Monday, March 16, 2009

Review - Four to Score and High Five

Title: Four to Score
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publishing Date: 1998
Genre: Mystery
Rating: A
Sensuality: Hot

Four to Score is the fourth book in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series. Stephanie is looking for a local waitress who skipped out on her court appearance after stealing her boyfriends car. It seems like a simple apprehension, yet people start losing body parts and things get ugly. Stephanie has a crazy killer after her and moves in with Joe Morelli after her apartment gets blown up. Life is never dull with Stephanie, Grandma Mazure and ex-hooker Lula on the case.

Yay!!! Stephanie and Joe finally move forward with their relationship. Whoohoo!! I think Four to Score is the best book so far in the series. Stephanie has a new member on her wacky team Sally Sweet, a cross-dressing puzzle solver. He is a laugh a minute. He might just be my favorite character yet. Ranger was fairly quiet in this book. He only had one appearance when he calls in a favor from Stephanie. The mystery was all over the place this time and there were several different threats coming in all different directions. I don't know how realistic this series is... gun-toting grandma's and all, but it sure is entertaining.

Title: High Five
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publishing Date: 1999
Genre: Mystery
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Kisses

High Five is book five in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series. Stephanie has bills to pay, but no one seems to be jumping their bonds. She decides to diversify and goes to work for Ranger. Also, her Uncle Fred is missing and her Aunt and Mother want her to try and find him. Stephanine and Joe are at a standoff. Joe doesn't want to get married and Stephanie knows that what a man can get for free, he won't be paying for.

High Five is more of the same kooky, crazy, never a dull moment shenanigans. I don't know how Stephanie manages to get in the scrapes she does, but it happens all the same. All of these antics are highly entertaining, yet extremely unbelievable. That doesn't really bother me, because this book is a great big escape. And even as unbelievable as the happenings in this book are, the characters are richly drawn. Every last one of them. I was disappointed that Sally Sweet wasn't in this book, but we get to meet Bunchy the bookie and Randy Briggs, a little person. Ranger steps up to the plate and let's Stephanie know he is more than interested in her, but the ball is in her court. When this book ended, I wanted to scream. The mystery was wrapped up, but her personal life was not and it ended in a HUGE cliff-hanger. Thank God, I don't have to wait a year to read Hot Six!

I am loving these books!


Kristie (J) said...

Now you are getting into the even funnier ones. At the latest count, I've six people I work with reading these ones. They are all at various books - one is up to the latest, two are just starting them, one is up to four, one is up to seven, and one is up to ten *g*. All I have to say is Grandma Mazur or Joe or Ranger and all kinds of people chime in with their thoughts *g*.

nath said...

Four To Score was definitively the best LOL :) That's the first I've read when i started the series. I just love Joe... they simply fit.

Jill D. said...

Kristie, That is so cool about your co-workers all reading these books. I do have two other people that I know who have read them. It is always nice to be able to discuss books with someone. Now if I could just get them to try a romance!

Nath, Joe is great. I am wondering what all the fuss about Ranger is. He is hardly in any of the books. In my mind he isn't even a contender.

nath said...

Well, he's going to become a contender, but seriously... he's nothing compared to Joe. Go Joe! Go!