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Plum Spooky (A Between the Numbers Novel Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Janet Evanovich
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The First Full Length Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel from #1 Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich.

Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey.
According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys.
Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He’s chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he’s chosen the Barrens as his new playground.
Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He’s now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasn’t made it out of the boys’ department at Macy’s. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasn’t met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree.
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel.
Diesel pops in and out of Plum’s life like birthday cake – delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He’s an über bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He’s after Grimoire, and now he’s also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn’t mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs.
Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Klutzy bounty hunter Stephanie Plum teams up with mysterious Diesel and the monkey left on her doorstep to track down a nerdy genius and his sinister business partner in the depths of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Lorelei King does her usual superlative job for the Evanovich oeuvre, adding juice and dimension to each wacky character. She deftly handles everyone, from bail bond receptionist Connie's classic New Jersey accent and outrageous sidekick Lula's brash outbursts to Ranger's smooth purr (it's amazing how he, as voiced by King, can make the word babe mean so many different things). The structures of Plum novels tend to be similar; it's the laughs that keep readers coming back. King enhances the humor of this series, so much so that Evanovich fans should consider putting down that book and plugging in the CD player instead. A St. Martin's Press hardcover (reviewed online). (Jan.)
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From Booklist

Those who know and love Stephanie, Ranger, Morelli, Lula, Bob the dog, Rex the hamster, and the rest of that wacky crew in Evanovich’s Trenton-set series, have also clasped Diesel, who appears only in these “between-the-numbers” tales, to their collective hearts. Big, blond, dimpled, and paranormal, he flits into Steph’s bail-bondswoman life with unnerving irregularity, and he has special powers that extend well beyond bounty hunting. This time Diesel has a cousin named Wulf, pale, black-clad, and dead-eyed, who has hidden a nerdy scientist and a lot of equipment in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The repartee sparkles and shimmies from razor wit to toilet humor (and back again), and the plot involves mud, food tossing, explosive farts, occasional kissing, and hilarious (and true-to-life, alas) allergic reactions (that would be from Lula). A group of monkeys, and one in particular named Carl, figure mightily in the plot, in one instance actually making the stoic, understated Ranger burst into laughter. Don’t miss Morelli’s brother-in-law, the sly Star Trek and vampire tropes, and the Jersey Devil. Incredible amounts of fun. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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298 of 335 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More silly nonsense.... January 8, 2009
With a sticker price of almost $29 and even with a discount price of almost $16, Plum Spooky is another waste of money. At 309 pages, it is the first full length, between the numbers, book featuring Diesel and the world of Plum.

The Plum series used to be fun books. Wonderful to read. Deserved to be read many times. They were purchased. They were keepers. I loved them. This series of books had many dog-eared pages from being lovingly read many times.

To me, Plum used to represent a book filled with wonderful characters, heart pounding fear, laugh out loud till I cried moments, fantastic one-liners from Stephanie, Lula, Ranger, Grandma Mazure, Vinnie, Connie, and Morelli. Words like edgy, sexy, funny, witty, sharp, thrilling, and emotional filled my mind as I read.

This book is another episode of the three stooges, running amok in the world of Plum.

Well, on with my difficult-to-write review. Synopsis: It is a sad, sad day when an author who gave us the Plum series has to issue a book filled with monkeys and characters that revel in gross bodily functions.

This book takes place in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. It should be very scary. It's not. The characters that live in the Pine Barrens should be scary. They are not. E. Bunny (retired Easter Bunny), Sasquatch (retired something) and, good grief, there is Elmer The Fire Farter! They are not scary. They are ridiculous. The villain is Gerwulf Grimoire. He is supposed to be scary. He's not.

There is a lot of Lula and Tank in this book. But who are They???? Tank lives in a cute little old lady bungalow, has three cats, carries their pictures in his wallet and Tank sweats a lot. Lula sneezes and farts throughout the book.
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Desperately Seeking Stephanie January 8, 2009
I admit it. I am a Ranger fan. I look forward to each book hoping to learn more about him. Some books have more Ranger in them than others, but I'm an addict and I'll take what I can get. When it comes to literary heroes, I've never been as smitten as I am with Ranger. He trumps even Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy.

But no matter how much I love Ranger, I am first and foremost a Stephanie fan. She came onto the scene, armed with mascara and attitude, and I couldn't help but root for her. I wanted Stephanie to succeed, to get everything she ever dared dream, and I wanted to be there to see it when she did. Ranger may be my romantic fantasy, but Stephanie Plum is my hero.

Plum Spooky did not sit well with me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it, either. In a week's time, I doubt I'll remember anything about it. (I can't remember much about it now.) It wasn't romantic or funny or witty. I didn't walk away feeling empowered or uplifted, like I used to do after a Plum book. In fact, I didn't walk away feeling anything at all...except maybe a little sad.

