07 June 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Four to Score by Janet Evanovich

For the past couple of years, my friends have been after me to “just give them a chance”, so I did. I read the first three and while I thought they were mildly entertaining, I could not, for the life of me, figure out why everyone was all excited about these books. They were cute, but I’m pretty sure that one of my friends has a shrine in her house to Janet Evanovich.

Okay, admittedly, I’m not about to commission the creation of a statue just yet, but with this book, I think I finally get it. It was funny, darn it! Maybe the author finally shaped the characters fully or something clicked for me, I’m not all entirely sure. However, I am really glad that I stuck with this series. I even liked the grandma (who I deemed to be the single most annoying character to ever grace the pages of a book in known history).

Is it high brow fiction? Um, no. Is it going to make you smarter? I highly doubt it. But well, it made me laugh, a good laugh, like one I needed desperately.

If you are like me and started this series and gave up, give it another chance… this is definitely the best book of the four I’ve read so far.

Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly, scores big with Four to Score, her most thrilling Stephanie Plum adventure yet. Working for her bail bondsman cousin Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine’s friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie’s archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie’s attitude never wavers– even when aided by crazy Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet– and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with a vice cop Joe Morelli.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 38

4 Responses to “Four to Score by Janet Evanovich”

  1. Carol Mikel 7 June 2010 at 11:11 am Permalink

    Thanks for the review Candy! I’ve always wondered if these books were good so I might give them a try. At least I’ll know not to give up after the first one.

  2. Candy 7 June 2010 at 11:19 am Permalink

    Carol- yeah, you gotta stick with them, this one was definitely the best of the bunch. I’ve also started reading a series by JA Konrath (Whiskey Sour is the first), it’s the same type of thing, only a little more gruesome. I reviewed it on Amazon and it will post here late this month.

  3. Kimberley Catanzaro 7 June 2010 at 12:39 pm Permalink

    I’ve read many of her books, not sure which one I am up to now- and I loved them, I fell in love with the characters and kept coming back for more. Found them funny and engaging. Glad you emjoyed it too.

  4. Stacy 7 June 2010 at 3:06 pm Permalink

    Yes, these are absolute brain candy – and totally laugh out loud funny. I actually love Grandma Mazur. Evanovich holds it all together till about book 10. After that, she’s calling it in. Stephanie – Make a choice already! Though I confess I’ve read them all.

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