Monday, February 2, 2009
Plum Spooky - Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum is back in this 'Between the Numbers' novel.
For those who haven't heard of this series, Stephanie is a bail bond recovery agent in New Jersey. Her adventures include the outrageous antics of her sidekick Lula, her off the wall Grandma and other residents of the 'Burg. She has two men in her life - cop Joe Morelli and the mysterious Ranger.
Plum Spooky is a bit longer than previous between the number offerings. Diesel, the rather otherworldy character from Plum Lucky and Plum Lovin' returns. Diesel has 'abilities' - he doesn't seem to need keys to open and start things among others. He is after his cousin Wulf who has teamed up with of Stephanie's 'failure to show' bonds. Wulf and his sidekick are out to dominate the world by controlling the weather.
Far-fetched? For sure. But that is the appeal of the Plum novels. Not to be taken seriously, just enjoyed for some fun, fluffy reading. As Stephanie says when Morelli asks her how her day was...
" It's average. Stole a truck. Blew up a house. Brought seven monkeys home with me. And now I have a naked man in my shower."
Actually Carl the monkey is pretty funny in this one. Grandma Mazur, who is my favourite, isn't featured too much. Evanovich does go a bit overboard with some of the characters in the Barrens - the fire farter was a bit too much for me.
If you're looking for a fun series that won't tax your brain, then you'll enjoy Evanovich's books.