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Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel    by Janet Evanovich Amazon.com order for
Tricky Twenty-Two
by Janet Evanovich
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Bantam, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If you are ever in the need of a good laugh or even a subdued chuckle, pick up a copy of Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich. This is the twenty-second of the Stephanie Plum series. Just four more to go to complete the alphabet novels. I, for one, do not want them to stop after reaching that amazing goal. Maybe Evanovich could merge into the Greek alphabet.

The author has created some very intriguing characters. The one at the top of the list is Lula a former ho who got tired of that profession and wanted to move on in her life. She works for Stephanie's boss who is the latter's cousin Vinnie. He is a bail bondsman who resists work as much as he can. Lula rides along with Stephanie when she is after someone who jumped bail. This often leads to various outcomes, most of which don't turn out too well for her, and she and Lula compensate by going on doughnut runs. If not doughnuts, Lula has a lust for krispy chicken. Stephanie has totaled cars, been bitten, chased, shot at, as well as losing her FTA (failure to appear) many times.

Stephanie is aided by Morelli, a local detective with the police force who has gotten her out of many jams. Rangeman also comes to her rescue. He runs the tight ship of a security firm. And keeps her supplied with cars from his stable of available vehicles for his employees. He thinks she's cute. Each time she totals a car, he quietly replaces it. He appears miraculously at her side when she desperately needs him. If she had to pick one with which to share marital bliss, she would be hard pressed. She is not sure she is cut out to be a wife so holds both men at arms' length.

Her search for FTAs is always well planned but most often goes awry. Hilariously so. Evanovich's sense of humor leaps from every page. I would love to meet her as well as Lula, who is one of the best characters in mystery writing today, in my humble opinion.

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