Tuesday 29 November 2016

TURBO TWENTY-THREE by Janet Evanovich

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has been on countless crime scenes, but this is definitely a first. Her fleeing target has left behind a truck loaded with ice cream and a dead body - frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. 

 As fate would have it, Stephanie's mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the ice cream factory to find out who's killing employees and sabotaging the business. It's going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. It's also going to be hard to explain to Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, why she is spending late nights with Ranger...

Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate, but for a girl who claims to have 'virtually no marketable skills', these are the kinds of sweet assignments she does best.

I love the Stephanie Plum series! I look forward to reading Steph's latest adventure every year. So of course I was really excited about the latest book.

Stephanie and Lula are about to grab an FTA when he makes a run for it and steals Lula's Firebird. This leaves the girls with no other choice than to commandeer the ice cream truck Virgil obviously stole. 

This wild ride leads to a whole lot more trouble, when a frozen chocolate-covered dead man falls out.

Now this has become a murder investigation and Steph's going to have to go undercover for Rangeman, which means working in an ice cream factory. But no matter what section she works in, she just can't figure out what's going on. Employees are either too nice to suspect, or too mean not to be a suspect. And when she has to dress up as a clown and ride around with the cranky Jolly Bogart driver in an ice cream truck, Stephanie will never look at frozen treats the same way again.

Life in Trenton is complicated in a lot of ways, not just work. Lula is walking around naked with Briggs hoping to break into reality TV. Grandma Mazur is dating an aged bikie-bartender. And Stephanie STILL can't make a choice between Morelli and Ranger...

I seriously love how Janet Evanovich continuously and effortlessly tortures Stephanie in every book, but also manages to slip in a bit of bliss. After all this time and all these books, I still love catching up with Steph, Lula, Ranger, Grandma Mazur, Morelli, as well as the other (many) colourful regulars.

Turbo Twenty-Three is another fun murder mystery with a sweet-toothed twist. It's also a great addition to this very awesome series. The mystery kept me guessing, and everything else made me LOL. There were so many hilarious situations--mostly starring Lula! And several sexy situations with Morelli, or was it Ranger? ;)

Loved it!

No matter what happens, Stephanie has a knack for bouncing back, so I can't wait to see what she gets up to next!

Turbo Twenty-Three, November 2016, ISBN 9781472201690, Headline Review

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