Why yes, I'm still reading these. No, Stephanie hasn't chosen Morelli or Ranger. Yes, she's still destroying every car she touches, and no, she's still not all that good at her job.
In a world where if feels like I'm constantly pissed off because someone has changed their stock/location/rules, the constancy that is Stephanie Plum is a welcome relief and when Evanovich is on her game, the humor is worth the static world of the Burg (Berg?).
I'd say Evanovich is on her game for Twenty-four. Diesel makes an appearance, which leaves me wondering if his spin off series has died a premature death. Zombies are also a big part of the plot and that plot is ... yech. Just... yech.
It occurred to me while reading this book why the love triangle doesn't bother me: neither the Stephanie/Ranger nor the Stephanie/Morelli dynamic is very deep. There's love, yes, but nobody is deeply emotionally attached. Instead there's a lot of affection, respect (ok, maybe not a LOT), and humor. Everybody involved is satisfied with the status quo, and since I've never been all that insistent that sex be about love, I too am happy with the status quo.
The topper for me though, was the scene involving the groundhog. To say more would be to spoil it for anyone who might someday read it, except to say, even though I saw it coming a mile away, I still laughed till I cried. And that's why I'm still reading these books.
Hardcore Twenty-four met the criteria for the Kill Your Darlings Cause of Death card: Revolver: Read a book that involves a character that carries a gun. Stephanie rarely has a gun, but every other character in the book carries at least one, including her grandmother.