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More quality, less quantity please
on 19 August 2003
I have been reading the Stephanie Plum books since the start and this one is clearly the worst of the bunch, which I didn't find surprising since the standard began to slip in the last novel. The Evanovich novels have never been the best female detective novels available but they have always been the funniest. This book had none of the edge of the earlier books - a good test is that it was the first one where I didn't laugh out loud at least once.
I was also bored by the constant repetition of information and quotes from earlier books - the 'I think Ranger only kills bad people' line is in here way too often. I know that she has to have regard for new readers, but there was a little too much in this book. Also, the end of the last book was pretty heavy and you would imagine it would have an impact of Steph's relationship with Ranger so why was there no reference to it?
The impression I get is that Janet Evanovich isn't taking her time over the Plum novels anymore and is more interested in making money, as anyone who has read Visions of Sugar Plums and the novels with Charlotte Hughes will be able to tell you. I think that fans of funny and intelligent female detectives are becoming far better served by the Katy Munger books.