Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
A Stephanie Plum Novel

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16 Critic Reviews

The mystery surrounding Cubbin had potential — it was an interesting storyline but I had trouble believing that the security tapes provided as much difficulty as they did, particularly for Morelli. Even Grandma Mazur going undercover, as entertaining as it was, couldn’t really make up for that.
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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 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.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Janet Evanovich's Takedown Twenty.
 

About Janet Evanovich

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Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including One for the Money and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel & Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley.
 
Published November 20, 2012 by Bantam. 322 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Notorious Nineteen
All: 16 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Good
on Mar 03 2013

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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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Roz Shea on Nov 30 2012

Fans expect comedic interludes, and Stephanie’s visit to the bridal shop for a fitting and Lula’s undercover antics to get in to see an industry mogul are highlights.

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Toonari Post

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Reviewed by Marci Swank on Nov 24 2012

Notorious Nineteen takes the reader to all sorts of places that are new and even crazier than before. Stephanie knows that she needs to step up her game, but what more can she do? She takes on all sorts of different roles throughout this novel...

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Reviewed by Georgianna S. on Dec 05 2012

I also thought for a while that Morelli seemed less interested, certainly more accepting of her working with Ranger. He just didn’t seem to care much...Even worse is, I’m losing interest. After 19 books of this same scenario I’m looking for progress!

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Booking Mama

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Reviewed by Julie P. on Jan 14 2013

I can't really say that anything was especially different about this novel than the other ones I've read, but I enjoyed revisiting some of the zany characters and Stephanie's crime-solving abilities.

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A Bookworm's World

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Reviewed by Luanne on Nov 23 2012

It might be time for Steph to make a decision. And Evanovich too - the last few books are virtually copies of themselves with the names of the skips changed...The whodunit isn't overly difficult to figure out, but it's the journey there that's enjoyable.

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Pure Textuality

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Reviewed by Lorna on Jan 11 2013

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this book. But there is also a darker side of the book and not everyone survives. There is still the huge chemistry between Stephanie and Ranger and also Stephanie and Morelli. From one book to the next you never know who Stephanie will end up with.

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Drey's Library

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Reviewed by Drey on May 28 2013

...if you’re jonesing for a no-thought-required, crazy-hijinks-aplenty, light-and-fluffy read to go with that lemonade in the backyard, look no further. Notorious Nineteen will go down smoother than that top-shelf tequila you only bring out for special occasions...

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Lost in a Great Book

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Reviewed by LOST IN A GREAT BOOK on Jan 17 2013

This series has the potential to run on for a while, but only if there’s a game-changer planned for the next book. Heck, Jim Butcher managed to kill off Harry Dresden (and bring him back) and his series is even stronger than before. I liked that the Plum series went a bit dark this time, and could only wish that it had continued.

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I'd So Rather Be Reading

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Reviewed by Kelli on Dec 02 2013

I think the main thing that's getting me down with the latest Stephanie Plum books is that the series is just going on for way too long. Evanovich needs to wrap things up. It feels like she's milking the series for all it's worth and I don't like regretting the fact that I bought a book.

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Angela's Anxious Life

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on Mar 06 2013

This book is another fun Plum novel. I laughed out loud just like I always do, though not as much as I do in the other books.

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Another Look Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Michelle Kelly on Nov 28 2012

I wasn't a fan of this constant love triangle of Morelli/Stephanie/Ranger. I've always thought the play against each other to be brilliant but it has been really over done now. Enough already. It has become a bit of a turn off.

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Patti Smith

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Reviewed by Peppermint Ph.D. on Jan 03 2013

If you're a fan of the Stephanie Plum series, I think you'll enjoy this installment...Don't try to overthink it though...just go with the flow and let it entertain you.

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Ramblings of a Daydreamer

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Reviewed by Marie on Feb 21 2013

It felt like the story was infused with a new light that’s been missing from the last few books. There was actual character progression, which has been lacking for a long time.

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Stuff and Nonsense

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Reviewed by Amy on Nov 28 2012

There is no development in the series, which seems to just continue like Stephanie's seemingly immortal hamster, and it is only when she decides between Ranger or Morelli that the series will either be able to reach a satisfying conclusion or will start to take Stephanie somewhere new and different...

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Lighthearted Librarian's Weblog

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on Dec 10 2012

The mystery surrounding Cubbin had potential — it was an interesting storyline but I had trouble believing that the security tapes provided as much difficulty as they did, particularly for Morelli. Even Grandma Mazur going undercover, as entertaining as it was, couldn’t really make up for that.

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