Notorious NineteenPaperback Review
- Publisher: HEADLINE REVIEW
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 232mm x 24mm | 420g
- Publication date: 29 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0755385012
- ISBN 13: 9780755385010
- Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
- Sales rank: 7,966
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her bank balance back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. The problem is, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumours are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff's lips seem to be tighter that the security, and it's hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie's Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Plum is forced into working side by side with Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case. The real problem is, no Cubbin means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money - or maybe just desperate - Plum accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly special-forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again - a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid's dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone...or did it? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she'll have to remember: no guts, no glory...
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Janet Evanovich is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.
By Marianne Vincent 18 Mar 2013
Notorious Nineteen is the nineteenth full-length novel in the popular Stephanie Plum series by American author, Janet Evanovich. Life is never sedate for Stephanie Plum: in the opening pages she and Lula face a desperate gunman moments before Stephanie's junker is blown up by a rocket, forcing her back into the virtually indestructible Big Blue, Great Uncle Sandor's powder blue and white '53 Buick. In urgent need of rent money, Stephanie has several skips to track down: a homeless man with a religious artefact; a 52-year-old Doris Day look-alike on a soliciting charge; a small time drug dealer and Geoffrey Cubbin, a manager of an assisted-living complex who is accused of embezzling 5 million dollars. The twist on the embezzler is that he disappeared from hospital just after an emergency appendectomy. Pursuit of the homeless man leaves her holding a 3 foot wooden Tiki, and as her success rate with her latest skips is abysmal, Stephanie consents to do a job for Ranger.This soon turns out to be a lot more dangerous that it first seems when Ranger's Special Forces past comes to haunt Stephanie. As always, Stephanie manages to demolish more than one car (although Morelli's SUV really isn't her fault at all), and lives up to Morelli's assessment of her: disaster magnet. Stephanie finds herself bound more than once, and not in a fun way, apprehending a skip whilst naked, zapped with a stun gun, having her ponytail set on fire, digging up bodies and wearing a pink taffeta bridesmaid dress. Grandma Mazur assists in the investigation and Lula gets paranoid about cooties. Stephanie shows a little more depth than usual in this one; the plot is good and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, including just about everything Lula says and Stephanie's idea of gun hygiene. This installment is better than the last few.
'Non-stop laughs with plenty of high jinks' -- USA Today 'A laugh-out-loud page-turner' -- Heat 'Pithy, witty and fast-paced' -- The Sunday Times