Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Kobo ebook | November 20, 2012

byJanet Evanovich

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#1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are: “irresistible” (Houston Chronicle), “stunning” (Booklist), “outrageous” (Publishers Weekly), “brilliantly evocative” (The Denver Post), and “making trouble and winning hearts” (USA Today).
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do.
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track him down. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Janet Evanovich's Takedown Twenty.

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#1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are: “irresistible” (Houston Chronicle), “stunning” (Booklist), “outrageous” (Publishers Weekly), “brilliantly evocative” (The Denver Post), and “making trouble and winning hearts” (USA Today).   New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’...

Janet Evanovich was born on April 22, 1943 in South River, New Jersey. She received a bachelor's degree in art from Douglas College, which is part of Rutgers University. She was working as a secretary for a temporary employment agency when she sold her first romance novel, Hero at Large, which was published in 1987 under the pseudonym ...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 20, 2012Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love her :) Fast that she makes my life seem simple :)
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Notorious Nineteen. I think Janet Evanovich is a real good writer, each and every one of her books I have read I have enjoyed and I have read most of them and hope to enjoy more.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader Good and funny as usual. Entertaining to the end.
Date published: 2014-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader Love all the Plum books. They never fail to make me laugh.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader Love all of Stephanie Plum books. Great summer reads. Anytime Ranger and Joe Morelli is involved is always mouth watering. I love the disfunctional family and humor. Grandma Mazur is a great character that I can't get enough of. Can't wait to read Takedown Twenty.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader As always. So much fun! I have recommended Evanovitch. To all my reader friends,
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader Classic Evanovich. Hillarious!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader I have really enjoyed most of the Stephanie Plum novels. Humour is a very valid genre and Plum does it well. Occasionally she digresses into the truly silly, but usually she nails it. I felt that this book was a bit less laugh-out-loud funny than most in the series. It seemd that there was a bit more sober tone throughout the book. However it was still a treat to read something light and amusing for a change. You can always rely on Evanovich for a light hearted tale to tickle your funny bone, and leave you smiling.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader A real slow starter but picked up toward 43% of the book. I can say it was the same ole, same ole. I liked 18 as it looked like the story might finally be moving along but the beginning of 19 we are back in the same plot rut. I thought okay finally Stephanie is going to be working with Morelli. This could bring back the dynamics of book one. It didn't happen, in fact this book made Joe look even more of a moron than before. It's pretty bad that Ranger has to save them both! Ranger does so much for her and she treats him like dirt, especially in the first part of the book. He has to pay her for having his back when he is in the trouble! What the...?!? How many times has he saved her life now? You can now add him saving Morelli's too. What does he get out of this? He has to really love her because only love can be this blind! There was nothing new in this book. It's all been done before in all the previous books of the series. The only thing is now I have a even more dislike for Morelli who goes off on Stephanie after some psycho tries to kill her and she bursts into tears. He then compares her to his dog! OMG! What a keeper there! Ranger would never do that to her. It's obvious she has chosen Morelli for reasons I'll never understand. He's an idiot and verbally abusive. She still needs Ranger to save her from trouble every time she's in a fix and like a lovesick puppy he does. I had the mystery figure out right away. There was nothing to keep the suspense other than the psycho trying to kill Ranger and his buddy. I'm not sure what to think of the ending. I think 20 should be the series finale or a major plot change because this series is growing stale and old. Not to mention both male romance interests are really looking pathetic now after this book. For someone like me on Team Babe it's really sad to see it come to this. Ranger deserves someone better! Three Stars because I did laugh through some of scenes with Tiki. It had a Ranger subplot and Joe looked more incompetent than ever.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader Another fantastic "Stephanie Plum" novel from Janet Evanovich. Light and humorous, its the perfect read for a rainy weekend or a day on the beach.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Notorious Nineteen What's to say, really! ?! Hysterically funny, incredibly steamy and still a whole lot of can't put - down thriller action with that Jersey attitude we've come to love! Janet, may I say, YOU are Notoriously BRILLIANT!!! and thank you 20 times over.
