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Books 115-116: Tricky Twenty-Two and Christmas Cravings

Book 115: Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum #22).
Author: Janet Evanovich, 2015.
Genre: Mystery. Chick-Lit. Comedy-Drama.
Other Details: Unabridged Audiobook (6 hrs, 27 mins). Read by Lorelei King.

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 The Supreme Exalted Zoo Keeper 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.
- synopsis from author's website.

A fun though predictable annual instalment in this series. That the series is very much to formula is illustrated by the fact that when I started listening to this I thought for a minute that I had downloaded an earlier book in the series instead of the latest. Stephanie, her friends, family and apparently immortal hamster, Rex, never age or change despite the series starting in 1994. Still, I have accepted the formula and always enjoy the ridiculous situations Stephanie finds herself in. She amuses me.

Book 116: Christmas Cravings (Greediy Yours Series).
Author: Emma Hamilton, 2015.
Genre: Chick-Lit. Romance. Food
Other Details: ebook. 98 pages.

How could everything that seemed so right suddenly have gone so wrong for Mia? Snow is on the ground and Christmas lights twinkle in the German Christmas market. The warm, spiced wine is just right, but there's still one key ingredient missing from her romantic dream. Will Mia's Christmas turn out to be sugar and spice and all things nice - or a deflated soufflé of loneliness and regret? Christmas Cravings is a festive romance standalone episode from the Greedily Yours series. - synopsis from NetGallery.

My thanks to the publisher who provided a copy via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This was a charming tale and while I am not a great fan of romance it proved a pleasant distraction. The writing style is quite straightforward with a touch of humour. During the times that Mia went off in her mind recalling recent events her pal Lizzy called her back to the here and now and it did amuse me. Certainly one I would recommend if this kind of warm hearted chick-lit is your thing.
Tags: audio book, chicklit, mystery, romance

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