Monday, November 28, 2011

Four to Score by Janet Evanovich

Genre:  Detective
Stephanie Plum Series, Book 4

Description (taken from Amazon):
Stephanie Plum, the trash-talking New Jersey bail bondswoman of this popular series, is tracking Maxine Nowicki, who's wanted for skipping out on a car-theft charge lodged by her ex-boyfriend. Now the ex-boyfriend's very interested in getting back the love letters he supposedly wrote to Maxine. But what he's really looking for is the secret on which Evanovich hangs her screwball cast of colorful minor characters, including Sally Sweet, a cross-dressing drag queen; Lula, the 250-pound ex-hooker who works for Steph's boss; Cousin Vinnie, the bail bondsman; Grandma Mazur, who packs a Glock and is always looking for a little action; and Joyce, a wannabe bounty hunter who's been cramping Steph's style since she played pass the salami with Steph's ex-husband. The action doesn't get much farther from Trenton than the Jersey Shore, but when Steph's apartment and car are blown up by the others on Maxine's trail and she moves in with Joe Morelli, the handsome, arrogant cop she's been hung up on since high school, it gets hotter than the craps table in Atlantic City. Plum's fans won't be disappointed in this fourth outing in the series, and they're likely to be even more interested in the snappy patter and sexy shenanigans than in the mystery that holds it all together.

I have to say the description above describes the book perfectly.  It doesn't matter that the mystery was fairly obvious from the beginning.  It was the side-story and the characters that kept my nose in the book.  I have to say Grandma Mazur and Morelli are probably my favorite characters in the books.  There were a lot of pages where I had to quit reading, so I could finish giggling.  (Jared, the husband, thought I had gone a little mental.)

I definitely recommend these books to all women out there who thought it would be cool to do something outrageously crazy like become a bounty hunter.

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