Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
Eleven on TopAfter yet another humiliating day on the job, Stephanie Plum decides it is time to get out of the bounty hunting business. She needs to do something less messy (she keeps ending up in piles of garbage), will maintain her car (her cars have a tendency to explode), and is less dangerous (she’s lost count of the number of times her life has been threatened). The two men in her life, Joe Morelli the cop and Ranger the bounty hunter, are glad she is getting out of the business. But someone isn’t letting her get out.
She tries to accept safe, normal jobs. But what may be normal for me isn’t for her. Only Stephanie can be working at a dry cleaners shop when it get shot up – because of her friend. Someone is stalking Stephanie as well. Her new used car is shot at when she is on her way to a job interview. When leaving Stiva’s funeral home, someone sets her back seat on fire. Later (those who know Stephanie will be expecting this) her car is bombed. Joe is hit by that same stalker’s car, sidelining him for a while.
And while these crazy few weeks are playing out, her sister’s wedding looms. She is not looking forward to looking like an eggplant in the dress Valerie chose for her to wear. Stephanie begins to wonder that instead of leaving her job she should have left her life.
If you are expecting a good mystery or great writing, you’ll be disappointed. If you are expecting light, frothy laughter and don’t mind average writing, you’ll be pleased with Eleven on Top. I laughed out loud numerous times. I still haven’t decided which is the funniest – naked Lula handcuffed to a bed, Grandma Mazur and her contemporary Mama Macaroni in a cat fight at Stiva’s funeral home, or the food fight with the wedding cake… I felt sorry for both Joe and Ranger as they try to deal with Stephanie. Yet overall, the story itself is ho hum. The characters are fun, but that doesn’t carry the story line. Still, if you like Stephanie Plum, you’ll enjoy Eleven on Top.
Notice: Strong indecent language, Strong sexual content, Suggestive dialogue or situations