★★★★ 4.5 Smokin' Stars ★★★★
FIRST A STRANGER APPEARS
While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdos, Stephanie discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her.
THEN THE STRANGER REVEALS HER SECRETS
The woman dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock, and has a bad attitude and a mysterious connection to dark and dangerous Carlos Manoso …street name, Ranger.
NEXT, SOMEBODY DIES
The action turns deadly serious, and Stephanie goes from hunting skips to hunting a murderer.
SOON, THE CHASE IS ON
Ranger needs Stephanie for more reasons than he can say. And now, the two are working together to find a killer, rescue a missing child, and stop a lunatic from raising the body count. When Stephanie Plum and Ranger get too close for comfort, vice cop Joe Morelli (her on-again, off-again boyfriend) steps in. Will the ticking clock stop at the stroke of twelve…or will a stranger in the wind find a way to stop Stephanie Plum…forever?
As with any Evanovich novel I was hooked from page 1 all the way until the end. I can never get enough of Stephanie Plum, Grandma Mazur, and Lula. Once again, this book is jam packed with laughs, fun, and gun yielding woman (amongst other crazies). Readers cannot get enough of Stephanie’s eccentric family; specifically, grandma Mazur trying to open the closed casket on her favorite night of the week- funeral viewings. Some people ask if the stories ever get old? No they don’t. These reads are meant to be light and fun. Some also ask whether the lack of character development in Stephanie gets annoying? Again, the answer is no. When she is ready, she will pick a man… I hope. And if she “grew” any more than I can hardly believe she would be the same as she is in these books. This is another hit in the series (which is by far, one of my favorite series of all time). If you haven’t read it yet, start with One for the Money. I am sure you will get just as hooked as I was!
Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.