Published in: 2002
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 7 in the Stephanie Plum series
All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch. For an old man he’s still got a knack for slipping out of sight–and raising hell. How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie’s garden? Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie’s friends suddenly vanished? For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger. The deal? He’ll give Stephanie all the help she needs–if she gives him everything he wants…
As if things weren’t complicated enough, Stephanie’s just discovered her Grandma Mazur’s own unmentionable alliance with Eddie. Add a series of unnerving break-ins, not to mention the bombshell revelation leveled by Stephanie’s estranged sister, and Stephanie’s ready for some good news. Unfortunately, a marriage proposal from Joe Morelli, the love of her life, isn’t quite cutting it. And now–murder, a randy paramour, a wily mobster, death threats, extortion, and a triple kidnapping aside–Stephanie’s really got the urge to run for her life…
Oh, this one was a weird one… which is saying something for this series, as every book is damn strange. Eddie deChooch is by far one of her stranger bond jumpers though, an old man who keeps popping up multiple times, just as dead bodies turn up, and friends go missing. It’s very odd indeed, but damn entertaining. Plus we get to meet Steph’s sister Valerie, who has had her life suddenly go down the drain and she’s trying to adapt, which is entertaining as well.
Something about these books, and about Stephanie, is just so endearing, she tries so hard and fails so bad, but always ends up getting her person in the end, and doing it in a way that just makes you laugh out loud. It’s no wonder why I keep devouring this series instead of trying to read any of the thousands of other books I have accumulated over the past few years.
Seven Up rating: 10/10.
Would I re-read it? Yes, it is a series that is definitely worth a re-read, it is light and fun, easy to read and quick to read, and just damn entertaining.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, fans of cozy mysteries and humorous chick lit reads.
Author’s website: http://www.evanovich.com/novels/plum-series/seven-up/
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