Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
(Bantam Books, 2012, 312 pages)
What do a nudie beach in Atlantic City, a Yeti, a man returned from the dead, a tiki, and a couple of car bombings have in common? They are all part of the plot of Janet Evanovich’s latest Stephanie Plum novel, Notorious Nineteen. Just when you think that the adventures of fictional bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, cannot get any more outrageous, they do. In Notorious Nineteen, Stephanie must figure out how patients are disappearing from the hospital at night without being seen on the surveillance cameras or by the hospital staff. Stephanie also helps her friend, Ranger, investigate who is trying to kill him and one of his friends.
The Stephanie Plum novels are set in Trenton, NJ. Stephanie lives in an apartment with her hamster, Rex. Her parents and grandmother live nearby in the house where she grew up. The grandmother owns a large, old Buick which Stephanie borrows whenever her car is blown up or otherwise destroyed. The Buick appears in many of the Stephanie Plum novels.
I like some of the Stephanie Plum novels better than others. Notorious Nineteen is among my recent favorites. It grabs your attention from the beginning and does not let go. If you’re looking for a novel about a bounty hunter who is torn between two men and lives in constant chaos, Notorious Nineteen or any of the Stephanie Plum novels might be for you.