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on 6 June 2017
The well drawn characters in the long running series make a return - this outing doesn't disappoint. Light weight and fun, I enjoyed this book enormously.
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on 21 September 2001
That last thing the world needs is another review of "Seven Up." However, after reading a number of reviews of this book, I do feel as though I have something to add to the mix.
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. Did we say the same thing about the Estelle Getty character in the "The Golden Girls," who to me is a Grandma Mazur clone?"
In the earlier books, another example of brilliant comedic writing is the description of the Buick belching its way down the street. At one time this vintage car, the size of a small tank, was my favorite character.
I don't know about you, but whenever I think of certain scenes in this book, I still find myself chuckling.
In closing, I can only say that if you liked any of the books in this series, you will not be disappointed in "Seven Up."
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Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter working for her lecherous cousin Vinnie in Trenton, NJ. Klutzy Stephanie often mistakes her can of hair set for pepper spray, and forgets to charge her stun gun. It's a wonder she captures anybody.
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?
Now seven novels into the Stephanie Plum series, it's evident that Evanovich writes to a fairly rigid formula, at least so far: Plum gets an ostensibly easy assignment that goes terribly wrong when her quarry proves elusive and one or more bodies are discovered; Stephanie has car problems; Stephanie must temporarily put up with an eccentric roommate; Stephanie dotes on her pet hamster, Rex; Stephanie is followed by suspicious characters; Stephanie takes her Grandma Mazur to viewings at local funeral parlors; Stephanie's sidekick in dysfunctional fugitive apprehension is Lula, ex-ho and Vinnie's file clerk; Stephanie has the hots for fellow bounty hunter, the mysterious Ranger. Whatever fantastical situations and characters the author additionally creates seem to be outlandish for their own sakes rather than maturing her heroine's persona. While that's not necessarily bad, it does lend each book a strain of boring predictability. The author needs to expand Stephanie's horizons. And I'm becoming increasingly annoyed that Plum's long-suffering parents remain ciphers.
Mind you, I still enjoy Stephanie's adventures immensely. But I'm unwilling to award any more five-star ratings unless Evanovich provides something surprising or very clever.
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on 5 June 2001
Stephanie Plum is back in the game, this is the seventh book in this series and it has all the usual ingredients. Ranger,Morelli,Vinne, the Plum family, Joyce Barnhardt, Bob & Rex. When I read the first chapters I actually wondered if the same author wrote it. As I read further however it was the usual suspects. A missing Mooner, an elderly FTA who keeps outsmarting Stephanie & Lula, Grandma Mazur keeping things interesting and Ranger looking hot and saying not much. I really enjoyed this novel,Janet Evanovich manages to keep humour, romance and mystery happening at the same time. If you enjoyed High Five this is definitely for you.Stephanie is still facing a moral dilemma and in this book she seems to be closer to making some serious decisions. A definite must have for all the Stephanie Plum fans out there. These novels are in the same vein as Denis Lehane & Robert Crais novels but a lot lighter in tone and style. Buy Seven Up - You will like it !
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on 7 May 2002
First of all, I don't want to be finicky, but the gun-toting babe on the cover didn't call to mind Evanovich's feisty but incompetent heroine. More proof that you shouldn't judge a book by the cover.
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.
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on 4 January 2006
Others will describe the plot. This review is for quality of the plot and dialogue.
If you are new to the Evanovich Stephanie Plum series start at One for the Money and then go on to Two for the dough. Seven up is funny, but not as good as the earlier books.
There are some laugh out loud moments, but the story isn't the strongest and it does feel as if Evanovich was working to a deadline so it isn't as polished as some of her other works.
Still worth buying, I wouldn't pay for a hardback copy.
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on 2 September 2001
My father got me hooked on the Stephanie Plum series just a few months ago. After only 10 days I had read every book and found 7 Up to contain more twists and funny lines than in the first 6 put together. For thoes of you who don't know the series, Stephanie Plum is a Bounty Hunter who is helzter skelzter, seemingly unfit for the job, but ends up always getting the job done! If there is something in her path, Stephanie makes sure it's demolished!
