Okay, I'll admit that it took me maybe four months of on-again, off-again reading to finish this book but that isn't through any fault of the story. Been busy, stuff to do, am easily distracted, the usual.
A lot of that might have to do with the story's pacing (not to mention Stephanie's rather abysmal success rate). There are so many hitches in the investigation and moments of secondhand embarrassment that it sort of lags at times or you want to put it down and go, "Oh, Stephanie."
Still, I don't think I've ever read anything like the Stephanie Plum books. Say what you like about Janet Evanovich, but she brings the burg to full technicolor life to me, where everyone is a character you feel she must have known in real life.
Hers is also one of the funniest and most distinctive voices I've ever read. After all, there aren't a lot of books that are willing to end with the word "doodah."