Friday, December 1, 2017

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

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:
Janet Evanovich never lets me down. She is one of the few authors my husband and I both read. Hardcore Twenty-Four is another laugh out loud slapstick mess of a mystery. Stephanie finds three new ways to destroy a car.  We have a return of the mysterious and sexy Diesel, deals made with Ranger and working with hot cop Joe Morelli. All while running from zombies, babysitting an enormous snake, dealing with Lula and Grandma Mazur just another day in the life… I truly enjoyed this visit with Stephanie and the gang and look forward to 25.

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