From Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Evanovich's breezy third holiday novella (after Plum Lovin'
), Stephanie Plum's kooky Grandma Mazur finds a duffle full of money on the street and hightails it to Atlantic City. When Stephanie learns that the money was stolen from Delvina, a notorious Trenton mobster, she and her friend Lula head off in pursuit. In Atlantic City, the Jersey bounty hunter discovers she's not the only one after Grandma after meeting Snuggy, an ex-jockey who originally stole the money and is convinced he's a leprechaun. With her on-again off-again boyfriend Morelli tied up with a murder case and the sexy Ranger otherwise occupied, Stephanie turns to the mysterious Diesel for help. As she tries to keep Grandma safe and fend off the advances of Diesel amid the slot machines and craps tables, Stephanie realizes she may be in over her head. With her trademark wit, cast of eccentric side characters and hilariously absurd plot twists, Evanovich treats her fans to a delightful miniadventure sure to whet their appetites for the next full-length Plum escapade. (Jan.)
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Evanovich has been producing these short and sweet bonbons in the Stephanie Plum Trenton universe around holidays: Christmas (Visions of Sugar Plums, 2002), Valentine’s Day (Plum Lovin’, 2007), this one’s for St. Patrick’s. The theme is green, as in a guy who thinks he is a leprechaun, talks to horses, and steals a bagful of cash that Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur lifts and takes to Atlantic City. Also present in these interludes between Evanovich’s numbered Plum series is the enigmatice Diesel, who has powers beyond those of mortal men (even Stephanie’s two beaux, Morelli and Ranger). The usual cast finds itself in Atlantic City, trying to hold on to the leprechaun, win back the money, and rescue the horse, until a very ugly mobster, whose money was pinched by the leprechaun, kidnaps Grandma Mazur. Diesel may be an angel, but he thinks Stephanie’s hot, and Stephanie may be a skip tracer, but she also worries about her grandma. Oh, and for awhile, the horse really is in her kitchen. Silly, hilarious, delightful. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido