Turbo Twenty-Three

- Janet Evanovich


In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts.

Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body—frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans.

As fate would have it, Stephanie’s mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who’s putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business. It’s going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. It’s also going to be hard to explain to Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, why she is spending late nights with Ranger, late nights with Lula and Randy Briggs—who are naked and afraid—and late nights keeping tabs on Grandma Mazur and her new fella. Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate, but for a girl who claims to have “virtually no marketable skills,” these are the kinds of sweet assignments she does best.



not my cup of tea:

It took way too long to get into the story – I don’t think I felt invested until about 80% of the way through the book when …

… the killer clown makes an early morning appearance with a knife in Stephanie’s apartment.

Until then, it just felt like going through the motions.

Ranger needs help with a security problem that, of course, only Stephanie can supply. He has a whole company of highly trained people, and he seems to rely much too heavily on someone with (bad) luck and no skill. Even Lula and Grandma Mazur and Briggs felt pretty tame this time around, somehow making even naked bungee jumping dull. And despite book after book of Grandma Mazur trying to find a boyfriend, she finally gets one, and there’s almost zero drama or acknowledgement or excitement. It’s a total non-event. At one point, it almost seemed like Stephanie finally had a Morelli epiphany, and even that doesn’t seem to last long.

In the end, Stephanie seems to have found herself in an impossible situation. And yet she’s saved because Lula knew what street she was on, someone recognised the car from the hit and run, and they managed to find it in front of the right building? Seriously? Like it wasn’t bad enough that she’s always got Rangeman GPS on her, this time she didn’t even need that to get saved?

I started this review with three stars, but honestly, writing that out, I just dropped it down to two because what a joke. Usually, these books are somewhat believable if we pretend the supernatural Between-the-Numbers books don’t exist, but this time I think Evanovich is asking for too much.



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