High Five – Janet Evanovich Take 1

High Five by Janet Evanovich Take 1

I’m not going to go through the entire process on this book. I listened to it as an audiobook – and let me tell you, it was a GRAND disappointment! Disappointment of the worst kind.

1st – I can only find the abridge version on audio book. Why is that? Every other Stephanie Plum book is on audio in the fullest – with the exception (so far) of the 5th and 6th books. I DO NOT WANT abridged. And I like listening to these at work. Uggh!

2nd – What happened to the narrator?? They changed some lady who had a nice Jersey accent, great voices for the characters, someone who I really enjoyed listening to – for someone who is monotone, and has maybe the slightest accent. She had boring character voices, and even pronounced the names of people (Grandma Mazer) differently than the original. Did she not do any research at all? Shouldn’t she have tried to at least do something similar to the original narrator.

So – I am going to just read the book. I already have it on it’s way via trade on http://www.swaptree.com. Actually, book 5 and book 6 are both on their way…so yeah. That should be much better. I’ll grace you with a real review after I read it.


Four to Score – Janet Evanovich

Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
Genre: Adult Fiction
Form: Audio Book
Series: Stephanie Plum

A new mission, a new adventure, lots of fun. Stephanie has competition in the form of the women who she caught with her ex-husband, so you know she’s determined to get this no-show. Stephanie again gets to pair up with Lola as well as Grandma Mazer, and another goof to add to the troop – a transvestite who is really straight but “in it for the money,” Sally. They run into all sorts of scenarios and trouble, not the least of which is getting her apartment fire-bombed by a crazy jealous girlfriend, causing her to temporarily move in with Joe Morelli. An agreement that takes no time to turn into more than just “renting a room.”
So now, not only does Stephanie have to deal with her case, her crazy ex-husband’s ex-lover, her own crazy family, but she also gets to add Joe’s crazy family (which actually reminds me of the crazy family on My Big Fat Greek Wedding) to the mix. The only thing missing from this book was the end question of – did Stephanie get pregnant? I am thinking no, but it was left hanging there – no answer. Perhaps High Five will shed some light on the subject.
This book stepped it up in the steaminess area, and maintained it’s normal chaotic Stephanie-isms. Once again – Stephanie messes up her car and her hair – she just can’t seem to catch a break, or get rid of that big blue Buick.

Three To Get Deadly – Janet Evanovich

Three to get Deadly
by Janet Evanovich
Genre: Adult Fiction
Form: Audio Book
Series: Stephanie Plum

Stephanie Plum’s latest adventure includes the local candy man “nice guy” that everyone likes. She is dreading this pick-up more than any she had done previously because – well, no one wants to give her any information on someone who is such a “good guy.” But the more Stephanie digs into this case, the worse it gets – along the way she happens upon 8 dead bodies, and it seems that some church-going gangster wanna-be’s are out to get her just for doing her job.
I know I keep saying it, but I love these books. I love Janet Evanovich’s humor and ability to tell a good story. Stephanie is, as always, quite funny in a matter of fact sort of way. This time she joins up with ex-prostitute, Lulu and of course gets a lot of help from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and her sexy cop Joe Morelli. Grandma Mazer takes a bit of a break in this book – but Lulu still provides enough laughs to take her place. Stephanie is doing a great job botching everything up from her car, to her case. She even botches up her hair when she decides to get red highlights to earn back the attention she’s been missing from Joe.
That brings me to the other thing I love about these books; Stephanie and Joe Morelli’s crazy relationship. It’s like they are in love and in hate at the same time. Each finds the other sexy, but cannot help but badger each other and do whatever possible to drive the other up the wall. It makes for great fun and loads of sexual tension. Keeps us reading, that’s for sure!

Two for the Dough – Janet Evanovich

Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Genre: Adult Fiction
Form: Audio Book
Series: Stephanie Plum Series

Stephanie’s new case was supposed to be simple. Kenny Mancuso had shot his friend, not fatally, and then skipped out on his bond. Should be real simple, right? Of course, first she has to find Kenny. Then his friend is murdered. Trying to track down any leads, she joins Grandma Mazur at a funeral home run by Spiro, another of Kenny’s childhood friends. But Spiro has a case of his own. 24 caskets have been stolen, and he wants Stephanie to hunt them down. Is there a connection? With Ranger to advise and Joe Morelli to shadow, will Stephanie put all the pieces in place and catch Kenny before he turns on her?

Source: Amazon.com

I am loving this series. It’s fun, witty, and Stephanie is a good middle-of-the-road type girl. She’s not over the top ditz and she’s not super-hero good. Granted, she gets out of more iffy situations than any normal person would – but it’s a book. In the world of make-believe, anything can happen!

In this book not only is Stephanie hunting down Kenny – who turns out to be pretty darn psychotic, but we get a bit more action from Joe Morelli. Things are heating up between him and Stephanie, but both characters are just hard headed and stubborn enough that it’s just not going down very easily.

Grandma Mazer is quite easily one of my favorite characters in these books. She keeps everything funny and light. She has an abnormal obsession with the dead, and with crime, but she’s extremely gutsy for a grandma. Crazy may be a better word actually. All of her antidotes make me laugh out loud.

I’ve got a few books in head of the next Stephanie Plum book, but it definitely is on my TBR agenda!!

One For the Money – Janet Evanovich

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Genre: Adult Fiction
Form: Audiobook
Series: Stephanie Plum Series

Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she’s so poor at the moment that she just drank her last bottle of beer for breakfast. She has to say that her only chance out of her present rut is her repugnant cousin Vinnie and his bail-bond business. She has to say that she blackmailed Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond recovery job worth $10,000 (for a murder suspect), even though she doesn’t own a gun and has never apprehended a person in her life. And she has to say that the guy she has to get, Joe Morelli, is the same creep who charmed away her teenage virginity behind the pastry case in the Trenton bakery where she worked after school.

Source: Amazon.com

Another good start to another good series. I am quickly becoming a fan of Janet Evanovich’s writing. I enjoy her quirky humor and light hearted books quite a bit.

Stephanie Plum is a fun character. I enjoyed her adventure to becoming a reputable bounty hunter, and boy does she get herself into some interesting situations. Good thing she has friends to help her out. I also enjoyed Joe Morelli, especially because you couldn’t tell whether you could trust him or not from the start, but he always had a sort of tenderness about him the entire time. I’m hoping he remains a figure in the books to come.

My hope for the future – that Stephanie gets increasingly better at this job. I love girls who can kick some but, so I have some high hopes for Stephanie.