Back to the Bedroom

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She was the mysterious woman in the long black cloak. He was the sexy guy next door. They shared a common wall between their Capitol Hill townhouses and not much else — until disaster scored a direct hit on the mystery woman's bedroom and the sexy guy's heart. He baked her a cake, she learned to throw a football, there were some misunderstandings in the living room, some mishaps in the yard, and some romantic moments everywhere....

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Overview

She was the mysterious woman in the long black cloak. He was the sexy guy next door. They shared a common wall between their Capitol Hill townhouses and not much else — until disaster scored a direct hit on the mystery woman's bedroom and the sexy guy's heart. He baked her a cake, she learned to throw a football, there were some misunderstandings in the living room, some mishaps in the yard, and some romantic moments everywhere....

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
“Funny, naughty...a romp.”
New York Times
“A spunky heroine....cheery.”
Library Journal
Evanovich began her career as a romance author, and now that she is a popular mystery writer, her earlier books are being rereleased. Though Evanovich has matured as a writer, Back to the Bedroom is still a fun, light romance, with many standard elements and a few twists. Katherine and David are neighbors. They meet one day when something is dropped through the roof of her townhouse and he comes over to help. A romance follows quickly, even though they seem to be opposites: she is a hard-working cellist and he appears to be loafing around, living off his lottery proceeds. Meanwhile, Katherine rents a room to a crusty old woman with a shotgun who is the prototype for Grandma Mazur in the Stephanie Plum mysteries. C.J. Critt is the perfect reader for Evanovich's books, and she does well with this one, too. Expect demand.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060887889
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/29/2005
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

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Back to the Bedroom


By Janet Evanovich

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Janet Evanovich
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060598859

Chapter One

There were seven row houses on the 400 block of A Street NE. Six of them were Federal style: narrow three-story redbrick buildings with long, arched windows and flat roofs. Each had a small false front peak imprinted with the date of construction -- 1881, 1884, or 1888. As was the custom at that time, basements were accessible from the front, five steps down. The first floor was five steps up. Front doors were sunk into arched alcoves, and the doors were thick oak, capped by decorative leaded windows. Yards were small, minuscule actually, but packed with flowers, herbs, ivies, and stunted dogwood trees.

The residents of A Street NE used every available inch in their tiny yards just as they filled every available second in their busy lives. It was a carefully restored Capitol Hill neighborhood with inflated Washington property values. And it was inhabited by ambitious professionals. The street wasn't so wide or so heavily traveled that it couldn't be crossed to say hello. Old-fashioned globed streetlights studded the narrow margin between curb and redbrick sidewalk, casting circles of light on shiny BMWs, Jaguar sedans, Mini Coopers, and Saab 900s.

In the middle of the block, flanked on either side by its tall, dark, dignified Federal neighbors, sat a fat two-story Victorian town house. Its brick had been painted pale, pale gray, the elaborate ribbon-and-bow stucco trim was gleaming white, and its gray tile mansard roof was steeply slanted. The house was dominated by a rounded half-turret facade with a conical gray tile roof tipped in silver and topped with a flying horse weather vane.

It was an outrageous house, a birthday cake in a showcase filled with bran muffins. And it was inhabited by David Peter Dodd, who at first glance was neither birthday cake, nor bran muffin, nor A Street material by any stretch of the imagination. With his brown hair, brown eyes, medium build, and average height, he wasn't a man you would immediately notice, and he preferred it that way.

He was thirty-one but looked younger, and he was sitting on the front stoop of his house reading an X-Men comic book when a large object fell from the sky and crashed through the roof of his next-door neighbor's house.

Katherine Finn, called Kate to her face and the Formidable Finn behind her back, was in her kitchen when she heard the crash. It sounded more like an explosion than an intrusion. The overhead Casablanca fan jiggled from the vibration, windows rattled, and a bedraggled hanging Boston fern broke from its moorings and smashed onto the kitchen floor. The half-empty quart of milk Kate was holding slid from her fingers. She felt her heart jump to her throat, muttered an expletive, and ran to the front door, pausing in midstride when the house settled down to eerie silence.

Kate stood absolutely still for a moment, listening, but she was unable to hear anything over the pounding of her heart. When her pulse rate slowed back to a normal beat, allowing her some semblance of rational thought, she concluded if anything were liable to explode it would have to be in the cellar. There were things down there that made odd rumbling noises when they were working. There were pilot lights and emergency off-on switches and an intimidating tangle of pipes and wires.

