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Smokin' Seventeen: Stephanie Plum #17    by Janet Evanovich Amazon.com order for
Smokin' Seventeen
by Janet Evanovich
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Bantam, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Good news! New Jersey Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum is back on the streets of the Burg nailing FTAs (Failures to Appear) to support her habit of eating.

She is happily accompanied by her usual cohorts Vinnie, her cousin and the owner of the Bail Bond office; Connie, office secretary; Lula, ex-ho and spandex encased side-kick; Morelli, one of Stephanie's hotties; Ranger, the second of her hotties; Grandma Mazur, a big fan of funerals; and various and sundry other non-personages who make up the characters in this deliriously funny novel.

Stephanie does not have the best of luck. Every time she borrows one of Ranger's company cars, it is either totaled or blown-up. This happens with such frequency, Ranger's employees make book as to when the latest will evaporate.

Stephanie and Lula spend their days trying to collar FTAs. Not always with success at first but Stephanie eventually gets her man. Even when Lula is sure one of them is undead and now is afraid she has cooties that will turn her into a blood-sucking vampire.

Another answers his door buck naked and aroused Life is never dull when Stephanie is on the prowl. Her mother is determined to find her a good man and collars someone who has been in jail for embezzling. This, of course, does not take the course her mother envisioned. When things go downhill for the poor woman, she resorts to ironing. And medicinal glasses of wine.

Stephanie's main concern is which man she should give up Ranger or Morelli. Morelli's grandmother has given Steph the evil eye. As if she needs more bad luck. And then vorto is laid on her which is supposed to enhance the sex drive. Real or not, she feels its urges and acts on them.

The more pressing problem Stephanie faces is the dead bodies that keep turning up around her with notes pinned to them, 'For Stephanie.' Don't miss the seventeenth in this really funny and delightful series.

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