Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum Series)

Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum Series)

by Janet Evanovich
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Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 625 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...I was wrong.

I used to love these books. Numbers 9 through 12 were increasingly good. Then Janet Evanovich started writing two books a year... the 'between the numbers' books and the regular numbered books.. and the quality started suffering.

First let me say that I don't like the between the numbers books anyway. The first book one was a Christmas book that came out after book 8 and I thought it was the worst book in the series until 13 and 14 came out, those were worse. The holiday books don't add to the story and the last thing this series needed was MORE filler and ANOTHER leg on the tired triangle. I don't understand the point of them. I guess Evanovich wanted to jump on the paranormal bandwagon but why not start a new series? The paranormal unmentionable element doesn't fit in these books and reading them is confusing.

In this book Stephanie is after a super genius who stole an magnetometer from his boss who later turns out dead. Diesel is a paranormal "unmentionable" with special abilities who is after him. The plot of this book is built around stupid. What happened to the witty dialogue and funny because it's true situations? Now she's relying on slapstick like a bad home videos clip show. Monkeys? Oh Janet.....what is the matter with you?

I am also sick and tired of reading the same thing over and over again. Morelli has the same lines book after book and those lines aren't even interesting. Diesel is using all of Ranger's lines from past books which is irritating because Diesel is no Ranger. Does Evanovich really think her audience is so stupid they'll fall for any guy with a penis? Apparently she does because all Stephanie does now is talk about sex and naked guys and what her doodah is doing. Stephanie is no longer the character I would like to be "when I grow up", she's the loud co-worker two cubicles over you wish would just shut up already. Annoying and whiny. I can't remember what I loved about these books anymore. How could something so good end up being so bad? Where was her editor when this happened?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With a sticker price of almost $29 and even with a discount price of almost $16, Plum Spooky is another waste of money.

I received this book as a gift from a loved one. I do not feel that I need to rehash the plot, storyline or characters in this review as it will be much of a repeat of what you will read in other reviews, both good and bad.

In my opinion, Janet Evanovich no longer writes a book that is filled with wonderful text. Of course, they are fiction. I know all this. It is not a biography. They are sold in the mystery section.

The Plum series used to be fun books. Wonderful to read. Deserved to be read many times. They were purchased. They were keepers. I loved them. This series of books had many dog-eared pages from being lovingly read many times.

This book is another episode of the three stooges, running amok in the world of Plum.

So she took us to the Pine Barrens. I¿m from New Jersey. I know the Pine Barrens. In real life they are really scary. The people that ¿live¿ there are really scary.

Janet could have used the Pine Barrens wisely in this book. She didn¿t. The ¿stranger than life¿ people that actually do live there should be insulted by this portrayal.

The villain in this book, Gerwulf? Pfft. He¿s no Abruzzi, Ramirez or Cone.

Carl the monkey? Thought you had enough of him in Fearless Fourteen? Well, he¿s baaaaack. Not just Carl, but a whole lot of monkeys.

Lula, Tank, Hal¿¿.Holy, cow! What the heck happened to them?

It is a sad, sad day when an author who gave us the Plum series has to issue a book filled with monkeys and characters that revel in gross bodily functions.

To me, Plum used to represent a 300 plus page book filled with wonderful characters, heart pounding fear, laugh out loud till I cried moments, fantastic one-liners from Stephanie, Lula, Ranger, Vinnie, Connie, and Morelli. Words like edgy, sexy, funny, witty, sharp, thrilling, and emotional filled my mind as I read.

There needs to be new section designated at the book stores for this book. Silly nonsense.

Some idiot stole the names of Stephanie, Ranger, Morelli, Grandma Mazur, Lula, Tank and many others I recognize and plopped them into 309 pages of tripe. Garbage.

You call this entertainment? From a NY Times bestselling author? I call it a rip-off.

Insulting.

