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I read this one in a few days, which is typical for a Stephanie Plum novel. As usual, this is light fair, easy to read, no thought required, but fun. In this one, I thought the plot was much better than in some of the past Plum novels and I really liked the interplay between all of the main characters. There wasn't much time spent on the relationship (which is what bogged down a bunch of these novels for me in the past). Instead, it was more about the actual plot: nine million dollars of missing money.

It started off kind of slow, without the money becoming an issue until much later into the novel, maybe halfway through. The first half was all setup. Overall, I thought it worked well, except for the very end. The wrap-up of the main plot and all of the minor plot threads happened WAY too fast (in, like, the last 20 pages), and I was really expecting something a little bit . . . bigger. Janet Evanovich spent nearly the entire book setting everything up, but the final payoff in the end wasn't as satisfying as I wanted it to be.

However, for light fair, something to read to take your mind off of things, it was definitely good. I would have given it 3 stars, except that in terms of Stephanie Plum books, it was better than most. And aside from the very last chapter, I thought it was well-written and well-plotted. So I gave it 4 (our of 5) stars.

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