Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)
Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich's #1 New York Times bestselling series.There's nothing like a good deli and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World famous for its pastrami, cole slaw and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.

Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25) Details

TitleLook Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherPutnam Pub Group
ISBN-139780399179228
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Humor

Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25) Review

  • Allie
    January 1, 1970
    As you can see from my previous reviews (24, 23, 22, 21, and 20) I am not happy with the way this series has gotten terribly formulaic. The characters grew briefly only to be stunted back again one book later. No decisions are ever made. Cars are totaled, Lula dresses ridiculous, Grandma goes crazy, Stephanie's mom is tempted to day drink (as am I reading the newer books), Rex never ages, and Stephanie can't choose between Ranger and Morelli.According to the synopsis it looks like she has a new As you can see from my previous reviews (24, 23, 22, 21, and 20) I am not happy with the way this series has gotten terribly formulaic. The characters grew briefly only to be stunted back again one book later. No decisions are ever made. Cars are totaled, Lula dresses ridiculous, Grandma goes crazy, Stephanie's mom is tempted to day drink (as am I reading the newer books), Rex never ages, and Stephanie can't choose between Ranger and Morelli.According to the synopsis it looks like she has a new job. That sounds promising. I hope this is an indication of something new. Please for the love of Pete! Pick a guy, whether Ranger or Morelli or a new character, add some life into this repetitive madness, and let it end on a good note! I don't care if that means Stephanie manages a deli in Trenton and marries someone and settles with a bunch of kids or if she goes and does something different. Just don't be the same old thing. Maybe have her write a book! She has plenty of experience to draw from... let her make millions writing about the life of a Jersey bounty hunter that gets made into a movie and she can retire rich and not have to be this insane mess who constantly stumbles into awful situations to "save the day".I ranted. My apologies.After reading review will be awhile as I refuse to pay money for this book and will wait for a library copy.
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  • Jilly
    January 1, 1970
    Why do I keep reading this series? It jumped the shark so long ago that the shark has died - just like this series. And yet, I keep reading them. Library or free versions only. I'm stupid, but not THAT stupid.It's not like I can't quit things. I'll quit the crap out of things that bore me or make me uncomfortable in any way. I have quit diets so many times that you would have to call me a professional yo-yo dieter. Like one of those freaks that gets really into yo-yos for some reason and can do Why do I keep reading this series? It jumped the shark so long ago that the shark has died - just like this series. And yet, I keep reading them. Library or free versions only. I'm stupid, but not THAT stupid.It's not like I can't quit things. I'll quit the crap out of things that bore me or make me uncomfortable in any way. I have quit diets so many times that you would have to call me a professional yo-yo dieter. Like one of those freaks that gets really into yo-yos for some reason and can do all kinds of things that make you go "ooooh", and then it gets boring so you quit watching.Yeah, that was great. Now, get the hell out . You're late for your mime lessons.Stephanie has the personality of an elderly woman who isn't very bright. She can't bring herself to say the word "vagina", so we get words like "hoohah" and "doodah". She's less hip than my grandma. And, my grandma's dead. Still cooler than Stephanie.Both, because she's freaking epic.At least she didn't actually sleep with Ranger in this book, cheating on Morelli, like she usually does. She only kissed him a bunch of times. I mean, it's not like we'd be mad if our boyfriend's went around kissing another woman, right? That's not cheating. *eye roll*So, in this one, Stephanie and Lula work at a deli, because, hey, why not? At least it wasn't a chocolate factory. And, hilarity ensues. And by hilarity, I mean mild chuckles occasionally. What I'd like to see happen in this series:Morelli dies.Rex dies. (Because, hey, he should have died years ago)Grandma Mazur dies.Lula moves to Los Angeles and becomes a vegan.Stephanie decides on Ranger.Ranger realizes that she's a moron who cheated on her boyfriend so he finds someone better and they live happily ever after.and this series.