She took a deep breath, opened the cellar door, and sniffed. No smoke. She switched on the light and crept down the stairs. No fire. No evidence of explosion. She shook her head in confusion, turned to go back upstairs, and let out a shriek when she bumped into David Dodd.

Dodd looked at her over his wire-framed glasses and reached out to steady her. "Are you okay?"

She clapped her hand to her heart and gasped for breath. "You scared me!"

"I heard the noise, and I came to see if you were all right. The door was open. . . ." He made a vague gesture in that direction and removed his glasses.

They'd been neighbors for three months, but he'd never been in her house. In fact, he'd never spoken more than three words to her at any one time. That hadn't stopped him from forming an opinion.

He'd observed that she was a woman who moved fast and kept erratic hours. She didn't dally between her car and her front door, barely taking time to wave and mumble "hello" while she fumbled for keys. She usually rushed by him in a stern black coat that hung almost to her ankles, with a huge leather purse slung over her shoulder, a grocery bag balanced on her hip, plastic-draped clothes from the cleaners caught in the crook of a finger, and more often than not, she was dragging a large, odd-shaped metal case that was equipped with casters and stamped with a bunch of travel stickers.

Because he didn't know her name, Dodd thought of her as the Mystery Woman. He was fascinated by the amount of raw energy she exuded between curb and doorstep. Her impersonal, hurried hellos annoyed the hell out of him. And he hated the damn black coat.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

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    The Kind of Book that Puts a Smile on Your Face

    Janet compares romance novels to birthday cake, and hers are just that - something simple and sweet that just makes you feel good. Back to the Bedroom is my favorite so far. You can see Janet's humor working up to be what her Stephanie Plum's books are: the accidents, the silliness, and even her first draft of Grandma Mazur are there. Read it - there's no way you won't like it. And I don't even like romance novels - just decided to give hers a try since she can't seem to write her Plum books fast enough!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Woderul

    Lives up to her reputation light fun and easy read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    A cute series

    I have found the books Evanovich wrote "before the numbers", to be funny, cute reads. I haven't read one of them I did not enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Not Her Best Work

    This was more like a short story, as the characters were not really fleshed out. Plot was over the top madcap. At least it only took a couple of hours to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Very cute. Short, but funny.

    So glad she left out rhe explicit stuff! Thank you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    fun

    A simple, light romance. A quick read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Great story!

    Fantastic reading, but then Janet Evanovich wrote it! what can you expect!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    anything written by Janet Evanovich is a must read!!

    Another great book. All of her books I read where not disappointing. Just finished Notorious Nineteen, I think it was the best one yet. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Excellenbook!t

    This was a great book! Wish it would have been longer! Can't wait to start a new Janet book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Awesome

    Keep me in suspense, making it hard to put the book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2011

    Light read

    A fast read, it was a cute story with likable characters, esp. Elsie and had delightful humor throughout. I would recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2010

    Funny, typical Janet Evanovich, quirky characters

    This was a funny book, with believable characters, ridiculous plot, but fun. There is her predecessor to Grandma Mazur and parts of this book made me laugh out loud (not good when you're sitting in a hospital waiting room). The characters are not as well defined as her later novels, but her sense of humor and writing style are certainly there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    LOVE THIS AUTHOR!

    NOT UP TO JANET'S BEST WORK BUT A QUICK READ.

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    The characters may not be perfect but are perfect for each other

    The characters may not be perfect but are perfect for each other. I looked forward to it every day.  Even had some laugh-out-loud chuckles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Too short

    Always great characters 124 pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Justice

    *wonders himself in looking around with a sigh his eyes dull and droupy

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    This book is laugh out loud funny. If you are looking for humor

    This book is laugh out loud funny. If you are looking for humor this is it.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    Excellent paperback. Unfortunately I bought the nook book here a

    Excellent paperback. Unfortunately I bought the nook book here and I only got 124 pages. Where does it say it is a preview book? Ripped off only got half of the story. Good thing a friend borrowed me the book. This happen to anyone else? I will email b&n. great book though a typical janet evanovich book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Engaging short story

    Not long enough for much plot or character development, but it is a fun read.

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