Sunday, July 4, 2010

To the Nines by Janet Evanovich

Book Details
To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
Paperback, 352 Pages
2004, St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312991460
Series: Book 9 of Stephanie Plum

Stephanie Plum's got rent to pay, people shooting at her, and psychos wanting her dead every day of the week (much to the dismay of her mother, her family, the men in her life, the guy who slices meat at the deli...oh, the list goes on). An ordinary person would cave under the pressure.

But hey, she's from Jersey.

Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way...and she always gets her man. In To The Nines, her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, an immigrant who becomes an illegal alien by violating his Visa and extending his stay in the United States. When the elusive Mr. Singh goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. But what she uncovers is far more sinister than anyone imagines and leads to a group of killers who give new meaning to the word "hunter..."

In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.

To the Nines is a great continuation of the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie is firmly ensconced in Morelli's life and home and her biological clock is starting to tick a bit louder. Of course, she still has to contend with his family, including his scary Grandma Bella.

If that wasn't enough, her sister Valerie is seconds away for going into labor and eating for sixteen, driving the entire Plum family crazy. At work, Stephanie is tasked with finding Samuel Singh. Singh is in the US on a visa and The Plum Agency has gotten a lot of publicity for providing the visa bond. His disappearance seems to be a case of running from an arranged marriage, but something much more mysterious and nefarious is at work here. It's all very twisted. The search for Singh brings Stephanie, accompanied by Lula and Connie, to Las Vegas. They don't stay in Vegas long enough to really do it up Jersey style, but it's humorous nonetheless.

Ranger and his band of burly men make numerous appearances in this book. We get to spend some quality time with Tank and meet some of Ranger's other associates. Stephanie even steps into the technological present with the addition of a new laptop. Turns out, email is perfect for receiving scary anonymous notes of a threatening nature.

To the Nines was lots of fun. Stephanie shines as always and in a completely surprising turn of events - not one car was harmed in the making of this book. Stephanie has become bad luck for something else entirely and it's highly entertaining.


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  1. Evanovich is always a fun read. Not prolific, but very humorous. Have a great week!

  2. @Julie P - I love the Plum books! They're fast and fun and set in New Jersey which is awesome since I live her and get to read about places I've actually been to.