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Dirty Thirty

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5 stars. I will never ever get sick of reading about Stephanie Plum and the rest of the crew. As usual craziness follows Stephanie everywhere. This book has jewelry heists, murder, proposals, and references to Beowulf. This book is light on Grandma Mazur but heavy on Lula. All around entertaining and fun book.

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For about the first 10 Stephanie Plumb novels, the writing of Evanovich was riveting. Then for about novels 11-17, the writing became repetitive. With each volume being more and more formulaic. Since then, I have periodically tried the newest installment to see if the story line / writing has returned to its original fresh-ness. And... each time, I am disappointed as the novels are basically a cut and paste of previous novels. So disappointing.

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Another fun adventure with Stephanie and Lula. Stephanie is hired to track down an ex-security guard/possible jewel thief by the jewelry store owner, which as expected, does not go the way it should, as there is much more to the story than she is told.
Lula is being stalked by a mysterious demon, Grendel, from a video game.
And of course there are explosions, hilarity, and some all important time with Ranger!
As always, reading a Stephanie Plum book is like dropping in on old friends, seeing what crazy turns their lives are taking... and this one ends on a bit of an emotional cliff hanger!

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*****I received this free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for me honest review.

I am a HUGE Janet Evanovich fan! I have read ALL the Stephanie Plum novels. I was thrilled to get my hands on this one early!

Stephanie and her sidekick Lula are at it again. Each FTA they encounter leaves you laughing. This novel really won me over as Stephanie is taking care of Bob, so he gets to tag along! That added a ton of laughs! (Everyone loves a dog!). As usual there is tension in Stephanie’s love triangle. This novel leaves you hanging and definitely wanting MORE!!!

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Another interesting Stephanie adventure. This one had more funny moments than the previous title. If there is an upcoming book 31, Stephanie will finally have to make a decision.

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Janet Evanovich is back with the next installment of Stephanie Plum in Dirty Thirty. I look forward to the new book in the series every time! It can absolutely be read as a stand-alone, however for optimal enjoyment start from the beginning. Stephanie, a struggling bond enforcement agent, is again joined by Lula, Morelli, Ranger, Bob, Rex, Grandma Mazur and a new set of wacky villains in Trenton. She is hired by a jeweler to locate his missing security guard who he accuses of stealing diamonds. Naturally, nothing is what it seems and Stephanie is drawn into the maze. The characters are well developed and the women are strong. Reading this book is like seeing some long time friends. There are laugh out loud moments and a surprise ending. I very happily received this ARC from Netgalley and Atria Books. My opinions are my own.
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The newest adventures of Stephanie Plum. If you have followed Stephanie for years like I have you can't wait to see what the latest is in both Stephanie's personal life and her professional life. One thing for sure is that it won't be boring. In our latest meeting with Stephanie, Morelli's testifying in a trial in Miami and she is taking care of Bob. She has been hired to find some missing diamonds after a jewelry store robbery. Of course there are a few skip traces in between as well. One thing everyone looks forward to is Stephanie's sidekick Lula and the excitement she brings to any occasion. There will be totaled cars, fire bombs, a wedding and two proposals before we find out who done it! I can't wait for our next installment because Stephanie left us hanging.

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I have been reading and enjoying Stephanie Plum’s adventures as a bond enforcement agent (bounty hunter?) for twenty-five+ years (gasp!), ever since One For The Money. And everytime a new one comes out, it makes me happy to know I’m in for hours of entertainment. Seriously, I can’t think of any that let me down…so when I received a copy of Dirty Thirty (yes, it is really #30 in the series), from Atria Books and NetGalley,I was happy to provide this honest review in exchange.

For anyone who hasn’t read any of the series, not to worry. Each stands on its own (although I think it’s fun to see how the characters and their relationships progress), so you can dive right in and you will know soon enough who these people are. Stephanie works for her Uncle Vinnie, a bail bondsman in Newark, New Jersey. Stephanie has an ongoing relationship with cop Joe Morelli, and then there is Ranger, super sexy owner of a “security company,” always there to help her when she destroys another car or gets into whatever bizarre trouble she manages to find — or initiate. As Stephanie says “...there were two men in my life, and I wasn’t prepared to choose one over the other. Not that it mattered, because neither of them wanted to marry me.”

