Sunday, February 22, 2009

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich

From the cover: According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys.
Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He's chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he's chosen the Barrens as his new playground
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel.
Diesel pops in and out of Plum's life like birthday cake - delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He's an uber bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He's after Grimoire, and now he's also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn't mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs.
Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.
My thoughts: This story, like all the other between the numbers stories about Stephanie and Diesel, is a tad on the scifi side. It is a quick funny read, as are all Plum books. That's why I like them. I found the character Elmer the Fire Farter just a little too much but I laughed at the men's reaction to him. As Morelli points out, all guys wish they could fart fire. There were other equally silly characters populating the barrens. This book was meant to entertain and it does. I laughed out loud at several points.

1 comment:

Jo, a retired teacher said...

Thank you, I've been thinking about buying this one to download to my Kindle. I especially enjoy her books on audio as I drive. They are entertaining with quick-moving stories. I'll check back from time to time.