Some people are angry about the money, $30 for a book they felt wasn't worth it. Others are angry about the content, Diesel and fart jokes and monkeys. Those are both valid and reasonable complaints regarding this book. But what I was most disappointed with was Stephanie. This is her story. These books revolve around her. They don't work without her.

So where was she?

I know there are a lot of people who either think Stephanie should get married already and pop out a few kids, or on the flip side, train to be an assassin. I don't care for either of those scenarios. Neither mesh with the spirited bounty hunter we've grown to love, and you know what? I like Stephanie.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LOL PLUM FUNNY but Enough Carl...Please January 14, 2009
By Chrissy
I am a HUGE Janet fan. But by chapter 8 I was about ready to take out Carl the Monkey myself. Enough with the monkey giving everyone the bird! I did not find it funny when he keeps doing it over and over and over.
Carl a side... I love the Plum books.
I do not look at the Between the Numbers books as "real". I think of them as Stephanie's dreams. They are not realistic for a reason. There is a "magical" tone in them. Diesel just popping in out of no where and magic.
These are NOT like the number books.
Not that the number books are realistic either but they are not like the in betweens. I hope this makes sense. I think some people think they are the same when I read their reviews.
Take the in betweens for what they are. Entertainment while we wait for the next number book to be released. As fun as ever! ENJOY!
Something that has me upset is the book should be a small version book like the other betweens and not a full size edition. It looks like the font and spacing are to big for the book. I feel like they just wanted to get more money out of the readers. They are really pushing it by saying this is a full sized book. It was not worth $16 for the amount of reading material.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan for this one!!! January 9, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read all of Janet's book.....BUT I can't get through this one. Today I closed it half way through and thought ENOUGH. The story line is weak,if there is one. The characters are goofy, but not funny. It was just a big bore, Sorry Janet..this just isn't you...ghost writer maybe? Save your money fans!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love mysteries that give you moments to laugh out loud, this is...
Stephanie Plum is a walking disaster like always.She gets into the most improbable and hilarious situations. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Louise E. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun easy reading
Different spin,but fun to read. Still not crazy about the magic part but still entertaining. Still think Diesel should go.
Published 4 days ago by Phyllis Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all Janet's books are terrific. I love the new character with the special powers
Published 9 days ago by sharon bowker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it..... There should be more about the guy and Stephannie.
Published 11 days ago by Angela Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent as all of her books....I can hardly wait for janet evanovich's books to come out....
Published 15 days ago by mn smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I read her books over and over I laugh until ...
I read her books over and over I laugh until I cry! My family makes me read them out loud on trips.
Published 16 days ago by Deanna D. Page
1.0 out of 5 stars Plum Stupid!!
Plum Stupid!!! Sorry I paid $3 for this book. Stop reading after 100 pages as it was still just stupid.....
Published 16 days ago by Haircurler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the stephanie plum novels!!! They are always funny and a mystery too!
Published 22 days ago by Virginia
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 25 days ago by Pat Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Janet Evanovich has done it again. Stephanie Plum mysteries are always fun to read. The characters keep things fast and funny. A great read.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Singleton
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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Good grief! Lorelei King again!!!
Sorry, guys. I too loved CJ's readings, down to earth, got the right emotional tone, the grittiness. LK is too smooth in her Stephanie voice (Stephanie sounds a step or so up the economic ladder), but Lorelei's other voices are a bit more distinctive and she puts more "acting" into... Read More
Oct 21, 2008 by PennyBright |  See all 22 posts
Laugh out loud authors, any suggestions?

I no longer read Victoria Laurie after the really poor way she treated a reviewer / reader here on Amazon about this time last year. But I am a fan of Evanovich and have an idea what you're looking for, so here are a few suggestions:

Toni McGee Causey
* Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very,... Read More
Feb 22, 2009 by Literary Lady |  See all 11 posts
Why does she bother with the between-the-numbers theme? Blah!
for Some of Us we love the Between the numbers .. it helps when your waiting on the next one to come and I love Stephanie being in total Termoil with Diesel ... when she can't make up her mind between Morelli and Ranger.. theres always Diesel ... I love Everything Janet writes ... From the Full... Read More
Jan 5, 2009 by Ardie Steinbronn |  See all 7 posts
Do I need to read these between the number books to keep up?
Bobcat, the Between-the-Numbers books are fun but absolutely not essential. They focus on holiday-themed adventures and develop Stephanie's relationship with Diesel, a character who isn't an essential part of the numbered series. I read them out of order and wasn't lost in the slightest bit, but... Read More
Nov 26, 2009 by John DiBello |  See all 2 posts
Try hitting the button saying "I'd like to read this book on my Kindle". It seems to me that they do listen. It takes a village!
Jan 10, 2010 by Sara S. Pearce |  See all 2 posts
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