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    Ok. Let me start out first by saying that I am a fan of these novels. Granted, the series started to slip when it tried to focus too much on the romance, but now we’ve decided to pretty much let that go. Steph is sleeping with the cop and Ranger slips in when he can find an opening. I’m not gonna hate on the girl ‘cause this is the fictional world and there are plenty of hot guys to go around. What I really love about these books are the side stories. Lost cats, killer hens, Grandma and her hon Ok. Let me start out first by saying that I am a fan of these novels. Granted, the series started to slip when it tried to focus too much on the romance, but now we’ve decided to pretty much let that go. Steph is sleeping with the cop and Ranger slips in when he can find an opening. I’m not gonna hate on the girl ‘cause this is the fictional world and there are plenty of hot guys to go around. What I really love about these books are the side stories. Lost cats, killer hens, Grandma and her honeys, Lula and her diets. These characters are always available for some funny antics. So, I will keep my Stephanie Plum fan club going, even if I’m all alone. 💕💕📚
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    These books are like a snowglobe that you only unpack at Christmas. Nothing changes; happy 25th birthday, Rex.
  • James
    January 1, 1970
    When Look Alive Twenty-Five from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich was published last fall, I devoured the remaining books I'd not caught up on yet. I was surprised to see it already available at the New York Public Library (NYPL) and requested it around Christmas. What a shock when I moved up to #1 in the waiting queue last week. Since I had only a few days to accept it, I happily jumped into the book and finished it within two days. It pushed back a few other items on my reading sch When Look Alive Twenty-Five from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich was published last fall, I devoured the remaining books I'd not caught up on yet. I was surprised to see it already available at the New York Public Library (NYPL) and requested it around Christmas. What a shock when I moved up to #1 in the waiting queue last week. Since I had only a few days to accept it, I happily jumped into the book and finished it within two days. It pushed back a few other items on my reading schedule, but nothing I couldn't easily re-arrange. I wasn't letting this one slip through my fingers.For fans of the series, you'll get the same thing you get every book but with a small twist. Instead of chasing six to eight felons, Stephanie's been recruited to manage a diner that her cousin Vinnie's father-in-law, Harry the Hammer, inherited when someone couldn't pay back a loan. Vinnie puts Stephanie in charge of keeping the place running well so Harry doesn't hammer him. Except it seems... all the managers are kidnapped. One shoe is left behind. Six are gone already. Will Stephanie be the 7th? Along the path, she runs into Wulf, the crazy vampire-like guy she met through Diesel. Lula and Ranger help her operate the diner, but one of their tight little family is actually kidnapped. Joe Morelli helps protect her, too, and we learn a lot more about the mob families in Trenton.Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a nice change of pace to have Stephanie follow one big mystery rather than lots of smaller ones. Her parents and grandmother play a very minor role, but one of them is part of a big cliffhanger involving Harry the Hammer. I suspect we'll get to know more about that side of the family in the next book. Lula's sandwich-making abilities are epic. Ranger's knowledge knows no bounds. And Evanovich is as funny as ever. I enjoy the books purely because I can laugh out loud without fail.It feels good to be caught up on this series, but I think I'm ready for it to end. It's not that the books aren't good anymore. It's just that we need something different. While reliable, they are too formulaic. That said, I'll always read them, and now that I can get #26 possibly as an ARC or the day it's published, the sweeter it'll be.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the latest book in the Stephanie Plum series. I found it to be such an engaging storyline that I didn’t even miss Grandma Mazur until her mention at the end. Maybe it was the new environment as Stephanie and Lula take charge of the deli, or maybe I just needed a few laughs and a lighthearted read at this busy time of year, but whatever the case I loved the change of pace. While our favorite bounty hunters are up to their usual bumbling and hilarious attempts to capture FTAs, tho I really enjoyed the latest book in the Stephanie Plum series. I found it to be such an engaging storyline that I didn’t even miss Grandma Mazur until her mention at the end. Maybe it was the new environment as Stephanie and Lula take charge of the deli, or maybe I just needed a few laughs and a lighthearted read at this busy time of year, but whatever the case I loved the change of pace. While our favorite bounty hunters are up to their usual bumbling and hilarious attempts to capture FTAs, those pursuits took a back burner to the daily routine of running a deli. Lula, of course, manages to spice things up with her creative sandwich making talents, and I liked the tit for tat that Stretch and Raymond gave as they found themselves surrounded by all kinds of crazy. No matter what else is going on, Lula always takes the cake!Speaking of cake, there was a little less of it this time. There wasn’t as much family presence, and thus less leftovers and cake for Stephanie to casually swing by and pick up. Morelli was also not as prominent; Ranger has more of a central role in the deli dealings, up to and including sandwich skills!I like how Janet Evanovich leaves things loose and open to your own interpretation when it comes to Stephanie’s relationship with Ranger. She spends the night in his bed… do they or don’t they? You decide. Your imagination can fill in the blanks in a way that gives satisfaction to you as the reader. Team Morelli? Nothing happened. Team Ranger? Something happened. Those who have read the whole series know that there’s enough interest, connection, and background material that it could easily go either way but Evanovich generously lets each reader choose the outcome he or she likes best. Another fast and fun read in this enjoyable series. I’m already anticipating the adventures to come with Grandma and her honeys and book 26 can’t get here fast enough!
