Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
First let me start by saying how much I love librarians. I adore them. I’ve never met a librarian who wasn’t fabulous. When I was on vacation, my hold on Twelve Sharp came up and of course I lost my place because I didn’t pick it up in two days (a good rule for books with lots of holds). So when I saw that I’d missed it and looked to see NINE hundred holds (I’m not exaggerating) I was bummed and figured I’d have to wait a month or two to buy it or go to the end of the line and get it next year when my hold came up.
Anyway, my husband told the librarian my tale of woe and she told him to have me call her and she’d put me back near the top. I called and she did and yesterday I picked it up and I finished it last night.
I love the Stephanie Plum books. I love that Stephanie is a woman who has issues and a messed up but wonderful family and a sense of community and who is just a mess on several levels. Evanovich has created a really complex and wonderful world with her Plum books and I know I’ll always laugh out loud at least three times when I pick one up. I’ve been hooked since I picked up One For The Money.
So last year when 11 On Top came out in hardback, I rushed out and bought it and ended up profoundly disappointed. I thought it seemed rushed and there was a lot of fertile ground for expansion but she didn’t. And many wasted opportunities with Ranger that seemed more frustrating than tantalizing. There were some great moments (the scene with the dogs had me laughing for days) but overall, it felt like it got cut off halfway through the story.
I worried that 11 was the end of the Plum series.
But I was wrong and I’m relieved.
In 12 Sharp, Evanovich has brought Stephanie back to her former glory and given us a great mystery and a story I really loved. This isn’t a review site really so I’ll skip the synopsis of the plot. You can get that and the first chapter at Janet Evanovich’s website.
But this is a Rangercentric book. Dreamy sigh. Up front, I like the bad boy. I like the dark and mysterious bad boy even more. I’m a Ranger girl so a whole book about him and his past? Yum.
Quick dialog, no dragging moments. Nice tension about the mystery. Stephanie is still messed up but she doesn’t do anything that made me scratch my head in annoyance. We get lots of Grandma Mazur and Lula and the funeral home has new owners. Morelli is there in his hot and sexy glory although I wish Janet wouldn’t close the door on the sex scenes! I don’t need the full monty (okay, I’d like the full monty but I can live without it) but I’ve loved it when she’s given details in the past. It adds something to the story and helps me understand why she’d stay with Morelli when Ranger is so yummy and lurky ready to pounce.
I thoroughly enjoyed 12 Sharp and I highly recommend it!
Anyway, I also have Kitty and the Midnight Hour and Kitty Goes to Washington in my TBR stack. When I finish Threat of Darkness I’ll read them both.