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.
I’m so excited I only have one more book in this series to read before I can move on to something else. The involvement of supernatural aspects in these books for absolutely no logical reason is driving me crazy. You can’t write 20+ books in the real world and then suddenly decide that the paranormal shit is real and not relegated to the Between-the-Numbers books.
Another frustration is how there seems to be at least a little character development or growth in every book, and you’re left with just enough hope that the next book will be different, but it never is. Instead, you’re stuck jumping back ten steps to start again at the beginning and watch it all happen again.
I have been the biggest fan of the Morelli-Ranger drama since day one, but at some point, a girl has to make a decision. She’s pretty much living with Morelli and still hooking up with Ranger and pretending like she’s in love with both of them and can’t make up her mind. It reads that she wants Ranger, but since he won’t marry her, she’ll keep stringing Morelli along but not fully dating Ranger and instead, no one wins. Everyone in this situation deserves better and needs to move on already.
The mystery in this one wasn’t even interesting. I had less than 10% left of the book and fell asleep reading it. That’s not how this is supposed to work and is not the experience I signed up for. I miss the early days in this series. But I’ve come too far, and it’s time to finish up and move on and (probably) never come back.