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  • M.E.
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, the continued deterioration of quality of this series has caused me to bail on the whole thing.And I am so mad about it. I invested 23 books worth of reading time but, man, Hardcore Twenty-Four was just *so* bad that I find I no longer have the wherewithal to continue following Stephanie Plum on her wacky adventures. Additionally, Hardcore Twenty-Four made it clear to me that Ms. Evanovich no longer cares about Stephanie Plum beyond how much money this series makes her. Stephanie Unfortunately, the continued deterioration of quality of this series has caused me to bail on the whole thing.And I am so mad about it. I invested 23 books worth of reading time but, man, Hardcore Twenty-Four was just *so* bad that I find I no longer have the wherewithal to continue following Stephanie Plum on her wacky adventures. Additionally, Hardcore Twenty-Four made it clear to me that Ms. Evanovich no longer cares about Stephanie Plum beyond how much money this series makes her. Stephanie Plum hasn't seen any kind of growth since probably (if I'm being generous) the 14th or 15th in the series, and there's only so many times a car getting blown up/stolen/stripped for parts can be funny.And, for God's sake, if she's going to be a completely inept, if funny, bounty hunter, have her decide on a man! The 'who will she choose?!' romantic subplot has become super tiresome. It could be Rex the hamster at this point for all I care; it's just not even a good cliffhanger to end on anymore, and I want so much more for Stephanie after spending 23 books with her. If she were really one of my friends, I would've shaken her out of frustration; as it is, I'm relegated to writing one star reviews on books that aren't even out yet, which I'm also annoyed about.
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  • Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't think I'd say it but I am starting to get tired of Stephanie. Maybe this time off I had before this book came out gave me some perspective or maybe 25 books of juggling the same two men got even me bored. I don't know. I still stand by #TeamRanger but at this point I'd be happy if she picks one and sticks with that choice. Knowing it's probably never gonna happen I expect the series to go on until it's year 2058, Ranger is a space cowboy, Morelli is a Man in Black and Steph put a turbo en Didn't think I'd say it but I am starting to get tired of Stephanie. Maybe this time off I had before this book came out gave me some perspective or maybe 25 books of juggling the same two men got even me bored. I don't know. I still stand by #TeamRanger but at this point I'd be happy if she picks one and sticks with that choice. Knowing it's probably never gonna happen I expect the series to go on until it's year 2058, Ranger is a space cowboy, Morelli is a Man in Black and Steph put a turbo engine into Big Blue and flies around with Lula as part of a vigilante duo Wreck&Smack. Rex's clone is upgraded to the point where he can speak and he's now a brain center for the team. Until the next one then.Over and out
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    I will give all of the books from this series 5 stars because I love it! It's crazy, stranger than ever and makes me laugh :)
  • Vicki Willis
    January 1, 1970
    This one was not a favorite of the series. I enjoyed it and will read the next, but this one was more focused on the mystery/crime and not so much on Stephanie's antics. There were definitely central things missing in the usual formulaic story - think Grandma, viewings, family dinners and things blowing up. I am also not a fan of Wulf ( or Diesal for that matter). This one had Ranger and Morelli, but her inaction has led to it feeling like she has chosen so there wasn't that back and forth play. This one was not a favorite of the series. I enjoyed it and will read the next, but this one was more focused on the mystery/crime and not so much on Stephanie's antics. There were definitely central things missing in the usual formulaic story - think Grandma, viewings, family dinners and things blowing up. I am also not a fan of Wulf ( or Diesal for that matter). This one had Ranger and Morelli, but her inaction has led to it feeling like she has chosen so there wasn't that back and forth play. This series has become a Thanksgiving tradition for me and I look forward to the next one. Anyone who loves the series will enjoy this one.