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    Review of PLUM SPOOKY by Janet Evanovich (see her website)


    St. Martin's Press, January 2009

    Stephanie Plum gets more than she bargains for with the latest crop of bond-jumpers she's assigned to track down. First, there's the man in the produce wholesaler who bombards her with tomatoes. Then there's the guy who opens fire when she knocks on his door. But the one she needs most, the one worth the biggest fee, is a scientist who flipped out and assaulted his boss. Stephanie isn't sure where to begin with this case, but she's sure things have gone badly wrong when super-hero Diesel makes himself at home in her apartment and in her bed.

    Stephanie already has her hands full with boyfriend Morelli and alternate live interest, super-hunk Ranger. Diesel is trouble, but there doesn't seem to be any keeping him out. And Diesel believes that her target is behind a mysterious plan to take control of weather and blackmail the planet. Another super-hero type, Wulf, seems to have hooked up with the scientist and Wulf has a distinctive way about him, including his signature way of killing. Stephanie is pretty sure she doesn't want to end up dead like the scientist's ex-boss.

    Author Janet Evanovich (see more reviews of novels by Evanovich) seems to use these 'between the numbers' Stephanie Plum novels to play around with ideas a bit too outrageous to be included in the main line (and considering how outrageous the Numbers books are, that's saying a lot.) PLUM SPOOKY follows this trend, with cameo appearances from the Easter Bunny (retired) and a man whose farts set fire to furniture and trailers.

    Okay, this isn't great literature. Still, if you're looking for a shot of Stephanie, if you want to see her bumble her way through more captures, if you laugh at Lula, if you want to know the latest on the Tank/Lula saga (major developments here), or if you just want to decompress a bit, you won't go wrong with this one. I didn't end up laughing out loud the way I did with some of the early Stephanie stories, but I definitely got a smile on my face.

    Three Stars

    Reviewed 10/05/09

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