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Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, No. 7) (Stephanie Plum Novels) Mass Market Paperback – June 17, 2002
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The smash-hit #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich takes you on the ride of your life in the next Stephanie Plum adventure, Seven Up!
Semiretired mob guy Eddie DeCooch is caught trafficking contraband cigarettes through Trenton, New Jersey. When DeCooch fails to show for a court appearance, bond enforcement agent Stephanie Plum is assigned the task of finding him and dragging his decrepit ass back to jail. Not such an easy job, it turns out, since DeCooch has learned a lot of tricks over the years and isn't afraid to use his gun. He's already shot Loretta Ricci, an innocent old lady, and left her for worm food in his shed. He wouldn't mind shooting Stephanie next.
Likeable losers (and Steph's former high school classmates) Walter "MoonMan" Dunphy and Dougie "The Dealer" Kruper have inadvertently become involved with DeCooch. They've gotten sucked into an operation that is much more than simple cigarette smuggling and holds risks far greater than anyone could have imagined.
When Dougie disappears, Steph goes into search mode. When Mooner disappears, she calls in the heavy artillery and asks master bounty hunter Ranger for help. Ranger's price for the job? One night with Stephanie, dusk to dawn. Not information she wants to share with her sometime live-in roommate, vice cop Joe Morelli,
A typical dilemma in the world of Plum.
And on the homefront, Stephanie's "perfect" sister, Valerie, has decided to move back to Trenton, bringing her two kids from hell with her. Grandma Mazur is asking questions about being a lesbian, and Bob, the bulimic dog, is eating everything in sight--including the furniture.
Mud wrestling, motorcycles, fast cars, fast food, and fast men. It's Janet Evanovich's Seven Up.
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“A madcap comic mystery--Jersey-girl style.” ―the New York Times
“A clever cast of good-hearted hoods and nutty family members rival The Sopranos.” ―People
“If you like your summer reads hot and sassy, try Seven Up.” ―Boston Herald
“Evanovich is the crown princess of detective fiction . . . Seven Up is brassy, comical, and light-hearted.” ―Bookpage
“[Seven Up] is funny, sexy, and scary.” ―Booklist
“Edgy romantic triangle, the loopy family relationships, or the bounty-hunting jobs that skate between absurdity and genuine tension.” ―Denver Post
“Expect a laugh per page . . . Bottom line: Plum Pick.” ―People
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- ASIN : 0312980140
- Publisher : St. Martin's Publishers; First Edition (June 17, 2002)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780312980146
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312980146
- Item Weight : 5.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.6 x 1.55 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,300 in Humorous Fiction
- #4,889 in Women Sleuths (Books)
- #8,961 in Romantic Comedy (Books)
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 1, 2023
This series reminds me of watching your favorite TV sitcom. When you turn on the TV, you know exactly what to expect...the same central core of characters in familiar surroundings. However, you know that no matter how many times you have seen these people sitting in their living room, somehow each week something will happen or a dialogue will ensue that will have you roaring with laughter. I feel the same way whenever I pick up a Stephanie Plum book.
For years, whenever someone would suggest I read this series, I always said that I didn't like funny mysteries. Finally succumbing to the pressure, I picked up the first book in the series. After reading it, I realized that the only way you can truly enjoy these books is if you give up the notion that they are mysteries. I find that the mystery is nothing but a backdrop for the antics of Stephanie Plum and the assorted off-center characters that are recurring characters and those that wander in and out of her life.
I thought that "Seven Up" was a fine addition to this very funny series. Just sitting here thinking about Bob the Dog brings a smile to my face. I also thought the introduction of Stephanie's sister and the exploration of her sexual identity was brilliantly funny. This is a classic example of the subtle humor that Evanovich weaves into her stories. I find this to be the perfect foil to the more slapstick and far from subtle humor that I associate with Grandma Mazur. There are those who say that Grandma Mazur is getting boring and predictable. Did we say the same thing about the Estelle Getty character in the "The Golden Girls," who to me is a Grandma Mazur clone?"
In the earlier books, another example of brilliant comedic writing is the description of the Buick belching its way down the street. At one time this vintage car, the size of a small tank, was my favorite character.
I don't know about you, but whenever I think of certain scenes in this book, I still find myself chuckling.
In closing, I can only say that if you liked any of the books in this series, you will not be disappointed in "Seven Up."
I think the cooling off of the romance betweeen Stephanie and Joe
had a lot to do with the mood that Stephanie is in this volume also. She doesn't seem as happy, her mood is darker. But hey, life is not always a bed of roses, so maybe in the next book, something will happen to make Steph happy and gung ho again! I don't think that I like her being torn between Joe and Ranger either, being in a situation like that is enough to drag any of us down, I suppose. But that's just me. It is a stressful situation for a woman to be in love with two men, and so torn between them, and it makes me uneasy to even read about it! Anyway, I am glad that I read the book, and in a way it makes Stephanie more human, more real, because, as we all know, life has a way of throwing some curves at all of us occasionally, some gloom for everyone at times. One other thing that bothered me a bit was the fact that in volume 7, Mrs. Plum, Steph's mother, had decided to get out of the kitchen for a little while and take some classes to try for a nursing career, and then, it was not even mentioned again in this last one. I wish it had been explained in some way, not just dropped with no explanation. I don't care if she goes back to school or not, but I would have liked for it to be worked into the story and some reason given as to why she did not go through with it. I must admit that I did not laugh as much while reading this one but my advice is to read it anyway so you will know what Stephanie is having to deal with and work through in the next volume! I'm still looking forward to number 9!
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I'm now up to 'Seven Up' and a devoted 'Stephanie Plumb' fan.
Humour and crime stories may not be everyones cup of tea, but if these categories appeal to you [ and I asume they do, otherwise you would probably not be looking at this review in the first place ] and if you haven't already done so, all I can say is give Spephanie Plumb a go. But if you do, read them in sequence because the characters do evolve from book to book.
If you are new to the Evanovich Stephanie Plum series start at One for the Money and then go on to Two for the dough. Seven up is funny, but not as good as the earlier books.
There are some laugh out loud moments, but the story isn't the strongest and it does feel as if Evanovich was working to a deadline so it isn't as polished as some of her other works.
Still worth buying, I wouldn't pay for a hardback copy.