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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2004
Please, please, please do NOT read this book in public. I took it on holiday with me and I have not yet recovered. I was unable to contain guffawing shrieks of laughter and at one point, on a crowded beach, had to stop reading the book I was so embarrased. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
There is one particular episode involving a kidnapped dog which was so funny, I read it over and over with tears streaming down my face. This was in a Greek restaurant.
You have been warned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book belongs in a new category: Something funnier than comedy that contains a little crime as context for the humor. Seriously, this book is funnier than if The Three Stooges played the criminals and took on The Keystone Kops.
The story has several running gags that are well sustained. Stephanie Plum and those who are attracted to her are very interested in having sexual relations, but are continually stymmied in unpredictable ways. Bob, the dog, comes into Stephanie's life, and one disaster follows another. This dog is the Lucille Ball of animals, and makes a complete farce out of every situation. The criminals in question are so clumsy and stupid that they continually give themselves away, leaving you with virtually no mystery to hold in your hands. Stephanie continually has her efforts to be a bounty hunter turn out poorly, yet somehow she gets out of the worst of what could happen with another hilarious mishap scene. Stephanie's grandmother decides she wants to ride the wild side and moves in with Stephanie. Between her interest in men and snoring, she is driving Stephanie up a wall. There are more such running gags, but you get the idea. Many books make the mistake of overdoing a single running gag. By filling this book to the brim with them, none are overdone.
Few novels feel like they should be a movie, but this is clearly one of them. Each scene is very visceral in its development and humor.
You may not want to read this book right away. It is so funny that you may want to save it for an emergency, like the fire hose in most building hallways. You can be sure you'll laugh your head off whenever you do read it.
By the way, for those who like a synopsis: Stephanie's mentor, Ranger, is video taped in a building moments before the victim is murdered and the building is torched. Ranger is on the lam from the cops, and there's a warrant out for his arrest. Stephanie and others help him keep an eye on things so he can prove his innocence. More murders ensue, and the bad guys are foiled in the end.
Have a ball overcoming your misconception that crime cannot be funny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book belongs in a new category: Something funnier than comedy that contains a little crime as context for the humor. Seriously, this book is funnier than if The Three Stooges played the criminals and took on The Keystone Kops.
The story has several running gags that are well sustained. Stephanie Plum and those who are attracted to her are very interested in having sexual relations, but are continually stymmied in unpredictable ways. Bob, the dog, comes into Stephanie's life, and one disaster follows another. This dog is the Lucille Ball of animals, and makes a complete farce out of every situation. The criminals in question are so clumsy and stupid that they continually give themselves away, leaving you with virtually no mystery to hold in your hands. Stephanie continually has her efforts to be a bounty hunter turn out poorly, yet somehow she gets out of the worst of what could happen with another hilarious mishap scene. Stephanie's grandmother decides she wants to ride the wild side and moves in with Stephanie. Between her interest in men and snoring, she is driving Stephanie up a wall. There are more such running gags, but you get the idea. Many books make the mistake of overdoing a single running gag. By filling this book to the brim with them, none are overdone.
Few novels feel like they should be a movie, but this is clearly one of them. Each scene is very visceral in its development and humor.
You may not want to read this book right away. It is so funny that you may want to save it for an emergency, like the fire hose in most building hallways. You can be sure you'll laugh your head off whenever you do read it.
By the way, for those who like a synopsis: Stephanie's mentor, Ranger, is video taped in a building moments before the victim is murdered and the building is torched. Ranger is on the lam from the cops, and there's a warrant out for his arrest. Stephanie and others help him keep an eye on things so he can prove his innocence. More murders ensue, and the bad guys are foiled in the end.
