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Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

Posted March 1, 2017 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Comedy, Cozy, Fiction, Mystery, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet EvanovichTricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #22
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Bantam on November 17th 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Women's Fiction
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute.
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 Supreme Exalted Zookeeper 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.

My take on this book:

Wow! Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich is a great, no excellent book. Stephanie Plum is still going after her FTA’s but Ranger needs her help with a security job that doesn’t really go as planned. Then again it could just be that nothing seems to go right when either Ranger or Morelli have Stephanie as part of their plan. Like all the Stephanie Plum’s books, this one still has the mystery with it that will keep you guessing on who the killer is. This time I thought it was a different person than with who actually did it and it didn’t help that one of my suspects turns up dead.

Main Character

The main character, of course, is Stephanie Plum. No matter what I will forever love the way Janet Evanovich has written her. What I like about Stephanie is that she tries to be a good person especially in her mom’s eyes but she also likes to be different. I really like how she tries to act like this tough bond enforcement when she is with Ranger but it just doesn’t always work when she is by herself. Like it happened in this book when she needed Ranger’s help getting her FTA. What I dislike about Stephanie is that she can’t tell her mom that she doesn’t want to be a housewife. However, she really wants to be married. Yet, to who? Ranger or Morelli, I think it is Morelli that she really likes him. I also don’t like how when she has Grandma Mazur and Lula are in any of Stephanie’s cars that she doesn’t lock the doors (would so totally lock their doors).

Secondary Characters

The second character in this book that I like is Lula. What I like about this character is that even though she isn’t a supermodel, Lula doesn’t care and wears whatever she wants especially with her ‘ho clothes that she has kept. So technically this is all of them. I also like that she tries to assist Stephanie in catching the FTAs. What I dislike about Lula is that she has this problem about thinking that she has these special powers or something that gets kind of annoying. No matter what it is though she is, she will make you laugh. Also, Lula is a bit too graphic and she knows that Stephanie doesn’t want to hear it.

My favorite supporting character would have to be Grandma Mazur especially when she is with Lula. Grandma Mazur is a funny character that is a pain in the butt for her daughter, Stephanie’s mom, and for Stephanie as well. She is especially humorous when she is out with Stephanie on a job.

Things that make it worth reading

One of the things that I love about these books is Janet Evanovich’s ability to transport us to Trent, NJ. It is so real to me and I couldn’t think of another place for Stephanie to live. Another thing I love is that the story moves me but the mystery keeps me guessing throughout and it’s just also full of humor as well.

Here is my warning, though, when you read any Stephanie Plum book you need to eat beforehand, otherwise, you will find yourself stumbling to the kitchen looking for food with your book in your hand.

And my rating for Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich is: Five Stars

Tricky Twenty-Two is an excellent book. I am giving it five butterflies because I love this book. I was so entertained that I didn’t want to put it down at all. The mystery was awesome and one that kept me guessing and stumped at some points. I was stumped but not so much that I want to stop reading the book. Janet Evanovich is an awesome writer and I can’t wait to read more of her books.

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About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Janet Evanovich ~ About the Author

Posted June 11, 2016 by karenbaron in About the Author / 0 Comments

Janet Evanovich 3I reached out to Janet Evanovich with some questions about herself and writing the Fox and O’Hare series with Lee Goldberg. The Pursuit will be released on June 21st. Can’t wait!!!

These are her answers to my questions:

  1. What is your favorite character that you have created?

Despite the fact that I love Kate O’Hare and Nick Fox, I’d have to say that my first love is Stephanie Plum.

  1. Have you created a character that is like you?

Stephanie Plum comes the closest.  The only differences are that she’s younger, thinner and funnier than I am.

  1. Where was the best place that you have lived?

Though I’ve lived in a number of locations over the years, my current home, in Florida, is probably my favorite.

  1. What is your favorite pet?

My family has had a quite a menagerie over the years.  However, at heart, I’m a dog person.  Just ask the most pampered creature on earth — my dog, Ollie.

  1. If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Baking cupcakes and doing the laundry.

  1. Who is your favorite author?

I have a number of favorite authors, including Barbara Park, Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais and, of course, Lee Goldberg.

  1. What would be your dream vacation?

A white beach with turquoise water.

  1. How did you two meet and decide to work together?

Lee and I met a long time ago and became friends.  For a number of years we talked about working together, but needed the right project.  I think that the Fox and O’Hare series is a really good blend of our writing styles.

  1. Who writes for O’Hare and who writes for Fox? Or is it a combination of you both for the two characters?

We each write both.

  1. How do you come up with the cons? Collaboration?

Lee and I bounce ideas off one another until we have a story.  It’s a real collaborative effort.

I love this series (ok, all of her series), I always pre-order my books so I get them right away. You can find her books at most book sellers. Janet also has the best newsletter, she give excerpts from books, contests and she has some great merchandise.

To contact Janet or check out what she is up to:

Janet’s Website:      http://www.evanovich.com/

E-Mail Janet:           Janet@Evanovich.com

Facebook:               https://www.facebook.com/janetevanovich

Twitter:                  https://twitter.com/janetevanovich or https://twitter.com/lulaisthebomb

Pinterest:                https://www.pinterest.com/janetevanovich/

Instagram:              https://www.instagram.com/janetevanovich/

Google+:                 https://plus.google.com/+JanetEvanovichOfficial/posts

FanCorps:               https://janetevanovich.fancorps.com/

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One for the Money

Posted August 23, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Adventure, Book to Movie, Chick Lit, Comedy, Cozy, Crime, Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Review, Urban, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

five-stars

One for the MoneyOne for the Money

Plot Summary

She’s going to get her man. Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is a bright, attractive, confident woman whose entire life has just taken a sudden turn – in the totally wrong direction. Newly divorced and recently laid off, the only work she can scrape up is a dead-end job at her sleazy cousin’s bail bond office. But when her first big assignment involves tracking down an on-the-lam ex-flame (Jason O’Mara), this tough-as-nails lady bounty hunter will be redefining the meaning of hot pursuit in this thrill-packed action comedy.

My take on this movie: So this would be my fifth or so time watching this movie. See this movie is really good. So off the bat I will say that it gets a rating of five stars but it also has it’s flaws. Most of the cast that was casted for their roles I never suspected. The person for Lula is awesome and the same for Grandma Mazur. But Morelli, Ranger, and Stephanie were not how I pictured in my head. Don’t get me wrong I love Katherine Heigl as an actress I just didn’t think that she worked well as Stephanie. But then again she is the only one that willingly went into a dumpster I heard so that is good enough for me.

I thought that this movie did really well especially for the first book in the Plum series but of course they didn’t advertise it well enough. Like how some of the other movies are in your face, this one wasn’t given the advertising like that at all which kind of made me mad. I mean this movie was good and it should have sequels. To me the only person that tried to put it out there was Janet Evanovich.

Oh well. This whole movie from beginning to end made me laugh and it was just really good. They did change some parts in the book for the movie but that is okay for me. I am glad though that they kept in the part where Grandma M shot the turkey that was really good. Everything about this movie is soo good and I don’t want to spoil any of it. If you haven’t seen it yet you should so totally go buy One for the Money and watch it.

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