Title: Twelve Sharp
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the library
Audiobook reader: Lorelei King
First line: When I was twelve years old I accidentally substituted salt for sugar in a cake recipe.
Twelve Sharp picks up with Stephanie back working as a bond enforcement agent for her cousin Vinnie. Vinnie is backed up with skips, and Steph and Lula start working to try to clear some out.
When Ranger’s daughter is kidnapped in Miami, the police – and everyone else – believe it was Ranger. After all, he fits the description given. Stephanie, though, knows better, and begins to dig around, trying to put together the pieces – including Ranger’s “wife,” who is now stalking Stephanie with a loaded gun.
I enjoyed the fact that Ranger played more of a front-and-center role in this installment. I also liked the fact that Stephanie finally got over her reserve and told Morelli that she loved him. Of course, she kept the fact that she also loves Ranger to herself.
Along with a great mystery and lots of chemistry between Steph and Ranger, you have the subplot of Lula singing with Sally Sweet’s new band, The What. When they recruit Grandma Mazur to help play to their senior citizen demographic, things get crazy – and very funny.
Another wonderfully fun episode in the Stephanie Plum chronicles.