Sunday 17 November 2013

TAKEDOWN TWENTY by Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn't take him down, he may take her out.
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore "Uncle Sunny" Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it's up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in - not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because - just Stephanie's luck - the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
It's not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client's mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie's Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she's working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior centre, trying to catch a killer on the loose - and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favour.
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.
I love the Stephanie Plum series, it's one of my favourites. So whenever a new book comes out, I can't wait to get my hands on it. I love catching up with Steph & Co, and look forward to enjoying their latest shenanigans.
While Stephanie and Lula are staking out Uncle Sunny, they see a giraffe walk by followed by a black car with a satellite dish on the roof. When they pursue, they stumble on an unconscious guy who was shot with a tranquilizer dart in the butt.
Things start out pretty strange, and they get worse.
Since she's not having much luck getting her hands on Sunny because everyone seems to love him, or they're too scared to rat him out, she decides to try other cases. But nothing's working out. So when Ranger asks her out on a 'date' and it turns out to be work related, she decides to help him out. Now she's getting involved in the dangerous world of senior's bingo. And if she's going to find out who's been killing old ladies and then dumping their bodies, she has no choice but to follow it through to the end. 
So many bad things happen to Stephanie in this one--she breaks a finger, breaks her nose, falls down the stairs, gets thrown off a bridge--that she decides she's had it with being a bounty hunter. And actually quits long enough to try starting a new career as a butcher...um, yeah. Things don't end well there either. If only she could just make up her mind about which man she wants to share the rest of her life with: Morelli or Ranger. Nah, that's not gonna happen. ;)
Takedown Twenty is another hilarious instalment in this fun series, but it also puts Stephanie in some pretty scary situations. I love how Janet Evanovich always throws Stephanie into the most dire of situations, and keeps making her life harder and fills it with indecision, but can still keep the story light-hearted. I cracked up so many times while I was reading this book, but it also kept me on the edge of my seat because I couldn't wait to find out who the murderer was!
I loved this book, and look forward to the next one. Of course! ;) 
Takedown Twenty, December 2013, ISBN  9781472201577, Headline Fiction

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