(Stephanie Plum, 18)
By: Janet Evanovich
Published: November 2011
Published by: Bantam
Format Read: Hardcover
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Series
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 from Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, she’s flying back to New Jersey solo, and someone who sounds like Sasquatch is snoring in row 22. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. The FBI, the fake FBI, and guns-for-hire are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
Only one other person has seen the missing photograph—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.
Over at the Bail Bonds Agency it’s business as usual—until the bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke, Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their “largest” FTA yet, lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment, and everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?!
Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.
After becoming tired with the Stephanie Plum series, I decided to take a break, so it has been a long time since I’ve picked up one of these novels. It was nice to be reunited with the dysfunctional bounty hunter and her quirky friends, family, collogues and skips.
As I always find these books to be exciting and entertaining. And while I will continue to read the series, once again there wasn’t much growth or advancement in the life of the main character, aside from a new hairstyle. Unfortunately this has become an ongoing issue I’ve had and I don’t foresee anything changing in book nineteen. Another small problem I had was in the title; Explosive Eighteen. I do understand the alliteration and how it fits into the theme of the series, I think that there were previous installments that had more memorable explosions.
Still, I would recommend Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series to fans of quick, fast paced contemporary fiction.