Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute.
Stephanie Plum might not be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she’s being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren’t adding up, and Stephanie can’t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college – and it’s not just Zeta fraternity pranks.
As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it’s good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken’s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.
More 4.5 stars but I rounded up because this book made me laugh so hard I cried a little bit haha.
The last few books in the series have been pretty disappointing. You know it’s bad when you sit there and ask yourself “Why does there have to be ANOTHER book!?” But thankfully, this book was better than the last 4 or 5. The biggest problem that I have with this series is that it is so predicable, and similar.
A few examples:
Grandma Mazur attends a viewing.
Car gets blown up.
Lula wants to eat, and mentions being a ho multiple times.
Big Blue shows up.
Stephanie needs to be rescued by Ranger or Morelli.
A very hot Ranger who likes to talk with one word sentences. (babe)
This set up is in almost every book Janet Evanovich has written. And while yes it is a combination that really gives the book that fun action we love, it is just getting a tad boring.
But with that being said. There were a few perfect parts that had me laughing so hard I couldn’t breath. Was amazing. There was more focus on the crime/mystery portion of the novel, which I was super excited about. Had the typical easy flow that I expect from Janet Evanovich.
Overall, a lot better than the last couple books. But I would love to see Stephanie grow as a person.