Popsugar Reading Challenge 2021 – Book 27

Prompt – A book from your TBR list you associate with a favourite person, place, or thing

I started reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series in my final year at University. It was 1998 (eek!) And there were 3 books published in the series.

I borrowed the first two from York City Library. The consecutive titles “One for the Money” and “Two for the Dough” really appealed. I absolutely devoured them and lent them to my best ground before returning them. From book 4 onwards I have bought ir borrowed each book as soon as possible. 

My choice foe this prompt is book 27 in the series – Fortune and Glory.

What it’s about?

The twenty-seventh entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series isn’t just the biggest case of Stephanie Plum’s career. It’s the adventure of a lifetime.

When Stephanie’s beloved Grandma Mazur’s new husband died on their wedding night, the only thing he left her was a beat-up old easy chair…and the keys to a life-changing fortune.

But as Stephanie and Grandma Mazur search for Jimmy Rosolli’s treasure, they discover that they’re not the only ones on the hunt. Two dangerous enemies from the past stand in their way—along with a new adversary who’s even more formidable: Gabriela Rose, a dark-eyed beauty from Little Havana with a taste for designer clothes. She’s also a soldier of fortune, a gourmet cook, an expert in firearms and mixed martial arts—and someone who’s about to give Stephanie a real run for her money.

Stephanie may be in over her head, but she’s got two things that Gabriela doesn’t: an unbreakable bond with her family and a stubborn streak that will never let her quit.

She’ll need both to survive because this search for “fortune and glory” will turn into a desperate race against time with more on the line than ever before. Because even as she searches for the treasure and fights to protect her Grandma Mazur, her own deepest feelings will be tested—as Stephanie could finally be forced to choose between Joe Morelli and Ranger

What I think:

If you have ever read a single book in this series then you will know exactly what you are getting.

Stephanie is an unlikely bounty hunter catching quirky low-level criminals and the occasional deranged gangster that tries to kill her.

Her relationship with gorgeous cop, Joe Morelli, is on and off – in this case mostly off,  her hamster lives in a soup can, her cars are destroyed on a frighteningly frequent basis and the highlight if her social life is taking her grandma to a viewing at the funeral home.

This book includes a treasure hunt to uncover the contents of a mysterious safe. Grandma Mazur has inherited the keys but without all of the clues they do not know where it is.

This is a series that is always fun to read. There’s little character development – Lula is still.squeezing into too small clothes and eating fried chicken and Ranger is still gorgeous and enigmatic. There is something  cosy and familiar about a Stephanie Plum book that makes them perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

And I do still want to find out if she finally marries Joe – I think she will.

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