of the same. No resolution to the Morelli/Ranger situation. She needs to find an end to this now.
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