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Plum Spooky

A book by Janet Evanovich.

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Plum Spooky - Beware the Pine Barrens in Jersey

  • Jul 1, 2010
Rating:
+1
Pros: I like Diesel, some funny stuff

Cons: "What?" plot; I would have liked to see more of Wulf

The Bottom Line: This is one of those between-the-numbers novels, and for this one in particular, you can either take it or leave it.

If you aren't familiar with Stephanie Plum, you'd better go back and read the first book.  Or, if you don't want to do the entire series, you ought to at least go back and read the first between-the-numbers book so you at least know who Diesel is and get a better grasp of what his deal is.

In this book, you get to follow Stephanie around as she kind of follows Diesel around.  Diesel, meanwhile, is trying to follow a man named Wulf.  Wulf is working with Martin, one of Stephanie's skips, so it all works out.  Sort of.  Wulf and Martin are doing something weird in the woods.  Wulf is super dangerous, and the woods-the Jersey Pine Barrens-also happens to be where the Jersey Devil lives.  But he's not real...er, right?

Actually, the Jersey Devil doesn't really do anything aside from an extraordinarily brief cameo appearance so don't read too much into that.  There's actually not a whole lot of plot.  A lot of trying to follow Wulf, not get killed, follow Martin, and get lost in the woods a few times in the process.  Diesel does his pop-in, pop-out thing, and in the end you'll close the book wondering what the heck Wulf's nefarious plan was anyhow.  Martin mentions it, but honestly, it sounded kind of stupid.  One of those, "Really?  Is that really what's going on?  Er, that's pretty lame."  And considering the way Wulf is described, it didn't really make much sense to me.

Overall, the book is amusing in typical Stephanie Plum fashion, though some people don't like the between-the-numbers books.  These deviate from the typical ridiculousness of the regular books and take things up just one more notch with elements of the fantastic.  Diesel and Wulf are "Unmentionables."  In short, they have weird powers normal humans don't have.  Personally, I don't mind the urban fantasy element because, let's face it, the regular books aren't exactly all that plausible as it is.  Besides, I like Diesel.  I really would have liked to see more of Wulf-including seeing him in action against Diesel.  Maybe that will happen in a future book.

So would I recommend it?  Eh.  Barely.  It scrapes by with three stars.  You don't need it as a stepping stone to get from one book to the next, so if you were inclined to skip it entirely, you'd be fine doing so.  But hey, it was funny watching Stephanie kick Martin in the gonads more than once, and oh, I forgot to mention the monkeys (that's right, more than one).  Carl the monkey makes a return appearance, and he's actually much more amusing this time around.

NT


Other Stephanie Plum Books
One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Three to Get Deadly
Four to Score
High Five
Hot Six
Seven Up
Hard Eight
Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum Holiday Novel
To the Nines
Ten Big Ones
Eleven on Top
Twelve Sharp
Plum Lovin': A Between-the-Numbers Novel
Lean Mean Thirteen
Plum Lucky: A Between-the-Numbers Novel
Fearless Fourteen
Finger Lickin' Fifteen

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Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
A "between the numbers" Plum story, short and cute.
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
Book was ok. This was not like her other books it's more fantasy.
review by . November 03, 2009
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's latest bond jumper is Munch, a quantum physics genius who looks like a kid. Munch has been seen hanging out with a tall man who strongly resembles a vampire and disappears in a cloud of smoke. Mysterious super-bounty hunter Diesel shows up at Stephanie's apartment, telling her he's tracking his cousin Wulf Grimoire, the very man who has befriended Munch. Wulf doesn't mind twisting people's necks and leaving his hand print branded on their skin, and his pairing with …
review by . November 03, 2009
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's latest bond jumper is Munch, a quantum physics genius who looks like a kid. Munch has been seen hanging out with a tall man who strongly resembles a vampire and disappears in a cloud of smoke. Mysterious super-bounty hunter Diesel shows up at Stephanie's apartment, telling her he's tracking his cousin Wulf Grimoire, the very man who has befriended Munch. Wulf doesn't mind twisting people's necks and leaving his hand print branded on their skin, and his pairing with …
review by . March 19, 2009
This is my favorite between the numbers book yet. And it feels more  substantial than the other betweens. The paranormal elements are also  less prominent, which I think works better in the Plum universe  (although I'd love to see Janet Evanovich try her hand at a true  urban fantasy series). There is also a bit of a story development  with Lula that will definitely have an impact on future books. All in  all, another fun Plum book. Can't wait for fifteen.
review by . February 01, 2009
*refers to audio version    The Plum series is one of my absolute favorite series. I think I got in on it around when #8 came out and let me say that it did not take me long to catch up and then have to sit drumming my figures and waiting impatiently for the next installment. The "between-the-numbers" books are a wonderfully fun added bonus while waiting for the next number in the series. And of course, we get to ride along with Diesel in the "between-the-numbers" books which …
review by . January 28, 2009
Sigh. What to say? I definitely laughed out loud during the reading of this book...however, I was definitely looking forward to finishing it, and it was not one of those novels that I absolutely could not wait to pick up and begin reading again. Those standard characters we've grown to know and love are there...plus a few new ones. Lula is her usual large, spandex-laden self. Carl the monkey reappears--yet again--after Susan Stitch drops him off with Stephanie while she heads for her honeymoon. …
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Plum Spooky (2009) is a novel by Janet Evanovich starring the fictional character Stephanie Plum. One of four holiday novellas in the series.
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ISBN-10: 0312383320
ISBN-13: 978-0312383329
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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