Twisted Twenty-six

Twisted Twenty-six

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Grandma Mazur has decided to get married again -- this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli. If Stephanie has her doubts about this marriage, she doesn't have to worry for long, because the groom drops dead of a heart attack 45 minutes after saying, "I do." A sad day for Grandma Mazur turns into something far more dangerous when Jimmy's former "business partners" are convinced that his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. But the one thing these wise guys didn't count on was the widow's bounty hunter granddaughter, who'll do anything to save her.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780399180194
Branch Call Number: EVANO
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Twisted 26

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Jenkskitten
Jun 01, 2020

Always a quick read with lots of humor. Don't read it at night, it will make you hungry they seem to always be eating a lot of "good" stuff. Wondering what happens at 27.

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WritingChick65
Apr 26, 2020

Rex must be the oldest hamster on the planet! This isn't great literature, folks, but it is one of the better Stephanie Plum reads of recent years. Grandma Mazur is the star of this one. Her mobster new husband dies 45 minutes after the "I do" and his compatriots are convinced that he left Grandma M the "keys". Stephanie will do anything to protect her grandma from the mobsters and the threat of horrible death if she doesn't produce the mysterious keys. The usual hilarity ensues. Good, clean fun.

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MCC1968
Apr 22, 2020

Enjoyed this book very much. Made me laugh as usual! But this time the characters were also growing and maturing. Asking themselves where they were going in life. Left me wondering what she has planned for book 27!

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cort_66
Apr 13, 2020

This was a tricky case for Stephanie because she was trying to save her grandmother. There were a lot of twists and turns and unexpected things happened. Overall, I enjoyed this one, as much as the others in this series.

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SUE_A_M
Apr 07, 2020

A quick and enjoyable read. Twisted Twenty-Six is the Twenty-sixth book in the Stephanie Plum series. The characters are lots of fun and every book in the series is full of laughs and very entertaining. You could pick up any one of the books in the series and find great entertainment.

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NYSandy23
Mar 18, 2020

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as the series has become somewhat formulaic, but I was pleasantly surprised as it turns out to be a fairly decent book. I would rate it about 3.75 as there are some interesting bits that delve a little more into the cast of supporting characters. Grandma plays a significant role, with some actual words of wisdom. Stephanie's mother and father actually talk and have roles beyond ironing and TV watching. Stephanie does some soul searching but nothing is decided and the search for the keys plays a prominent mystery role that leads readers to book number 27. There are some laughs and smiles which are always fun. Quick and easy read.

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Red1989
Mar 17, 2020

Quick read, but not a bad one.

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Jersey_Girl
Mar 06, 2020

I had about given up on the Stephanie Plum series. It seemed she was getting dumber and dumber and Lula was so totally outrageous, she seemed like someone from a comic book and Grandma Mazur, well she seemed ready for the home for patients with dementia. Then this book! As a commenter said below, our girl is growing up! Stephanie seems to be looking more at her life and her life choices. Lula actually had some wise things to say. And Grandma Mazur, well she must have started taking the vitamins that are supposed to sharpen your mind because she had some profound things to say! And the story was a good one....actually made sense and was tense and a little frightening at times. I hope the author has decided to continue these "updates" the Stephanie Plum books. I was so exasperated and unhappy with the Stephanie Plum books, I almost didn't get this one to read. But glad I did. And look forward to the next one.

One last thing. Stephanie's mother stops being a total doormat and does a really surprising thing in the middle of the book.

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CL_kcls
Mar 01, 2020

Our little girl is growing up! With the chaos of 'Twisted Twenty-Six', Stephanie Plum realizes her life is unfulfilling. She just doesn't know how to change it or what she wants.

There were quite a few profound statements by Grandma Mazur in 'Twisted Twenty-Six' in addition to the sass we know well. Then there's Lulu with her own brand of profundity: "Sometimes I find human nature to be real disappointing," Lulu said. "I guess that's why God made metallic extensions and pink hair dye. Sometimes you gotta compensate."

It appears with the announcement of the title of the next book at the end of 'Twisted Twenty-Six' that Stephanie might be moving forward, at least that's what I think the absence of a numbered title might mean! I hope so. As entertaining as she had been all these years, it IS time for our little girl to grow up!

4 stars

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jeffreyochsner
Feb 23, 2020

Janet Evanovich has a new Stephanie Plum book out: Twisted Twenty-Six. This is the 26th book in the series about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, who makes her living tracking down people who have skipped bail and failed to appear on their court dates. If she finds them and takes them to court, the bonding company does not lose a bunch of money, and she gets a cut of what they save. (Ms. Evanovich has not acknowledged that New Jersey has stopped requiring cash bail in 2017, at least according to Emily Bazelon in her book Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration.)

I have to admit that these 26 books are all remarkably similar: Stephanie Plum is pretty hapless most of the time, though she shows flashes of competence; her grandmother is a kick; the two men in her life (Morelli and Ranger) are very appealing, though neither appears to be marriage material; I love reading about Ranger; there are always cars that blow up or burn (usually Stephanie’s cars); her plus-size friend Lula eats an enormous number of donuts and wears clothes a few sizes too small; Stephanie ends up in a terrible situation and either rescues herself or is rescued by either Morelli or Ranger.

So why do I keep reading these books if they are all the same? They make me laugh out loud multiple times, and we all need that sometimes! These books are not great literature, but they are funny. If you need a good laugh, these books will provide one.

And while I usually say that every series should be read in order, I think you could pick up any one of these books and read it even if you had not read the prior books. You might miss some details, but they will not really matter.

This book had a cliff-hanger ending, so there will be a 27th book called Fortune and Glory in Fall 2020. No number in the title!

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