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Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels)

Explosive Eighteen - Janet Evanovich I'm finally all caught up on this series. It took me a couple of months but I got there.You know that feeling when you get takeaway food and it's fun while you're eating it but afterwards you feel a little ashamed and hollow? That's what this series is like, especially as it progresses.While the author has tried to switch the plots up so it's not as formulaic as it was in the first half of the series, the fact that the characters are all running on a hamster wheel without going anywhere makes it feel like you're reading the same book over and again. Stephanie is an inept bounty hunter who still hasn't taken the time to somehow improve her skills or find a job she's better suited to. She destroys cars. She can't choose between Morelli and Ranger. She's 'assisted' by Lula and her Grandma Mazur to 'hilarious' consequence.I fear this series is going to run and run, treading over the same ground until people stop buying them or the author retires. So why did I read them all? They're perfect bus reading material: it doesn't matter where you are when you have to stop reading and doesn't take too much concentration. If that's the kind of easy read you're looking for, these are perfect.