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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Explosive Eighteen" by Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite authors. She is known for her romance novels and famous for Stephanie Plum novels. For those not familiar with the Stephanie Plum Series: they are a mixture of mystery, romance and humor. In "Explosive Eighteen", Plum is just returning from a vacation in Hawaii where Ranger and Morelli get into a fight. Stephanie decides to cut the trip short and head back to New Jersey. Her boss Vinnie is working from a bus due to a fire destroying his bail bonds office. Stephanie's arch enemy and computation, Janet Barnhart, is missing after Vinnie posted her bail money. As a bounty hunter, it is Stephanie's job to track her down and return her to jail. Lulu, former hoe, dressed in spandex 3 sizes too small, with an attitude, assists Stephanie in tracking down those that skip on bail.
As usual in this series, there are several subplots: the Joyce Barnhart plot, the car filled with horse manure, the mysterious photograph and the rivalry between the Italian Stud, Officer Morelli and Sexy Hispanic Ranger. Grandmother makes an important appearance and Stephanie's father actually laughs. Lulu drinks a mysterious potion. Stephanie gets a make over.
I have no idea how Evanovich manages to repeatedly come up with such delightfully hilarious plots. This author never fails to thrill me. This is the eighteenth book in the Plum series and I hope there are at least eighteen more. There is something about Lulu in her spandex, a bucket of fried chicken and a sten gun that makes me laugh out loud. I will continue to be Evanovich's number one fan as I eagerly await book nineteen.