Top positive review
The finale of a great series is a romp and a half!
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020
Stephanie, Lula, her two love interests, (Ranger & Morelli), a new character named Gabriela Rose, Grandma Mazur and an host of others, are fully focused on finding the treasure left behind by Grandma’s recently deceased husband. In typical fashion, they bungle and eat their way thru the non-stop action with lots of guffaws and head shaking along the way.
Not so typical, at least of the last few books, there’s real action, mystery and adventure in this book. The story is still largely driven by dialogue but there are car chases and destruction scenes that will rival “Fast & Furious” and make classic car enthusiasts groan.
The sense of determination and finality in this volume is evident from the early chapters. While I found it a welcome addition, I did miss some of the ethnic “charm” or tropes that usually pepper author, Janet Evanovich’s writing. Trenton, NJ is in my backyard , the Italianisms ARE my yard and these have provided much of the joy from the Stephanie Plum series.
Gabriela Rose is a great foil in this story. She’s everything Stephanie is not, including the lead in Evanovich’s next novel: her heritage is Hispanic, she’s designer thru ‘n thru plus she’s a soldier-of-fortune that can cook; no take out cartons for this chica!
All the loose ends of Stephanie’s life are finally tied up. There’s no real “satisfaction” chapters which left me with the feeling we might see these characters again sometime. Still, the ending is typical Plum and will give a smile to fans both old and new as well as hope for what might yet return another day.
G’bye for now - Stephanie, Grandma, Lula, Joe & Ranger...see ya’s later📚