Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum Series #19)

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#1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are: “irresistible” (Houston Chronicle), “stunning” (Booklist), “outrageous” (Publishers Weekly), “brilliantly evocative” (The Denver Post), and “making trouble and winning hearts” (USA Today).
 
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never ...
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Overview

#1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are: “irresistible” (Houston Chronicle), “stunning” (Booklist), “outrageous” (Publishers Weekly), “brilliantly evocative” (The Denver Post), and “making trouble and winning hearts” (USA Today).
 
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do.
 
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track him down. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
 
The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory.
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Her job title Fugitive Apprehension Agent might sound a bit fancy-schmancy, but make no mistake, this Trenton bad guy go-getter is one regular gal: "My name is Stephanie Plum...I have should-length curly brown hair, blue eyes currently enhanced by a swipe of black mascara, decent teeth, a cute nose in the middle of my face, and I can almost always button the top snap on my jeans." And, oh yes, she's actually usually better at roping in the culprits than at solving her own personal problems. The nineteenth installment of Janet Evanovitch's mystery series demonstrates why we keep coming back.

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Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are:
 
“Making trouble and winning hearts.”—USA Today
 
“Brilliantly evocative.”—The Denver Post
 
“Irresistible.”—Houston Chronicle
Library Journal
No plot details—there never are on an Evanovich novel—but clearly Stephanie Plum is back after the million-copy-plus best seller Explosive Eighteen, and a big, bold marketing campaign is promised.
Kirkus Reviews
Stephanie Plum, Trenton's gift to skip tracing (Explosive Eighteen, 2011, etc.), takes on a terrorist threatening a bridal pair, the sinister forces behind multiple disappearances from Central Hospital and the usual glut of Failures to Appear. Nobody ever said fugitive apprehension was easy, and Stephanie, accompanied by her sometime partner, Lula, the most hilariously uninhibited sidekick in mystery fiction, begins this installment by watching her pursuit of Melvin Barrel (possession with intent to sell) blow up in her face, along with her car. Luckily, there are always more FTA's, from 50-something widow Dottie Luchek (soliciting) to state legislator Elwood Pitch (human trafficking) to homeless Brody Logan (attacking a police cruiser with a hammer). But one fugitive stands out: Geoffrey Cubbin, accused of embezzling $5 million from Cranberry Manor, who was checked into Central Hospital for an emergency appendectomy before disappearing as completely as his appendix. It turns out that he's only the latest of Dr. Craig Fish's patients to vanish from Central, and pint-sized security chief Randy Briggs is not amused. Over at the swanky end of town, Stephanie forsakes her main squeeze, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, to accompany Morelli's rival, Ranger, to a reception at which his old Special Forces comrade Robert Kinsey is to speak. Kinsey and his fiancee, Amanda Olesen, have been getting anonymous threats. So has Ranger, who wants Stephanie to go undercover as a bridesmaid at the wedding. In addition to juggling her usual plus-sized caseload, Stephanie careens back and forth between the two men in her life: "Morelli was an amazing lover, but Ranger was magic." The usual generous mixture of transparent mystery, R-rated fantasies and standup comedy--paced like a Road Runner cartoon drawn out to feature length--that makes Evanovich the gold standard of her subgenre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739378236
  • Publisher: Diversified Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Series: Stephanie Plum Series , #19
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 482,408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich
Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

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Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

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ONE

"I don't know why we gotta sit here baking in your car in the middle of the day, in the middle of the summer, in the middle of this crummy neighborhood," Lula said. "It must be two hundred degrees in here. Why don't we have the air conditioning on?"

"It's broken," I told her.

"Well, why don't you have your window open?"

"It's stuck closed."

"Then why didn't we take my car? My car's got everything."

"Your car is red and flashy. People notice it and remember it. This is the stealth car," I said.

Lula shifted in her seat. "Stealth car, my big toe. This thing is a hunk of junk."

This was true, but it was my hunk of junk, and due to a professional dry spell it was all I could afford. Lula and I work for my cousin Vinnie's bail bonds office in Trenton, New Jersey. I'm a fugitive apprehension agent, and Lula is my sometimes partner.

We were currently parked on Stark Street, doing surveillance on a rooming house, hoping to catch Melvin Barrel coming or going. He'd been accused of possession with intent to sell, Vinnie bonded him out of jail, and Barrel hadn't shown for his court date. Lula makes a wage as the office file clerk, but I only make money if I catch skips, so I was motivated to tough it out in my hellishly hot car, hoping for a shot at snagging Barrel.

"I worked this street when I was a 'ho," Lula said, "but I was in a better section. This here block is for losers. No high-class 'ho would work this block. Darlene Gootch worked this block but it turned out she was killing people as a hobby."

Lula was fanning herself with a crumpled fast food bag she'd found on the floor in the back of my car, and the smell of stale French fries and ketchup wafted out at me.

"You keep waving that bag around and we're going to smell like we work the fry station at Cluck-in-a-Bucket," I said to her.

"I hear you," Lula said. "It's making me hungry, and much as I like the aroma of food grease, I don't want it stuck in my hair, on account of I just had my hair done. I picked out the piña colada conditioner so I'd smell like a tropical island."

