Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)by Janet Evanovich Published 13 Nov 2018
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Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich's #1
New York Times
There's nothing like a good deli and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World famous for its pastrami, cole slaw and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.
"Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)" Reviews
Vinnie and the Hammer repossess the Red River Deli in Trenton, but the managers keep disappearing, leaving on a single sneaker behind. Stephanie Plum and her sidekick Lula are having a bad string of luck in apprehending folks who have skipped out on their bonds so Vinnie makes them work at the Deli. The two kitchen workers are funny, but both Ranger and Morelli are worried about Stephanie disappearing. And Wulf keeps popping in with interest in one of the missing managers. Not enough of Stephanie's family in this one, and Morelli is way too understanding about Stephanie's sleeping in Ranger's apartment. The plot is, as usual, pretty far fetched. Shocking for readers of this series, eh?
Ok. Let me start out first by saying that I am a fan of these novels. Granted, the series started to slip when it tried to focus too much on the romance, but now we’ve decided to pretty much let that go. Steph is sleeping with the cop and Ranger slips in when he can find an opening. I’m not gonna hate on the girl ‘cause this is the fictional world and there are plenty of hot guys to go around.
What I really love about these books are the side stories. Lost cats, killer hens, Grandma and her honeys, Lula and her diets. These characters are always available for some funny antics.
So, I will keep my Stephanie Plum fan club going, even if I’m all alone. 💕💕📚
I will give all of the books from this series 5 stars because I love it! It's crazy, stranger than ever and makes me laugh :)
Unfortunately, the continued deterioration of quality of this series has caused me to bail on the whole thing.
And I am so mad about it. I invested 23 books worth of reading time but, man, Hardcore Twenty-Four was just *so* bad that I find I no longer have the wherewithal to continue following Stephanie Plum on her wacky adventures. Additionally, Hardcore Twenty-Four made it clear to me that Ms. Evanovich no longer cares about Stephanie Plum beyond how much money this series makes her. Stephanie Plum hasn't seen any kind of growth since probably (if I'm being generous) the 14th or 15th in the series, and there's only so many times a car getting blown up/stolen/stripped for parts can be funny.
And, for God's sake, if she's going to be a completely inept, if funny, bounty hunter, have her decide on a man! The 'who will she choose?!' romantic subplot has become super tiresome. It could be Rex the hamster at this point for all I care; it's just not even a good cliffhanger to end on anymore, and I want so much more for Stephanie after spending 23 books with her. If she were really one of my friends, I would've shaken her out of frustration; as it is, I'm relegated to writing one star reviews on books that aren't even out yet, which I'm also annoyed about.
Stephanie is the temporary manager of a deli and Lula is the expert sandwich maker. But the managers have a way a disappearing from this deli, and maybe Steph is next! Morelli and Ranger are taking turns protecting Stephanie, but from what or whom, they’re not sure. The characters are at their best in this humous adventure. To me, this series always delivers. It’s the hot fudge sundae of my book life: I know what I’m getting, it never strays too far from what I expect, it’s always a good treat, and I never get tired of it. I hope Ms. Evanovich is still writing them and I’m still reading them for many years to come. It’s the series that will Still Be Great at Forty-Eight!
Why do I keep reading this series? It jumped the shark so long ago that the shark has died - just like this series. And yet, I keep reading them. Library or free versions only. I'm stupid, but not THAT stupid.
It's not like I can't quit things. I'll quit the crap out of things that bore me or make me uncomfortable in any way. I have quit diets so many times that you would have to call me a professional yo-yo dieter. Like one of those freaks that gets really into yo-yos for some reason and can do all kinds of things that make you go "ooooh", and then it gets boring so you quit watching.
Yeah, that was great. Now, get the hell out . You're late for your mime lessons.
Stephanie has the personality of an elderly woman who isn't very bright. She can't bring herself to say the word "vagina", so we get words like "hoohah" and "doodah". She's less hip than my grandma. And, my grandma's dead. Still cooler than Stephanie.
Both, because she's freaking epic.
At least she didn't actually sleep with Ranger in this book, cheating on Morelli, like she usually does. She only kissed him a bunch of times. I mean, it's not like we'd be mad if our boyfriend's went around kissing another woman, right? That's not cheating. *eye roll*
So, in this one, Stephanie and Lula work at a deli, because, hey, why not? At least it wasn't a chocolate factory. And, hilarity ensues. And by hilarity, I mean mild chuckles occasionally.
What I'd like to see happen in this series:
Rex dies. (Because, hey, he should have died years ago)
Grandma Mazur dies.
Lula moves to Los Angeles and becomes a vegan.
Stephanie decides on Ranger.
Ranger realizes that she's a moron who cheated on her boyfriend so he finds someone better and they live happily ever after.
and this series.