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Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum Book 21)

Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum Book 21) [Kindle Edition]

Janet Evanovich
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Praise for Janet Evanovich's bestselling novels:

'Janet Evanovich's characters are eccentric and exaggerated, the violence often surreal and the plot dizzily speedy: but she produces as many laughs as anyone writing crime today'

(The Times)

'Janet Evanovich's madcap comic mystery is pure, classic farce' (New York Times Book Review)

'Evanovich's series of New Jersey comedy thrillers are among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction ... all the easy class and wit that you expect to find in the best American TV comedy, but too rarely find in modern fiction' (GQ)

'Reads like the screen-play for a 1930s screwball comedy: fast, funny and furious... The rollicking plot...keeps the reader breathless' (Publishers Weekly)

'An engaging mix of slapstick, steam and suspense' (People)

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The dead ends are turning into dead bodies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1432 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1472201604
  • Publisher: Headline (17 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HW2EG8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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No. 1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial, Last Laugh and Silver Dagger awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award.
She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love triangle with Ranger and Morelli 25 July 2014
I will confess that going into this book I did not expect much. I stopped reading this series after 18 and probably stopped enjoying a couple of books before that however I was pleasantly surprised to find that this one is a total return to form for Ms Evanovich.

The recipe is still the same, love triangle with Ranger and Morelli, bad guys, worse guys, crazy grandma, loveable Lula, guns and rocket launchers, disposable cars, and an incompetent Stephanie eventually with life in peril being rescued. Predictable and probably a tad overused. BUT I did not skim any of this book and it felt fresh, funny and back to the Stephanie Plum books of old that hooked me in the first place. The pace was good and flowed.

I liked the hints that Ranger gives of a possible deeper relationship with Stephanie.
I liked Joe`s banter and his sex toy development.
I loved Grandma`s Bucket List.
And let`s not forget Crazy Killer Chihuahua`s with demon eyes!!

It`s a light fluffy marshmallow read with well-loved characters that was lovely to catch up with. While there was no real development in the series this one did not drag, there are some real funny moments and Ranger just gets better and better. I enjoyed it and would now happily look at the next one.

I received a copy from the publisher for a review
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better 2 July 2014
I've been critical of the recent books in this series and have stopped buying them on publication as they were getting too samey yet sillier and more bland. However, I was encouraged by the reviews for Top Secret Twenty-One and as I was going away for a few days, thought I'd download it and have a go. What a pleasant surprise: the story is stronger and dominates the action, there's much less general silliness and whilst the old tropes still persist (Stephanie's car getting blown up etc), it annoyed me less than in recent books. I still firmly believe this series needs to come to an end but I could get on board with another couple of books if they were like this.

I do sometimes wonder about Ms Evanovich - there sometimes seems to be a split personality approach with these books and at times I find both Stephanie and the story just too annoying. This books sees a return to form and a more likeable, story-driven narrative without too much Lulu, Grandma or silliness. Worth a go if you're a fan who's been disappointed of late.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start at number one and work up to this one .... 13 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I used to buy each of these books on release but had recently given up as they had become too silly - I got to about number 16. When I had the opportunity of a free copy via NetGalley I decided to give the author another go and I am glad that I did.

This book tones down the ultra-silliness which I had disliked, especially from Grandma and Lula and although they are still amusing I felt that they were more affectionate portrayals. Stephanie's love triangle with Morelli and Ranger was also much lower key - Ranger's use of the word "Babe" to convey his range of emotions about Stephanie and her activities is delightful. Some of the usual elements of the stories are still here - Stephanie's car does get destroyed again, there were a range of amusing detentions of bail dodgers, Grandma behaves badly at a funeral, and Morelli and Ranger get together to protect Stephanie - but I felt here that these were included to help the story rather than as a set of events which had to be included in each book. There is a plot to this story and Stephanie comes across as intelligent although accident prone rather than just plain silly.

I enjoyed this book a lot - it was a quick and very entertaining read. If you have read previous Plum books then you should enjoy this one but if you haven't been part of Stephanie's world before I recommend that you start at the beginning.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Top Secret Twenty-one Janet Evanovich 29 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Well here we are, number 21 heavens but that's a lot of books in one series. I have to say that this one didn't make me laugh out loud as most of the others in the series have at some point or another. I did gasp in shock at one point in the kitchen, if you've read the book you'll know which bit i mean.

As a lot of other people have said, this book is nothing new or different to any of the other books. Stephanie still hasn't made a decision between Ranger and Morelli, that hamster is still alive, and Bob the dog still manages to eat and throw up things he really shouldn't. This book is much less ridiculous than the most recent ones in the series, less reliance on slap-stick and bit of a move towards more thriller like elements. In fact i don't think Stephanie managed to get blown up once during this book, which is a miracle in itself. This could be because Evanovich is also writing a new series set around a more thriller like story line.

This is a super fast read, not one you might want to buy as it only lasts about 1 day of reading. Having said all this i would say you need to read at least a few more books from earlier in the series simply to get your head around the different characters. Overall a better book in the series and maybe a change towards a less slapstick and more interesting storyline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old!!!!!!!! 4 Oct 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Okay! I have only got to the 6th page BUT i have read almost all the dialog before!! She must have one book saved on her computer and just goes through the chapters changing the odd name but basically keeping in most of the dialog!! Not sure how she sleeps at night taking money for this rubbish!! Reviews said she was back to form and that this book was so much better than the last few. Rubbish! What a waste of money! I should have just read One for the Money all over again! Now that was a good book!!
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