Source: purchased (paperback).
Genre: a really funny chick-lit mystery.
Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She’s been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it’s time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can’t compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now…
Stephanie is stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He’s killed before, and he’ll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life — her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? (Goodreads)
My rating: 4/5.
I’m not reviewing this one because it’s really special or different from the ten previous instalments of this series, but because I read all those parts before I started blogging and haven’t reviewed any of the awesome Stephanie Plum novels on my blog. This is a mistake I intend to correct right now.
Eleven On Top is structurally very similar to the other parts – but that only makes for a more satisfying read. Stephanie has decided to quit her job at Vinnie’s office and try to find a normal job (much to the relief of her poor mother), but things don’t get any more normal than they used to be. Her cars are still getting busted, she still doesn’t know whether she should pick Morelli or Ranger, and the Burg is still the same gossip-ridden place it was before.
So why do I keep reading these novels like they’re magic? It’s because of the characters. First of all, Stephanie herself is such a great choice. As many crazy adventures she gets herself into, she’s actually a very real individual with everyday problems (in addition to the crazy ones). Then there are the old favourites: Ranger, who’s still as hot and mysterious as ever (I’m team Ranger, by the way), Lula and Grandma Mazur – these two ladies are so absurdly cool (one’s fascinated with fast food and the other with death). The more I read about them, the better they get.
Oh, and don’t forget about Bob the dog: “I walked Bob about an hour ago, and he pooped twelve times, so he should be good for the night. I didn’t feed him, but he ate one of Morelli’s sneakers around three o’clock. You might want to go light on the dog crunchies until he horks the sneaker up.” Ew.
Stephanie has this fierce sense of independence but at the same time, she cares so much about the people around her. It’s all a part of this weird Burg mentality but it makes sense, oddly enough: “I’d eaten about a third of the tub of ice cream. I put the lid on the tub and walked it back to the freezer. I put all the food away and wiped down the countertop. I wasn’t much of a housekeeper, but I didn’t want to be killed and have my mother discover my kitchen was a mess.“
I guess it all boils down to whether you love Evanovich’s sense of humor or not. I think she’s hilarious. I snort-chuckled a lot through this series and if that’s not a glowing recommendation, I don’t know what is. ;)
Have you read any of the Stephanie Plum novels? How about other Evanovich books?
Do you have a favourite silly character?
I’d love to hear from you! :)