Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich

Top Secret Twenty One

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Traveling With T purchased this copy for her own personal reading.

Top Secret Twenty-One

Summary from Goodreads:

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.

To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.

Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Ok, I’m a Cupcake gal. Not that I can’t appreciate some of Ranger’s assets (& I can totally understand the appeal of being a Babe……) But, Joe Morelli, for a ton of reasons works for me. I like him and Stephanie together. Maybe, I’m stuck back in the good ole days when the flirtation and the chemistry was at an all time high- but still…. I wave my CUPCAKE flag high and proudly!

But, Janet.. Janet,, JANET- it’s getting to be cut and paste: Something blows up. There is some type of animal that is crazy. Ranger says “Babe”. Joe says “Cupcake”. Lula and Stephanie get into a jam. Lula wears some spandex thing that is a hot mess and yet works for her. Rangeman is tracking Stephanie. On and on and on… And on some more. Oh and Stephanie lusts after both Joe and Ranger. Again and again and again.

So, why do I keep reading? Well, for one reason- I hope to one day see a resolution between the Steph/Joe/Ranger triangle. Two- even though it’s cut and paste- even though I can generally see exactly where the shenanigans are headed, I still find some enjoyment in the series.

If you have read the Stephanie Plum series before- you’ll know the basic plot line. If you enjoyed the previous books- you’ll enjoy this one. If your enjoyment is waning- then check this book out- because Janet is not breaking any molds with this book. Slapstick fun is the name of the game… Although when Grandma Mazur completes some of her bucket list- you won’t be able to help but chuckle.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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9 thoughts on “Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich

  1. Great review, T- you really bring out the humor and amusement that this series seems to offer.
    Have you read the Calamity Jayne series by Kathleen Bacus? It sounds similar to this one. Jayne is a reporter sleuth who gets into all kinds of trouble and always seems to be running into situations with Ranger Rick, the sexy hero she’s in lust with but would never admit it it. I just gobbled this series up a couple of years ago, because it was so LOL funny. Each book has a cozy mystery but it’s the quirky characters and hilarious antics that made me enjoy this series so much. I’ll have to check this series out as well.

    • Thanks so much! I have not read the Calamity Jane series (but will have to check it out)! If you start reading the Stephanie Plum series, 1-9/10 are top notch… The series kind of spazzes for me 11-15 and picks up around 16 (though not returning to glory days of 1-10!)

    • Thanks so much! I have not read the Calamity Jane series (but will have to check it out)! If you start reading the Stephanie Plum series, 1-9/10 are top notch… The series kind of spazzes for me 11-15 and picks up around 16 (though not returning to glory days of 1-10!)

  2. Amanda D says:

    Great review. That is exactly how I feel about this series. I hope someday soon she ends the love triangle. 21 books is a long time to string people along. It won’t make me stop reading but it would be nice.

  3. The first book in this series was enough for me. It’s fun, but it’s very light and I hate love triangles. And even from the first book I got the impression it was going to be a very cookie-cutter kind of series. I think I’ll probably continue to pass on the rest!

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