Top Secret Twenty-One – Play it again, Sam.

Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum)

By Janet Evanovich

Rating: 1.5/5 Stairs


I finished listening to this Stephanie Plum at least a month ago and returned the audio CD back to the library. I should have written the review up immediately, because now the plot details are fuzzy in my head. And here’s why. Because so many plot points are recycled.

Now, I’ve got a seven point list that happens in every Stephanie Plum novel, which I first established in my Smokin’ Seventeen review. (I’m sure there are more recycled plots, maybe I’ll expand this list on my next Plum read.)

  1. Stephanie and Lula always make at least one ridiculous capture where the humor is no longer funny.
  2. Stephanie’s car is blown up
  3. Someone is after Stephanie
  4. Stephanie can’t decide between Morelli and Ranger
  5. Stephanie’s mother is either ironing, cooking, and/or sneaking alcohol
  6. Stephanie’s grandmother is at a viewing at the funeral parlor
  7. Stephanie is eating donuts and/or Cluck-in-a-Bucket

My memory may be fuzzy, but I do remember hitting all seven of these at least once.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (just like these Plum novels – wink, wink) – if you’ve read the beginning of this series, you’ve read ‘em all. Ms. Evanovich would do her readers a great service if she would just have Stephanie choose between Morelli and Ranger, and take the next step in her life.

…and I think this means just two Plums to go! #7 (no audio at my library, so who knows when I’ll get to this one) and #18.

Fun Bonus – Visit TimeyWimeyBooks Goodreads Review for their Stephanie Plum Drinking Game! But don’t actually do the drinking game while you are reading a Stephanie Plum novel. I guarantee you will give yourself alcohol poisoning.

11 thoughts on “Top Secret Twenty-One – Play it again, Sam.

  1. I think I read the first 6 or 7 and stopped because it was starting to feel repetitive and I wanted her to pick Joe or Ranger and be done with it. Specifically I wanted her to pick Joe. Ranger seemed a little sketchy. I’m kind of surprised to hear that it’s kind of in the same loop that it was in 12+ years ago. I don’t think I’ll be restarting this series anytime soon but I might try it in audio because they were a lot of fun.

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  2. You forgot Tastykakes and Stephanie feeding her hamster (who’s hiding in a soup can) inappropriate food. 😉 I am totally with you on the series being tired and redundant — and yet I will keep on reading all the books until Janet Evanovich stops writing them! Even though they’re ultra-predictable, there’s something comforting and fun and easy about going back to a place and characters I know so well.

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