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I love this series. About 10 books back, I was frustrated that Stephanie couldn't make her mind between Joe and Ranger and maybe the series should be over. I've settled in and just love the characters and kicking back for some fluffy, predictable fun. Each new book brings more mishaps and funny dialog from Lula and Grandma Mazur.Grandma Mazur was missing from this one, but Lula made up for it. This time Stephanie is going to be the manager of a deli where people are disappearing and replaced Ok, I love this series. About 10 books back, I was frustrated that Stephanie couldn't make her mind between Joe and Ranger and maybe the series should be over. I've settled in and just love the characters and kicking back for some fluffy, predictable fun. Each new book brings more mishaps and funny dialog from Lula and Grandma Mazur.Grandma Mazur was missing from this one, but Lula made up for it. This time Stephanie is going to be the manager of a deli where people are disappearing and replaced by a shoe. Lula will be making sandwiches the way only Lula can :) They are going to figure out who is behind this and catch the bad guy. Right? You know the ending.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    It is so hard to review a book by an author when you have read and just love everything they write. "Look Alive Twenty-Five", for the most part, is a funky, fun mystery that follows the Stephanie Plum Series formula and it delivers in a lot of ways. It also misses in some ways too. The funky Lula is always a wacky diversion and she is just wonderful as the under appreciated Sandwich Diva who gives her customers what she creates for them, not necessary what they order. The hot, intense, off the c It is so hard to review a book by an author when you have read and just love everything they write. "Look Alive Twenty-Five", for the most part, is a funky, fun mystery that follows the Stephanie Plum Series formula and it delivers in a lot of ways. It also misses in some ways too. The funky Lula is always a wacky diversion and she is just wonderful as the under appreciated Sandwich Diva who gives her customers what she creates for them, not necessary what they order. The hot, intense, off the charts sexy Ranger is just, well . . . he and Stephanie amp up the sexual innuendo to new levels in this one, but Joe is still her bed buddy. Last week in a Goodreads chat post it was put out there that maybe Ranger was connected to Diesel in more than their mutual admiration of Stephanie and in #25 we have the mysterious Wulf, Diesel's cousin making an appearance. Hummmmm. Oh, I almost forgot the cliffhanger - WOW!Stephanie gets a "real" job. Will it be her last? The Vincent Plum Bail Bonds Company has gotten The Red River Deli as a bond forfeiture and Harry (the real owner of the Bonds Co.) has decided to keep and run it, much to Vinnie's dismay. Harry assigns Stephanie as the Deli Manager. One very big problem, among several very big problems, with this: the last three managers have mysteriously disappeared leaving only one shoe behind. Both Moretti and Ranger are against Stephanie being the next to disappear and set out to make sure that doesn't happen.
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  • Sabine
    January 1, 1970
    After a few disappointments I was so ready to give up on the Stephanie Plum books and then I got my hands on Hardcore Twenty-Four which I thoroughly enjoyed. This lead me to Look Alive Twenty-Five and....YES!!! ... it is another winner. I had a lot of fun with the story and of course it too is over the top but still not that much over the top that it would be so ridiculous that it would put me off. I will stick with this series and hope for some more crazy fun to come.