Lula's hair was fire-engine red today and straightened to the texture of boar bristle. Her brown skin was slick with sweat. Her extra-voluptuous plus-size body was squeezed into a size 2 petite poison-green spandex skirt, and the acres of flesh that constituted her chest overflowed a brilliant yellow spaghetti-strap tank top. At 5'5" she's a couple inches shorter than me. We're about the same age, which puts us in the proximity of thirtysomething. And we're both single.

My name is Stephanie Plum and I haven't got Lula's body volume or the attitude that goes with it. My attitude goes more toward survival mode. I have shoulder-length curly brown hair, blue eyes almost always enhanced by a swipe of black mascara, decent teeth, a cute nose in the middle of my face, and I can almost always button the top button on my jeans.

"Look at this fool coming at us, walking down the middle of the street," Lula said. "What the heck is he doing?"

The fool was a skinny guy dressed in homie clothes. Baggy pants, wifebeater T‑shirt, $700 basketball shoes. He was jogging more than walking, and every couple steps he'd look over his shoulder and scan the street. He spotted Lula and me, made a course correction, and ran straight for us. He reached my car, grabbed the driver's side door handle and yanked, but nothing happened.

"What's with that?" Lula asked.

"My door's stuck," I said. "It happens when it gets hot."

The skinny guy had his face pressed to my window, and he was yelling at us.

"What's he saying?" Lula...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    After an hour on the phone with customer support, I was told my

    After an hour on the phone with customer support, I was told my pre-ordered copy of Notorious Nineteen is not compatible with my first edition NOOK. Nowhere is this mentioned when ordering. How silly, a NOOK BOOK not available to my NOOK! You won't waste my time and money again Barnes and Noble!

    76 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Pre buying

    I preordered this book suppose tobe available yesterday. It's not!! Why?

    57 out of 127 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    The only thing that changes is the title. Just do SOMETHING wit

    The only thing that changes is the title. Just do SOMETHING with this series. Joe or Ranger or neither, but do something. Love these books but after 12 I've gotten to where I'm just annoyed with this author. I could write these books now. Sorry, Janet, you are just writing to make money not entertain your audience.

    47 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Flatter than flat water

    This book lacked everything! I am so disappointed! I cannot believe I waited a whole year for this! It feels like a repeat from the last 5 books she's written. We are still no closer to finding out who Stephanie will pick... she even used entire lines from previous book, verbatim. Nothing happens, the story develops very slowly and the result is very anticlimatic. The plot is flat, the ending sucks. Only redeamable quality of this book is Lula and Grandma. The author really needs to step it up and conclude the story, I truly feel like I wasted my money on this book. If you are really interested in reading it you are better off borrowin git from a friend or the library. Don't wastr your money!

    47 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    SPOILER ALERT! Don't read the review titled "Short & Go

    SPOILER ALERT! Don't read the review titled "Short & Good, But Not Great before you read the book. Thanks reviewer (Anonymous) for ruining a part of the story for us for me.

    35 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Time to End Series

    I used to love Stephanie Plum and looked forward to every new edition in the series, but sadly that was long ago.

    The book is stale and repetitive. How many times can the same thing happen to one character. Bad enough when it happens book to book but just plain hard to read when it occurs multiple times in the same story. Nothing new happens and Stephanie is as undecided as she was more than half a dozen books ago about her life and her relationships.

    The author has branched into a new series so hopefully she'll end this one soon. Frankly these days l'm more interested in the finale than I am in who Stephanie chooses.

    29 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Same old same old

    This book was flat. She needs to finish this series . Its the same thing in every book.


    28 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2012

    So, I decided the only way to continue enjoying these books is t

    So, I decided the only way to continue enjoying these books is to pretend they're standalone and stop hoping for any kind if resolution. As such, this was a great read! If I remember it's part of a series...well...I think Janet needs to go back and read some of the earlier books. Why does Stephanie act surprised Morelli says he loves her. Back in books 10-12, it was a point that he would say it and she wouldn't. She told him she loves him at the end of book 12, yet in this book she's trying to decide. Really??? Overall, it's a great quick read, but for everyone hoping for forward movement to the series...keep hoping.

    22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    More of the same.

    I used to love this series and couldn't wait for a new book to come out. I will continue to read them but I think it's time to make some changes or end the series. The story was better than the last book but the formula is old. Stephanie's cars constantly getting blown up was tiresome about 15 books ago. The Ranger and Morielli triangle has been done to death. And Lula was tolerable in small doses but she has almost more dialogue than Stephanie. I hope Janet Evanovich will let this once great series die with the little bit of dignity it has left.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Fabulous

    As always..... hilarious, exciting, dangerous and explosive... fitting in true Plum style! Laughed from begining to end.....

