Twelve Sharp is the twelfth book in Janet Evanovich’s hilarious Stephanie Plum Series. I found this book to be a compelling mystery, hysterically funny, and one of my favorites so far in the series.
I must admit though, when I first found out that Janet Evanovich had made changes to her main characters, I was saddened. But as I dove into the book and connected with each character and their lives, I not only accepted the changes, I preferred them.
New Jersey’s bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, known for her brainless and dangerous risk-taking antics, matured a bit in Twelve Sharp. And although Stephanie still required the occasional rescue or two, the frequency and urgency of her saving interventions had decreased.
Detective Joe Morelli, New Jersey’s Italian Stallion and Stephanie’s main squeeze, developed an admirable amount of self mastery over his once volatile emotions. He no longer allowed his anxiety to rule and drive his alpha-male control freaky possessiveness into a jealous rage just because Stephanie wanted to work side by side with New Jersey’s Rambo chic magnet, Ranger.
Ranger, the sexy and mysterious, but verbally challenged ex-special forces bounty hunter, has grown and become proficient in not only being able to communicate in full sentences with Stephanie, but also in letting his guard down enough to ask her for help.
In Twelve Sharp, Edward Scrog is a store employee who witnessed a slick and efficient apprehension by the black clad bounty hunter, Ranger. Edward becomes enthralled with Ranger and in that instant his true destiny became crystal clear to him. He was to become a bounty hunter. Edward’s fascination and obsession slid him into the realm of psychosis when Edward thought that he was not only a bounty hunter like Ranger; he was Ranger. And since Edward believed he was the true Ranger, he believed he was entitled to everything that belonged to the imposter including Ranger’s daughter, Julie, and Stephanie Plum.
Janet Evanovich must have had a blast writing this book. I know I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Twelve Sharp is not only an interesting mystery, it’s pure entertainment. Between the one-liners of secondary character Lula the ex-ho at the Pleasure Treasure Adult Shop, and her dance performances with Sally Sweet the cross-dresser in the elderly assisted care facilities, I was cracking up, and laughing so hard that my stomach hurt. I would highly recommend reading Twelve Sharp. It’s a hysterically funny, and a delightful read. Each book in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is a stand-alone; so although it’s best to read them in sequence, it’s not necessary. So grab a copy of Twelve Sharp, sit back, relax and get ready to laugh..a lot.
5 out of 5 stars, Review by Peg Glover