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Notorious Nineteen Excellent book very well written
Date published: 2013-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Notorious Nineteen Another hit. After over 19 books, the characters are still funny, original and fresh. Yet, it is Stephanie and Lula at their best. I lliked that Ranger has a history in the book
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book' tons of laughs Loved this book as usual!!!!
Date published: 2013-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Birthday Gift Okay, I'm an opportunist and I admit it. I purchased this book as a birthday gift for a friend with the hope to read it after. Right now I'm making my way through the entire Stephanie Plum series after it was recommended by a Chapters employee. I LOVE this series and eagerly look forward to reading this and #20. Keep writing Janet Evanovich because I can't get enough of your cleverly written dialogues and scenarios.....they make me laugh out loud.
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Number 19 Best one yet cannot wait for the next one
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nifty nice novel... Looking forward to her next - Terrifying Twenty? - Thunderous Twenty? -Tumultuous Twenty?
Date published: 2013-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Notorious Nineteen Took me a bit to get into this book, but it didn't disappoint. Love the dynamic this run, the Ranger angel is always a fave. Keep up the good work.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reminded me why I love this series! Notorious Nineteen, in my opinion, is the best thing Evanovich has written in years. For me, the Stephanie Plum series started going downhill several books ago, and I only continued reading them out of a sense of loyalty and curiosity. With each new book, I was shocked the series hadn’t come to an end, and I was getting extremely frustrated; the characters never changed, the jokes were always the same, and it seemed to me like Evanovich had become a very lazy writer. I went into Notorious Nineteen with a healthy amount of trepidation. I vowed that if things didn’t begin to progress in this book, I would give up on the series until the final book, at which time I would see if Stephanie had chosen Ranger or Morelli. Since, at one time, this series was my absolute favourite, I am very pleased to say I actually enjoyed Notorious Nineteen. It felt like the story was infused with a new light that’s been missing from the last few books. There was actual character progression, which has been lacking for a long time. We got some insight into not only Stephanie’s character, but also Ranger’s. There were new jokes, new problems, new characters, but at the same time, the story carried all the things that once made (and hopefully will now continue to make) the Plum books such a great series. The mystery held my attention and kept me guessing what would happen next, and there was the right amount of tension and humour. Overall, Notorious Nineteen was very enjoyable. I know many people who have given up on the series altogether, or who are undecided on this book, but I say if you’re a fan of the series, you should definitely read this book. It was nice to be reminded why I loved this series so much when I started it several years ago. I hope Evanovich keeps it up since the series doesn’t look like it’ll be ending any time soon.
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Notorious Noneteen Love all of her number series!
Date published: 2013-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finished! Not the best Stephanie Plum...
