Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hard Eight & Visions of Sugar Plums [Double Book Review]

#8 in Stephanie Plum series
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Macmillian (first published January 1st 2002)
ASIN: B0017I1IZA Find on Goodreads

Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum has a big problem on her hands: Seven-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn, have disappeared. Evelyn's estranged husband, Steven, a shady owner of a seedy bar, is not at all happy. Finding a kidnapped child is not an assignment for a bounty hunter. But Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's parents, so Stephanie follows the trail left by Annie and Evelyn-and finds a lot more than she bargained for.

My Thoughts:
Hard Eight was a crazy Plum novel, in which Stephanie's parents' neighbor asks Stephanie to look for her granddaughter & great granddaughter, while she is trying to also apprehend Andy Bender, an FTA that is super evasive to all Stephanie's attempts.

Stephanie ends up losing a ton of pairs of handcuffs in this book and gets some not-so-friendly creatures put in her apartment and car.

There are some temporary characters, like Eddie Abruzzi (landlord of the missing woman and an investor of Benito Ramirez) and some characters that stay throughout the next book, like Albert Kloughn (divorce lawyer of missing woman). The female Ranger, Jeanne Ellen, is also working on the missing woman case for the ex-husband and father of the little girl.

Morelli and Ranger are both present in the book, but Ranger pulls ahead a little bit in the race here. :)

Overall, one of my favorite Plum novels to date :)

#8.5 in Stephanie Plum series
Kindle Edition, 155 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Macmillian (first published January 1st 2002)
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It's five days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn't got a tree. She hasn't bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering shoppers. There's not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her apartment.

And there's a strange man in her kitchen.

My Thoughts:
This one was a little odd. After 8 novels, Evanovich tried to incorporate some supernatural into the Stephanie Plum world and for me, it just didn't work.

I loved the crazy Plum family portion though :)

Previous Review:
Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke [here]

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