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Book Review: One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke opens with six friends arriving in Greece to celebrate an upcoming wedding. Each one of the women have a secret, and one of them is determined to make sure the wedding doesn't happen. And, one of them ends up dead. Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Group Putnam, and G.P. Putnam's Sons for a digital Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke. I was ecstatic to be selected to read this book in exchange for my honest review. Wow! I'm at a loss of what to say about One of the Girls because it was that fantastic. Fun. Engrossing. Well Written. Unputdownable. These are just a few words I'd use to describe this novel.  There were red herrings galore. With that being said, I had my suspicions that the "killer" was one of two people, and one of them ended up being the killer, so I was happy with my deduction. On the other hand, I couldn't figure out who the victim was going to be, and I was completely surprised b

Book Review: Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25) by Janet Evanovich

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Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25) by Janet Evanovich opens with Stephanie Plum and
Lula being assigned as the manager and assistant manager at the Red River Deli in Trenton, NJ because the managers keep disappearing. The only clue is that they leave one show behind. Police have no leads, and Lula thinks it alien abduction.

One of the things I love about the Stephanie Plum book series is that it follows the same formula each time and that it doesn't have any cliffhangers. I know this is a big complaint of many long time readers, but it doesn't really bother me too much because sometimes I just need to read something that I don't have to think about too hard. This particular book made me laugh out loud in several places, and I didn't try to figure out the culprit or motive behind the disappearances, so I didn't really see the ending coming. However, it did reuse the reality television show angle again that we saw in a previous book so that was a bit disappointing.

Ranger and Morelli both are featured quite heavily and actually work together well in an effort to keep Stephanie safe, which was a nice thing to see.  Typically, one or the other character is featured, but I am getting a bit leery of the love triangle. I just want to see her end up with one of them, but I don't see that happening any time in the near future. I was glad to see that Grandma Mazur barely made an appearance this time as I needed a break from this particular character. It was nice to see mention of Stephanie's sister and family because she doesn't get mentioned too often. Something that was a good change of pace is that Stephanie's car doesn't get blown up, stolen, wrecked, etcetera, and her apartment isn't damaged either. It was also great to see that none of the scenes included the funeral home. These situations are a bit overused in my opinion. With all this being said, it doesn't bother me too much any more because as I mentioned previously, it's nice to know what you're going to get with this series.

I gave Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25) by Janet Evanovich five out of five stars, and I will continue to read the rest of the series. If you like this book series, I recommend the High Heel Mysteries by Gemma Halliday.

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