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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Smokin Seventeen (Stephanie Plum 17) by Janet Evanovich


•Pub. Date: June 2011
•Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
•Format: Hardcover , 320pp
•Series: Stephanie Plum Series #17

Hardcopy received fro review.


Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.

Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.

With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.

At this point I am Stephanie Plum sick, I guess reading the series 3 weeks straight has that effect. The last 4 books left me bored and disappointed. So I kept my fingers crossed on this one.

Since the bond office burned down, the office is camped inside Mooner's trailer. 2 bodies were found at the lot of the office, there was a vampire FTA, a bear as a collateral, some other crazy happening in between and the same old Morelli, Stephanie, Ranger complications. Most of the humor are recycled. Stephanie is not as fun as I used to think she was. I cannot believe she stayed inadequate after all 16 books. I would understand if she at lease improved, or if she is McGyver. But no, she still doesn't bring her gun, still cannot seem to properly cuff her FTAs, still no self defense, still mooching dinner from her mom... I've never seen a fictional character who can't seem to grow up. It is unattractive. Maybe Stephanie will stay like this, if that is the case, this might be a good bye from me.

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