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Plum Lucky: A Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel    by Janet Evanovich Amazon.com order for
Plum Lucky
by Janet Evanovich
Order:  USA  Can
St. Martin's, 2008 (2008)
Hardcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Stephanie Plum is back chasing bail skippers. Joining her is her usual gang Lula, Connie, Morelli, Ranger, Diesel, and last but never least, Grandma Mazur. Stephanie meets up with some crazies Snuggy, steroid user Delvina and his cohort Mickey. And let's not forget Doug the racehorse.

Stephanie is sidetracked from chasing recalcitrant lowlifes to rescue Grandma Mazur. Grandma found a duffle bag filled with money on the street and claims it for her own. Others disagree with her. Snuggy wants the money to cure his pal Doug. Delvina wants to buy his wife a big new house so she'll come back to him. Lula wants to be a supermodel and Connie just wants to do her job even if it means shooting off a bullet or two.

Diesel is on page more often, in this new novel of Stephanie Plum and her exploits, than either Morelli or Ranger. Although they do make appearances, they are more like walk-on parts. Action rips from one page to the next. As usual with Stephanie, cars seem to disintegrate around her. And kidnapping a horse is no easy task but Stephanie takes it in stride.

Lula looms large, keeping her ain't-I-just-the-cat's-meow attitude. She would be a sight to see in her two sizes too small gold thong and gold bustier. Connie becomes a little more active than previously, and is given a tad more personality. Grandma Mazur is the hit of the show. Would that I could attain her sense of anything goes - I think I'm the right age for it.

Poor Stephanie always starts out with a purpose in mind, but things soon get out of hand and she races around trying to put out fires. Plum Lucky is another fun book in the Plum series. Thank you, Janet Evanovich, for injecting sunshine in a cloudy day.

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