Life is never dull for Stephanie Plum. Her Uncle Fred has gone missing after entering a dispute with his garbage company and no one has seen him. Some odd evidence turns up but no one knows what it means or how it relates to the absent Fred. On the job front, Stephanie is assigned the task of Randy Briggs, a little person with a large attitude. He refuses to come quietly and Stephanie has to resort to more elaborate schemes to bring him in. Then there is the new guy following her called Bunchy who is also trying to locate Fred. The icing on the cake is Ramirez, free from jail and vowing to kill her, and does Morelli now have competition from the mysterious Ranger. The only answer is doughnuts!
One of these days Stephanie will get comfortable with carrying a loaded gun and the books will get much less amusing. Her inventive ways of getting out of trouble without resorting to fatal methods are inspired and very much a part of who Stephanie is. Her family are hilarious, and the supporting cast are larger than life, as always. I thought it was good that Ranger is finally showing his interest in Stephanie beyond being her mentor, and it will be interesting to see how that turns out. Very enjoyable and I’m going to dive straight into book six.