#BookBeginnings Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

Today we have one of the novels from The Bestseller Code 100 list, Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Twelve Sharp*by Janet Evanovich

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Twelve Sharp is number twelve in the long-running Stephanie Plum series. Each new novel features the series number in the title, starting with One for the MoneyTwisted Twenty-Six is the most recent.

Summary:  Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum spends her days trying to outwit criminals who have skipped bail plus figuring out what she should do about the two guys she’s attracted to, police detective Joe Morelli and the mysterious Ranger. When a crazy woman shows up and says she is Ranger’s wife, it should make her decision easier, but soon it is evident things just got way more complicated.

First Sentences:

When I was twelve years old I accidentally substituted salt for sugar in a cake recipe. I baked a cake, iced the cake, and served it up. It looked like a cake, but as soon as you cut into it and took a taste, you knew something was going on. People are like that, too.


Okay, the writer-geek in me adores that Evanovich worked the word “twelve “into her first sentence. Isn’t that clever?

Previously I have read maybe the first five of this series, so when Twelve Sharp showed up on The Bestseller Code list of 100 best books (picked by a computer algorithm) I knew I wanted to read it.

Wow. I had forgotten who much I loved Evanovich’s snarky humor and her awesome use of the “will they or won’t they?” trope. I’m such a sucker for that.

In case you were wondering, Twelve Sharp works well as a stand alone because she takes time to introduce everything and everyone you need to know to enjoy it.

Have you read any of the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich?


  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I think it has been too long since I joined Stephanie Plum in her adventures! Thanks for the reminder. Here’s mine: “NORMAL PEOPLE”

  2. Anne@HeadFullofBooks

    Not sure where I left off the Stephanie Plum series, but I found them very entertaining. My Friday Quotes

    • Roberta

      Sometimes you just need something quick and fun, particularly after reading something serious/heavy.

  3. Sammie @ The Writerly Way

    Oooh, I LOVE that opening! What an astute analogy. I never even noticed that she used twelve in her first sentence and it’s the title/number in the series, either. Well, now I feel ashamed. xD

    I’ve actually never read Janet Evanovich (though the patrons at the library I work for seem to love her). I’m thinking maybe this year I’ll give her a try, though, and see what all the fuss is about. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s my Friday post.

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