Published in: 2000
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 6 in the Stephanie Plum series
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos.
Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He’s at the scene, he’s with the victim, and he’s the number-one suspect. Ranger is former special forces turned soldier of fortune. He has a blue-chip stock portfolio and no known address. He moves in mysterious circles. He’s Stephanie’s mentor–the man who taught her everything she knows about fugitive apprehension. And he’s more than her friend.
Now he’s the hunted and Stephanie’s the hunter, and it’s time for her to test her skills against the master. But if she does catch him…what then? Can she bring herself to turn him in?
Plus there are other things keeping Stephanie awake at night. Her maternal grandmother has set up housekeeping in Stephanie’s apartment, a homicidal maniac has selected Stephanie as his next victim, her love life is in the toilet, she’s adopted a dog with an eating disorder, and she can’t button the top snap on her Levi’s.
You may have realised that I’ve become slightly obsessed with this series as of late. Good news is that there is now 20 books in this series, so expect a lot more in the coming weeks. Bad news if you don’t like the series!
So I loved this book. Ranger is the guy Steph has to hunt down, which she refuses to do, so her arch enemy Joyce is given the task- I hate Joyce so much! She’s a cow. The Steph/Ranger connection is getting a bit too hot for my liking, as I am totally team Steph/Morelli.
As always the background characters are what make these books as great as they are. Grandma Mazur is living with poor Stephanie, driving her absolutely mad, and Stephanie now has adopted a dog with an eating problem (his problem is that everything is food to him… not a pretty picture).
Another solid entry into the series, that I devoured in the hours between sneezing and snoozing while dealing with what I have termed “the plague”, as this cold is kinda killing me (not really, but it has been 4 years since I last had one and I seem to have forgotten how awful these things are).
Hot Six rating: 10/10. Loved it!
Would I re-read it? Yup. This series is one I am going to enjoy re-reading time and time again, as it is always entertaining and always funny. It’s rare to find a series that 6 books in still has me giggling.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the cozy mystery genre will be all over this, otherwise chick-lit enthusiasts, or anyone up for a funny light book with a slightly crazy and totally relatable female character who seems to get herself into the weirdest situations.
Author’s website: http://www.evanovich.com/novels/plum-series/hot-six/