And sad. Very, very sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What happened to the characters that we all fell in love with? Carl the Monkey, give me a break. The first twelve were the best of the series. But either Janet has lost touch with them or someone else is writing for her. I feel like I have supported you and bought all the books, but I will not be buying PS. In my personal opinion Twelve Sharp was the best in the series. Janet needs to get back to that style of writing. It was a great book. And what's up with fifteen being called Finger Lickin' you have to be joking. I know there had to be a better name than that, you must have picked it out of a hat. As for buying fifteen, I'll wait to see what some of the reviews are before I send more money your way. Don't get me wrong I love Steph and the gang, but she has ruined them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please get back to the characters that we love to read about - Ranger and Minelli and Stephanie and plots that have some substance. My friend and I both read this book and we DO NOT like Diesel - he's stupid and the book sadly lacked romance. I got tired of Chimps and especially one that gives everyone the finger. Stephanie lacked her usual "spazz" and electricity. I have been a big fan, but the books that deal with Desil I will not purchase to read after this. Love your books, but not this one.
HEATHER-LAKE More than 1 year ago
COME ON JANET..WE'VE READ EM ALL AND ENJOYED THE 1ST 12 (1-12), THE BEST..THE NEW ONE IS MORE THAN JUST DISAPPOINTING..IT DOESN'T EVEN SEEM LIKE IT CAME FROM YOUR HAND.. THE ONLY REASON I DIDN'T GIVE THIS BOOK A HALF STAR OR A Z E R O, IS BECAUSE THE BARNES AND NOBLE SIGHT WOULDN'T LET ME DO THAT.. SHAME ON THEM BECAUSE THIS IS POOR..
AS AN AVID READER OF YOUR STEPHANIE PLUM SERIES, YOU TRULY NEED TO RE-CONNECT WITH THE CHARACTERS..VERY LITTLE CONTACT WITH THOSE WHO WE ALL LOVE THE MOST, MORELLI, RANGER, GRANDMA MAZUR, STEPH'S MOM & DAD..
YOU MAY WANT TO CONDSIDER CALLING ON YOUR READERS FOR IDEAS AND INSPIRATION, RATHER THAN THE PRIVILEDGE OF JUST "NAMING" YOUR NEW BOOK, BECAUSE, IF THIS IS ANY INDIACATION OF THE QUALITY OF WRITING, THERE SHOULDN'T BE A "FINGER LICKIN' FIFTEEN"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the others, the "half" books are not very good.
I love the numbered books, funny, interesting
I purchased all the "half" books "just because" they are part of Stephanie Plum, but to be honest, these stories do NOT engage me.
In all three of the half books, I have read only about half of the book and am so bored I just give up on it. My husband who loves all the other books, doesn't even bother after the first chapter. In fact, he said that 14 really wasn't very good and that the writer is worn out.
The worst part is that these skimpy rediculous boring stories cost way to much for what they are.
Janet 'come on...........do your publishers really need to get this garbage out of you or what???!!!?!
Monalisa_reads More than 1 year ago
Those expecting Plum Spooky to pick up where Fearless left off will be disappointed. Spooky revolves around Stephanie and Diesel and the world of unmentionables like the Easter Bunny. Yes there are outlandish characters and situations, but that's what we have come to expect and love about this series, though admittedly, the between the numbers stretch this to the limit sometimes.

There is more plot and character development in this installment than previous which makes for a more enjoyable read. Diesel's character is fleshed out and we learn that despite some supernatural abilities, he also has flaws which make him more likeable. There's also some fun insight into Tank's character that may have some scratching their heads. The only disappointments are that Grandma, Morelli and Ranger take a back seat in this adventure.

Those looking for a quick fix of Stephanie Plum (sans Morelli and Ranger) should give Spooky a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished Plum Spooky and liked it very much. This is the first full length between the numbers, book. Now that the between the number books will be full length I feel like I am getting my moneys worth. I did not like how small they use to be. I do not like Diesel all that much but I do like all the other characters in the Plum novels. We see many of them in Plum Spooky and a couple of new ones, including family members of Stephanie's boyfriend Morelli. I liked seeing into the interpersonal areas of Stephanie and Morelli's life that we don't usually get the chance to see, with so much going on in the numbered books. I like meeting new friends of Stephanie¿s and future family. It makes Stephanie seem so real. We know these people. With the between the number books we also get a chance to escape reality. I found Carl to be funny, and Tank and Lula to be a trip. Tank needs to run the other way if you ask me. :) Hopefully Lula will take a page from Stephanie and Morelli's life and get a clue about how a good couple should be and how a healthy relationship functions. Wait, this is Lula, she does everything to the extreme. Tank better hide his Applepuff. ;)

Plum Spooky has a good plot and had me scared for Stephanie at times. It also had me laughing like all good Plums will do. :) I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost went away from the Plum series after the last numbered book. Too much I found distasteful or lacking. This story is back with a fun set of characters. I really enjoyed learning more about Diesel.
No tricks or turns, fun. Let's face it the Plum series isn't meant to be intellectually engaging. They are simply for fun. I laughed in this one. I remembered why I liked the series to begin with.
I suppose Stephanie and the gang are growing up on us. Hey, they are fourteen plus books older. I know we can't like everything but this one is back on my list. I hope the author does read the reviews. Bad/good she gets an idea what we think. I do disagree with the one scores. Too bad the half-way person didn't read the whole book. They missed a lot of fun.
Leave the biographies and the drama and come to Stephanie for good old fashion fun. she is back. Thank you.
nanabear45 More than 1 year ago
i really enjoy stephanie's books, especially the plum series.i will be reading in bed and start laughing so hard that my husband has to ask me what is so funny. i buy the hard cover because i can not wait for the papaer back, i read the book in a day or two.please never leave lulu out. she is a hoot, i love her character. i can see these being a movie. it would be better than sex in the city, which i love. keep up the great job and please do a new one soon, anita
BugnTysMom More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of my favorite Stephanie Plum books! Janet included all of the usual cast of characters - Joe, Lula, Connie, Grandma Mazur, Mom & Dad, Yummy Ranger, and the mysterious Diesel. Actually the more we see of Diesel in these Between-The-Numbers books, the less mysterious he is but he's gaining definite hottie status.