Have a ball overcoming your misconception that crime cannot be funny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2001
I was introduced to this author by a friend from university, who raved & raved about her. I admit to being very cynical about anything being that good. But from the 1st chapter of 1 for the Money, I was hooked. I carried this book in my bag to work, I read it on the bus, on my lunch break and didn't speak to a single person voluntarily till i had finished it. Then within 10 days of finishing it I had bought & read my way through the next four adventures of Stephanie Plum. These actions left me with a 6 months period of cold turkey while i awaited Hot Six, in which my emotions went from annoyance that JE dosen't write faster, to fear that Hot six won't live up to its predecessors, to longing & anticipation for it to be published.
However upon reading it I was relived to find my fears groundless. This book was everything i could wish for madcap, sexy and laughout loud crazy with a group of characters that made me relived & slighty jealous not to live Trenton New Jersey. And just incase J.E ever reads these reviews. I say thank you, thank you, thank you and please write faster. (ps don't let the film people miscast or tinker with your story)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2001
Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter from hell, is back, and if you are a fan, this book won't let you down at all. Starting with the premise that Ranger is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of a Greek arms dealer, Stephanie has to help him try to clear his name. Along the way, she encounters a homicidal maniac who tries to set fire to her, wrecks a few more cars, Grandma Mazur moves in with her, and she discovers that everyone in Trenton can break into her apartment except her. In between having to talk a suicidal shoplifter off a bridge, Stephanie is followed by her archenemy Joyce Barnhardt, who is trying to recapture Ranger, and two incompetent thugs who hope by following Stepahnie, she will lead them to Ranger. Joined once again by Lula as her back-up, and freely admintting that they often look like "the amateur hour of worst of Cops bloopers" Stephanie somehow manages not to get herself killed, while trying to get some time alone with Morelli, and figure out why Ranger is flirting with her. Even if you have never read a Stephanie Plum novel before, this book will make you laugh out loud, as she ztumbles from getting caught falling out of a tree by the guy whose house she is watching, acquires a dog called Bob who eats everything in sight, and becomes a cigarette smuggler for the arms-dealer-in-chief in Trenton.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2003
I have only recenly discovered Janet Evanovich, and her bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, but wish I found her earlier. I got Hot Six from the library, and had read it in 24 hours, unfortunatley I had not done any washing / cleaning and had lived on junk food. I am sure Stephanie would approve however that the dog went out!!!!
Morelli, Ranger, Bob and Rex - The three men in her life, and Gramdma Mazur, Lulu and Connie - the women all add up to great stories, laughs and with a few FTA's thrown in!!!
Basically what I am trying to say is that I dare you to pick it up, because putting it down is not an option!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2001
Having been introduced to Stephanie Plum by my mother in law, I quickly read through one to six...NEVER have I laughed out so loud at these books and Seven Up is taking TOO LONG to get over here! You never want the story to end yet you turn the pages with such ferocity and passion! From the Stephs 'chained to the shower rail' in book one through to good ol' Grandma Mazur shooting the chicken in the gumpy,her love for 'viewings'and the latest lycra fashions are simply hilarious. I hear that a film is in the offing but i don't think it will be a patch on the books - they never are! Who they would get to play Lula god only knows...the saddest thing is that it will take me a day to read Seven Up, then i'll have to go cold turkey for another god knows how long before eight comes out....please don't ever stop Janet.....(ps if anyone has ever read any other books that are similar in entertainment factor, would you let me know please?)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2000
I discovered Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum by accident at an airport and have been hooked ever since. The books fly by with outrageous characters and plot twists that keep you gripped and laughing to the end. However, I was a little worried that the standard had started to slip with High Five. By some standards this was a good book, but by the high standards of the previous books in the Stephanie Plum series, it was just pretty good. So I was glad to see that with Hot Six things have returned to cracking form. All the usual characters are there and as whacky as usual and the new ones add to the fun. Bob is especially believable and the jokes around his toilet habits are laugh out loud on a tram funny. One to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
At the end of my review of the previous book in the Stephanie Plum series, HIGH FIVE, I wondered if author Janet Evanovich was on the verge of trying too hard with her plotting. Then, of course, there was thread left dangling on the last page. Whose name, Morelli's or Ranger's, did Stephanie pull out of the bowl in her Night of Passion Lottery? In HOT SIX, it seems to me that Evanovich is indeed pushing it. And it turns out that Joe Morelli is the one that got lucky.