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Summary: Janet Evanovich has a remarkable ability to create humorous characters and even funnier, incongruous habits for them. Ms. Evanovich shows off that strength in Seven Up by reprising almost all of her best characters from the wonderful Stephanie Plum series in the roles that we love them most for. The book will work best for those who have read the six earlier books and liked the continuing characters. Those who don't know the earlier books may not find enough character development here to make them credible. This will be a three or four star book for them. Fans of earlier books who look for the introduction of a new, wild character and an outrageous scene to knock them flat with astonishment will probably not find either Eddie DeChooch or Stephanie's sister, Valerie, up to the usual Evanovich standard in that regard. This book will be a three star effort for those readers. Stephanie's character does mature in this book, and she moves beyond trying to please everyone else to taking her own interests and instincts into account more often. You will also see new sides of Joe Morelli and Ranger. The book's pace is very fast, as the action is piled on with great diversity of direction, frequency, and intensity. If you don't like a scene, wait five paragraphs and you'll be into a totally different one that you will like better.
Review: I thought that Seven Up is one of the best two books in the series among the first seven. It has a better balance of story, humor, plot, and subplot, along with mystery than any of the earlier ones. The writing reflects a very mature talent as well as a great comic wit. This book shows much attention to detail and holding the reader's attention. The only reason I didn't like this story better than the first one (One for the Money) is because Stephanie's bumbling beginning in that story has greater comedy. But the two books are a tie in my mind.
I loved the prologue in which Stephanie Plum explains that "I wanted to be an intergalactic princess." "Mostly I wanted to wear the cape and the sexy boots and carry a cool weapon." Those two references set up much of the story.
The action in the book begins two weeks after longtime flame Joe Morelli, a cop, has proposed to Stephanie. He's pressing for an answer. Her mother and grandmother know about the proposal, and are trying to push for a wedding date. There are the usual bunch of no-shows for criminal court dates, and Stephanie has the chance to take on more cases while Ranger, her mentor, is out-of-town handling a tough case.
Eddie DeChooch misses his court date, and there's a $5,000 fee for Stephanie if she can bring him in. The only problem is that Eddie is a shooter, and Stephanie thinks he's a little beyond her abilities. Vinnie Plum, her cousin the bail bondsman, argues that Eddie's just an old man, and that anyone can take him.
The story evolves around a mistake. Eddie thought he was supposed to have done one thing, but did another instead.
The book is filled with rewarding subplots such as Stephanie getting her revenge against Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's status in the family rising as her sister returns from her "perfect" life in California, Morelli and Ranger making their moves for her, Eddie's sex life, and Grandma Mazur's interest in funerals. There are also the usual running gags about breaking into Stephanie's apartment, her transportation choices, Bob the dog and his digestion, hair, shoes, and meals at the Plum household.
If you don't know this series, I strongly suggest that you begin with the first book rather than reading this one.
If you have read some of the past books and liked them, this one is a definite read!
After you finish having a lot of fun with this book, you should think about what you want in life from your family relationships. What role should your spouse play? What roles for your parents and siblings? What are friends for? Then let them know, ask what they are looking for from you, and you can probably all enjoy one another more.
Seek and ye shall find!
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Summary: Janet Evanovich has a remarkable ability to create humorous characters and even funnier, incongruous habits for them. Ms. Evanovich shows off that strength in Seven Up by reprising almost all of her best characters from the wonderful Stephanie Plum series in the roles that we love them most for. The book will work best for those who have read the six earlier books and liked the continuing characters. Those who don't know the earlier books may not find enough character development here to make them credible. This will be a three or four star book for them. Fans of earlier books who look for the introduction of a new, wild character and an outrageous scene to knock them flat with astonishment will probably not find either Eddie DeChooch or Stephanie's sister, Valerie, up to the usual Evanovich standard in that regard. This book will be a three star effort for those readers. Stephanie's character does mature in this book, and she moves beyond trying to please everyone else to taking her own interests and instincts into account more often. You will also see new sides of Joe Morelli and Ranger. The book's pace is very fast, as the action is piled on with great diversity of direction, frequency, and intensity. If you don't like a scene, wait five paragraphs and you'll be into a totally different one that you will like better.
Review: I thought that Seven Up is one of the best two books in the series among the first seven. It has a better balance of story, humor, plot, and subplot, along with mystery than any of the earlier ones. The writing reflects a very mature talent as well as a great comic wit. This book shows much attention to detail and holding the reader's attention. The only reason I didn't like this story better than the first one (One for the Money) is because Stephanie's bumbling beginning in that story has greater comedy. But the two books are a tie in my mind.
I loved the prologue in which Stephanie Plum explains that "I wanted to be an intergalactic princess." "Mostly I wanted to wear the cape and the sexy boots and carry a cool weapon." Those two references set up much of the story.
