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Notorious Nineteen, Janet Evanovich 14 January 2014

As one can see from the title, this is the nineteenth full novel in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. And, well, it feels like a nineteenth novel: it's tired. Plum continues to juggle her two beaux, continues to get her cars destroyed, continues to collect bounties on a variety of implausible criminals, continues to work and joke with her friend the ex-prostitute Lula. It really is more of the same.

The actual main mystery, of how and why patients who had reason to try to get away have been disappearing from a hospital, is an interesting one, and I could have done with more development of that rather than the comedic interludes, which could more or less be dropped in by macro at this point. But Plum isn't a detective, and the contortions Evanovich goes through to get her involved in this feel synthetic.

Time to call a close, I suspect. In fact, possibly time to call a close several books ago, but when I read number eighteen I was bingeing on the whole series, so I was less inclined to spot faults. What, she's already published number twenty? I don't think I'll be rushing out to read it.

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