Takedown TwentyTakedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich is the 20th book in the “Stephanie Plum” mystery series. Publisher: Bantam, November 2013

Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

What do you get when you have Stephanie, Lula and Grandma Mazur on the case? You get a fun read that will have you in stitches as this unlikely trio entertains from the first page to a conclusion worthy of Stephanie Plum. Lula fights for a giraffe and once again, Stephanie fights for her life with the comedic aplomb that defines who she is. An amusing tale with hijinks, car disasters, fire and two men who vie for Stephanie’s attention. After 20-odd books in this franchise, this series remains a must-read for me.

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