Ok – Straight off – If you arent from Joisey, you are not going the appreciate the fine nuances of Janet Evanovich’s setting for her Stephanie Plum novels:Trenton. But dont let that stop you from reading this slapstick comedy/murder mystery. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich has its laugh out loud moments that anyone can enjoy and I warn you-be prepared to laugh out loud and have someone ask you “What’s so funny?”
Explosive Eighteen is a Stephanie Plum novel (and no-Im not going to see the movie! I mean really- Katherine Heigl?! There is nothing that makes me think “Burg” when I see her!!) and its typical Stephanie! In this latest installment, she still cant decide: Ranger or Morelli. Both male interests are wonderfully engaging and its hard to pick which one she should be with from a readers perspective as well as from a characters perspective. The usual a zany cast of characters (Lula, Vinnie, Connie, Stephanie’s parents, Pino’s pizza and Grandma Mazur) are brought into the story, as well as some new characters including Lula’s new love (a local purse snatcher), courtesy of Granda Mazur’s love- potion making friend, a couple fake and a couple real Feds, a killer named Razzle Dazzle and the typical wake and a funeral in the Burg, a new gun for Stephanie and a rocket launcher Lula bought in a garage sale in the projects of Trenton. All this tied together makes for a fun easy read.
I always wind up laughing my way through these books and enjoying the antics of the characters. They are so over -the -top that you cant help laughing but they are also so almost real the reader quickly become absorbed into the story. I have driven down many of the streets that are in the book, and I can assure you there is a reason to avoid the streets Stephanie does should you ever trip across Trenton in your travels. The Burg is a real place in Trenton and the author does a good job conveying the character of the neighborhood and bringing its real flavor to the books. All in all – there have been other of the Stephanie Plum books I have enjoyed more but I am never disappointed and always get a good laugh. So I have to ask…Ranger or Morelli??
See you at the Joisey finish line!