Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum, # 22)
By: Janet Evanovich
Publication: November 17th 2015 by Bantam
Genre: Adult, Humor, Mystery, Romance
Source: Borrowed from the e-library
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Goodreads description--Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute.
Stephanie Plum might not be the world's greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she's being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren't adding up, and Stephanie can't shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college - and it's not just Zeta fraternity pranks.
As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it's good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken's killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.
I needed to take a break after the last couple of Stephanie Plum books that I read. That made me get a bit behind to current releases. The books were too repetitive for me to read back to back. Yet, since it'd been so long since I read one of these books, and I found myself in a reading slump, I decided to pick up Tricky Twenty-Two. Sometimes I find that knowing exactly what to expect out of a book is what I need to break me out of a slump. And in this case, I was able to enjoy Tricky Twenty-Two without putting too high of expectations on it.
Lorelai King does a wonderful job as always narrating the audiobook version (which is the version I "read").
I will say that there were no laugh out loud moments for me, but not every book is going to make me laugh out loud and if anything those books are the exception to the rule, not to regular. I still enjoyed this book even without the actual laughs.
In times past, I've found myself annoyed with the back and forth between Stephanie, Ranger, and Morelli, but that wasn't the case for this book. Perhaps that's due to the time I gave myself between reads. Perhaps it was the events of the book. Either way, I actually enjoyed wondering for once what was going to happen between these three.
Even though Tricky Twenty-Two didn't blow me away, it was consistent with what I've come to expect from a Stephanie Plum book. And "meets expectations" was exactly what I needed at the moment. Fun. Fast. Light. Tricky Twenty-Two gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Tricky Twenty-Two? What did you think? Let me know!