Thursday, January 5, 2012

Explosive Eighteen- Janet Evanovich

Title: Explosive Eighteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Source: Gifted
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary:
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 from Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, she’s flying back to New Jersey solo, and someone who sounds like Sasquatch is snoring in row 22. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. The FBI, the fake FBI, and guns-for-hire are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

Only one other person has seen the missing photograph—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.

Over at the Bail Bonds Agency it’s business as usual—until the bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke, Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their “largest” FTA yet, lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment, and everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?!
Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii.  And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.

The latest instalment of the Stephanie Plum series was hilarious as always. Lula and Stephanie are running on luck more than skill to catch bail skippers. The characters are always hilarious; this is a light book which I was able to finish within a day. I hope there are many more books to come with this series.  The cover is one of my favourite for this series.
 I was a little disappointed that Evanvich did not indulge into the Hawaii fiasco as much as I thought she would. I still feel like there are unanswered questions about the entire trip that she either decided to leave from this book or will not be answered.  I still want to know what exactly happened with Stephanie and who she will ultimately choose.  This seems to be a recurring theme throughout the series. .
Why can't she pick? I ask this question at the end of every book. I want her to choose Ranger, I like Morelli but he's just not Ranger. Unfortunately I don't think she will ever fully pick. Sadness. 
I absolutely loved this book as I have loved all the books in the series; however my only disappointment with this one is I found it was not as action-packed as the books normally are. It seemed almost toned down.  I cannot wait for the next instalment but I am not left on a cliff-hanger.

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