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Hardcore twenty-four


"Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won't let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie's main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun--whether that's for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen. Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it's just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she's the only one with a prayer of catching this killer. If all that's not enough, Diesel's back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits--that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn't pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie. As usual Jersey's favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What's the deal with Grandma Mazur's latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel's sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?"-- Provided by publisher.

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Cockey, Tim, 1955- — With its blue-collar Baltimore setting, engaging and quirky characters, outrageous situations, and conversational tone, Tim Cockey's Hitchcock Sewell Mysteries offer a great alternative for Janet Evanovich fans--just be warned that instead of a female bounty hunter, you'll be getting a charming and smart-mouthed bachelor...who happens to be an undertaker. -- Shauna Griffin
Strohmeyer, Sarah — Bubbles Yablonsky, Sarah Strohmeyer's hairdresser/reporter/sleuth, emerges from Lehigh, Pennsylvania, to rival Stephanie Plum. Strohmeyer knows urban neighborhoods and uses them, as Evanovich does, to reveal a cast of quirky secondary characters. There's a little romance here and plenty of action, not to mention the requisite smart-mouthed dialogue. -- Krista Biggs
Andrews, Mary Kay, 1954- — Those who enjoy Mary Kay Andrews for her humorous, strong-willed, yet often flawed female characters will enjoy the stand-alone novels of Janet Evanovich. While Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series also features this type of main character, her stand-alone novels are more in keeping with Andrews' humorous, romantic tales. -- Nanci Milone Hill
Causey, Toni McGee — Filled with hilarious situations, witty dialogue, and fast-paced suspense, Causey's books featuring the intrepid Bobbie Faye will also appeal to Evanovich fans. -- Shelley Mosley
DiSilverio, Laura A. H. — Readers who appreciate Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books for the zany humor that lightens the mystery may like new author Laura DiSilverio. She also writes humorous mysteries featuring a quirky and likeable female protagonist. -- Rebecca Sigmon
Carrington, Tori — Both authors write contemporary romance as well as very popular mystery novels set in ethnic neighborhoods. Regardless of genre, these are character-driven, upbeat and humorous works with engaging settings, quirky supporting characters, and independent, outspoken women. -- Lynne Welch
Goldberg, Lee, 1962- — Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich specialize in writing lighthearted mysteries starring eccentric or incompetent sleuths. Their work is funny and upbeat, adroitly engaging both the readers' sense of play and desire to solve puzzles. -- Mike Nilsson
Rosenfelt, David — David Rosenfelt's Legal Thrillers featuring dog-loving New Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter have the snappy banter, fast-paced story lines, humor, and intriguing characters that make Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books so appealing. There's even a love interest! -- Shauna Griffin
Bacus, Kathleen — Kathleen Bacus writes of an investigator who is as incompetent, funny, and spirited as Evanovich's Stephanie Plum; aptly named Calamity Jayne is never far from danger's edge. -- Shelley Mosley
Higgins, Kristan — Readers who enjoy the romances of Janet Evanovich might also enjoy those of Kristan Higgins. Both write novels about independent, contemporary women looking for love. Both write romances that are character-driven, upbeat and humorous. -- Nanci Milone Hill
Jones, Darynda — Readers of paranormal romances who like a fast-pace, touch of humor, and good dose of steaminess may like to read the works of Darynda Jones and Janet Evanovich. -- Rebecca Sigmon
Evans, Liz — For Stephanie Plum fans, English mystery author Liz Evans offers up feisty private eye Grace Smith, who--despite missing out on a wacky extended family like Stephanie's--isn't lacking in the "oddball friends" department. Wisecracking humor abounds in this series, as do zany plots--and details about life in a small English village. -- Shauna Griffin

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★★★★☆ Fun as usual

By Westerville45866 on Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:39:42

Another good one. Had me laughing out loud at times. A good stress reliever and a fast read.

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