Smokin' Seventeen

Smokin' Seventeen

Book - 2011
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Stephanie Plum's bail bonds office has burned to the ground, and bodies are turning up in the empty construction lot. To make matters worse, Stephanie is working out of a motor home she shares with a dancing bear, and Joe Morelli's old-world grandmother has declared a vendetta against her. Just when Stephanie decides it might be time to choose between the two men in her life, Morelli and Ranger, a third man from Stephanie's past moves back to Trenton.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780345527684
0345527682
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Smoking 17

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PolyWogg
Sep 30, 2017

PLOT OR PREMISE:
Bodies are popping up on the construction lot for the new bonds office, and somehow it all connects to Stephanie.
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WHAT I LIKED:
While figuring out who is using the site as a body farm, they also get to arrest an old vampire, deal with a culinary matchmaking option, a bear, and Stephanie's libido in overdrive.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Yet again, the premise is that creepy stalker dudes are amusing. And a solution that relies on the killer revealing all.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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darladoodles
Jul 19, 2017

I know the Stephanie Plum series is not highbrow reading, but I love having these books in my reading repertoire. Though some might dispute this, I do see growth in Stephanie and her relationships with her two love interests and with the supporting characters we see pop in and out. Some like Connie and Lulu and Grandma Mazur always get in on the action. Others like Mooner are in some books, but not in others. Joe's grandma was prominent in this particular installment and gives Stephanie "the vordo" which leads to some hilarious consequences.

Since I started reading them late in the game, I have the luxury of binge-reading rather than having to wait for the next episode to be published. It will be a bit sad when I reach that point where I am all caught up.

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bridge1
Oct 27, 2012

I laugh out loud when I read this series.

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JDK5
Aug 25, 2012

Evanovich painfully prolongs this series by rehashing a very soap opera style formula of more fluff than substance. Sadly her recurring characters, who seem stuck in a time warp, are boring and predictable.

dancy72 Aug 08, 2012

I loved this book !!!!
on my second janet evanocich book and want more !!!!!

lindakettle Jan 24, 2012

Hot sex in this one, after Stephanie gets "the eye" from Morelli's Grandma Bella.

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Ubalstecha
Oct 22, 2011

Stephanie is back and as with most books in this series, she is still torn between Morelli and Ranger. Still riding around the Burg with Lulu trying to catch the D grade perps as a bounty hunter. Still driving her Grandma Mazur to viewings at the funeral parlour. Still in the same place she was in book two. There has been very little growth in her or any of the other characters over fifteen books.

And while I enjoy these books like I enjoy my comfy old sweats, I want Stephanie to grow and change. At least get better as a bounty hunter. Still have the crazy perps that only her cousin Vinnie would bailout, but have her be better at taking them down. This might require Evanovich have to create more crazy perps and felons, but it would make for a better book.

Only for the Evanovich fan.

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Suellen1111
Oct 12, 2011

I really think Evanovitch should move on -- this story line is so old and tired it's not even fun any more. I got halfway thru and gave up. I won't be reading the next one.

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cknightkc
Oct 05, 2011

Stephanie needs to make a choice: Morelli or Ranger - this plot device is wearing a bit thin. This 17th installment of the numerical Trenton-based series features the usual cast of odd-ball characters, including crazy "FTAs"; as well as the predictable food binges/fights; visits to the funeral parlor, and destroyed cars. I think Evanovich would be wise to wrap this all up by the 20th novel.

jinx402 Sep 26, 2011

Much better plot than her last novel. As usually Lula and Grandma Mazur are hilarious. The love triangle with Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli is getting a bit old. I wish she would just pick one and move on with that story line.

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Aug 04, 2011

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