Throw in a monkey and the fire-farting redneck and it's the perfect Stephanie adventure. Everyone made brief appearances in the story but they added their usual wit and personality to it. I truly laughed out loud several times which is the sign of a great Plum novel.

I was curled up on the couch, but felt like I was sitting backseat to this crazt adventure. And laughing all the way!
pennyNY More than 1 year ago
While I thoroughly enjoy all of the Stephanie Plum series, I found this one not quite up to her usual style. Even though the situations she finds herself in are unique to say the least at least they were plausible. Weird characters popping in and out are not plausible! Besides, not enough Ranger!
Running3kids More than 1 year ago
This was the worse book I have read in a long time. Janet Evanovich needs to go back to the typewriter and concentration on writing a great book instead of this hodgepodge of nonsense. I love almost all of her Stephanie Plum books, her 14th book wasn't riveting at all. I think I will move away from any books with her name on it in the future. Sorry but unless she goes back to gritty, original and well-thought plots and dialogue I won't be purchasing any more books from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love these between-the-numbers books. Diesel & his cast of characters are out of this world, but I love them. In fact, I enjoy Diesel & his "friends" a lot....it's fun to read who the new ones will be. I don't know how Janet Evanovich comes up with them, but she definitely has the best characters.
MeanMel More than 1 year ago
Her books are always entertaining. Whether it be about the relationships with her characters. Or the sheer ridiculousness of the situations they get themselves into. I don't know where she comes up with it, but it is gold!
justchilln627 More than 1 year ago
I love reading Janet's books, and this one is no different. This is my first non number book, but I loved it. I did not find it hard to figure out the characters and the story line was very funny. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys to laugh and wants to be entertained by a book
MishaMW More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book By Janet. Stephanie Plum is a wonderful character and I always look forward to seeing what she will get herself into. Definately a must read for any fan.
For_the_love_of_books More than 1 year ago
I love Janet's Books if you want something that has a little bit of everything she is good for it!!!
ss62 More than 1 year ago
Juvenile. Bathroom "humor" does not impress me. Ms Evanovich can do better.
AtypicalWoman More than 1 year ago
I know that the between-the-numbers books are a little out there, but they are funny! I love escaping into the world of Stephanie Plum - her problems are always worse than mine! I started this book one night out at dinner, and everyone kept looking over at me because I was laughing out loud! The antics in this book are guaranteed make you laugh; It's a great read that allows you not to be quite so serious about yourself.
CRS-Georgia More than 1 year ago
This was the best "between the numbers" book that Ms. Evanovich has written. As in her 'number' books her quirky characters make you laugh uncontrolably. The sexual heat was there, too. Really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the worst book Evanovich has written. It was beyond stupid. I don't know why she wastes her time on the between the numbers books. I am furious that I spent my money on this.
And she should do better research...twice in the story she has people stopping for gas and they pumped their own..we don't do that in NJ! It is actually illegal here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best in between the numbers from the Stephanie Plum series.

I loved it and couldn't stop laughing.

Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of the books in the Stephanie Plum series. I think they very funny and very entertaining. I read this book in one day it was great!
Becky10 More than 1 year ago
Plum Spooky!!! According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "One monkey arouses a great deal of amusement. Two or more then double the...amusement. If one were to release a barrelful...of monkeys, we must suppose that their antics would become hilariously comical." And that's exactly what Janet Evanovich delivers ... the hilarious laugh-out-loud moments that we¿ve come to expect in the Stephanie Plum series. Janet¿s ability to endow pets (Rex, Bob and now Carl) with those seemingly human characteristics that we all know our own pets have is just one of Janet¿s remarkable talents that endear this series to her fans.

The Jersey Pine Barrens provide an exceptionally spooky setting. The Piney¿s and Diesel¿s ¿unmentionable¿ cousin combine to give us one of the scariest Plums we¿ve seen in awhile. But have no fear, at long last, we see how much Stephanie has grown professionally since her initial escapade as a Bounty Hunter and, finally, she saves herself while at the same time exhibiting the warmth and concern for both her loved ones and her FTA¿s that we grew accustomed to in the earlier books. Steph is genuinely fearful for the missing woman and the barrel of monkeys. She goes right to Lula after a middle of the night call for help and goes above and beyond a girlfriend¿s call of duty when her hot and sexy Italian boyfriend, Morelli, is stuck in one of those family-moves-in situations we all dread. Stephanie and Morelli continue to grow closer as the love they express to each other matures and Ranger¿s dry, sarcastic wit and concern bring back warm memories of the first book in the series, ¿One for the Money,¿ and Professor Higgins.

If you haven¿t yet experienced the magic of the Stephanie Plum series, join the fun and start here. A perfect read for a cold and snowy weekend or a get-a-way vacation to a Caribbean beach.