Review – Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich


Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun—whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.

Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.

If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits—that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.

As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?


My Review
3 out of 5 stars

This makes me really sad, but I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with this series. I remember how happy these books used to make me a few years ago. I remember sitting in the car rider line waiting to pick my kids up from school and being in tears from laughing so hard. These books still make me laugh every once in a while, but mostly, I’m just fed up with Stephanie.

She has skirted the lines on infidelity before, but she just straight up cheated on Morelli and it makes me sick. No remorse or guilt at all. Ranger isn’t any better. I’m so tired of this mess with Stephanie and it is taking away from my love for this series.

I almost gave up on this book a couple times but kept reading because the Zombie storyline had my interest. Lula is always a riot, too. If it weren’t for her, I probably would have stopped reading these books a long time ago. 

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