Stephanie Plum is back, this time hunting a guy who seems to have skipped on a new type of bond, a visa bond (it has nothing to do with credit cards). Vinnie is the first to write a bond of this type, but – surprise! surprise! – Samuel Singh has gone missing and if they don’t find him within the week, Vinnie is going to be a laughingstock. So of course, he puts his best bounty hunter on it. . . Ranger, with Stephanie acting as his assistant. I’m not exactly sure what Ranger was doing throughout this book, but it seemed like Stephanie was doing the bulk of the work. Add in Lula’s attempt to diet herself to supermodel size, and a trip to Vegas, and a cute little dog named Boo, this book really does have it all!
What I Liked About It:
Clearly this is number nine in the Stephanie Plum series, and this far along, I feel like I kind of know what to expect when I’m reading a Stephanie Plum novel. Most of them are pretty amusing, but none has never made me laugh out loud. . . Until this book! Any book that can make me laugh out loud is a genuinely funny book, and I loved that! I love a writer that can put together such a tight comedy scene that you actually laugh out loud. I also loved the mystery in this book. I know some people were bragging that they knew where the book was going on Goodreads, and to a point that was true. I knew who the killer was, but not until they finally dropped the clues in front of me. So I thought she did an excellent job on that front as well. Overall, a good book, a quick read, and FUN! Aaaannnnddd. . . in this book I finally felt that Stephanie was getting marginally better at what she did. Maybe not a LOT better, but marginally.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
Hm. I can’t think of anything, and that’s a good thing, especially when you get this far along in a series. By now you should know your characters, and give your readers what they’re looking for, and Janet Evanovich definitely delivers. I thought about pointing out that the series starts in the 90s and this book was written in the early 2000s and that you could see that technology creeping in. . . but honestly, it doesn’t really jar me all that much. I don’t notice it. Except for some of Stephanie’s 90s fashion choices. . . but I can forget that too.
Like with anything, this may not be your cup of tea, but I liked it, and I liked the previous books. Not all have been a hit with me, but this one definitely was, and definitely worth a read.