Date published: 2012-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had to ponder a day before reviewing Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews I finished Notorious Nineteen earlier today and I had to digest my feelings. My first gut feeling was to review and grant a 3 heart rating but now I have reconsidered after pondering further. I am granting a 4 heart rating. When I rate a Stephanie Plum novel I am rating and comparing against each other. I have always been a member of the Ranger/Stephanie camp. One thing I noticed about Notorious Nineteen is that Morelli was more vocal about loving Stephanie and he even mentions marriage a time or two. One would think that maybe Janet Evanovich is trying to reach a "Timeless Twenty" book (or similarly named) and then have Steph finally get married off to Morelli. You know what? That would not be a bad thing. How about retiring Stephanie and Morelli and then write a spin off series about Ranger? I much prefer the story lines where Ranger plays an active lead and I guess that is why Twelve Sharp remains one of my favourites. I agree with a lot of fans that as much as we adore this series, I think it is getting close to retirement. Some of the major things I liked about Notorious Nineteen was that there was an actual mystery to solve. It was less whimsical and the magical silliness was thankfully absent. Janet Evanovich's earlier books were great fun without having to add weird mystical elements. I just prefer the stories humourous sans wacko stuff. Admittedly the 3 ft Tiki wood carving was borderline mystical but not "way out there". Morelli didn't seem like the domineering chauvinistic man that I often peg him for. I actually liked him a whole lot more in Notorious Nineteen than I ever have before. I didn't out and out laugh in the story but it did give me plenty of smiles. I always feel really good after reading a Stephanie Plum book. The earlier stories are my favourite re-reads. Some things that I didn't care for was the over-done and over the top food cravings for Lula. We get it. She likes to eat greasy, salty and fatty foods. I wasn't a fan of this constant love triangle of Morelli/Stephanie/Ranger. I've always thought the play against each other to be brilliant but it has been really over done now. Enough already. It has become a bit of a turn off. So here is the kicker for me. I will continue to buy these books for as long as Janet Evanovich writes them. I know this. I have not bought into the Diesel series because I don't care for the magical storylines. I just love and miss the really fun, quirky but more serious mysteries that used to dominate this series. Teasers: Pepto-Bismol pink bridesmaid dress, new Ranger watch, Tiki strapped in by seat belt, graveside shooting
Date published: 2012-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brain candy 3.5/5 I used a rare three days off last weekend to get all of my Christmas decorations up. And at the end of the day, I thought I just needed something fun to read by the twinkle of my newly hung lights. My choice? The latest in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich - Notorious Nineteen. (For those of you unfamiliar with these books - it is indeed the 19th book!) Stephanie is still working as a bounty hunter for her cousin Vinnie in New Jersey. Her trusty sidekicks Lula (a one time self described 'ho ), office manager Connie and her Grandma Mazur are still by her side. But not too close - Stephanie seems to be a magnet for trouble - notably for destroying cars. The rent is due, so Stephanie is happy to get a skip that could pay her big bucks. A local retirement home owner has embezzled millions from the facility. He went into the hospital for emergency surgery, then vanished - along with the money. Detective Joe Morelli is also looking into the case. Security expert Ranger has hired her to watch his back at a wedding for one of his staff. (A horrible pink dress is involved.) And Steph seems to growing quite attached to a Tiki statue that may or may not be giving her advice. All in all, a typical day in the 'Burg. And yes, the sexual tension is still there - between Steph and Ranger......and Steph and Morelli. Although, Evanovich does let Stephanie have some thoughts about her future in this book. Marriage? It might be time for Steph to make a decision. And Evanovich too - the last few books are virtually copies of themselves with the names of the skips changed. But, the Plum books are fun to read. They're light-hearted and won't tax your brain. The whodunit isn't overly difficult to figure out, but it's the journey there that's enjoyable. And we all could use a good chuckle. Reading these books is like a bowl of your favourite candy - you keep dipping your hand in, knowing what to expect, but you still enjoy every mouthful. (Yes, there was some Christmas candy involved in my reading...) And of course there is the burning question.....who would you pick? Morelli or Ranger? I'm kinda leaning towards Ranger.....
Date published: 2012-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stephanie's back! I really liked this story. It's a quick read and not as meaty as the first ten in the series but it's a strong story that's funny and sexy without over the top slapstick that would make me do a 'Stephanie eye roll'. This one is definately a fresh installment in the series though it skims. I generally rate books on the idea will I read them again. The first 12 in the series I'd read over and over and still have fun each and every time but the ones after that have been lacking and are more for reading once because I follow the series and I wouldn't buy them if I hadn't collected the first 12 in the series because I feel the rest are more of a one read and done kind of thing. The reading is easy. The descriptions colorful. I didn't get lost in the story but I didn't get bored either. All in all, a fun read. I've given up on hoping that there will be some growth on the relationship front and I guess the multi-boyfriend limbo and car explosions has become par for the course when it comes to the stories. And, if you love this series I highly recommend reading Liliana Hart's Whiskey series which has the flavor of an early Plum with a style that's definately eye catching and entertaining.
Date published: 2012-11-22