Is it possible that I’ve finally out grown my adolescent love for Stephanie Plum? Oh boy, I didn’t see that coming. But I’m going to have to be honest and say that I did not get my usual thrill out of reading Takedown Twenty. It took me three days to read it. If you’ve read much Janet Evanovich then you’ll know that that is at least 1.5 days too long.
I think that maybe it’s time for Stephanie Plum’s saga to end, and I think she might feel the same way. Steph has grown up and I think she wants to settle down. She is certainly tired of getting thrown down stairs and having her cars blown up. And if she would only show a little backbone I think she knows that there is no potential for a relationship with Ranger and that Morelli is the one. Sigh.
It would be untrue to say that I was bored by Takedown Twenty. It was more that I was bored by Stephanie. Lula and Grandma Mazur held this book together. These characters continue to be great, but this time around even Morelli seemed boring, and for the record I’m Team Morelli.
Who would like this book? Janet Evanovich’s novels are what one could call light, humorous little mysteries. There is very little that is challenging about them. On top of that, they are rather formulaic. Don’t get me wrong though, the formula is good and the characters are mad-capped and the books are entertaining. They are like popcorn. They just are what they are. Last year I reviewed Notorious Nineteen, which I liked better than 20.