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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Review: Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5/5


Stephanie Plum is struggling to pay her bills, as usual. When Geoffrey Cubin goes missing after an emergency appendectomy, Stephanie must track him down and get paid. Geoffrey is facing trail for embezzling millions from an elderly assisted-living home. It seems like everyone is looking for him but no one understands how he could have walked out of the hospital. Apparently, he’s not the only one to have escaped after having major surgery. Stephanie does her best to track him down, but Granda Mazur goes undercover at the assisted-living residence and tries to find out some information for Stephanie. If Stephanie wants a paycheck, she has no choice but to find him. Unfortunately, Geoffrey’s wife is livid that he would steal millions, and not give her anything. Stephanie is not able to get any information from her, and she doesn’t have many clues to go on.


When I open a Stephanie Plum book, I know exactly what to expect. It’s entertaining, and that’s it. Stephanie doesn’t grow as a character, the secondary characters remain the same and I’ve come to accept it. I would love for Stephanie to grow as a character, settle down, or at least choose between Ranger and Morelli but it’s not going to happen. At this point, I know I can skip a few books and pick them up out of order and know I’m not really missing anything.

If you enjoyed the previous books, you’ll continue to enjoy the series. If you’re expecting more from Stephanie, you’ll feel disappointed. I liked the book, but waiting a year between books is getting easier and easier. The books aren’t as entertaining anymore.


  1. I found the series going the same way so gave up on it around book 9 or 10. I do enjoy listening to them so I may pick it up again down the road.

  2. I've kind of sworn of this series for the reasons you highlighted - Stephanie's not growing at all. I really enjoyed it for a while, though.

  3. These books sound like a lot of fun, and my mom loves them. Perhaps 2013 is the time for me to get into these! Great review!