“Plum needs to make a decision about her two love interests.”Mrs. K wrote this review Wednesday, November 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Notes on Notorious Nineteen
- This review contains SPOILERS.
- I did not buy this book; I borrowed it from the library.
It was better than the last few books but could have been so much better. Here are some of my random thoughts about and pick-ups from Notorious Nineteen:
One of the things that I miss about the early books is the sense of menace and danger to Stephanie. These days you know that Ranger is going to save the day, so there's no real sense of danger. For me the sense of danger coupled with Ms. Evanovich's humor in the early books made the books good reads.
The book was short and lean on plot twists, complications and details. I know that complicated plots are not Ms. Evanovich's forte, but I felt many things in the plot were glossed over that could have been interesting. For example, she could have switched to third person and given us some concrete details on Ranger's history. (Other writers have mixed up their writing style mid-series with success. I'm thinking of Robert Crais's L. A. Requiem in particular.)
As for the dialogue, I agree that it seemed off and that maybe Ms. Evanovich had some ghosts do some of the writing. For example, it is hard for me to imagine Ranger saying that the Buick was "enchanted".
The scene with Orin Carr in her apartment reminded me of the scene with Edward Scrog in Twelve Sharp and the scene in the cemetery felt like a re-run too.
As for the triangle, it is beyond tired. Did Ms. Evanovich have Morelli say that he's been thinking about marrying Stephanie for ten years? Does that mean that Stephanie is now 40 and Morelli, 42? Does that mean that Stephanie has been a bounty hunter for 10 years? If so, her ineptitude is pathetic.
For once, Ms. Evanovich, or someone on her staff, seemed to go back and read some of the prior books, because there were references to scenes and details from them. I think that was a good thing, since it gave the series some much-needed continuity.
There is enough of the usual in Notorious Nineteen that should keep Ms. Evanovich's devoted fans buying the Plum series and Ms. Evanovich and Random House rolling in cash.
For me, this book is 2.75 stars, but Amazon doesn't permit fractions, so I'm rounding up to 3 stars. Please note that this rating is for a Janet Evanovich book, because my expectations for her output since Fearless Fourteen are decidedly low. If other authors whose series, I regularly read (Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Diane Mott Davidson, Sue Grafton, Jo Nesbo, Daniel Silva, etc.) produced a book like Notorious Nineteen, I would rate it 1 star. ”
“Another good one”booklover wrote this review Tuesday, November 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“2.5 stars rounded up 3.
Quite frankly I couldn't wait for this book to end. ”
“YAY! I'm so glad to see this installment was so much better than 18. Stephanie in her element and PLENTY of Ranger & Morelli. I started laughing in the very first chapter and enjoyed it all the way through.”Sportschic21 wrote this review Tuesday, November 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good, but not her best work. There were a few laughing out loud moments, but not as many as previous books. That being said, still a great read!”Northernzia wrote this review Monday, November 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“not laugh out loud belly laughs, but good”linda p wrote this review Monday, November 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This librarian loves this series. This one did not disappoint but it was just a quick glimpse into Plum's life. No real tenisions (you know what I mean) only one car (well maybe two) blow ups and not much else. Still I would rate it a four only because of the love not the content. ”Teresa T wrote this review Monday, November 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“another awesome book by Evanovich”mamashark wrote this review Sunday, November 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No