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Light and Fluffy but Hilarious
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
I admit, I went into this book with a little bit of skepticism. It felt to me like Evanovich had lost some of her mojo in recent installments in the Stephanie Plum series, and while I couldn't resist picking up a copy of "Hardcore Twenty-Four" when it was on sale, I expected it to be a little flat and slight compared with the first books in the series.
And while the series has moved on from what it was back in the 1990s, "Hardcore Twenty-Four" manages to return to a lot of the old magic. There's more of an emphasis on humor and less on the crime/thriller aspect of the story than there used to be, which makes the book less suspenseful but more laugh-out-loud funny. There is a mystery plot, which is just grounded in reality enough to keep the reader's interest, but a lot of the book is devoted to the (often hilarious) antics of Stephanie, Lula, and the rest of the gang. Although "Hardcore Twenty-Four" does engage in social issues, often satirically, it's much less gritty than the earlier books in the series. Readers of many stripes are likely to find it compulsively readable, in an entirely this-is-light-reading kind of way. If you're looking for some chuckle-inducing escapism, this may very well be the book for you.