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  • Mayda
    January 1, 1970
    Stephanie is the temporary manager of a deli and Lula is the expert sandwich maker. But the managers have a way a disappearing from this deli, and maybe Steph is next! Morelli and Ranger are taking turns protecting Stephanie, but from what or whom, they’re not sure. The characters are at their best in this humous adventure. To me, this series always delivers. It’s the hot fudge sundae of my book life: I know what I’m getting, it never strays too far from what I expect, it’s always a good treat, Stephanie is the temporary manager of a deli and Lula is the expert sandwich maker. But the managers have a way a disappearing from this deli, and maybe Steph is next! Morelli and Ranger are taking turns protecting Stephanie, but from what or whom, they’re not sure. The characters are at their best in this humous adventure. To me, this series always delivers. It’s the hot fudge sundae of my book life: I know what I’m getting, it never strays too far from what I expect, it’s always a good treat, and I never get tired of it. I hope Ms. Evanovich is still writing them and I’m still reading them for many years to come. It’s the series that will Still Be Great at Forty-Eight!
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love Stephanie, her love triangle with Morelli and Ranger (I'm totally Team Ranger) and the entire cast of characters, especially Lula and Grandma Mazur.I feel like #25 was missing some of the best parts of the series... Grandma Mazur was practically nonexistent, Stephanie spent almost no time at her parents house, she didn't even ruin a car. There wasn't even really any ridiculous situations that ended in disaster except for one. That's what makes this series so magical! I did laug I absolutely love Stephanie, her love triangle with Morelli and Ranger (I'm totally Team Ranger) and the entire cast of characters, especially Lula and Grandma Mazur.I feel like #25 was missing some of the best parts of the series... Grandma Mazur was practically nonexistent, Stephanie spent almost no time at her parents house, she didn't even ruin a car. There wasn't even really any ridiculous situations that ended in disaster except for one. That's what makes this series so magical! I did laugh out loud a few times, Lula was amazing as always, but it just felt a little bland in comparison.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    These are so ridiculous, I don't even know why I'm adding this next one. But I know I'll read it, so I might as well have it on my list.
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book. I do see people who keep complaining about it follows the same formula and blah blah but honestly if you are reading book 25 in this series and don't realize by now that the books are the same over and over then I don't know what to tell you. I like these books because they are quick reads and fun. The make me smile and are really just fluff. Sometimes these are the type of books I need to read after reading something long and serious. I feel like the series has totally found it Loved this book. I do see people who keep complaining about it follows the same formula and blah blah but honestly if you are reading book 25 in this series and don't realize by now that the books are the same over and over then I don't know what to tell you. I like these books because they are quick reads and fun. The make me smile and are really just fluff. Sometimes these are the type of books I need to read after reading something long and serious. I feel like the series has totally found it's stride again. There was a little while there were I wasn't really enjoying what I was reading... I little too much love triangle. One of the things I liked this book is that it took place not in the normal locations of the series. We got to read about Stephanie in a different job. And... Stephanie basically had one bounty to catch rather then a whole bunch of them. I was happy to see the mysterious Wulf character make a surprise appearance which made this book even more fun. I hope that Evanovich keeps this stride going for book #26.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    This is #25th book in the Stephanie Plum series. This one was just okay for me. I can't say anything new about this series that I haven't said before, so I'll keep this review short. I've read all of these books in this series. I loved the first half of this series, but I've become bored with it. I like Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli but there is absolutely no progression, just antics....sometimes amusing, sometimes not. I think the author has recognized a gravy train and is intent on the ride.
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  • Skip
    January 1, 1970
    Vinnie and the Hammer repossess the Red River Deli in Trenton, but the managers keep disappearing, leaving on a single sneaker behind. Stephanie Plum and her sidekick Lula are having a bad string of luck in apprehending folks who have skipped out on their bonds so Vinnie makes them work at the Deli. The two kitchen workers are funny, but both Ranger and Morelli are worried about Stephanie disappearing. And Wulf keeps popping in with interest in one of the missing managers. Not enough of Stephani Vinnie and the Hammer repossess the Red River Deli in Trenton, but the managers keep disappearing, leaving on a single sneaker behind. Stephanie Plum and her sidekick Lula are having a bad string of luck in apprehending folks who have skipped out on their bonds so Vinnie makes them work at the Deli. The two kitchen workers are funny, but both Ranger and Morelli are worried about Stephanie disappearing. And Wulf keeps popping in with interest in one of the missing managers. Not enough of Stephanie's family in this one, and Morelli is way too understanding about Stephanie's sleeping in Ranger's apartment. The plot is, as usual, pretty far fetched. Shocking for readers of this series, eh?
