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To the Nines: A Stephanie Plum Novel    by Janet Evanovich order for
To the Nines
by Janet Evanovich
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St. Martin's, 2003 (2003)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Crave a book that's pure fun? And one that has a great plot? And outrageous characters? Maybe throw in a few comedic scenes that you know couldn't happen but would love to participate in? And possibly add some serious shootings and random mayhem? Don't forget the human element of a heart divided between two men.

Sound impossible to bind all of the above into the pages of one book? It can be done. And was. To the Nines is the work of art of which I speak. Janet Evanovich has written a gem in her newest episode of her Stephanie Plum, Bounty Hunter series. I had a good laugh with every page, and enjoyed a well-plotted mystery into the bargain.

Stephanie finds herself in the middle of a deadly computer game, and in need of a bodyguard. Ranger, of the black clothes and black cars of previous Plum stories, provides said bodyguards, but Stephanie goes through them like a bowling ball through the pins. This renders them incapable of guarding her and leaves her to the mercies of a seriously demented man who has lost touch with reality.

Stephanie's friend Lula, a reformed 'ho', is trying to eat her way into a supermodel's figure. She is a real trip who barrels her way through life assuming it's good. I'd love to see her ample flesh in her red thong panties. On the other hand, maybe not. Stephanie's grandmother Mazur is not to be missed. Nor is the dog Bob who divides his love between Moralli, a cop, and Stephanie. Rather like Stephanie shares her love with both Ranger and Moralli.

Stephanie - shot, tranquillized, pummelled, and otherwise maimed - still manages to get her man. I am sure you've figured out by now that I REALLY liked this fun, well-written book. Write on, Janet Evanovich.

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