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Plum Spooky (A Between-the-Numbers Novel) (Hardcover)

Product Description
The First Full Length Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel from #1 Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich.
Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys. Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He’s chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he’s chosen the Barrens as his new playground. Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He’s now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasn’t made it out of the boys’ department at Macy’s. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasn’t met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel. Diesel pops in and out of Plum’s life like birthday cake – delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He’s an über bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He’s after Grimoire, and now he’s also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn’t mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs. Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 Bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author. She lives in New Hampshire and Florida.

More silly nonsense...., January 8, 2009
By A very sad Plum fan (Pennsylvania)

With a sticker price of almost $29 and even with a discount price of almost $16, Plum Spooky is another waste of money. At 309 pages, it is the first full length, between the numbers, book featuring Diesel and the world of Plum.

The Plum series used to be fun books. Wonderful to read. Deserved to be read many times. They were purchased. They were keepers. I loved them. This series of books had many dog-eared pages from being lovingly read many times.

To me, Plum used to represent a book filled with wonderful characters, heart pounding fear, laugh out loud till I cried moments, fantastic one-liners from Stephanie, Lula, Ranger, Grandma Mazure, Vinnie, Connie, and Morelli. Words like edgy, sexy, funny, witty, sharp, thrilling, and emotional filled my mind as I read.

This book is another episode of the three stooges, running amok in the world of Plum.

Well, on with my difficult-to-write review. Synopsis: It is a sad, sad day when an author who gave us the Plum series has to issue a book filled with monkeys and characters that revel in gross bodily functions.

This book takes place in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. It should be very scary. It's not. The characters that live in the Pine Barrens should be scary. They are not. E. Bunny (retired Easter Bunny), Sasquatch (retired something) and, good grief, there is Elmer The Fire Farter! They are not scary. They are ridiculous. The villain is Gerwulf Grimoire. He is supposed to be scary. He's not.

There is a lot of Lula and Tank in this book. But who are They???? Tank lives in a cute little old lady bungalow, has three cats, carries their pictures in his wallet and Tank sweats a lot. Lula sneezes and farts throughout the book.

Of course, Carl the Monkey is back. He's not alone. There are a lot more monkeys. Wearing helmets with antenna's. Morelli? Yup, he's in there. He's babysitting his loser, cheating, brother Anthony. Ellen/Helen Plum's in there. Drinking whiskey disguised as ice tea. Connie and Vinnie are in there.

Ranger. He's in there. I'm assuming that when he told Janet he wanted to pass on being in this book, she didn't listen. He should have begged.

It goes without saying that Stephanie Plum is in there. She is apparently in an on-again with Morelli, sleeps in bed every night with Diesel (no sex, of course) and yet still relies completely on Ranger to always find her and keep her safe.

Diesel. Diesel is cute, sexy and funny. He needs his own world. Janet should have argued more with her publisher on this. Quite honestly, Plum does not need a third alpha male.

I have a suggestion for you, Janet Evanovich. Take your old Plum books off the shelf. Starting with One for The Money - read them. Then go back into your office and write.

When the next Plum book is released and I take it off the bookstore shelf, I want the pages between the front and back cover to be filled with the great Plum writing that I loved. The stuff that earned you that best selling status. I want a great book.

Plum Spooky is silly, slapstick nonsense. It might appeal to a lot of readers. If you like silly slapstick, the three stooges and stuff like pull my finger jokes, you will love this.

But is it the Plum that I have know and loved for years? No it is not. Doesn't even come close. It's juvenile and drivel.

Simply put, this was the last Plum book I will read until I get to read reviews that tell me that the nonsense and slapstick is over and the World of Plum as I knew and loved it is back.

Janet, Janet, Janet, January 10, 2009
By Silly Sister (South Carolina)
Used to be, Janet could set a mood. The first time Stephanie felt Ranger's breath on her neck and heard "Babe" whispered in her ear, the reader's body temperature spiked to a dangerous high that resulted in instant meltdown, right? Remember? It was obvious in her earlier books that she was very much into the world of Stephanie Plum and enthusiastic about sharing it with her reader. Now her books are very, very similar to the cranked-out stuff she used to do on the side: heavy on slapstick and vaudeville, pratfalls and adolescent one-liners (some of her characters' best lines in Plum Spooky is stuff I have on coffee mugs at work). As evidenced in her latest book, she no longer works to craft ironic, amusing, or laugh-out-loud situations for the reader - instead, she throws a pie in your face.

If you watch the interview with Janet Evanovich on the amazon Bill Maher show from a year or so ago, you will see that while he is familiar with the Plum series (who isn't) and assumes JE wants to push those books, Janet is trying to bring up the subject of her new creation, Alexandra Barnaby, and push a new series. Much to her chagrin, no one wants to hear it.

Contrast that with the later interview at the end of the audio version of Fearless Fourteen, where she seems to have gotten with the program and works hard to show continued enthusiasm for the world of Plum. She doesn't talk about Alexandra Barnaby or any other characters she has ever had the misfortune to feature in a book. She giggles with the interviewer who gushes over the Joe and Ranger characters, struggles with enthusiasm over the prospect that there are many, many more Stephanie Plum books in her future, and it all comes off with you feeling her pain.

Like Patricia Cornwell, who is so connected in people's minds with Kay Scarpetta and who cannot write a best seller unless Scarpetta stars in it, Janet Evanovich is (for good or bad) eternally locked with Stephanie Plum, and she is probably, understandably, tired of it. She had the good sense and good fortune to have created the world of Stephanie Plum and cared about it and its inhabitants at one time. Now it is obvious to everyone that she's going through the motions - maybe even resents being stuck in this rut.

I'm like all the other reviewers who want to see Janet recapture the magic, but I don't think it is appropriate to scold her or threaten her with boycotts of her books. We were all pretty disappointed with Plum Spooky (except for the character of Diesel, who has potential and should have a book all to himself with Stephanie), but we all hope she'll eventually succeed in getting back on track. Wow, do we ever.