The Grand Finale

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a revised, repackaged novel sure to please her many fans. She writes "high speed comic mayhem" (Detroit Free Press); she's "a blast of fresh air" (Washington Post); "side-splitting funny" (Publishers Weekly) and "a winner" (Glamour). In other words, she's Janet Evanovich.

Berry Knudson had a talent for disaster, but when she climbed a tree to rescue a kitten, she wasn't prepared for the scrumptious hunk undressing in a nearby ...

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Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a revised, repackaged novel sure to please her many fans. She writes "high speed comic mayhem" (Detroit Free Press); she's "a blast of fresh air" (Washington Post); "side-splitting funny" (Publishers Weekly) and "a winner" (Glamour). In other words, she's Janet Evanovich.

Berry Knudson had a talent for disaster, but when she climbed a tree to rescue a kitten, she wasn't prepared for the scrumptious hunk undressing in a nearby window, or her dive downward that smashed Jake Sawyer's pizza and won his heart! But was there room in her chaotic schedule for a risk-taking inventor with dreams? She took classes, delivered pizzas, and cared for three eccentric old ladies she rescued from the train station. But Jake thrived on a challenge, and he could be very inventive. Could he teach her there was time to make butterscotch pudding and let herself be loved?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060736989
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 5 CDs, 5 hrs.
  • Pages: 5
  • Sales rank: 464,494
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Book

    I really enjoyed this book. In fact I couldn't put it down. It was funny, charming, romantic. I loved the 3 elderly ladies, they were so real and so funny. It was a little dramatic and I wish the book hadn't ended when it did, seemed like it could have went on a bit more but overall a really good book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    A Delightful yet Quick Read

    I became a huge fan of Janet Evanovich when I started reading the Stephanie Plum series, therefore, I decided to pick up one of her "older" novels. Yet again, Evanovich hits the mark with her novels. Although this book was a very quick read, it was cute, and fun.

    When climbing a tree to rescue a kitten, Berry doesn't realize what she is getting herself into when she sees a man in the window. From here on in, it is love at first sight, marriage in the horizon, and three old ladies. The book goes fast, and the ending really does end a bit quickly, but it is worth the read! Good book - great author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Funny!

    I thought this was an adorable quick read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    Angela

    Great read but the ending came up short!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2010

    This is funny! Another must read

    This is a great blend of funny and sweet. It has Evanovich's usual slapstick humor attached to it, with a sweet romance. I like that even the old people get some romance. It has a cute beginning....hey falling out of a tree is a way...I threw up on my husband...and he still asked me out, then marrying me. It can happen....

    The characters are believable, although strange and the plot is sweet. Well worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    Quick Read

    Fast and fun reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Evanovich never fails

    Having read just about everything she's ever written, Evanovich never fails to delight. I find myself laughing out loud frequently. Never try to read yourself to sleep with an Evanovich book. Even knowing what is probably coming next it isn't about the destination. It's the joy of the journey. Thank you for re issuing these wonderful gems!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Cute, typical Evanowich humor! Good read.

    Janet Evanovich can not write quick enough for our thrists! So I decided to pick up some of these old pre-Plum titles. Cute, but kinda predictable.
    Good rainy day, relaxing read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    GRAND FINALE--- REALLY GOOD LITE READING

    GOOD BOOK TO READ DURING THE SUMMER TIME OR ON A SUMMER VACATION.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Grand Fanale

    Laugh out loud funny, as all of her books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I love the author's writings

    I was not disappointed in this audiobook....I had read the book also...with audiobooks you get a different feeling....I always wait for Janet to bring out new books...I think I have read every book she has printed..the number series...this series and her other series...I would reccommend this author to everyone who likes to laugh and enjoys simple mysteries. I am not into deep whodoneits but enjoy Janet's books...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    GREAT BOOK!!

    Interesting book (as are ALL of Janet Evanovich's books). They are always "No put downers." Funny, interesting, easy to follow. Love her books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    FUN

    I liked this book a lot it was a different plot that surprised me if you haven't read it then do so because it's lots of fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Fun

    The Grand Finale is a fun romantic comedy that I recommend to anyone who loves a good romance novel, but with a great twist of humor to go with it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Wonderful!!

    Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite author's. I love her wit, imagination, and romance. This book was no disappointment. As usual, she outdid herself again. This was a wonderful read as I enjoy a good laugh with romance thrown in. I recommend this book to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    She's done it

    I really had a good time reading this book. I have come to expect funny and unique. This had it all. I may read other authors, but always am on the lookout for something I haven't read from Evanovich.

    Can't go wrong with her books. Entertaining. I have gotten several other people started on her works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    okay book

    I was a little disappointed in the Grand Finale. I love all of Janet Evanovich's books, and this waas the last one I needed to read to finish her loveswept series. All her books are a bit unrealistic, but this one was ridiculous. It's a good read for when you've finished all teh other books on your list.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good for Janet

    Ms. Evanovich offers us what she has refined to a fine edge with each successive book. I love to read the vintage romances and always laugh at her way of presenting humor. Great, fast read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    The Grand Finale is another great

    I love Janet Evanovich her books are so sweet and refreshing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    Syrupy, sappy voice

    I am an avid Evanovich reader, and have never been unhappy with any of her books. I especially love her Stephanie Plum series (granny is a hoot!). Unfortunately I purchased The Grand Finale in disc version. A mistake. I couldn't get past the first chapter because of the sickeningly sweet syrupy voice of the reader, sounding something akin to a whining thinking-I-have-a-sexy-voice-but-don't-know-I-sound-stupid femme fatale wannabe. This is not against Janet. The book may actually be good, but I think I will wait until I can get it in the library since already spending money on the disc version, now in the trash. Sorry Janet!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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