Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum Series #17)

Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum Series #17)

by Janet Evanovich
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Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum Series #17) by Janet Evanovich

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
 
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.

Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.

With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's The Heist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345527691
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Series: Stephanie Plum Series , #17
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 9,192
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey

Education:

B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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Smokin' Seventeen 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2222 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
After her last 2 books being somewhat lackluster, I was happy to see that the old Janet Evanovich was back. Loved this book!!!. It was full of the old sass and humor of the earlier books. Stephanie is back to being torn between her two hunky guys and there's a third to add to the mix. Someone is killing people and leaving them in the old bail bonds lot with love notes to Stephanie. Mention was made of her sister Valerie and Albert Klaughn who have all but disappeared in the past few books. Lula is on a gun totin' rampage in this book and theres even a bear plotline. I laughed out loud at several parts. Joe's granny Bella puts the hex on Stephanie which leads to some interesting developments and conversations...." it's one of those starter tumors".... Fans of the series will breathe a sigh of relief that the fun of reading the earlier books has returned. A must read.
Allyssa More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed most of the books in Plumland, but the last half of 13, all of 14, 15, and 16 all seemed to fall below par of what JE is capable of doing with her characters. They were extremely campy. Almost in a bad comedy sort of way. Don't get me wrong, I still laughed things that happened in them, but they just didn't seem to measure up to her previous books. After almost 10 books, Babes (myself included) will be extremely happy :-) I would honestly like to see Stephanie in a relationship with Ranger. Someone once reviewed that while his lifestyle doesn't lend itself to relationships, it doesn't mean it's not possible. I have to agree. Ranger seems to provide the support that Stephanie needs. When she can feel him before she sees him and he lets her be herself, and not tell her to quit her job, that says a lot. Morelli is a good guy, I do enjoy his character, but he seems to have a better disposition as a good friend for Steph. That being said, I felt that 17 took a step back toward the expectation many of us have had for her books. Yeah, there were some campy parts, and they were funny, but not nearly to the extent of the last few. I enjoyed the fact that the killer was staying ahead of the police. It was an interesting take on things. Ultimately, I have to admit the guy creeped me out quite a bit in his attitude during the climax. I think of all the Plums, he's been the most creepy because of his mentality. The cold, unemotional logic he had was very different from what most, if not all, of the villians of Plumland. The Vordo bit was pretty entertaining, and I have who I'm rooting for at the end of the book. I'm hoping 18 takes another step back toward the roots of the story and gives us more Ranger. I loved what we learned about him in 12, and would like to see us get to know him better. Hopefully, in 18 we will.
PAA More than 1 year ago
I always scan the customer reviews to get an idea of how the public likes a book. However, all that is here is complaints about the cost of the e-book. How about somebody actually telling me how they liked the book???
Barb South More than 1 year ago
Put the kids to bed and read the book in one night! I knew who the killer was right away, but I loved Ranger's "help" along the way! Laugh out loud funny!
Kristin Hromowyk More than 1 year ago
This installment is yet again typical Stephanie Plum. Its witty, exciting and sexy. I am a huge fan of JE and love every one of her books sooo much. That being said... this book did seem predictable...you could figure out the killer rather easily. Also, if his big plan was making Morelli jealous he didnt really succeed, Joe never finds out that was the plan, and even jokes about him with Stephanie proving he hardly cares.. so that plan fails. And as much as i enjoy the love triangle i kept anticipating Steph and Joe finally engaging, if for nothing else but to get the family off their backs. Steph makes a lot of bad descions but im hoping she finally wises up and picks morelli, hes the only logical choice. I loved Mooner having such a large part-hes great!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously, folks the title of this section is RATE & REVIEW the book not piss & moan about price. If you can't afford the book go to the public library & get on the list to borrow the book. I bought the book and read it. I enjoyed it. JE put something in it for everyone. She mentioned some of the old favorites we haven't heard about, but still love their characters, like Valerie, Sally Sweet, Eddie Garzara and JOe Juniak. I want to hear what Mary Lou is up to, maybe in 18. Most importantly both Babe & Cupcakes have something to make them happy. Lula was well ... Lula, without the Gastrointestinal problems (thankfully) Loved the granny panty gag. My recent complaint with the books is that I'm ready for Steph to move on, looks like this is going to happen. I hope this doesn't mean an end to the series, as a married woman I still find myself getting into weird situations. I'm sure being married won't stop Steph either.
