Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Review: To the Nines (Stephanie Plum #9) by Janet Evanovich

Stephanie's new sunshine yellow Ford Escape doesn't get blown up - but the body count is unusually high in the ninth installment of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.

To The Nines brings us out west to Las Vegas where the girls - Stephenie, Lula, and Connie - track down a new kind of FTA, one for a Visa Bond.  Unfortunately, he is a player in a deadly web game, where the bullets are real and the players kill one another off in order to find out who their final target is.  Morelli and Ranger work double time trying to protect Stephanie, and keeping every hair on her head safe might not be realistic this time.  Did I mention Lula's on a diet?!?

In my opinion, To The Nines was missing something.  Maybe it needed a trip to Silva's Funeral Home.  Maybe it needed more family dinners with Grandma Mazur.  I'm not sure.  We still had Morelli.  We still had Ranger.  Plenty of people were still breaking into Steph's apartment.  Most importantly, there was still plenty of action and one-liners!

Here are a few of my favorites:

"Lula was a ho in a previous life.  One night while plying her trade she had a near-death experience and decided to change everything but her wardrobe.  Not even a near-death experience could get Lula out of spandex."

The review wouldn't be complete without a great line about New Jersey and all her glory:

"Fancy-pants wimps in L.A. rated their pollution and curtailed activity.  In Jersey we just call it AIR and get on with life.  If you're born in Jersey, you know how to rise to a challenge.  Bring on the Mob.  Bring on bad air.  Bring on taxes and obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and macaroni at every meal.   Nothing defeats us in Jersey."

AMEN, sister!

To all my friends in New Jersey:  if you haven't started reading this series yet, you're missing out on a great time.  These books are my candy, and I absolutely love them!  Throw the first book, One for the Money, into your beach bag this summer, you'll be thanking me before it's time to reapply your sunblock!

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About the Book:
To The Nines (Stephanie Plum Series #9) by Janet Evanovich
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Thus edition (May 14, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312991460
ISBN-13: 978-0312991463

*FTC Statement:  A copy of this book was borrowed from my local library.


Milli said...

Great review! I think I saw this at a book store somewhere before. I just found your blog recently and I really enjoy reading it:D

bermudaonion said...

This series is so much fun!!

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