I feel like I keep saying this over and over again, but Twelve Sharp is at the top of my list in favorite Stephanie Plum books. While it had its moments of humor, it was definitely one of the more serious books in the series and I LOVED the way it turned Ranger into more of a human.
The book kicks off with Ranger informing Stephanie that he is heading down to Miami for “bad business” but that he would be back in a week. When he is gone a crazy lady shows up in front of the bonds office claiming to be Ranger’s wife and wanting to kill Stephanie.
In the mean time a kidnapping alert goes out for a young girl named Julie in Miami and she is believed to be kidnapped by her biological father, also known as Ranger. Through twists and turns Stephanie works with Ranger & Morelli to help find Julie, solve the mysterious Ranger problems and confuse her self more with her feelings for both Ranger and Morelli.
We also got to see Ranger’s sensitive side come out a little bit throughout the book.
As most reviews of this book will tell you, it didn’t contain a lot of the usual Stephanie Plum humor. There were parts of it that were very funny, but overall this was one of the more serious books in the Stephanie Plum series. We learned a LOT about Ranger’s history and his relationship with his daughter throughout the book.
Ranger has always been a character I loved in the books, but this book made me love him even more! I am still rooting for Stephanie to end up with Morelli, but I do like the way we are finally getting to see more to Ranger than his secretive side.
Unlike some of the other books, the bulk of the action actually plays out for awhile instead of the last 2-3% of the book. It was a nice change to get more emotion out of Stephanie as the action played out and I think it fit very well that she ultimately told one of the men in her life her true feelings.
Time for a short break as I wait for Lean Mean Thirteen to come in at the library. Luckily there is a Between the Plum after book 12!