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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Stephanie Plum 4-6 by Janet Evanovich

BLURB:
  • Pub. Date: June 1999
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 338pp
  • Series: Stephanie Plum Series #4
Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey's favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back—-and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who's skipped bail. With the help of seventy-three-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman. Then again, with more mishaps than there are exits on the Jersey Turnpike—-including murders, firebombs, and Stephanie's arch-rival bounty hunter chasing after the same fugitive—-Stephanie better watch her back big-time if she wants to live to crack this case.

REVIEW:
First off, I see a trend here, Stephanie Plum is death to cars, every book its either the car gets stolen, it blows up or its a POS. But nothing ever happens to the Big Blue Buick, it must be faith. I was especially excited to read this one since this is Joyce Barnhardt's first appearance as a rival bounty hunter. She did stay out of her way for the most time; shadowing her but when the FTA is on the scene she screws it up, so they got away. A new character is introduced also on this book. His name is Sally Sweet, a transvestite Stephanie hired to decode cryptic messages for FTA-Maxine's treasure hunt. It was a hilarious combination Lula, Grandma Mazur, Sally Sweet and Stephanie. Couldn't get better than that. There were so many funny and laugh out loud moments and finally Joe and Stephanie did it! The crime in this book is not as good as the other ones but it was still entertaining all the same. I was hoping that soon Stephanie should at least enroll herself in a self defense lesson.


BLURB:
  • Pub. Date: June 2000
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 340pp
  • Series: Stephanie Plum Series #5
Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie throws caution to the wind and follows in the entrepreneurial bootsteps of Super Bounty Hunter, Ranger, engaging in morally correct and marginally legal enterprises. So, a scumball blows himself to smithereens on her first day of policing a crack house and the sheik she was chauffeuring stole the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect! Anyway, Stephanie has other things on her mind. Her mother wants her to find Uncle Fred who's missing after arguing with his garbage company; homicidal rapist Benito Ramirez is back, quoting scripture and stalking Stephanie; vice cop Joe Morelli has a box of condoms with Stephanie's name on it; and Stephanie's afraid Ranger has his finger on her trigger. The whole gang's here for mirth and mayhem. Read at your own risk in public places.

REVIEW:
Romance wise Hoe and Stephanie's status is "its complicated", while I like them together I also like that now Joe has a competition; Ranger. ha! who knew I was seriously expecting that Ranger is one of those guys that Stephanie won't be attracted to and they'd just have a platonic friendship but I like the direction that it is going.

This book's FTA nothing really just a "short person" named Randy Briggs, her commission $70.00, she can't be choosy so she took it, how hard could it be? It took her sand Lula several attempts until she finally got a hold of him and word says she beat him up. It all worked out though because they sort of became friends. But the whole story revolves around the disappearance of her Uncle Fred.


BLURB:
  • Pub. Date: June 2001
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 340pp
  • Series: Stephanie Plum Series #6 
Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He's at the scene, he's with the victim, and he's the number-one suspect. Ranger is former special forces turned soldier of fortune. He has a blue-chip stock portfolio and no known address. He moves in mysterious circles. He's Stephanie's mentor--the man who taught her everything she knows about fugitive apprehension. And he's more than her friend.

Now he's the hunted and Stephanie's the hunter, and it's time for her to test her skills against the master. But if she does catch him...what then? Can she bring herself to turn him in?

REVIEW:
Book 5 ends with a killer ending, Stephanie decided she will invite a guy over, her choice between Ranger and Morelli. She got out her slinky black dress and called him but it ends there, what a killer so I bought the next book right away, i just needed to find out. I didn't think that it was Ranger but still I wanted to know. 
 
Grandma Mazur also decided to room with Stephanie for a few days since the taser accident she did on Stephanie's wife. She is also left to dog sit when she asked a cop to drop charges, so her friend Carol can stop climbing a bridge to threatening to kill herself. And lastly this book's FTA? Murderer-Rapist, and Ranger? Yes that is what I said ???, apparently he was caught on hidden camera to be the last person who entered a building when arms dealer son, Homer Ramos got burnt alive and was shot in the head. Vinnie offered the hunt to her but she is not that derange to pursue Ranger, so Vinnie gave it to Joyce. But even if she decided not to get involve she still did. There was the usual car disasters, kidnapping and bad guys that doesn't seem like they could do harm to her but when their boss became desperate they threaten to cut her finger off to lure Ranger out. The tension between Stephanie and Ranger is progressing and Morelli is still in the picture and their relationship is still complicated.

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