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Dec 17 2013

Takedown twenty by Janet Evanovich

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Stephanie Plum Bounty Hunter novel, 20. Hodder Headline, 2013. ISBN 9781472201577.
(Age 16+) Crime. Humour. When Stephanie Plum is given the assignment to bring in Uncle Sunny she knows that it will be a tough deal. Uncle Sunny is not only Joe Morelli's actual godfather, he is a powerful mobster in the local area and Morelli's grandmother, Bella, is determined that Stephanie won't touch him. Meanwhile Ranger needs help to find a murderer, who leaves the bodies of elderly women in dumpsters with a signature sunflower. In addition to all this excitement, there has been a sighting of a giraffe in the neighbourhood.
The 20th book in the Stephanie Plum Bounty Hunter novel series maintains the fast pace and racy humour of her earlier books. It is laugh out loud in places as Stephanie tries to get the bond for Sunny, who is surrounded by evil henchmen. Aided by Lulu who is on the campaign for a designer Brahmin handbag and Grandma Mazur who is on the lookout for hot dates at bingo, she faces all sorts of terrors as she investigates.
Her romance with Morelli is still on, but she finds that Ranger, who often rescues her and lends her cars, is a temptation that is difficult to resist.
I hadn't read any of this series for quite some time, so I was quite happy to read along with familiar characters and situations, the addition of Kevin the Giraffe making for some light hearted moments.
Pat Pledger

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