I really don’t know how Janet Evanovich does it, but thirteen books in (not counting the holiday novellas) and despite being fairly formulaic, every book so far has been hilarious.
Each book is basically the same in that our plucky heroine, Stephanie Plum tries valiantly to bring in her latest bounty whilst going through the most weird and wacky adventures that few, if any, will experience in a lifetime. Lean Mean Thirteen is no different where, in addition to a handling a couple of the most bizarre FTAs; one is a grave robber and the other has exploding beavers (it’s not what you think so get your mind out of the gutter right now! Yes, you!), Stephanie also has to deal with her ex-husband Dickie Orr who turns up missing and given that Stephanie was last seen trying to choke him, she is the prime suspect in his possible murder.
Not only that, but arch-nemesis Joyce Barnhardt has also decided to team up with Stephanie in trying to track Dickie down.
The various scrapes that Stephanie and company get themselves into and out of, simply have to be read to be believed. For example, one seen with an electric stapler had me laughing out loud and I swear, I will never look at one in quite the same light again.
As is usual, reading the previous books in the series is not required as all the main characters are given a brief introduction but it’s highly recommended to do so just to see how Stephanie has progressed thus far.
An awesome series and I’ve still some more to read. Happy days!