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Fortune and Glory

door Janet Evanovich

Reeksen: Stephanie Plum (27)

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Ranger stopped for a light and looked at me. “How about you? What's in your bucket list?”

I was stumped. I didn't have a bucket list. My bucket was empty.“I haven't gotten around to making a bucket list,” I said. “Do you think that’s a personal failure?”

“No. You're busy living every day. That’s a personal triumph.”

“It doesn’t feel like a triumph. It feels like I’m moving through my life with no important goals or aspirations.”

“What do you consider to be an important goal?”

“Being a doctor or a vulcanologist or a marine biologist or finding the Ark of the Covenant."

WHAT'S FORTUNE AND GLORY ABOUT?
Fortune and Glory continues the storyline kicked off in Look Alive Twenty-Five, this time Stephanie and Grandma Mazur are hunting for the treasure—whatever it may be (no one is telling) that the La-Z-Boy Gang had tucked away. Two of the surviving members are on the hunt for the clues that lead to it, too—and they're not playing by Marquess of Queensberry Rules.

Naturally, Stephanie also has three skips to track down for Vinnie's Bail Bonds—one of whom decides that Stephanie needs a bodyguard and devotes himself to that. Sure, Stephanie could use a bodyguard, but probably not one who has a handful (or more) of anxiety disorders that prevent him from doing much of anything.

Dodging gangsters and chasing down FTA's, just another day in the 'Burb for Stephanie Plum.

A BACKDOOR PILOT?
Evanovich has a new series starting next year about a recovery agent, Gabriela Rose. We get to meet Gabriela here because she's been hired to recover the same treasure than Stephanie and Grandma are on the hunt for.

She's slick, she's skilled, she's apparently successful—she's pretty much the anti-Stephanie. She's what Ranger could be if he didn't have his whole company, either.

Gabriella's not in the novel much, just enough to introduce her to Evanovich's readers. But she plays a vital role when she's around.

I enjoy it when there's overlap between an author's series/works, but this felt cheap.

A CHANGE IN THE OFFING?
Stephanie spends a lot of time considering her life, her career, her future...nothing she hasn't done before, but it felt a bit more serious this time—going so far to ask herself "Who am I?". Even her newfound bodyguard sees that she wants to change her life.

The presence of Gabriela and some new turmoil in her relationship with Morelli adds fuel to this self-reflective fire.

SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT FORTUNE AND GLORY?
This was fine. This was okay. It was amusing. I appreciate the ambition of the storyline (but glad Evanovich wasn't ambitious enough to try to extend it). For a series this old, to try something like this for the first time? Pretty impressive.

I don't know that I found anything funny, though—which isn't good for a comedic series like this.

It's not quite as good as the last couple of Plum novels, but not as weak as some of the others. Good enough to read and recommend, but just that good. If I actually believed this round of self-reflection was going to result in a change, I might be more optimistic about things, but I expect that #28 will be more of the same. Which isn't necessarily bad, it's just nothing to be excited about. ( )
  hcnewton | Dec 30, 2021 |
Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich is a 2020 Atria Books publication.

This 27th installment in the Stephanie Plum series, picks up where the last one left off in a continuing storyline that segues into a new series launch, featuring Gabriela Rose.

The mob is still after Stephanie and Grandma Mazur, and Stephanie and Morelli are off again. Ranger takes full advantage the situation and becomes Stephanie’s ‘go-to’ guy, instead of Morelli. As per usual, Stephanie goes through cars at breakneck speed, Lula provides comic relief, and the adventure never slows down from start to finish.

Stephanie does slow down long enough to take stock of her life a little- which might help her finally figure out which guy is the right one for her after years of indecision- or at least I hope so...

The last two installments in this series have been really good! Gabriela’s character will be featured in a new series, if I have my information correct. She was a little too shadowy here, but I’m looking forward to getting to know her a little better.

Overall, the series is still, and will always be at this stage, a little predictable- but that’s what we expect and it’s why we keep coming back for more of the zany, laugh out loud funny adventure of Stephanie Plum!

4 stars ( )
  gpangel | Nov 9, 2021 |
Stephanie and Grandma Mazur are still looking for Jimmy Rosolli's treasure. They have the two keys and a couple of the clues, but they will need more if they are going to find the treasure. Stephanie is still suffering from her life crisis, and to top it off, accidentally gets a makeover. Also, while Stephanie and Morelli are on the outs, her relationship with Ranger heats up, but Stephanie is feeling some jealousy when Morelli shows some interest in a woman named Gabriela that also seems to be after the Rosolli treasure and has much better skills than Stephanie.

Fortune and Glory - Tantalizing Twenty-Seven veers a little off of the Stephanie Plum novel formula, making the skips that Stephanie is looking for less a part of the mystery than the Rosolli treasure that she has been looking for in the last two books. Also, the humor that is usually such a big part of these books and makes them so enjoyable is there but is somewhat muted in this story. Even though Stephanie's on and off relationship with Ranger heats up in this story, we really don't get any more about him or his life. Overall, Fortune and Glory - Tantalizing Twenty-Seven is slightly disappointing but is still a quick read that provides enjoyment. 3 1/2 Stars. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
Pains me to give a book in this series only 3 stars. Stephanie and the gang are my guilty pleasure, and I usually love the stories. This one was not as humorous as many of them are. I blame that on Grandma not being her usually hysterical self, and Stephanie wallowing in self-pity. *Sigh*

The story picks up where #26 left off, the search for Jimmy's treasure still in full motion. A lot of Ranger in this one (no complaints there) and less Morelli (I do love him too). A new character is introduced, and the teaser at the end of this one promises this character will be back. Should prove interesting.

All in all a welcome break from the non-fiction I have been gobbling up. High hopes that #28 will give me more giggles. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
A nice return to form with a solid investment in series lot even if the character of Potts seemed to replace rather than add to Lula's voice. Mercifully without a ponytail Stephanie couldn't be forever brushing it and putting in a hair the! ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
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