Stephanie Plum is back in the seventeenth book of her hilarious, mayhem-filled adventures. In this installment, bodies are turning up at the empty lot that is the construction site of her bail bonds office, which burned down in the previous book. Soon it becomes clear that the serial killer is stalking Stephanie. Add to the story a dancing bear, a curse placed on Stephanie by Morelli's grandmother, and a fugitive senior citizen who thinks he's a vampire, and you have the typical screwball fun of a Stephanie Plum mystery.
I am always surprised by the mixed reviews of this series that I find when I browse through reviews online. I find that my expectations just aren't that elevated when I pick up a Stephanie Plum novel. Some books are funnier than others, true, and some have plots that offer more surprises, but I can't say I've ever been dreadfully disappointed by one of these books. I open one knowing that I'm going to be at least smiling, and probably laughing, not to mention spending some time with characters I've been hanging out with periodically since the early nineties. I figured out the mystery in this one way before Stephanie did, but that's okay - she clearly has a lot on her mind in this book! I thought it was a fun, entertaining romp.
Explosive Eighteen will be released next month, and I'm already on the waiting list for it at my library. I am always delighted to take a break from the stress and frenzy of real life to hang out for a while with Stephanie, Lula, Ranger and Morelli. What's not to like?
Books in the Stephanie Plum series:
1. One for the Money
2. Two for the Dough
3. Three to Get Deadly
4. Four to Score
5. High Five
6. Hot Six
7. Seven Up
8. Hard Eight
9. To the Nines
10. Ten Big Ones
11. Eleven on Top
12. Twelve Sharp
13. Lean Mean Thirteen
14. Fearless Fourteen
15. Finger Lickin' Fifteen
16. Sizzling Sixteen
17. Smokin' Seventeen
18. Explosive Eighteen (November 2011)
Smokin' Seventeen (#17 in the Stephanie Plum series) by Janet Evanovich (Bantam Books, 2011)
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Book Series Reviews: "It was a good story, so much better than the last half dozen or so offerings in this series."
Book'd Out: "Smokin’ Seventeen is a fun, light read that is true to the series
formula and sure to provide a laugh or two. If you are looking for more
than that then you will likely be disappointed but take it for what it
is and it’s a delightful way to spend an hour or two."
Lesa's Book Critiques: "I picked up Smokin' Seventeen thinking I might get through a few
chapters and quit. Instead, there were a few new twists to the story
that made me laugh again at Stephanie's antics."