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  • Tiffany PSquared
    January 1, 1970
    Was it because I listened to this on audio instead of physically reading it that this one didn't zing me as much as other books in this series? Or maybe it was the addition of Wolf, who is annoying to me for reasons I can't fully explain.I have been looking forward to this book since Hardcore Twenty-Four, and, if I'm being honest, I was underwhelmed. The book started off well enough -- favorite characters in their true forms doing wackadoodle things and actually achieving little or nothing. Usua Was it because I listened to this on audio instead of physically reading it that this one didn't zing me as much as other books in this series? Or maybe it was the addition of Wolf, who is annoying to me for reasons I can't fully explain.I have been looking forward to this book since Hardcore Twenty-Four, and, if I'm being honest, I was underwhelmed. The book started off well enough -- favorite characters in their true forms doing wackadoodle things and actually achieving little or nothing. Usually, that formula is hilarious! However, in this book, the wacky seemed just a little too, and the buildup went on for far longer than necessary.Normally I would be the very last person to have even one critical thing to say about one of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books; however, #25 left me wanting more (or less).See my full review on That New Book Smell
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  • Stephanie Anze
    January 1, 1970
    Stephanie Plum is the new manager at the Red River Deli. The deli has a reputation for good food and missing managers. Their last three have dissapeared, leaving only one shoe behind. Now Stephanie is in charge, will she be next?I will start by saying that this is my first Stephanie Plum book I have read. I am not familiar with the style, characters or overall story. Perhaps, if I was, my rating would be different. As it is, my rating is based solely on this book (as I see the overall series is Stephanie Plum is the new manager at the Red River Deli. The deli has a reputation for good food and missing managers. Their last three have dissapeared, leaving only one shoe behind. Now Stephanie is in charge, will she be next?I will start by saying that this is my first Stephanie Plum book I have read. I am not familiar with the style, characters or overall story. Perhaps, if I was, my rating would be different. As it is, my rating is based solely on this book (as I see the overall series is quite popular). With all due respect to all those that love this book, I just do not understand the hype. This book was just not for me. Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter but she has been named manager for the Red River Deli. Managers seem not to last as the deli has gone through three. They dissapear and the only clue left is their shoe. As Stepahnie is following leads, and chasing down clues, she comes across many colorful characters. There is a surplus of characters, I simply could not keep up with the plot and the mystery aspect was underwhelming. I know this book is not to be taken as "serious" but still some structure would have been nice. I will say Lula made me laugh several times but beyond that there was little I enjoyed. I should have started with book number one, maybe that was my mistake. All and all, an interesting read.
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  • Roman Clodia
    January 1, 1970
    A demented Scooby Doo-alike plot but this is just so much fun! Lula and Steph are running a diner where the managers all disappear while taking out the rubbish, leaving a single shoe behind... and the scrumptious Ranger has a full role to play (though, sadly, a fully dressed one - apart from a tantalising few inches of perfect abs 😍) And don't even get me started on Lula and the chilli dog penis...! Brilliantly bonkers, the perfect cold weather antidote.Many thanks to Headline for an ARC via Net A demented Scooby Doo-alike plot but this is just so much fun! Lula and Steph are running a diner where the managers all disappear while taking out the rubbish, leaving a single shoe behind... and the scrumptious Ranger has a full role to play (though, sadly, a fully dressed one - apart from a tantalising few inches of perfect abs 😍) And don't even get me started on Lula and the chilli dog penis...! Brilliantly bonkers, the perfect cold weather antidote.Many thanks to Headline for an ARC via NetGalley.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    There were a few new turns in this book to the normalcy that is Stephanie Plum - however even with that being said it all went as expected.I'm in too deep to stop reading these books so even though this was novel that erred on the forgettable side in the series, there were some sweet moments and one liners that made me laugh out loud or smile stupidly to myself.I'm thinking "Quick Sticks Twenty Six" for next November?
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  • Angela Verdenius
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! Some Ranger, some Morelli, some Lula, Stephanie, a mystery and lots of laughs. A light read that's entertaining, not meant to be taken seriously, and is pure enjoyment! I can't wait for the next book!