    17 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Ok. I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan. BUT...I just realized after

    Ok. I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan. BUT...I just realized after waiting soooo long for this book to come out...that it is just the exact same thing over and over. No lie. Very repetative. I am starting to get very bored with this series. I mean...there are only so many times you can have you car and apartment blown up. There are only so many times a completely gorgeous man will replace it. The relationships went nowhere.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    I started reading Janet Evanovich's series when she first starte

    I started reading Janet Evanovich's series when she first started writing. She has provided me with hours of ultimate enjoyment and laughter. I highly recommend "Notorious Nineteen" and if you have never read any of her books, start with the 1st book, "One for the Money." The 1st book has been made into a movie with Katherine Heigl but please read the book first. Books are so much better than the movies and you will get the true essence of Stephanie Plum. I promise she will not disappoint, expect hours of fun and giggles.

    11 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Familiar and boring

    What a disappointment, same story different book! How many times can her car seriously be blown up? I wish i could get a refund. DO Not BUY check out from th library!

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    I waited an entire year for #19 and I was disappointed, especial

    I waited an entire year for #19 and I was disappointed, especially with the ending. Stephanie needs to make a decision between Joe and Ranger. This is getting very, very old along with blowing up cars, and constantly having "Lula" with just as many lines as Stephanie. All Lula does is constantly eat, eat, eat. She dresses outrageous and messes up everything she does or attempts. In this day and age, Lula needs to learn how to speak correct English. This series needs to come to an end with a true ending, not a cliffhanger. If it continues on, Stephanie needs to choose between Joe and Ranger (finally, no going back and forth). Lula needs a change for the better in all areas. Stephanie and Lula both need some outside friends. What happened to Stephanie's best friend Mary Lou? Because her character is married with children, doesn't mean they can't still be friends. This series was great the first 14 books, then it went down hill from there. Please do not leave us hanging for another whole year. Please make positive changes or end it with diginity!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Disappointed

    I only strarted reading this series last year but from the minute I picked it up I was hooked. I sped through the whole series and then went back and reread the entire thing. It literally feels like I've been waiting forever for 19. While I enjoyed the story (and Stephanie and Lula still make me laugh out loud while reading), it felt like a teaser. I think the storyline could have, and should have, progressed further. I found that dissapointing. Of course, I'll keep reading as I definitely would like to see a conclusion to the Stephanie, Morelli, Ranger scenario. I hope Ms. Evanovich doean't keep us waiting too long.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Much better than anticipated!

    I would give this more than a five star rating if it were possible. Janet Evanovich has taken the Plum, Morelli/Ranger relationship to new levels of mystery and intrigue by revealing NEW information about Ranger and lots of it!

    If you are only reading this series for what Stephanie does while at her job, yes, it's basically same old, same old. If you are bored with that, stop reading!

    For those of us following Stephanie Plum for the intrigue of who she is going to chose in the end, Janet Evanovich has stepped it up a notch! Could Ranger fans possibly LOVE Ranger anymore??? I'm thinking NOT!

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Not worth it

    I was so excited when this book finally came out, but was totally disappointed with the story. It is just the same old stuff, different day. Nothing suspenseful, intriguing, or even exciting happened. It was a total waste of time and money. I have read better books that cost a fraction of what I paid for this one. If you are looking for a funny and believable heroine, read the Heller series from JD Nixon.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    I LOVED it!! Just when I thought Stephanie and Lula had done it

    I LOVED it!! Just when I thought Stephanie and Lula had done it all they surprise me and have me laughing so hard I cry

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    To short .Seemed more like one of the in between plums not one o

    To short .Seemed more like one of the in between plums not one of her series books.Am I wrong or did book 18 end kind of leaving you hanging and not being finished in book 19

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    Not a spoiler!! It is a long review. Loved this book! Loved the

    Not a spoiler!! It is a long review. Loved this book! Loved the whole series!! I read a lot of reviews on the Plum series, and people seemed disappointed in a few of them.  Complaining about  lack of enough sex/ romance or stories seeming similar, etc... I am so happy I ignored these posts!!! I read all of the Plum books, plus the in between books,  plus the Wicked series in 3 weeks. These are fast easy reads that are very funny and well written. The characters all well developed, making you feel as you know them. They are a totally exaggerated, but that's what makes the these stories hilarious!!  I read them all one after the other so rather than reviewing all of them I decided to just sum up my review on  #19.  I read these like a crazy woman!  I just had to finish all of them, and it was worth every minute, and every dime. Thank you Janet for the MANY belly laughs!! Not having EXPECTATIONS, and just enjoying the story being read , made it so I don't have a bad review for ANY of them! Sure you may want this or that to happen, but this is a ongoing series. Who knows, what will happen in the end, book #35? In the meantime, just enjoy Stephanie's crazy adventures. After flying through 25 books. I am sold on this author! Her characters, with the their quick quips and zany personalities are just fantastic!  PLUS HOTTIES!!!  LOL All around good fun! FYI to those posting 1 star for your purchasing problem or your nook problem, nobody cares. This is a review for BOOKS.  Post your complaints to people who can help you! People want to know if you enjoyed the book, not your attempt to rewrite the book in your own words!! It's not like your a paid critic for Barnes and Noble so don't ruin it for others, common sense people. I tell this to my children for goodness sake! So get these books and read them all! Now, do I go the Full series or the Barnaby and Hooker series. Any suggestions?

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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