Explosive Eighteen

Explosive Eighteen

Large Print - 2011 | Large print ed
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Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 from Hawaii to Newark, she's knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, she's flying back to New Jersey solo, and someone who sounds like Sasquatch is snoring in row 22. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he's dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. The FBI, the fake FBI, and guns-for-hire are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying. Only one other person has seen the missing photograph--Stephanie Plum. Now she's the target, and she doesn't intend to end up in a garbage can.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780739378229
0739378228
Branch Call Number: LP EVANO-J
LP EVANO-J
Characteristics: 341 p. (large print) ; 24 cm

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PolyWogg
Jul 22, 2018

PLOT OR PREMISE:
While on a flight back from a trip to Hawaii with both Ranger and Morelli (it's complicated), Stephanie's seatmate gets whacked during a layover and everyone thinks Stephanie knows something

WHAT I LIKED:
While the lighter side of the Plum series is the main draw, it is nice to see that once in awhile it goes a bit darker. Stephanie has real bruises and knife nickmarks, and Morelli and Ranger had a knock-down drag-out fight, with Stephanie doing the dragging (it is only told as a past event, but still good even if you don't actually "see it").

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
As always, there are a few too many incompetents running around, and too many coincidences.

BOTTOM-LINE:
A little darker than usual

DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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darladoodles
Mar 08, 2018

Stephanie is up to her usual shenanigans with two hot men at her beck and call. She finally carries her gun regularly and it is loaded. . . As always, the supporting characters more than pay the price of admission. A solid contribution to the series and makes you want to keep reading.

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shelbysmom1996
Jul 21, 2016

there were too many sub-plots, and too many secondary characters to make this a fun story. It was choppy.

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pearl80
Jun 28, 2015

Love the whole series. Great Laughs. Occupies my time on BART between Daly City and Pleasant Hill.

robhoma Aug 23, 2014

When asked if she got married in Hawaii, Stephanie replied, 'Not exactly.' When asked to clarify, Stephanie said, 'It's complicated.' Her philosophy, inherited from her family, is that if you do not talk about a problem it might go away. This problem, as we learn, was a doozy.

'18' is a great story with many of the regular characters involved in the Plum series, and all of the staples – men breaking into Steph's apartment, viewing at Stivas, love triangle, goons like Slasher and Lancer, etc. Evanovich also added a little Razzle Dazzle to the story.

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JackieFC13
Jan 15, 2014

Another wonderful addition to the series!! Laughed Out Loud through the whole book!

At some point I'd really like Lula to be good for something rather than her typical worthless attitude and her need to constantly eat. A little character development would be nice.

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eleanorthomas
Nov 26, 2013

Vintage Stephanie Plum.

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bridge1
Oct 27, 2012

You don't look for a lot of substance with this series; however, there's a lot of laughs!

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ralphdyer
Aug 06, 2012

Who reads this stuff!!! New York Times best selling author!!! Obviously, I did! Picked the book up from the one week read list to fill in inbetween books. I just can't believe that someone can make a living writing such stuff.

NGarcias Aug 04, 2012

This was my first Evanovich read, and I was not impressed at all. I loved the main character and her mysterious men, however the writing was too simple and corny to say the least. I know that this is a part of a series so will try another.

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