Ten Big Ones A Stephanie Plum Novel Written by: Janet Evanovich
This book was well...awkward I am not sure where Janet is taking the Stephanie Plum series but, this one was a tad awkward. The series has always been comedic in the characters exploits and dialogue which keeps the serious undertones of the book from being too scary and dark, but this book that comedy only made me frustrated. I know some people have to smile or laugh to keep themselves from going insane, but sometimes you have to face reality and not be a complete moron. Don't get me wrong I still love the series, but there seems to be some new ingredients in this latest book that isn't mixing quite right. We have the usual nutty antics by not only Stephanie, but Lula, Connie, and of course Stephanie's family and future brother in-law Albert K-L-O-U-G-H-N (Pronounced Clown) Then there's a character whom I fell in love with the second they appeared in the series and was sad to not have seen them....Sally! You just cannot help loving this cross dressing, cussing, rock star. So, we have the usual FTAs and Stephanie is doing what she can to stay afloat even though she's living with Morelli rent free, but then enters the darker side of crime the dangerous side, not that the Mob wasn't dangerous, but these street gang thugs are just terrifying they're wild and out for blood, and don't play by the rules we are used to. NJ just goes from being nuts to just plain dark and dangerous it seems, and the bodies are stacking up in a very unnerving way. And, to top that off Stephanie is still eating like she's about to die and her body is catching up and she still can't keep hold of a pair of handcuffs! I liked this book some rather interesting relationships are developing and changing, but for the most part I was just plain anxious over how clueless Stephanie and her friends remain.