Hardcore Twenty-four

Hardcore Twenty-four

A Stephanie Plum Novel

Book - 2017
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"Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won't let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie's main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun--whether that's for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen. Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it's just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she's the only one with a prayer of catching this killer. If all that's not enough, Diesel's back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits--that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn't pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie. As usual Jersey's favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What's the deal with Grandma Mazur's latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel's sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?"--
Publisher: New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2017
ISBN: 9780399179198
Characteristics: 285 pages ;,25 cm.

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As usual Jersey's favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What's the deal with Grandma Mazur's latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel's sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of r... Read More »


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gobigee
Jan 14, 2018

Unneeded and repeated rightwing snark ruins a basic mystery. There are interesting mystery writers out there. Read them.

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Eeyore2516
Jan 10, 2018

The first few Stephanie Plum books? Inventive, fresh and very funny. The 24th in the series? Snooooooze. Evanovich has obviously used the same successful outline for every book. Rex, Joe, Ranger, Lula, Grandma and her gun, open casket at the funeral home, etc. The plot twist this time? Get Grandma a puppy! Up for a drinking game? Toss one back every time the word "zombie" is used in this book. It will only take a few minutes 'til you and your friends are all flat on the floor.
Thankfully, I have never paid a cent for one of these books (thanks Gwinnett Public Library...) and could simply fast forward through this latest on CD. Each time I say, "Never again," and have absolutely no excuse about continuing to be drawn to this lame series. Thanks to fellow readers who proclaim, "End this sad saga soon."

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22345011099887TDD
Jan 05, 2018

What a mistake it is to keep writing this series. Each time I expect the delight and whimsy that was Stephanie and her cohorts. Instead we are dredging the bottom of the river. Please add the cement boots and drown this series.

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Ariodan7
Jan 05, 2018

Yeech. It's getting worse and worse. Try to end this series. It's done. Now I feel like I need a full-blown shower. Cockring really? Sicko

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iddnazgul
Jan 05, 2018

Yuck. I'm so disappointed. Are the last two written by men? Only men would think Stephanie would take such a dive in her personal life-flitting emotionally between men of all types. Where is her personal standards?

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McAnnieG
Dec 27, 2017

Fun-filled Burg characters join Stephanie Plum in this laugh-out-loud adventure.

Morelli, Ranger and Diesel are all competing and Stephanie is the prize - if they can round up and solve the zombie problems.

It has been a long wait, but this is one of the better Plum novels in ages.

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bookpusher
Dec 17, 2017

Maybe I'm just getting bored with this series, or maybe I just don't like Diesel and any storyline he's involved in. Also, more Ranger is always a good thing, however I think it's time for Ranger to move away and for Stephanie and Joe to get married and the series ends. And we all live happily ever after!

I was quite disappointed in this one! After waiting so long for the new Stephanie Plum novel, I found this one to be even fluffier than the rest of the series (an accomplishment for a series that is on the lighter side of comedy/mystery). I was also disappointed that the character of Diesel was introduced as a regular into the Stephanie Plum cannon -rather than as he has been, a regular in the 'seasonal one-offs' such as Plum Spooky or Plum Lovin'. This is especially annoying because the author doesn't do much with him...

In a series that already has the main character in constant confusion over the men in her life---adding an additional man who doesn't add much to the plot or character development seems unnecessary!

Worth a read if you're a Plum fan, but don't expect too much!

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cknightkc
Dec 16, 2017

HARDCORE TWENTY-FOUR,
Silly, stupid, what a chore,
Stephanie’s plots have become a bore,
I’ll read this series NEVERMORE!

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USAF1969
Dec 04, 2017

Yikes!! Zombies. Always good for some belly laugh lines in her books - this one too. Her Stephanie Plum series has always had an element of 'crude' in them. This one more than I have noticed in the past.

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