Valyruh’s #CBR4 Review # 86: Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
Well, I just got in my Janet Evanovich fix for the year, and it was a fun ride as usual but the cookie-cutter plot is starting to wear really thin, and Ms. Evanovich is going to need to get her creative juices flowing if she wants to keep this series going.
As usual, our intrepid girl Stephanie Plum is on the run from assorted murderous fruitcakes, gorging on donuts and fried chicken with her friend and former “ho” Lula (who I find more interesting by far than Stephanie, truth be told), hunting down bail skippers with stunning violence (pun intended), and still waffling between her two guys while doing the nasty with them both! Her mother still irons and cooks to deal with stress, her father still covers his eyes and ears, her grandmother still tries to face down death by prying open coffins (that have usually been sealed for a reason), and Stephanie is still managing to antagonize her boyfriend Joe’s grandmother Bella into giving her the evil eye. Oh, and surprise! The bad guys lose and Stephanie skids into home base unscathed yet again.
Ms. Evanovich has a natural comic bent to her writing which definitely tickles the funnybone, but calling her writing formulaic would be a serious understatement. There’s not much more to say, except that it’s time for her to put her talents to a real challenge, or retire Stephanie Plum.