The action in the book begins two weeks after longtime flame Joe Morelli, a cop, has proposed to Stephanie. He's pressing for an answer. Her mother and grandmother know about the proposal, and are trying to push for a wedding date. There are the usual bunch of no-shows for criminal court dates, and Stephanie has the chance to take on more cases while Ranger, her mentor, is out-of-town handling a tough case.
Eddie DeChooch misses his court date, and there's a $5,000 fee for Stephanie if she can bring him in. The only problem is that Eddie is a shooter, and Stephanie thinks he's a little beyond her abilities. Vinnie Plum, her cousin the bail bondsman, argues that Eddie's just an old man, and that anyone can take him.
The story evolves around a mistake. Eddie thought he was supposed to have done one thing, but did another instead.
The book is filled with rewarding subplots such as Stephanie getting her revenge against Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's status in the family rising as her sister returns from her "perfect" life in California, Morelli and Ranger making their moves for her, Eddie's sex life, and Grandma Mazur's interest in funerals. There are also the usual running gags about breaking into Stephanie's apartment, her transportation choices, Bob the dog and his digestion, hair, shoes, and meals at the Plum household.
If you don't know this series, I strongly suggest that you begin with the first book rather than reading this one.
If you have read some of the past books and liked them, this one is a definite read!
After you finish having a lot of fun with this book, you should think about what you want in life from your family relationships. What role should your spouse play? What roles for your parents and siblings? What are friends for? Then let them know, ask what they are looking for from you, and you can probably all enjoy one another more.
Seek and ye shall find!
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Summary: Janet Evanovich has a remarkable ability to create humorous characters and even funnier, incongruous habits for them. Ms. Evanovich shows off that strength in Seven Up by reprising almost all of her best characters from the wonderful Stephanie Plum series in the roles that we love them most for. The book will work best for those who have read the six earlier books and liked the continuing characters. Those who don't know the earlier books may not find enough character development here to make them credible. This will be a three or four star book for them. Fans of earlier books who look for the introduction of a new, wild character and an outrageous scene to knock them flat with astonishment will probably not find either Eddie DeChooch or Stephanie's sister, Valerie, up to the usual Evanovich standard in that regard. This book will be a three star effort for those readers. Stephanie's character does mature in this book, and she moves beyond trying to please everyone else to taking her own interests and instincts into account more often. You will also see new sides of Joe Morelli and Ranger. The book's pace is very fast, as the action is piled on with great diversity of direction, frequency, and intensity. If you don't like a scene, wait five paragraphs and you'll be into a totally different one that you will like better.
Review: I thought that Seven Up is one of the best two books in the series among the first seven. It has a better balance of story, humor, plot, and subplot, along with mystery than any of the earlier ones. The writing reflects a very mature talent as well as a great comic wit. This book shows much attention to detail and holding the reader's attention. The only reason I didn't like this story better than the first one (One for the Money) is because Stephanie's bumbling beginning in that story has greater comedy. But the two books are a tie in my mind.
I loved the prologue in which Stephanie Plum explains that "I wanted to be an intergalactic princess." "Mostly I wanted to wear the cape and the sexy boots and carry a cool weapon." Those two references set up much of the story.
The action in the book begins two weeks after longtime flame Joe Morelli, a cop, has proposed to Stephanie. He's pressing for an answer. Her mother and grandmother know about the proposal, and are trying to push for a wedding date. There are the usual bunch of no-shows for criminal court dates, and Stephanie has the chance to take on more cases while Ranger, her mentor, is out-of-town handling a tough case.
Eddie DeChooch misses his court date, and there's a $5,000 fee for Stephanie if she can bring him in. The only problem is that Eddie is a shooter, and Stephanie thinks he's a little beyond her abilities. Vinnie Plum, her cousin the bail bondsman, argues that Eddie's just an old man, and that anyone can take him.
The story evolves around a mistake. Eddie thought he was supposed to have done one thing, but did another instead.
The book is filled with rewarding subplots such as Stephanie getting her revenge against Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's status in the family rising as her sister returns from her "perfect" life in California, Morelli and Ranger making their moves for her, Eddie's sex life, and Grandma Mazur's interest in funerals. There are also the usual running gags about breaking into Stephanie's apartment, her transportation choices, Bob the dog and his digestion, hair, shoes, and meals at the Plum household.
If you don't know this series, I strongly suggest that you begin with the first book rather than reading this one.
If you have read some of the past books and liked them, this one is a definite read!
After you finish having a lot of fun with this book, you should think about what you want in life from your family relationships. What role should your spouse play? What roles for your parents and siblings? What are friends for? Then let them know, ask what they are looking for from you, and you can probably all enjoy one another more.
Seek and ye shall find!
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