The latest Stephanie Plum book, “Tricky Twenty-Two” was released in November this year. I’ve been following the series since book number one, “One For The Money” and every November, which is usually the release month for the Plum series, is like a Crime Fiction Christmas. And so here we are again with another review of Janet Evanovich’s latest novel.
The characters are just as crazy and as fun loving as ever. Lula is always good for a laugh. Stephanie blows up a few cars, she can’t decide between Ranger and Morelli, people get bonded, people die, Stephanie is kidnapped at the end of the novel (a common trend) and she escapes in the nick of time, and that is about it. There is a part of me that loved the book, and the other part was left wanting. In the early days of the series Stephanie Plum’s character was changing, growing, developing… Now it is the same stock-standard; the overarching narrative has fallen short and I find myself wanting. Wanting what? I don’t know. But there needs to be a change. A new character, maybe she finally moves in with Morelli? Maybe she marries Ranger? Just something. Something more than the same ol’ same ol’. It seems like I am bashing the novel, but the truth is it isn’t a bad read. It just doesn’t go any further than the already hashed out character stereotypes and plot devices.
I am not sure if you are a Plum follower, but I would love to hear what you thought of the novel and if you are having the same feelings I am about the series. As always, remember to share the reading love.
I 100% agree. I discovered Stephanie Plum about 2 years ago and within 2 month was up to date with the reads. I read the the last one, but found myself so bored. I loved the characters in the beginning and even now, but like you it left me wanting. I think what we want is a conclusion something to wrap it all up. I think they have had a good run, but it may be time to move on. At this point they are simply redundant which is making them less enjoyable. After I read the last one, I read the reviews on Amazon and a majority of the reviews were similar to our opinion. People are simply sick of the same ol’ thing.
It will be sad to see the series end, but I agree with you: I think it is time to wrap the series up.