Lean Mean Thirteen, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Stephanie's digging up a whole heap of bad news...Stephanie Plum is used to dealing with crimes in the neighbourhood, but she's not used to being accused of commiting the crimes.

Her no-good ex-husband, Dickie, has gone missing the day after Stephanie was seen having an argument with him, threatening bodily harm.

Now Stephanie is suspect number one. Stephanie is going to have to find Dickie, and fast, to clear her name.

Hot cop Joe Morelli can't tell her anything, and mentor Ranger is offering to help...for a price that doesn't involve money.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780755337590



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Lean Mean Thirteen is another brief, but hilarious, interlude in the life of Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter. It doesn’t go very far, it doesn’t take very long, but it has some genuine laugh-out-loud moments along the way.For once, the resulting troubles from Stephanie’s professional entanglements are not entirely her fault. When Ranger asks her to plant some listening devices on her ex-husband, Dickie Orr, in the office of his new law firm, the stoush between them – inevitable it seems, whenever the ex-couple share the same space – comes back to haunt her when Dickie goes missing, and is feared murdered. The resultant chaos is furthered by the inclusion of Stephanie’s arch-enemy, Joyce Barnhardt, pointing the finger of blame at her, running interference in Stephanie’s attempts to investigate the situation, and insinuating Stephanie is after his money; an awful lot of money at that. And, as usual, Stephanie is broke and works to apprehend three bond violators in order to earn some much-needed income. So interspersed in the mix is the habitual madness and mayhem, as Stephanie follows a grave-robber with a pet snake and a taxidermist who booby-traps his creations, all while she avoids Dickie’s partner’s attempts to attack her with a flame thrower. And two gorgeous men troubling and, oft-times, saving her life…There is nothing much new in this thirteenth book; very little changes with life in the Burg – perhaps the point the author is making. And yet, Janet Evanovich, between the humour and hysteria, always manages to infer a true depth of feeling and a strong commitment to family and friends amongst this motley lot, thus ensuring the characters do not descend into mere caricature. There are some very clever allegories to irritations in real life (cable suppliers), some annoying, but necessary, plot continuations of old themes (another car bites the dust), but there are also many scenes which contain much merriment; the Lula-in-the-cemetery incident nearly making me choke, I was laughing so hard.These books are not meant to be anything more than pure reading enjoyment, and as such, this instalment, if a little less humorous than previous episodes, is just as successful in this regard. As long as I am kept as entertained and amused, as long as I literally cackle with delight at some of the scenarios, and as long as I still hold interest in all the participants, I will continue to read these books. There are much worse pastimes than having a jolly good laugh.
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Not the best in the series, but still imminently enjoyable.

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Perfect to read a sunny spring weekend. A little laughter, some vehicles destroyed, complicated relationships..

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There were a couple of genuine laugh-out-loud moments in this but I don't understand Ranger's patience, nor Morelli's. Really Stephanie is spoilt rotten having both of them rescuing her on a regular basis! This time Stephanie has to visit her ex, Dickie Orr to plant some tracers for Ranger on him. This was a mistake, Dickie brings out the worst in Stephanie and she attacks him, which leads to her being a prime suspect when he disappears leaving a trail of blood!Dickie's partners start turning up dead and now Joyce, Dickie's new squeeze is looking to find Dickie and possibly to kill Stephanie, and as usual Stephanie is bungingling her way to solving the crime.It's pure mind candy, entertaining stuff but nothing serious.

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