Book Review → Takedown Twenty

17908462Title: Takedown Twenty
Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum
Publication Date: November 19th, 2013

Synopsis: New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

Review: This is hard for me to say, this has been one of my favorite series for a long time, but I think it’s time to let Stephanie and Ranger go. I am over the love triangle between Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli. Hell I was over that at least five books ago. It’s time for Stephanie to grow up and either pick someone or man up and tell them she wants to date both.

As for the plot and story line, I was bored. There isn’t any mystery to it and it was in credibly easy to figure out what was going on. Plus, how the hell has Stephanie not gotten any better at bounty hunting? She’s been doing this for years, yet she’s just as bad as when she started. I find it hard to believe she wouldn’t have gotten better or that Ranger hasn’t done more to train her. By the lack of this both of them come off as reckless, irresponsible and stupid. While Stephanie often exhibits those traits, Ranger does not. Also, it’s time for Lula to move on or for Stephanie to move on. Lula is not funny, she often leaves Stephanie in dangerous situations. Basically she’s a bad friend and a shitty partner.

The only good thing going on with this series, is that we are seeing more of Ranger. Oh and this one had a giraffe, though that whole part was quite ridiculous. Yeah, sadly it’s time for me to say goodbye.

Stars: ★★★

Recommendation: Not this one. You should check out the earlier books in this series, I really enjoyed them through book 13. I’ve only enjoyed 2 or 3 in the last 7 books.

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