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Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum #24) by Janet Evanovich

Summary: Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-fourth thriller as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey…

Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun—whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.

Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.

If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits—that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.

As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?

My Review:  I love this series, this is a series I have been reading for years.   I love reading the crazy situations that Stephanie Plum gets herself into.  They may be redundant and similar in every book but that is what you expect and love about a Stephanie Plum novel… you know what you are going to get.  One yummy satisfying tasty cake.

This book was fun because it featured Diesel and it wasn’t a novella, which I found quite interesting.  Are my two books going to have a cross over?  A girl can hope.

Plus this book featured zombies… and we ALL know how I love zombies.   Such a fun book and I can’t wait to read the next one!

Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum #22) by Janet Evanovich

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Summary: Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute.

Stephanie Plum might not be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she’s being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren’t adding up, and Stephanie can’t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college – and it’s not just Zeta fraternity pranks.

As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it’s good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken’s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.

My review: I am glad that this was better than the past few books, some of the Stephanie Plum charm was back in this book. I also had a serious fist pump action at the end of the book.

You get all the normal things you have come to expect when you read a Stephanie Plum novel, I just wish I would laugh as hard as I did when I read the first 5-7 books in the series. I will say this one was much better and it does feel like the end of the series might be upon us.

Also this book is getting a lot of bad reviews, but my thoughts are simple I read this because I love the characters, I am emotionally invested and I want to see Stephanie have a happy ending.