  • Dallass
    January 1, 1970
    After being disappointed with the last book (Hardcore 24), I was hesitant to read this, but boy did I have fun 🥳Stephanie Plum is now the unwilling manager at the Red River Deli, working alongside Lula - a disaster waiting to happen - and being shadowed by Rangeman, as she tries to discover who has been kidnapping the previous managers of the Deli before she becomes the next victim.This time round we have more Ranger - yah! 🥰 - and even a visit from an previous villain. Morelli takes a backseat, After being disappointed with the last book (Hardcore 24), I was hesitant to read this, but boy did I have fun 🥳Stephanie Plum is now the unwilling manager at the Red River Deli, working alongside Lula - a disaster waiting to happen - and being shadowed by Rangeman, as she tries to discover who has been kidnapping the previous managers of the Deli before she becomes the next victim.This time round we have more Ranger - yah! 🥰 - and even a visit from an previous villain. Morelli takes a backseat, and strangely there is very little Grandma Mazur. The mystery itself was fun and motored along at a reasonable pace, however it was the ending that got me. Every book, until now, has been a self contained story, with a beginning, middle and end. But this time we leave Stephanie in a panic in what is an unexpected, and surprisingly effective, cliffhanger.Is the series changing up it’s format, and heading in a new direction? We’ll see, but I’m here for it anyway 😄4 stars 🌟
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  • Barbara Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Series: Stephanie Plum #25Publication Date: 11/13/18Number of Pages: 320This series is both addictive and annoying. The annoying didn’t start until a number of books into the series and it is because of a relationship that just can’t seem to get resolved. I’m sure that if the situation is resolved, then the series will end – but maybe it is time. Then, there is the perpetual hamster who should be well beyond his life expectancy by now. Speaking of that relationship issue – to me, personally – it Series: Stephanie Plum #25Publication Date: 11/13/18Number of Pages: 320This series is both addictive and annoying. The annoying didn’t start until a number of books into the series and it is because of a relationship that just can’t seem to get resolved. I’m sure that if the situation is resolved, then the series will end – but maybe it is time. Then, there is the perpetual hamster who should be well beyond his life expectancy by now. Speaking of that relationship issue – to me, personally – it doesn’t appear that there is any real love there on any side. The books are always zany and funny and you just can’t help but chuckle at the antics.I’ve rated this story 3.5 rounded up to 4 mainly because Stephanie didn’t get herself into quite as many pickles as she normally does and not a single car exploded. The appearance of Wulf from the Lizzy and Diesel series didn’t add anything to the story either and he’s just always annoying.Stephanie Plum is an inept bail enforcement agent for her cousin Vinny – who is married to the daughter of a big-time mobster – Harry the Hammer. Connie is the only competent one at the agency. Stephanie’s assistant is Lula, a former ‘ho who still dresses like one. Add Morelli, Stephanie’s boyfriend who is a cop and Ranger, the ultra-sexy owner of Rangeman security (who also wants to be Stephanie's boyfriend) and you have quite an interesting mix of personalities.Vinny and his father-in-law have taken over a deli that was forfeited when the owner jumped bail and disappeared. Now, the managers keep disappearing and leaving behind nothing except one shoe. Vinny has Stephanie and Lula take over running the deli in addition to her bail enforcement duties. Lula is convinced that aliens are taking the managers and she is convinced that Stephanie is next. Ranger and Morelli take turns protecting Stephanie and the antics are, as always, very amusing. Lula fancies herself the queen of sandwich making at the deli and creates something new for each order – no matter what the patron requested. Ranger even gets into the sandwich making. All of this is going on while they are trying to figure out what happened to the previous managers. Will Stephanie and Lula still be working at the deli when the next book is released? Can’t wait to see.Please check out my reviews at:Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages...Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRevTwitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview"I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."
