Yes, girls, it’s summer, and that means another “Janet Evanovich” book to keep you amused while waiting for the plane or watching the kids at the pool.

The good news: LOTS more Ranger in this one.

The bad news? Alas, most of the plot twists have been done before.

When we last left Stephanie, her cousin’s Bail Bond office had been blown up. So how do they keep open? They borrow Mooner’s bus and set up shop on the open lot.

Then problems start.

First, someone is leaving dead bodies on the vacant lot.

Then, Morelli’s Grandmother Bella puts a curse on Stephane: the Vordo.

Never mind, this is a family blog, but just say that it complicates Stephanie’s love life.

Then, to make things worse, her mother starts matchmaking, figuring it’s time for Stephanie to settle down, and invites a neighbor’s son, Dave, to family dinner.

Dave is handsome, polite, and can cook. Oh, he does have a bit of a police record, but this is Jersey, and it was a white collar crime. So what can go wrong?

There’s a lot of confusion, a couple more dead bodies (now with a paper saying: “To Stephanie” attached to them), Bruce the Dancing Bear, and a couple people who are going around saying they want to kill Stephanie.

Needless to say, it’s an easy read and will give you a couple laughs and a few “sighs”.

Not the best in the series, but of course, if you wanted serious reading you’d be reading”War and Peace”. For the rest of us, we prefer Stephanie Plum.

I give it a three out of five stars.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. She blogs at Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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