Turbo Twenty-three

Turbo Twenty-three

A Stephanie Plum Novel

Book - 2016
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In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts. Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again . Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body--frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. As fate would have it, Stephanie's mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who's putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business. It's going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. It's also going to be hard to explain to Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, why she is spending late nights with Ranger, late nights with Lula and Randy Briggs--who are naked and afraid--and late nights keeping tabs on Grandma Mazur and her new fella. Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate, but for a girl who claims to have "virtually no marketable skills," these are the kinds of sweet assignments she does best.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345543004
0345543009
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Evanovich, Janet
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Turbo 23

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PolyWogg
Jan 24, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
A decent mystery and some fun characters that don't try to kill Stephanie
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Stephanie gets a dream job -- undercover in an ice-cream factory -- while Lulu, Randy and Grandma are trying to make a naked reality show.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Okay, I confess, if you put Lulu, Randy and Grandma in any situation for a naked reality show, there are going to be some crazy-fun scenes. And ice cream wars are funnier than the NYC pizza wars, maybe because they have ice cream clowns.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The clowns. I mean, who needs freaky looking clowns?
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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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AnneCarolineDrake
Dec 29, 2018

More mystery than madcap, LOL antics of previous Stephanie Plum novels. Is the author trying to reposition Stephanie's career and artfully resolve the Ranger-Morelli tension in a way that can breathe new life into the series?

This book definitely isn't one of the best in the series. I was surprised by the author's admission that Stephanie isn't the brightest bulb in the pack.

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michaelja
Dec 12, 2018

That was very good. I enjoyed it. Thank you!

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SusanJ_124
Oct 21, 2018

Pretty much what I would expect from this series. A read that takes little effort and provides a few good chuckles. I could, however, do without the gratuitous support of transphobia, which seemed like a cheap way to try to get a laugh

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Birdiebooks
Aug 08, 2018

I love this series. Great characters, laugh out loud funny. I think it's great that she can bounce between Ranger and Joe. Don't we all wish we could have such yummy guys in our lives? I hope this series go on for a long, long time!

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april_marie99
Feb 08, 2018

I came across this series by accident. It was sitting at a bus stop and I've always been interested in something new and fresh. After One for the Money, I wanted to read more and have been following Stephanie for the longest of years now, and I do still read them, but it seems to be getting a bit dull...same antics happen. Don't get me wrong, I love Lula and I love Grandma but Stephanie is getting...old. Marry Joe, have some kids, but keep Diesel around...I like his series.

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Shellie1_us
Jan 27, 2018

I still enjoy the books about Stephanie Plum. I have stopped reading any others JE writes, I may try the Diesel Wicked series someday. I always love Ranger and Stephanie's scenes. I like Morelli too. Grandma is great, and the family dinners at Stephanie's parents house are funny. Her cars may not last, but Lula's always got the red sports car to drive Stephanie to the always awaiting chaos of her life.

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Suellen1111
Dec 30, 2017

Boring, formulaic, same old same old. And, call me old-fashioned but I really object to her sleeping with both Ranger & Morelli in the same book :( I stopped buying Evanavitch's books long ago, now this is the last one I read from the library ...
Can I give it 'no stars'?

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Blabbermouth
Oct 13, 2017

I have to leave Stephanie now before she becomes a nightmare. I've loved her up until now but Janet Evanovich isn't putting any effort into moving her or her lovely men on. It almost feels as if Ms Evanovich is going through the motions for money only & isn't prepared to take everyone out of limbo. It's "Groundhog Day" all over again...& again.....& again. Come on Janet man up & move us all on!!!!!

jojofina Jul 27, 2017

Excellent book for entertainment and travel! Grandma Mazur is always full of surprises and makes me laugh hard.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 16, 2016

I pushed through the loading dock doors and looked around, happy to be outside. It was a cloudless blue-sky day. Perfect for September. Warm in the sun and chilly in the shade. Hardly any stench from the chemical plant in the neighboring industrial park and only a slight haze of air pollution.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 16, 2016

I had a big Maglite, and Lula had her purse.
"What are we looking for?" Lula asked.
"I don't know exactly. Evidence of chocolate syrup and chopped nuts. A huge freezer. Bloodstains."
"The usual stuff," Lula said.

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