Review ~ Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

Posted December 7, 2015 by Tanya in Reviews, Romantic Suspense / 4 Comments

Review ~ Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet EvanovichTricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 6 hrs 27 mins
Series: Stephanie Plum #22
Published by Bantam on November 17, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 320
1.5 Stars
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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.

I’ve slowly been losing interest in this series. Tricky Twenty-Two may have been the killer. The last few books have pretty much been saved by Lula and Grandma Mazur. I didn’t find their antics as comical as before. The situations were different, but the basis for the joke was mostly rehashed from all the previous books.

Tricky Twenty-Two has Stephanie doing her usual thing trying to catch FTA’s with her flukey successes. I’ve been trying to figure out how she has gone twenty-two books living off of the pay of her captures. If I were Lula, I think I would be demanding some of that pay. In this book, kind of like the last, Stephanie is exploring her options. Kind of realizing that bounty hunting might not be her thing. Also wondering if maybe it is time she settles down. Could this be the end of this long running love triangle?

The choice may actually be made for her, which leaves her wondering if it was what she wanted. Too late Stephanie! But as always, she finds a way to put herself right back between Morelli and Ranger. Ugh! I used to be a Ranger fan. After this book, I can say I’ve moved on. I think the only dialogue we get from him is his typical “Babe”. Enough of the Babe already!

I think that Tricky Twenty-Two may be the precursor to the end of the series. With the way things ended, I don’t think there is going to be much story left for Stephanie. I have not heard any rumors about a twenty-three, but if there is, I’m guessing it will be the end. I don’t know if twenty-three is a really good number to end on though. We shall see.

If you’ve been one of those that have fallen off the Stephanie Plum wagon, I wouldn’t say you’re missing anything. My stupid, stubborn inability to let a series go unfinished will let you know when you need to jump back in!

About Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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  • Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one. I fell of this wagon around book number 9 when I realized that Evanovich planned to beat the series until it was dead. If she finally ends it, I might read the other books, just to finish the series. I’m guessing she’ll probably try to go up to at least 25 though.

    • You think she’ll try to get that high? Eek, I don’t know how she’ll do it. I think it is kind of ridiculous to be pushing it this far, but I guess if you’ve got readers you have the potential to make money.

    • Anne

      As of right now there are still 715 5 star reviews on Amazon. It’s these people who don’t expect more from an author that keep them going well beyond the time they should. I gave up expecting more with the novel (8,9?) which introduces Klown (sp?). I still read them because it takes me less than 2 hours (the audio for this one was only 5 discs.) and because I, too, have a hard time cutting the cord and letting go. I have never actually paid a penny for any of her books.

  • This is a series that I’ve yet to try. I’ve heard really great things about the early books. I’ve also heard that they do get bad as they go along. I’ve come to the conclusion that series just shouldn’t be 20+ books long. I don’t know that I’ve read one that I like still after that long. I just quit LKH at 24 and should’ve probably quit sooner. Like you said, I have a hard time leaving series. I’ve quit two this year. I’m proud of myself. If I don’t pick up the next books next year.