Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)by Published 13 Nov 2018
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Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich's #1
New York Times
There's nothing like a good deli and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World famous for its pastrami, cole slaw and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.
Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25) Reviews
Unfortunately, the continued deterioration of quality of this series has caused me to bail on the whole thing.
And I am so mad about it. I invested 23 books worth of reading time but, man, Hardcore Twenty-Four was just *so* bad that I find I no longer have the wherewithal to continue following Stephanie Plum on her wacky adventures. Additionally, Hardcore Twenty-Four made it clear to me that Ms. Evanovich no longer cares about Stephanie Plum beyond how much money this series makes her. Stephanie Plum hasn't seen any kind of growth since probably (if I'm being generous) the 14th or 15th in the series, and there's only so many times a car getting blown up/stolen/stripped for parts can be funny.
And, for God's sake, if she's going to be a completely inept, if funny, bounty hunter, have her decide on a man! The 'who will she choose?!' romantic subplot has become super tiresome. It could be Rex the hamster at this point for all I care; it's just not even a good cliffhanger to end on anymore, and I want so much more for Stephanie after spending 23 books with her. If she were really one of my friends, I would've shaken her out of frustration; as it is, I'm relegated to writing one star reviews on books that aren't even out yet, which I'm also annoyed about.
Ok. Let me start out first by saying that I am a fan of these novels. Granted, the series started to slip when it tried to focus too much on the romance, but now we’ve decided to pretty much let that go. Steph is sleeping with the cop and Ranger slips in when he can find an opening. I’m not gonna hate on the girl ‘cause this is the fictional world and there are plenty of hot guys to go around.
What I really love about these books are the side stories. Lost cats, killer hens, Grandma and her honeys, Lula and her diets. These characters are always available for some funny antics.
So, I will keep my Stephanie Plum fan club going, even if I’m all alone. 💕💕📚
As you can see from my previous reviews (24, 23, 22, 21, and 20) I am not happy with the way this series has gotten terribly formulaic. The characters grew briefly only to be stunted back again one book later. No decisions are ever made. Cars are totaled, Lula dresses ridiculous, Grandma goes crazy, Stephanie's mom is tempted to day drink (as am I reading the newer books), Rex never ages, and Stephanie can't choose between Ranger and Morelli.
According to the synopsis it looks like she has a new job. That sounds promising. I hope this is an indication of something new. Please for the love of Pete! Pick a guy, whether Ranger or Morelli or a new character, add some life into this repetitive madness, and let it end on a good note! I don't care if that means Stephanie manages a deli in Trenton and marries someone and settles with a bunch of kids or if she goes and does something different. Just don't be the same old thing. Maybe have her write a book! She has plenty of experience to draw from... let her make millions writing about the life of a Jersey bounty hunter that gets made into a movie and she can retire rich and not have to be this insane mess who constantly stumbles into awful situations to "save the day".
I ranted. My apologies.
After reading review will be awhile as I refuse to pay money for this book and will wait for a library copy.
Stephanie is the temporary manager of a deli and Lula is the expert sandwich maker. But the managers have a way a disappearing from this deli, and maybe Steph is next! Morelli and Ranger are taking turns protecting Stephanie, but from what or whom, they’re not sure. The characters are at their best in this humous adventure. To me, this series always delivers. It’s the hot fudge sundae of my book life: I know what I’m getting, it never strays too far from what I expect, it’s always a good treat, and I never get tired of it. I hope Ms. Evanovich is still writing them and I’m still reading them for many years to come. It’s the series that will Still Be Great at Forty-Eight!
I will give all of the books from this series 5 stars because I love it! It's crazy, stranger than ever and makes me laugh :)