Thursday, October 3, 2013

Seven Up by Janet Evanovich

Genre:  Adult Detective
Stephanie Plum Series, Book 7

Description (taken from Janet Evanovich's website):
Semi-retired mob guy, Eddie DeChooch, is caught trafficking contraband cigarettes through Trenton, New Jersey. When DeChooch fails to show for a court appearance, bond enforcement agent Stephanie Plum is assigned the task of finding DeChooch and dragging his decrepit ass back to jail. Not such an easy job, it turns out, since DeChooch has learned a lot of tricks over the years and isn’t afraid to use his gun. He’s already shot Loretta Ricci and left her for worm food in his shed. He wouldn’t mind shooting Stephanie next.

Especially since Steph has discovered that likeable losers (and former high school classmates) Mooner and Dougie have inadvertently become involved with DeChooch. They’ve gotten sucked into an operation which is much more than simple cigarette smuggling and holds risks far greater than anyone could have imagined.

When Dougie disappears, Steph goes into search mode. When Mooner disappears, she calls in the heavy artillery and asks master bounty hunter Ranger for help. His price for the job? One night with Stephanie, dusk to dawn. Not information she’d want to share with her some-time live in roommate, vice cop Joe Morelli.

A typical dilemma in the world of Plum.

And on the homefront, Stephanie’s “perfect” sister Valerie has decided to move back to Trenton, bringing her two kids from hell. Grandma Mazur is asking questions about being a lesbian, and Bob, the bulimic dog, is eating everything in sight — including the furniture.

You think if I commit to reading one Stephanie Plum book a month, I'll eventually get caught up?  It's been over a year since I picked up the last one.  And I think that's why I didn't think this was fantastically awesome.  I got out of the Plum groove.

We've got the very likeable characters here, two love interests, wedding dresses, and slapstick humor.  Honestly, I think I could drop my life for a couple of days and be Stephanie Plum (as long as I live through the experience).

I guess I just didn't find this one as satisfying as the others.  It wasn't as funny.  And as good as Janet Evanovich is at giving minor cliffhanger endings that drive you nuts, I just didn't love this one as much.  Which is why I've got to go read the next one soon...

Challenges:  TBR Pile Reading Challenge

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