Name: Four to Score
Author: Janet Evanovich
Synopsis: (Taken from Evanovich.com)
Working for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine’s friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie’s archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie’s attitude never wavers – even when aided by Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet – and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with vice cop Joe Morelli.
Having Stephanie Plum’s apartment firebombed has never made me more happy. Because of her lack of living space, she is forced to temporarily seek shelter with Joe Morelli (who, at this point in time – is a favorite of mine). Yes!
Unfortunately, living with a tough cop doesn’t give Stephanie the ultimate protection from those who wish to do her in. Countless nasty death threats and death attempts, Stephanie is still shaking in her boots. The task at hand seems easy for Stephanie at first – bring Maxine in. After all, Maxine was ONLY accused of taking off with her boyfriend’s car. What could be so dangerous about that?
I will not tell you what – but something happens in this book that had me creating “La-dee-dah – YAY!” comments on my facebook (only confusing my friends, I am sure). For those who have read Stephanie Plum 1-3.. You’re in for a great surprise! (Can I still give another “Whoop-deeee dooop!!!”?) Ah, well you’ve probably guessed by now. Either way, it’s a must read for all Stephanie Plum fans.
On top of that, arch enemy Joyce is pretty active in this novel with Evanovich doing a great job of making me want to rip every single red strand of hair out of Joyce’s obnoxious head. (Breathe, Allison. She’s fictional).
My gripes are low on this one. I only felt that it wasn’t as scary/thrilling as her others have been. The villains were rather on the tame side this time around. Still – a fabulous, entertaining read. Evanovich definitely does it again.