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on 24 June 2013
It is Christmas and, as usual, Stephenie's life is in complete disarray. She hasn't bought any presents and she is on the hunt for Sandy Claus, a burglar who has not shown up for his court appearance. Then Diesel shows up in her apartment and doesn't want to go - and he is seriously hot and handsome but Stephanie has her hands full with other things to do. She goes Christmas shopping with Lula who comes back with 4 huge bags to Stephanie's very small one - and she still hasn't caught Sandy Claws! And then there are the midgets to contend with (who prefer to be called little people!) including Randy Briggs, the bane of Stephenie's life. Fast and furious, racy and punchy - can't put down book that has you laughing all the way.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 21 April 2008
Firstly, these are not really novels. They are novellas. This means that if you're a devoted Plum fan expecting your normal read, you're already going to be disappointed. There is a couple of hours of reading material here at best.

Having said that, these are interesting, and in my opinion worth reading. This is the first of Evanovich's 'Between the Numbers' books. This one based around Christmas time, the one following involving Valentines day. Stephanie takes a small time out from her regular bounty hunting activities to hook up with a new partner, Diesel. Diesel is a hunter with a difference. He hunts people who may be said to have supernatural powers.

If you can suspend your disbelief, much as Stephanie is forced to do, as no coherent explanation for this sudden burst of supernatural activity is given, these are fairly entertaining. The usual cast of characters appear including Rex, the longest living hamster in the history of the world, and Evanovich's sense of humour gets let out to play once more.

In my opinion if you buy the hard back versions you're going to feel a bit burned in terms of pages per coinage spent. If you waited for the paperback version you should be happy with a bit more plum in your pudding until the real thing comes along.
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on 10 May 2004
Stephanie Plum already has two gorgeous men in her life, Morelli and Ranger, so when a third stunning male suddenly appears in her flat one day, you can't help feeling it's a little unfair. The sexy newcomer is Diesel, who has mysterious powers. He is, apparently, there to help Stephanie find her latest FTA, toymaker Sandy Claws, and to help her enjoy Chrimstas too. Not surprisingly, he creates quite a stir in the Plum household. Almost all the regualr characters are in this story, only Ranger is absent, and there is a welcome reappearance of the irascible dwarf Randy Briggs. The scene in the toy factory, where Stephanie is attacked by a horde of enraged elves,is particularly hilarious. Lula's novel method of parking at the shopping mall should win the admiration of any motorist. This delightful book is beautifuly read by Lorelei King, who is marvellous at doing all the voices (her Randy Briggs is particularly good). There are more laughs and thrills in this slender story than there are in many books ten times the length.
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on 30 July 2017
Another great read, Stephanie Plum's adventures really make me laugh, the other characters are so funny. I have just about got all the books in the series. If you like a good laugh with a bit of romance chucked in then I highly recommend them.
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on 17 June 2003
An hilarious Stephanie Plum story for Christmas, involving elves,
Santa Claus, and (of course) a drop-dead gorgeous man( angel ?)
called Diesel. Unputdownable, I read it three times over Christmas. The Stephanie Plum books just get funnier and funnier
with each new one, this one is sublime. I nearly did myself an injury laughing at the part where she gets attacked by crazy elves. Does Stephanie really need anotheer gorgeous man in her
life though? Oh well, why not, it's Christmas after all.
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on 10 December 2015
As with all the Stephanie Plum books it's good fun and funny. Diesel is her side-kick. A short book. Easy to read.
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on 19 August 2016
Not as good as the series. More like a gap filler but still readable.
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on 11 April 2016
funny book to read,
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on 10 January 2016
Love it and Love Janet Evanovich. Bought this for a long car journey and to introduce this author to my teenage daughter and we both loved it. Made the journey speed by!
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on 29 January 2015
fab 10/10
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