Thursday, May 13, 2010

Review: To the Nines

The ninth book in Janet Evanovich's mystery series centered around Jersey bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum. This time Stephanie isn't chasing one of Jersey's many criminal elements, but instead she is locating a man who turned up missing a week before his visa bond is called into question.

Stephanie chases leads to his (and his fiancé's dog's) location all around Trenton and then finally Las Vegas. All the while she is fending off a mysterious stalker and bouncing between Joe Morelli and Ranger. Also, instead of destroying a whole slew of cars, this time around, Stephanie is taking down bodyguards left and right.

This is one of the better books in the series. I found the structure to be unique and the concept behind the murders to be fresh and engaging. The family situations for both the Morellis and the Plums are still fun and funny. I also loved the multiple diets featured in Lula's quest to look like a supermodel!

Like all of the Stephanie Plum novels, this one starts with a description of Joe Morelli and their first sexual encounters. It was a neat look into their early interaction the first few times, but after nine books, I'm tired of the story! I'm also less than appreciative of the way she portrayed the nerdy character but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book.

I had a lot of fun reading To The Nines and definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the previous books.

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