SparkyRed More than 1 year ago
Oh wow is all I can say. This book was awesome. I love Grandma Mazer she just rocks...... The Ranger scenes rocked this time.....thus book is a gotta read if you are a Stephanie Plum/Janet Evanovic fan!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smokin' Seventeen is another excellently crafted quick read in the fun and quirky fashion created by Janet Evanovich for Stephanie Plum. I can't wait until November for #18! Thank you Janet Evanovich for continuing your craft and entertaining readers in the life of Stephanie Plum!
KISKA777 More than 1 year ago
I love all of Janet E's books - the Plum series being my favorite. I crack up at the lingo that Lula and Steph use, and "Babe" from Ranger melts my heart, all the way down to my doodah... Enjoy ! It is summer and it is easy reading...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down. I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the book and I know I had tears in my eyes at least once from laughing so hard. The character of Lula cracks me up- hilarious! The stickers included in the back of the book were a nice thought. I think I heart Ranger! (Lol) I too had qualms about paying so much for an eBook, so I opted to buy the hardcover instead and am not disappointed with my purchase at all. It makes a worthy addition to my home library as I'm sure I will be reading it again soon. Don't let the lower ratings steer you wrong, if you're a fan of the Stephanie Plum series you will not be disappointed. It seems to me that the lower rated reviews given are a reflection of being unhappy with the price of the eBook versus being unhappy with the writing content. As a person who often looks at reader reviews for guidance on whether or not to purchase a book I felt that those types of ratings were unfair to those of us who are looking for opinions on "good reads", so I decided to write this, my first book review, and I hope it helps. As an avid eBook reader and customer I opt to show my unhappiness with the $13.99 price hike of eBooks by not paying it. That being said don't let the eBook price dissuade you from reading the book, buy the hardcover! Happy reading!
TN-BookNut More than 1 year ago
You can download this book and other Janet Evanovich e-books, audio and MP3s for up to 21 days from your local library - FREE of charge. Call them and they will tell you how. This is why I purchased the Nook. I haven't paid for a book since I got my NookColor at Christmas. And your local library gets the credit (hence additional state funding).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I FIRST PICKED UP JANET EVANOVICH BOOK IN THE AIRPORT. LAUGHTED ALL THE WAY TO BUFFALO. WENT BACK AND GOT ALL THE REST. I HAVE READ THEM AT LEAST THREE TIME EACH BUT THIS BOOK WAS SO OFF. RANGER WAS OFF- HE NEVER DRINKS AND YOU HAD THEM SHARE A BOTTLE OF WINE. AND I KNOW THAT HE SAID IN ONE OF THE OTHER BOOKS THAT HE WOULD NEVER SLEEP WITH AN DRUNK WOMEN. IN ALL OF THE BOOKS STEPHANIE WOULD HAVE NEVER SLEPT WITH JOE ONE NIGHT AND RANGER THE NEXT WHAT A SLUT. AND DOING IT IN THE TRUCK WITH RANGER SO CHEAP. YOU COULD HAVE LEFT JOE OUT OF THE BOOK ANY NO-NAME COP COULD HAVE DID HIS JOB. THE ONLY PERSON YOU WERE TRUE TO WAS LULA. GRANDMA MAZUR WAS SORRY. WHAT I HAVE ALWAYS LIKE ABOUT STEPHANIE AND RANGER WAS THE SEXUAL TENSION. THE RANGER THAT I HAVE ALWAYS LIKE WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK ADVANTAGE OF STEPHANIE THAT WAY, HE HAS TO MUCH CLASS. THE LAST TWO BOOKS WERE SO BAD THAT I TOOK THEM BACK FOR A REFUND. I HOPE THE NEXT BOOK IS BETTER OR AT LEAST THE END OF THIS SERIES.
April_83 More than 1 year ago
Predictable, guessed who it was right off the bat. Still very entertaining and honest to God laugh out loud funny. Comedy is great, but need to work harder on the mystery aspect.
Joan58 More than 1 year ago
This book is closer in concept and execution to the first at least 12 books (Twelve Sharp is my fave of the series) and its a heck of a lot better than the awful fifteen and sixteen which I found very disappointing due to the portrayal of Lula. This one is so much better even if I was troubled by the fact Stephanie sleeps with BOTH Ranger and Joe...but that's just me. The book made me laugh, and I am looking forward to EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN in November. Oh, did anyone else see JE on the Today show Tuesday? She was great. Now, for all of you who have used this platform to air your grievances re pricing....SHAME ON YOU!!!! How can you claim to be a fan of JE and yet give her 1 stars on a book you haven;t even read???? Rate the book as the book deserves and nothing else. I hope B&N deletes any future reviews unless they are actual reviews of the book. I resent having to scroll thru review after review searching for info and only encountering people whining about prices. Don't want to buy the book? Then don't buy the book....sheesh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know this book costs too much for the Nook-I agree with everyone else who said it. But I am hooked on this series and wanted to read it as soon as it came out-so I bought it. It is true Stephanie Plum. There are many laugh out loud moments and it did not disappoint! I recommend it and cannot wait for the next one!!