Plum is a bounty hunter in Trenton, NJ, employed by Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, the owner being her scummy cousin, Vinnie. Stephanie's modus operandi is either Keystone Cops or Bull-In-China-Shop, depending on her mood and the amount of junk snacks that she's consumed. The fact that she ultimately succeeds is based purely on dogged persistence and good fortune.
The skeleton of the HOT SIX plot is that Vinnie tasks Plum with apprehending Ranger, his best bond enforcement agent and Stephanie's friend and frequent mentor. Ranger has skipped bail on a ridiculous concealed weapon charge - everyone carries in Trenton - and it doesn't help that the local cops want to question him about the recent murder of a crime kingpin's son. Plum wants no part of it, least of all because she hasn't the skill to nab the ex-Special Forces soldier. But, as the bodies pile up, bagging Ranger becomes the least of her worries.
Don't get me wrong. HOT SIX is as funny as any previous book in the series. It's just that Janet's imagination has, in my opinion, finally gone over the top in populating the storyline with weird characters and dropping her heroine into bizarre situations. It's gotten to the point where less wackiness may be better. It's fine that her feisty Grandma Mazur, reminiscent of Sophia (Estelle Getty) of American TV's GOLDEN GIRLS sitcom, must move in with her, but not necessary that the former take driving lessons, date the ancient geezer upstairs, or purchase a red Corvette. It's not unusual that Stephanie apprehends a couple of oddball fugitives over the course of the book, but not required that one of them here be costumed as Captain Kirk at a Trekkies gathering during the takedown. And not surprisingly, Stephanie is followed by a couple of goons who also have an interest in finding Ranger. But does one of them really have to be a Pakistani emigre who, back in the old country, used to beat unruly children working in the village rug factory? What has before simply seemed to be Plum's bad karma is now too heavy a concentration of weird to be believed.
Finally, the reactions of Stephanie's mother to her antics - she say's "Why me?" and makes the sign of the cross a lot- are getting old. And Stephanie's long-suffering Dad continues to be a virtual cipher. It's time both characters were fleshed out.
At least Stephanie is making progress in her love life. Is that a proposal of marriage coming from Morelli at the book's end? You think?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book belongs in a new category: Something like comedy that contains crime as a background. Seriously, this book is almost as funny as if The Three Stooges played the criminals and took on The Keystone Kops.
The story has several running gags that are well sustained. Stephanie Plum and those who are attracted to her are very interested in having sexual relations, but are continually stymmied in unpredictable ways. Bob, the dog, comes into Stephanie's life, and one disaster follows another. This dog is the Lucille Ball of animals, and makes a complete farce out of every situation. The criminals in question are so clumsy and stupid that they continually give themselves away, leaving you with virtually no mystery to hold in your hands. Stephanie continually has her efforts to be a bounty hunter turn out poorly, yet somehow she gets out of the worst of what could happen with another hilarious mishap scene. Stephanie's grandmother decides she wants to ride the wild side and moves in with Stephanie. Between her interest in men and snoring, she is driving Stephanie up a wall. There are more such running gags, but you get the idea. Many books make the mistake of overdoing a single running gag. By filling this book to the brim with them, none are overdone.
Few novels feel like they should be a movie, but this is clearly one of them. Each scene is very visceral in its development and humor.
You may not want to read this book right away. It is so funny that you may want to save it for an emergency, like the fire hose in most building hallways. You can be sure you'll laugh your head off whenever you do read it.
By the way, for those who like a synopsis: Stephanie's mentor, Ranger, is video taped in a building moments before the victim is murdered and the building is torched. Ranger is on the lam from the cops, and there's a warrant out for his arrest. Stephanie and others help him keep an eye on things so he can prove his innocence. More murders ensue, and the bad guys are foiled in the end.
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