Smokin’ Seventeen (Stephanie Plum # 17)
By: Janet Evanovich
Read By: Lorelei King
Published: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (June 21, 2011)
308 pages in print version; 6 ½ hours in audio version
Source: Borrowed from my sister
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Goodreads description—Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.
Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.
With, a cold blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is always guaranteed to have me laughing out loud. Though this time I was full-fledge-belly-laughing at a few spots rather than just momentary giggling. I have no idea what my co-workers thought, but it was worth it.
These books are fast experiences. They’re not too heavy with major topics. They always make me laugh. Lorelei King is awesome as the reader. And besides that Smokin’ Seventeen combines the typical Janet Evanovich humor with what…what was that the description said above? That’s right, a real, live, senior citizen vampire. Match made in heaven, right? Comedy heaven.
Of course the plot was predictable, but who cares? Smokin’ Seventeen was a laugh out loud good time. The potty mouth definitely stood out to me as always when listening to an audiobook, and that’s always a bit disappointing to me. Overall I give this one 3 stars.
My favorite quotes are by Lula of course and are:
You did the nicky-nacky and now you've got the vordo. (sp?)
What you need is a pair of granny panties.
And the last one I can't quote because of potential underage readers, but it has something to do with fiber in one's diet and personal satisfaction.
Updated: July 8, 2018