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Review: Notorious Nineteen

May 17, 2013

Notorious Nineteen

Bond enforcement agent Stephanie Plum and her sidekick, Lula, are trying to bring in Geoffrey Cubbin, who’s accused of embezzling millions from a local assisted living facility.  As usual, things don’t go their way and Stephanie needs rent money so she agrees to help Ranger out as he tries to discover who’s after the members of his old Army unit.

Notorious Nineteen is Janet Evanovich‘s latest book in her Stephanie Plum series.  If you’re familiar with the series, it’s more of the same – cars are blown up, Stephanie’s apartment is broken into, and Stephanie can’t decide between two hot men.  I enjoyed the book but am getting rather frustrated that Stephanie isn’t getting any better at apprehending skips and that both Ranger and Morelli would tolerate Stephanie stringing them along for so long.  Even with my frustrations, reading this book was a fun way to spend a few hours.  I don’t think I laughed out loud with this book but I did chuckle a time or two and smiled quite a bit.

I listened to the audio version of Notorious Nineteen.  It’s narrated by Lorelei King and she does a great job voicing all the characters.  I enjoyed her narration but have to admit that some of her voices weren’t what I’d been hearing in my head as I read the other books in the series.  The audio is on 5 CDs and last approximately 6 hours.

My friend Julie sent me this book.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
22 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2013 5:57 am

    I do feel this story is so tired and “done”. It’s time for Evanovich to just bury this and start a new series or something.

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    May 17, 2013 7:00 am

    It was fun for awhile, and I do always get a particular kick out of her Grandma and Lula. But alright already. It is kind of the same as Jack Reacher. Sh*t or get off the pot as my mom always used to say.

  3. May 17, 2013 7:07 am

    I didn’t realize she was a female Jack Reacher! LOL

  4. May 17, 2013 8:06 am

    Totally agree- they are fun reads, but getting too formulaic

  5. May 17, 2013 8:21 am

    I’m one of the few who hasn’t read any of this series so I suppose for me it would be fun!

  6. May 17, 2013 8:25 am

    I read this one, after skipping a few, and thought that the cars getting blown up was getting funnier, and she seems to be stringing Ranger along while spending more time with Morelli, so I thought maybe the previous few had been moving her that direction.

  7. May 17, 2013 8:57 am

    I gave up with this series after about book 3. I got frustrated with Stephanie sooner than you did. But I *love* the audiobooks.

  8. May 17, 2013 10:59 am

    I haven’t read any in this series. Maybe one day, I’ll start with the first book.

  9. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 17, 2013 12:57 pm

    I think I’ve tried LK before. Great review btw doll.

  10. Patty permalink
    May 17, 2013 3:01 pm

    Sounds good but i havent read books by this author ever…

  11. bookingmama permalink
    May 17, 2013 4:18 pm

    I think I enjoy this series again because of the audiobook versions!

  12. May 17, 2013 4:36 pm

    At least you smiled :/ I did not even smile this time around

  13. May 17, 2013 6:19 pm

    I could never get quite into this series, and I agree time to try something new.

  14. May 17, 2013 7:35 pm

    This series sounds like fun. As usual, your review is very good–clear and honest.

  15. May 17, 2013 8:30 pm

    I really like these books on audio.

  16. May 17, 2013 9:14 pm

    I have only read about four of these books, and not in order. My favorite was No. 1….but I agree that it’s frustrating how Stephanie doesn’t seem to learn anything along the way…lol

  17. May 18, 2013 9:31 pm

    I made it to book 12 and then thought enough! Although… when I seen n my reader that you had read this I had to check it out…… still waiting for her to decide… Morelli or Ranger? 🙂

  18. May 19, 2013 7:39 pm

    I, too, gave up on Stephanie a while ago – although I admit I do miss her grandma! Maybe I should pick up the series again on audiobook – I bet it would be a fun way to spend a few hours.

  19. May 22, 2013 8:59 pm

    I love this narrator. She actually saved the last book for me and made it easy to get through. I would go audio on this one too!

  20. May 24, 2013 1:47 pm

    I think I made it to 15, well past when I thought I should give it up. I admit that I don’t miss it at all.

  21. May 28, 2013 10:17 am

    I haven’t listened to the last few books only because they do seem to be all the same now. I do enjoy listening to this series though and Lorelei King is a great narrator for them. The few I’ve listened to without her I didn’t enjoy half as much.

  22. May 29, 2013 8:41 pm

    The “more of the same” is the reason I gave up on this series … way back at book 9. I don’t think I could take it for 19 BOOKS!

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