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Review: Takedown Twenty

May 7, 2015

Takedown Twenty

I used to love Janet Evanovich‘s Stephanie Plum series but the last few I’ve read felt flat and left me wanting more so I wasn’t all that excited when Julie sent me an audio copy of Takedown Twenty.  I wasn’t even sure I’d bother to listen to it, but decided to give it a try when I needed something light and, boy, am I glad I did.

Takedown Twenty has all the elements readers have come to expect from this series – Stephanie bumbles her criminal apprehension, a car is blown up or stolen, Ranger comes to her rescue, and she can’t decide between Ranger and Morelli – but it worked well for me this time.  As usual, Lula and Grandma Mazur add to the fun.  There are some over the top silly elements as well, but they didn’t bother me.

Maybe it was my mood or maybe it was Lorelei King’s fabulous narration but I enjoyed this book more than the last few editions in this series.  Make no mistake, this isn’t fine literature, but I thought Takedown Twenty was a lot of fun.  It certainly hit the spot when I read it.

My friend Julie sent me this book. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    May 7, 2015 7:09 am

    Hard to believe there has been 20 books already! I read many of them over the years – fun

  2. May 7, 2015 7:35 am

    I gave up after #8 but based on your review I’ll add this title to my audio list. Glad your were happily surprised!

  3. May 7, 2015 8:25 am

    I feel exactly the same way…. I think I stopped on 17 (or was it 18?). But I really like Stephanie…maybe I’ll continue on.

  4. May 7, 2015 9:08 am

    This is one popular series that I have never read. I think it’s too late for me now.

  5. May 7, 2015 9:58 am

    We all need a little fun sometime! Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. May 7, 2015 11:17 am

    I enjoyed these as well, but much like you got tired of the same ol’ same ol’. Thanks for your thoughts.

  7. May 7, 2015 12:33 pm

    So she still can’t decide between the two, eh? It’s been so long since I last read one of the books in this series. I keep meaning to pick up the book I have next, but I kind of got burnt out on the series. It sounds like not much has changed for Stephanie. I do remember how funny I found these books.

  8. May 7, 2015 12:38 pm

    Kathy, I’m glad you enjoyed this one a lot. Terrific, concise review!

  9. Patty permalink
    May 7, 2015 2:56 pm

    Interesting…I have not even thought about reading her books in ages!

  10. May 7, 2015 3:14 pm

    Hi Kathy, I hope you stop by and add this to Books You Loved; May. Cheers from carole’s chatter

  11. May 7, 2015 3:52 pm

    It was a bit better but still, sigh

  12. May 8, 2015 7:57 am

    I haven’t read the last few Stephanie Plum novels because I felt the same way you did, but maybe I will give this one a try. I love Grandma Mazur!

  13. May 8, 2015 12:52 pm

    yay! I’m so glad this one makes a bit of a comeback. It’s stretched my suspension of disbelief how she’s made Stephanie veer back and forth between Ranger and Morelli this long.

  14. May 8, 2015 4:42 pm

    I did the same thing…liked the first few then quit. Maybe I’ll pick this one up for the beach this summer, though.

  15. May 8, 2015 8:37 pm

    I liked this installment much better than the last few too.

  16. May 9, 2015 8:18 pm

    I think I stopped at 15 because every book was essentially the same and by your description it seems that’s still the case. Glad you liked it, maybe there’s hope for the series yet 🙂

  17. bookingmama permalink
    May 12, 2015 7:23 am

    All of these books are kind of the same but I still enjoy them. I agree that audio is the way to go with these books!

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