AJ83 More than 1 year ago
The last couple books got a little stale but this book picked up a little and I think we may be getting close to the end of the series (which will be bitter sweet). It irks me to see so many people giving this book one star just because of the price and haven't even read the book. That is not a book review. Remember when we used to pay $30 for the hardback book of this series pre-ereaders? So its a whole lot cheaper now to buy the nook version than when we were buying the hardbacks. Oh and for those saying they wish they had purchased the Kindle over the nook, the amazon price for this ebook is also $13.99 and with the kindle you can not currently us it to check out ebooks from the library like you can with the nook. If your going to post a review make it about the book and if you want to complain about the price, send a letter to B&N.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read these book all of her's.They can spice up anyone's love life
Khandiappple More than 1 year ago
I agree with Nooksie. This book should be critique based on one actually reading the novel. Issues about pricing or one not knowing how to operate their Nook ereader, has absolutely nothing to do with the author's work. Email the publising Co. and B & N with such concerns. Its incredible what people write in the R & R, get a grip people. Do you understand what rate and review really mean?
julesOH More than 1 year ago
Much improved over the last 3 stale Plum books! I really enjoyed this book, and laughed out loud more than once :) Ranger is prominent, and Lula is hysterical! Hope when 18 comes out in November, the improvement continues.. Way to go, JE!
Mysteryreader25 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book for book club discussions. But, I wouldn't say it was the best thing I ever read. The central characters were off, as if their past history was erased. although I was happy to learn Stephanie finally had sex with Ranger due to Grandma's Bella and a curse. I have to wonder what book 18 will be like. I was relieved that toilet humor was left out of this book. But, can't understand why Lulu is eating her way through another book. Lost as to why Stephanie would suddenly discuss Ranger and doing the deed with him with either Connie or Lulu. Especially since Lulu tends to blab. Yes, readers wanted Stephanie and Ranger to have sex, but what happened to her guilt... her need to have time between relationships. The Ranger fans wanted to see them in a relationship, exploring Ranger's secret past. At least it had a plot, although weak and could be figured out by chapter five. It leaves most Stephanie Plum fans shaking their heads and wondering.
Ddvm More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book more than the last two but it does have a couple of flaws. One is that it is completely predictable as several other reviewers have pointed out. This is not unusual in this series as I have found the books to be more character driven than plot driven. And that, unfortunately, is the other major flaw. Several of the characters just seemed "off" in this book, most notably Grandma Mazur. Her character seemed flat and she usually has a very distinct way of speaking which was totally missing from her dialogue. Stephanie was "off" as well - she apparently no longer feels guilt, for example. However, it is still a pleasant summertime read with several humorous scenes.
Lover-of-BooksNW More than 1 year ago
This book was a far cry from the great first ten books in the series but it was still an ok book and better then the last six. It was a lot shorter then the others and I found a lot of scenes overwritten and it seemed more for filler then actual relevancy for the story. I skimmed a lot of the chapters and was still able to follow the story. Some parts of the book were funny but no laugh out loud moments. This series has become to drawn out for my liking and each book seems to follow along the same basic story line with no real character or plot developments. I am glad I got the book from the library instead of paying for it because it definitely wasn't worth the hardcover price. This book is a nice fluffy summer day read by the pool with familiar characters but that is all. I loved all of the characters in this series and loved the witty well written books in the beginning but the author needs to realize that her characters have had there fifteen minutes and really finish this series up. Unless she makes some major character developments I will even stop checking these books out of the library. I just hate seeing this much beloved series fall flat on it's face. My recommendation is do not buy in hc wait till paperback or check it out in the library or from a friend. And definitely don't buy the WAY overpriced nook version. Thanks
LadyRaine63 More than 1 year ago
Cant wait. And ppl what we want to hear is the book rating and reviews, not complaints. I've being buying book for many years and long run u do save money with nook.
Lisa Cullen More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a review of this book and complaining about how there are no reviews posted, please note the button that says 'Pre-order.' That means the book has not been released yet; therefore, no one has read it to provide an actual review.