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REVIEW: Smokin Seventeen by Janet Evanovich


Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.

Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.

With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.

The hardcover edition of Smokin’ Seventeen contains two smokin’ hot stickers inside!

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and graphic novels, Wicked Appetite (the first book in the Lizzy and Diesel series), and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.


  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1St Edition edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345527682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345527684
SOURCE:  PUBLISHER / Planned Television Arts


Stephanie is back in perfect form and finds herself surrounded by three guys, Morelli, Ranger and the captain of the football team, Dave.  Dave is pushed upon her through her mother's matchmaking skills.  Stephanie doesn't care for him, but he can cooked, a skill Stephanie is lacking and since she likes to eat, she tolerates him--for awhile.  When Morelli's grandmother curses Stephanie with vordu (don't try to google this:  it takes you to a LOT of Star Wars sites), and she is faced with an overwhelming desire for sex.  Not that Ranger or Morelli are complaining, but Stephanie wants sex to the point that it is having (hilarious) consequences.  I did find parts of the plot a little predictable, but I got exactly what I was expecting:  a lot of fun, action, laughs and some serial killer action as well.  This is one of the better ones in the series.  YAY!


  1. Just finished this today! Was glad to see it was indeed better than the past few 'teens' and not just Lula's latest diet book!

  2. Thanks for the reivew. I have this on my list of 'to-reads'. The last few books have been a little disappointing, but it sounds like this book may be more in tune with her earlier ones and that's a VERY good thing.


  3. This is the first positive review to this book that I've come across. A lot of people are saying that the series need to come to an end. I've only read up to book 10 so I don't really have an opinion about that. I do know that I find this series hilarious. Thanks for the review!

  4. I enjoyed this one as well. I don't mind a little predictability. I'm desperate for progress in Stephanie's life though.


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