Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
(Bantam, 2014, 305 pages)
How does Janet Evanovich make her latest Stephanie Plum novel, Top Secret Twenty-One, more outrageous than her last Stephanie Plum novel, Takedown Twenty? She adds 10 red-eyed, feral Chihuahuas to the plot along with the usual murder attempts and destruction of cars. In Top Secret Twenty-One, bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is looking for used car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, who has skipped out on his court date. Stephanie is also temporarily housing Randy Briggs, Poletti’s former bookkeeper. Stephanie is hoping to use Briggs as bait to draw Poletti out into the open. Unfortunately, someone keeps firing rockets at Briggs even when he is in Stephanie’s apartment.
As I mentioned in past Evanovich reviews, the plots are not always exciting and sometimes the characters get old, but there is still humor in the novels. Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur is always good for a laugh. She likes to going to viewings and funerals even if she doesn’t know the person. After all, they are big social events and open to the public. As is usual with Evanovich novels, this was a fast, light read.