Top Secret Twenty-One - Janet Evanovich

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Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.

To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.

Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret.

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My Review:

not my cup of tea:
2/5
This plot had potential, but it ended up being boring. And not in a ‘this is the 21st book in the series and I’m a bit over it’ way but a ‘this guy is supposed to be so terrifying even Ranger is afraid of him, but he can’t complete even basic tasks once Stephanie is involved‘ way. Grandma Mazur had more success with her ridiculous bucket list than this Russian dude had with his poisoning/Ranger revenge plan.

Just too many random characters and coincidences and, in all honestly, boring scenarios. The only refreshing twist here was Morelli finally stepping in to save the day for once. Unfortunately, with all the action relegated to the last 15 pages of the book, this was not an exciting book – even the FTA rebonding scenes were dull. I probably could’ve skipped this one.

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