Stephanie lives in an apartment with her hamster Rex and works with Lula, a former “woman of the evening,” and they frequently manage to get Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur involved. Stephanie says “Lula is a person of color and I’m a person of less color.” Either way, they are strong, funny women.

In this episode, local jeweler Martin Rabner hires Stephanie to track down his former security guard, “Nutsy,” who may have stolen a pile of diamonds from the jewelry store safe. At the same time, Stephanie is also looking for Duncan Dugan, who was arrested for robbing that same jewelry store on the same day. Stephanie’s cop boyfriend Morelli is away in Miami on police business, so Stephanie is taking care of Bob, Morelli’s giant orange dog who will devour anything, from Stephanie’s stray donuts to her couch to the upholstery in her car. Morelli’s absence also means the inscrutable, irresistible security expert Ranger is front and center in Stephanie’s life when things inevitably go sideways.

To complicate matters, Lula is convinced she is being stalked by a mythological demon (“Grendel”) then we follow Stephanie on an overnight stakeout with both her mother and Grandma Mazur. And Lula? What could possibly go wrong???

To repeat myself from an earlier review, “It isn’t by any means lofty literary reading, but it is well written, fun, and an awesome diversion. It is what it is, and for me it is 5 stars.”

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I was happy to receive this book through Netgalley, ' Unfortunately I did not enjoy the book. I think it is time for Stephanie and her gang to move on. I thought the story, the writing and the actions of the characters were
formulaic and dull. These books used to be amusing and colorful. Not anymore.

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As bizzare as this sounds, Stephanie read a little more grown up this time around, which was refreshing. Also, she's, while not exactly making decisions about her love life, considering that she will one day have to. Basically I'm saying this was just as fun as the rest of the series, but with a smidge less of the ridiculousness.

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Just another is a row of pretty much the same thing for this series. It really needs to wrap up. The best part of the book was the end when it seems like maybe something might change in the next one.

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Loved the ending. Best one I’ve read in awhile. Can wait to read the 31st book! Will Stephanie actually marry Morelli or will she marry ranger

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Another fun entry to the series. Wow, 26 years and more than 30 books! I had a few laugh out loud moments but most of the plot felt predictably Stephanie Plum. There is a cliffhanger and I do hope it helps the characters move out of a rut and into a new arc.

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Will always be there for the next Stephanie Plum novel. The characters and their dialogue are laugh out loud funny. The setting and the situations are also hilarious. My only disappointment is the love triangle with Moretti, Ranger, and Stephanie. It got tedious many books ago.and does not make much of a cliff hanger.

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As usual, Stephanie did not disappoint...and what a cliffhanger this time! I can't say anything for fear of giving it away, but WOW! It's nice to go back to familiar characters - Mama and her knitting (with whiskey), Grandma and her viewings, and who could forget Lula? This one isn't out and I already can't wait for 31! #teamRanger

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3.5 stars

Another dependable read from Evanovich. After years and years I still can’t get enough of these characters. Lula and Grandma seriously need their own little spin off adventure book! Can’t wait for the next installment.

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It’s the standard Ranger, Morelli, Bob, explosions, fires, happy wonderful fabulous train wreck brought for the last 29 books. I loved the ending and I look forward to the next.

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria for the ARC.

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Another wild ride with Stephanie, Lula and this time Bob. A jewelry store heist, murder and lots of crazy characters. A little bit of Joe and a lot of Ranger and a surprise at the end that leaves you wanting #31. Loved it and highly recommend.

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Danger? Check. Firebombing? Check. Zaniness? Check. Car destroyed? Of course. The best book I’ve read in this series, and that’s setting the bar really high. Laugh out loud funny even more so than usual, great plots, funny dialogue, and the surprises near the ending the icing on the cake. Everyone who reads this series has an opinion on the Ranger/Morelli love triangle, and I could write a huge list on why I KNOW my choice is better for her, but I’m not Janet Evanovich, and I can’t wait to read where she goes from here. Just please, please don’t ever end this series. I thrive on the fun and laughter.

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What a ride! As always, Stephanie and sidekick Lulu are in over their heads. A jewelry store robbery provides Stephanie with the chance to make some money, but things don't add up. And the ending is a total stunner!

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