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Janet Evanovich-Stephanie Plum Series
A Book Review-Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich is a prolific writer with over 45 novels under her belt. She is most well known for her Stephanie Plum series. When she graduated from high school she attended art school but soon directed her talent to writing. She was born and raised in New Jersey and her main character in this series is Stephanie Plum also lives in New Jersey.
Grouping the entire series of Stephanie Plum for one review may seem like an ambitious project for one hub. However the highlight of this series is not the different mystery plots, but the irresistible characters with their very unique personalities and the crazy adventures they seek. You will delight in the easy story telling manner that Evanovich achieves to keep your interest page after page.
Evanovich has created a series of pure fun, and even though there is often a feeling of repetition in events, it will not stop you from hungrily waiting for the next book to be released.
The series follow the antics of Stephanie Plum. The first book starts out with her losing her job as an underwear buyer for a department store. She is also newly divorced after a very brief marriage when she found her husband to be cheating on her. Her main dilemma in life is that she is unable to pay her bills and desperate for work.
Her new career as a Bounty Hunter beings working for her annoying and slime ball cousin Vincent Plum, She gives new meaning to the career of the Bail Bondsman and her experiences will amaze and delight you. She manages to find trouble at every corner, and her hair seems to receive the brunt of everything. I will leave that to your imagination and you will soon find out. Paying her bills is her main goal in life and that remains the daily challenge; and she seems to avoid eviction from her apartment by the skin of her teeth. Stephanie is high spirited, fun loving and nothing gets her down for long. Along with lots of humor there is romance, mystery and just plain fun. Try to begin your Stephanie Plum adventures with the first book. However, if you cannot, Evanovich always reviews the characters, basic information and what is currently going on in Stephanie's life.
Hopefully after the book review you will be charmed into going out and start reading this series.
One For The Money: Harper Torch paperback edition.
Two For the Dough: Pocket Star Books edition.
Three To Get Deadly: St. Martin's Publications.
Four To Score: St. Martin's Paperbacks
High Five: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Hot Six: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Seven Up: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Hard Eight: St. Martin's Paperbacks
To The Nines: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Visions of Sugar Plums: St. Martin's Press
Ten Big Ones: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Eleven On Top: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Twelve Sharp: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Plum Lovin': St. Martin's Paperbacks
Lean Mean Thirteen: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Plum Lucky: St. Martin's Press
Fearless Fourteen: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Plum Spooky: St. Martin's Press
Finger Lickin' Fifteen: St. Martin's Press
Sizzling Sixteen: St. Martin's Press Smokin' Seventeen: St. Martin's Press
Explosive Eighteen: Bantam Books
Dickie Orr: Stephanie's ex-husband and lawyer. Stephanie found him with her old grammar school friend in a compromising position.
Stephanie's Parents: Stephanie Plum's mom is a long suffering wife, daughter and mother. She spends most of her days in their row house cooking, cleaning and praying for Stephanie's safety. She has great hopes that she will marry some day soon. Stephanie's father is a retired postal worker and watches a lot of television. His one escape in life is that he drives a cab part-time and can get out of the house away from the continual craziness.
The Characters are what Make The Series
Stephanie Plum: The heroine of the series. She is in her early 30's, about 5'7" and around 135 pounds. She has beautiful shoulder length brown curly hair. She can eat almost anything she wants without gaining a pound, which is a good thing as most of her diet is fast food and an abundance of sugar laden food. She can be scatter-brained at times but has a keen sense of adventure. She is kind hearted, loving and attached to her family.
Joe Morelli: He is a plain-clothes cop by profession. Joe and Stephanie know each other intimately from past experiences during her teen years. Joe is two years older than Stephanie. He was a wild kid in his youth but has settled down with a house and a good job. Joe is Stephanie’s on again-off again boyfriend who is constantly exasperated with her antics and constant messes she manages to create. He is forever bailing her out of trouble.They have this ongoing love/hate relationship. When it is in love mode it is great and otherwise, well you will have to read the book to find out. He is handsome, tall and muscular and most women adore him. He has been known to propose to Stephanie a few times.
VIncent Plum: Vince is the owner of VIncent Plum Bail Bonding Company . Vince is Stephanie’s boss as well as her first cousin, He is 45 years old, skinny and short. He loves the women, but they don't always love him in return. He is thought of as a slime ball and the black sheep of the Plum family.
Grandma Mazur: She has lived with Stephanie's parents for two years since her husband died. She is known to pack a gun and look for trouble. She loves to attend all funerals even if she doesn’t know the person who died. She once accidentally burned down the funeral parlor. The older she gets the more adventurous she is. She even tried to get Vincent to hire her as a Bounty Hunter.
Ranger: His real name is Ricardo Carlos Manoso. Ranger is a hunky Cuban-American with black hair who sports a pony tail and only wears black cargo pants and black t-shirts. He owns and runs a security company, though no one knows exactly how makes his money, and is known for his questionable business practices. Ranger also has bailed Stephanie out of many difficult situations. They have had a few romantic moments together, that Joe Morelli knows nothing about.
Lula: Lula works for VIncent Plumb as a file clerk and occasionally drives Stephanie to assist in captures. She is a large black woman who enjoys wearing tight spandex skirts in bright colors. She frequently changes the color of her hair-pink, orange or even green. She seems to be happy to join in the trouble with Stephanie. She stops frequently at fast food places so she and Stephanie can keep their energy going while capturing the bad guys.