Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
St. Martin’s Press, 2007
Mystery; 310 pgs
First Sentence: For the last five minutes, I’d been parked outside my cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds office in my crapola car, debating whether to continue on with my day, or return to my apartment and crawl back into bed.
Reason for Reading: After a serious reading material streak, I thought something light and fluffy was in order. What better way than to visit old friends in the Burg?
Comments: Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is in fine form for the 13th installment of Janet Evanovich’s popular series. Stephanie once again finds herself in the middle of trouble when her ex-husband, Dickie Orr, goes missing soon after she paid a visit to him that got a little out of hand. She had gone to his law offices at the request of Ranger who suspected Dickie and his partners may have been involved in some shady dealings. As a result her burst of temper, Stephanie is the prime suspect in his disappearance. Not only do the police have her in their sights but so does Dickie’s girlfriend, Joyce Barnhardt, the woman he cheated with while married to Stephanie. And if things weren’t bad enough for Stephanie already, she soon finds her own life on the line.
Lulu fans will be happy. Ranger fans will swoon. Morelli is as sexy as can be. Grandma Mazur is hotter than ever (read the book and you will know what I mean). Joyce is her usual annoying self, although she earns a little of my respect this time around. And Stephanie is, well, Stephanie. She fumbles her way through most of the book in her usual style. The fur certainly flies, and she’s still not sure which man is the better catch. There is plenty of action, slapstick comedy, and Ranger sightings in Janet Evanovich’s latest novel. Although the story itself is not that strong, with a loose main plot that gets somewhat lost with everything else going on in Lean Mean Thirteen, the narrative was entertaining and funny. This wasn’t the best of the Stephanie Plum novels, but it was still an entertaining and fun book to read.
Favorite Part: I just adore Grandma Mazur. She’s such a pip and can always pull a laugh out of me. Lulu is a hoot in this one too, and I was glad to see she too had such an active part throughout the novel. There were a few laugh-out-loud moments, but I truly think they are better left for the reading of the book than my spoiling them here.
Miscellaneous: My husband and I are watching the first season of The Wire, and I have to say, I love that show! It’s edgy, has an awesome cast, and a great story line. Does anyone else watch this show?