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  • Lawyer
    January 1, 1970
    Look Alive Twenty-Five: Road Trip ReadI was going on the road, looking for a missing bird. I'd been given a Green Cheaked Conure named Jack. Jack was lonesome. He has been a part of a breeding pair. But his owners sold his mate to one buyer and I ended up with a depressed lonely guy.I tracked down a likely substitute. A pair of Yellow Sided Conyers just outside Jonesboro, Tennessee. The lady Yellow Side was a looker. I cut the deal after I showed Jack and he cheered the idea of a rosy future wit Look Alive Twenty-Five: Road Trip ReadI was going on the road, looking for a missing bird. I'd been given a Green Cheaked Conure named Jack. Jack was lonesome. He has been a part of a breeding pair. But his owners sold his mate to one buyer and I ended up with a depressed lonely guy.I tracked down a likely substitute. A pair of Yellow Sided Conyers just outside Jonesboro, Tennessee. The lady Yellow Side was a looker. I cut the deal after I showed Jack and he cheered the idea of a rosy future with a string of enthusiastic cheeps. It's a long way from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Jonesboro, Tennessee. Last Chattanooga, past the turn off to the Ocoee, past Pigeon Forge.I'm normally a book man. A real good hold it in my hands and turn the pages kind of guy. But I had to keep my hands at two and four to drive. I had a red head keeping me company. She was the one have me the depressed bird. We had to pass the time. No shenanigans. So she plugged in her latest Audible recording into the auxillary. Look Alive Twenty-Five.The lady in red says, "Yeah, you're late to this party. She's already put out Twenty-Four. Just drive and listen."And I did. For hours an hours. It had its moments. I had a few chuckles. But I relished the road stop rests.Seems like Bond Enforcement Agent Stephanie Plum is romanced by two hunky guys, both of whom have provided her nights of magic. Just being near these guys gets her feelings swirling in her tummy headed South. Stephanie repeatedly says she doesn't have a lot of special skills which require her to be protected by these guys who are not testosterone deficient. The story line is a bit murky. The dialog is simple, moving at a fast clip.The story finally wound down to an anticlimactic end.I've looked at the reviews on this series. The rankings are high. But I noticed several reviewers wrote that the series has been declining in recent releases. By the end of this read I would have said something worthy of 24 novels had something going for them at some time in the past.I might give an early novel a shot. Especially on audio on a long road trip.Now, about Jack. I brought that pair of Yellow Side Conyers home. They are in a nesting box doing what comes naturally. Jack is all alone and feeling blue. The good looking lady bird will have to decide whether she'd like the boys to share. After all, Stephanie Plum says it's magic. Ahem..
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  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    I snickered and laughed through this new installment of nonsense really enjoying it. Complete silliness ! Keep ‘em coming Janet <3
  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Guilty pleasure! It was fun, quick, laugh out loud funny. I still enjoy Stephanie, Lula, Ranger, and Morelli and look forward to a new wacky adventure with them every year.
  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    I really should probably stop reading this series. The last books have been over the top for me, with me rolling my eyes so much while reading. This one wasn't quite over the top as the last few have been. But we still have the triangle between Stephanie, Morelli and Ranger. I really want her to pick one guy. I have to admit that the way that the 2 men pass Stephanie back and forth (platonically) drives me nuts. When trouble comes it's like they are divorce parents dropping her off with the othe I really should probably stop reading this series. The last books have been over the top for me, with me rolling my eyes so much while reading. This one wasn't quite over the top as the last few have been. But we still have the triangle between Stephanie, Morelli and Ranger. I really want her to pick one guy. I have to admit that the way that the 2 men pass Stephanie back and forth (platonically) drives me nuts. When trouble comes it's like they are divorce parents dropping her off with the other and planning the next pass off. Lula's stitch had become not as much fun as it was at the start. I don't know why we have to be beaten over the head about Lula eating all the time, or her being a big girl who dresses in skimpy clothes. The one thing that I liked in this one was that Stephanie actually acknowledge how inept she is at being a bounty hunter. Finally! If she didn't have Ranger or Morelli to help her she would never catch anyone.The mystery at the deli was slightly interesting, especially at the end when everyone was found. I find myself mildly intrigued by Grandma's phone call at the end. I have a feeling when the next book shows up on my library's website I won't be able to pass not requesting it, hoping the books will be like the first ones were.
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