I've been disappointed by recent books by Janet Evanovich. I couldn't get into Motor Mouth. Fearless Fourteen felt flat and uninspired. There's not enough character development in the short "Between-the-Numbers" books. But, with Plum Spooky, Evanovich has struck gold again.
When Stephanie Plum opened the door to find a monkey named Carl standing there, left while his owner went on her honeymoon, the book looked like it had possibilities. And, why is it that Stephanie has three hunks drooling over her? Soon after Carl arrives, Diesel shows up. He's hunting for an Unmentionable named Gerwulf Grimoire, who goes by Wulf. Wulf has teamed up with an eccentric scientist, and they are leaving dead bodies behind them. Unfortunately for Stephanie, her latest job as a bail bond enforcement agent is to find that scientist, Martin Munch. So, she's stuck with Diesel.
For readers who love Morelli, they'll have to lust from a distance with this book, since Stephanie's long-time cop boyfriend is tied up, working a gang war, and stuck with his brother, who was kicked out of his house, and moved in with Morelli. Between Diesel and Ranger, though, there are hunks to spare.
Only Stephanie Plum would get stuck chasing a vampire-type character into the Barrens, a New Jersey wilderness populated by the Easter Bunny, a man who farts fire, Sasquatch, and the Jersey Devil. There are rockets to spare in this explosively funny novel. Oh, and monkeys. Lots and lots of monkeys, but Carl is the one with personality.
Evanovich successfully rises to the top of her form in Plum Spooky.
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Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich. St. Martin's Press, ©2009. ISBN 9780312383329 (hardcover), 320p.