September 7th, 2014

miss plum

Book 166: Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich

Book 166: Top Secret 21 (Stephanie Plum #21).
Author: Janet Evanovich, 2014.
Genre: Chick Lit Crime Fiction. Comedy/Drama. Spy Fiction.
Other Details: Unabridged Audiobook (6 hrs, 16 mins). Read by Lorelei King.

Stephanie Plum is getting desperate. She's running out of leads in the search for Jimmy Poletti, who was caught selling more than cars out of his New Jersey dealership. Even Joe Morelli, the city's hottest cop, is struggling to find the criminal wheeler and dealer. Stephanie's No.1 temptation, Ranger, is also struggling. There's a killer in town with a personal vendetta against him. If Ranger wants to survive, he'll need Stephanie's help - and to reveal a piece of his mysterious past. Death threats, highly trained assassins and highly untrained assassins are all in a day's work for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum! - synopsis from UK publisher's website.

In addition to the above Stephanie finds herself helping out Randy Briggs, always a fun supporting character, when person or persons unknown blow up his apartment. She discovers that Briggs was acting as Poletti’s bookkeeper and decides that he could be useful as bait to draw Poletti out, if indeed he's behind the attack on Briggs and not the many other enemies that Briggs has managed to make.

I do enjoy this series even if basically Evanovich is writing the same story over and over with a few changes of supporting characters, baddies and the like. Stephanie continues to be unsure if she loves Joe or Ranger and still seems to know little about bounty hunting. Still they do prove perfect listening in the car as they demand so little and provide amusement.

Janet Evanovich's web page for 'Top Secret Twenty-One' - contains Chapter 1 and audio sample.
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Book 36- Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt

36. Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, by Zahi Hawass and Franck Goddio. I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, you can't get more authoritative on Egypt than Hawass and Goddio. The concept of this book is fascinating; researchers went to underwater cities to see what they could find out about Cleopatra, and to one spot on land to see if her tomb could be found. The facts are interesting, and the diving pictures are stunning. I also loved all of the information of the variety of artifacts found. I do wish there would have been more size comparisons but I guess when you only have so much room that becomes tricky. For example, there was a massive statue pictured- then on the next page there was a picture of the statue being brought up by the divers, and you could appreciate how huge it was. My biggest problem with the book - and this is why it took so long to get through - is that while the book is heavy on the pictures (a good thing), the mercifully short introductory chapters to each section were hard to read. I question the sanity of whomever decided that a spiderweb thin font at what looked to be 80 percent black would be a good choice. Couple this with the fact that much of this font was overlaid on a 10 percent gray screen... yeah, talk about tough to read. That was frustrating.

Currently reading: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadima, and Just My Type, by Simon Garfield.