Book Review – Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum #22)

January 8, 2016 Reviews 4 ★★★★

Book Review – Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum #22)Tricky Twenty-two by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #22
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Date Published: November 17th 2015
Genres: Humorous, Mystery & Detective, Romance, Women Sleuths
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 304
Audiobook Length: 6 hours 27 minutes
Audiobook Narrator: Lorelei King
Rating: four-stars
Description: 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.

Lynnpic Lynn’s Review:

Tricky Twenty-Two – or as I like to call it, the mis-adventures of Stephanie Plum, #22.

You know what I like about the Stephanie Plum books? They are fun. And not serious in the least. And generally a pretty quick read. And no matter how messed up my life is, it’s NEVER as messed up as Stephanie Plum’s. Granted, I don’t have the Morelli vs Ranger problem, but still.

The mis-adventures this time include:

    • Frat Boy pranks, including geese locked into Lula’s car.
    • Grandma Mazur catfishing men, using Stephanie’s picture.
    • Stephanie receiving gifts from secret admirers. Gifts of a rather sexual nature.
    • Morelli’s stress, heart-burn, and indigestion at an all time high.
    • Stephanie thinking about a career change. To cake baker.

Twenty-Two was the first of the Plum series that I listened to the audio book. And honestly, it was just ok for me. I think that after more than 20 books, I have an internal voice reading all of the characters. And no narrator is going to measure up. Ms. King did a pretty good job with the female characters, especially Stephanie and Lula. The male characters were lacking for me. The picture I have in my mind of Ranger’s “Babe” and Morelli’s “Cupcake” just did not match what I was listening to.

Overall, I enjoyed Twenty-Two. I laughed. I didn’t cry. There was no stress or anxiety. And, as I listened while cleaning and sitting in traffic, the time I spent listening was more enjoyable than it would have been without the audio. If you aren’t already reading the Stephanie Plum books, you should be. And don’t be afraid to start with the last book. I’m sure reading it will make you want to pick up the others!

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Rating Report
Overall: 4

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4 Responses to “Book Review – Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum #22)”

  1. Scarlett

    I LOVE this series, it’s just a nice break from YA to have a carefree, funny story where the world isn’t at stake. I know what you mean about the audiobooks, I tried to listen to Fearless Fourteen last year and I had to switch to the actual book because the accents were just all wrong! I saw a lot of negative reviews on Goodreads from people who were annoyed that over the span of 21 books we hadn’t seen any major character development from Stephanie but I really don’t think that’s the spirit of these books, and they are all the better for it. Overall, I loved it but the highlight had to be Lula throwing the dildo at the scary murderer guy!

    • Lynn

      I agree with you, Scarlett. If you are looking for character development, the Stephanie Plum books probably aren’t going to work. And I’ll probably go back to the books next time. And yes, pretty much any scene with Lula is hilarious. But that scene, especially!

  2. Karie {Girl Going Country}

    Oh I love me some Stephanie Plum, too! I recently finished this one and agree with you that it’s just good fun! I can’t imagine trying the audiobook after reading the rest of the series myself. Like you, “Babe” and “Cupcake” are very specific in my head and I’ve created my own voices for all the characters.
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