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A little wisp of smoke
on 16 July 2011
With Janet Evanovich's creation of Stephanie Plum, she has clearly produced an enormously likeable character. Reading the 'numbers' and 'between the numbers' books are now almost like catching up with an old friend. It does seem to me though, that Evanovich continues with the Plum novels more because they are fairly lucrative, rather than she have anything more to give in terms of her characters and plotlines.
Smokin' Seventeen follows the familiar formula of Stephanie's lost or exploding cars / her dilemma between Morelli & Ranger / Grandma Mazur wreaking havoc at funeral home viewings / Lula's eye-popping wardrobe offerings etc. If you're expecting anything new in this latest offering, you're likely to be disappointed. However, I believe most of us who continue to read the Plum novels aren't really expecting anything new.
With the next release "Exploding Eighteen" advertised for release in November 2011, it will be a little less time that usual to wait for the latest installment. I suspect that we're going to be delivered more of the same. Having said that, I'll still probably be one of the first in the queue to read it.
Despite the 3 Stars, I will recommend this book for those of you who are, like me, a big fan of Stephanie Plum. For those who are completely unfamiliar to the Plum novels, I would suggest that you read numbers 1-8 which are, in my opinion, a lot fresher and engaging.