Seven Up (A Stephanie Plum novel) Hardcover – 4 Jun 2001
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Stephanie Plum, Janet Evanovich's bounty hunter star of Seven Up, is good at her job partly because of her infinite resourcefulness and partly because her world is one in which everyone on all sides of the law knows at least one member of her extended family. In this, the seventh offering in the Stephanie Plum series, she is chasing an elderly mobster who used to go out with her grandmother. Eddie DeChooch, though, is no less formidable for being old and he constantly eludes Stephanie, the police who want to question him about the corpse Stephanie found in his garage and Joyce, her arch-rival in the bail bond enforcement business. Stephanie's crowded social life gets ever more intense with her family pressing her to name a date for her wedding to Joe, her unreliable cop fiancé, her drastically attractive colleague Ranger, asking her for a night of bliss, her horribly perfect sister Valerie back from California with a down on men and the idiot stoners Moonman and Doug wandering around in super-hero costumes. Evanovich constantly ups the comic ante; DeChooch and his sidekicks manage to be menacingly obnoxious while remaining credibly characters in a farce. The social observation of families is as acute as ever while never passing up the chance for snappy one-liners. Above all, Stephanie herself remains a delightful tone of voice--a heroine considerably braver than she ever lets herself notice and rather smarter an investigator than she or anyone else gives her credit for being. --Roz Kaveney
'Stephanie Plum...is far from being the best bounty hunter in the world, and likely to admit it, but she is without question the sassiest, most chaotic and funniest of them all' Good Book Guide (Good Book Guide)
Packed with her familiar wicked ear for dialogue, the latest Evanovich will delight her legion of fans - and with good reason. Plum is not just a smart private eye but a heroine with a sense of humour - and that makes her much more fun to be around than female contemporaries like Sara Paretsky's V.I.Warshawski' (Daily Mail)
'In her latest adventure, Steph's on the trial of an elusive OAP gangster with a bullet-riddled body in his shed. Flanked by an excellent supporting cast - her crazy granny, newly lesbian sister and dpe-head friends - and distracted by her juicy love life, Steph's antics make an entertaining mountain out of a molehill. Punchy, saucy and stacks of fun. I'm hooked' Mirror
'Packed with her familiar wicked ear for dialogue, the latest Evanovich will delight her legion of fans - and with good reason. Plum is not just a smart private eye but a heroine with a sense of humour - and that makes her much more fun to be around than female contemporaries like Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski' Daily Mail
'Classic Evanovich...She is simply the best at being irresistibly funny... Buy it, read it - and join the many Evanovich fans' Yorkshire Post
'Fans of Stephanie Plum will love every minute of this fast zany adventure.' Newcastle Journal
'Packed with her familiar wicked ear for dialogue, the latest Evanovich will delight her legions of fans - and with good reason' Daily Mail
'Classic Evanovich...simply the best at being irresistibly funny... Buy it, read it - and join the many Evanovich fans' Yorkshire Post
'Romantic and gripping, this novel is an absolute tonic' Goodhousekeeping
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Top Customer Reviews
This series reminds me of watching your favorite TV sitcom. When you turn on the TV, you know exactly what to expect...the same central core of characters in familiar surroundings. However, you know that no matter how many times you have seen these people sitting in their living room, somehow each week something will happen or a dialogue will ensue that will have you roaring with laughter. I feel the same way whenever I pick up a Stephanie Plum book.
For years, whenever someone would suggest I read this series, I always said that I didn't like funny mysteries. Finally succumbing to the pressure, I picked up the first book in the series. After reading it, I realized that the only way you can truly enjoy these books is if you give up the notion that they are mysteries. I find that the mystery is nothing but a backdrop for the antics of Stephanie Plum and the assorted off-center characters that are recurring characters and those that wander in and out of her life.
I thought that "Seven Up" was a fine addition to this very funny series. Just sitting here thinking about Bob the Dog brings a smile to my face. I also thought the introduction of Stephanie's sister and the exploration of her sexual identity was brilliantly funny. This is a classic example of the subtle humor that Evanovich weaves into her stories. I find this to be the perfect foil to the more slapstick and far from subtle humor that I associate with Grandma Mazur. There are those who say that Grandma Mazur is getting boring and predictable.Read more ›
HOT SIX ended with undercover vice cop Joe Morelli proposing marriage - sort of.
In SEVEN UP, Vinnie assigns Plum to seize Eddie DeChooch, who's jumped bail on a charge of cigarette smuggling. But Eddie refuses to be brought in until he finds something he's lost, and he's willing to resort to gunplay to make his point. But Stephanie hates guns - she keeps her .38 in a cookie jar. And what has DeChooch lost? All we and Stephanie know is that it has to be kept cold. In the meantime, Plum must mentally grasp Morelli's marriage proposal. They've an on-again, off-again relationship ever since Joe took her virginity on the floor behind the pastry counter of the bakery where she worked at eighteen. Mrs. Plum, whose nightmare is her daughter as an Old Maid, takes Stephanie out to try on wedding gowns when the latter, in a desperate moment at the Plum family dinner table with guest Joe, blurts out "August!". Will it happen, you think?Read more ›
There's not much wrong with the text though, even if very little happens in the first half of the book. Even when the story starts to become clear it's all incredibly daft, but the real pleasure of the Stephanie Plum books is reading about the minutiae of her crazy lifestyle and her even crazier family.
There are plenty of opportunities to laugh out loud and, once things get going, plenty of outrageous action. The mud wrestling was my favourite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Witty and chaotic, I fully understand why people give this book five stars. As a Tom Sharpe fan, I feel I should be more appreciative of this a book in this genre, but for some... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Technocrat
Was good book and will read next in series. Have read others and will read more. That's all. Thank youPublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth Wilde
Have read this before but wanted the Kindle edition. Great story, good price and happy.Published 6 months ago by Laineyloos
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Great story line that kept me guessing to the end with laugh out loud moments and beautifully drawn character pictures.Published 12 months ago by Anne Sturman