One of the major relaxations I have had during this move has been reading. My book of choice for the move was almost unintentional. I knew I needed some light reading material and had only purchased High Five, by Janet Evanovich not too long before beginning the move and was leaning toward it. At the same time I was considering another book which is on my Kindle. Stephanie Plum won out.
By the fifth book in a series the reader is pretty committed to said series and the heroine/hero of the novels. The reader understands this particular world and doesn’t have to ask too many questions because areas are familiar. It is the same way with the fifth book in the Stephanie Plum series. I am quite familiar with the people, the names, and, of course, what Stephanie is driving at any given time. As always with excellent series novels and excellent writers of said series, there is something about the novel you are reading that is memorable and keeps you reading onward.
One of these twists and plot elements that keep me reading is, of course, Grandma Mazur. In High Five Grandma Mazur gets Stephanie’s stun gun while at the kitchen table having dinner. Grandma Mazur stuns her son-in-law, Stephanie’s father. I genuinely ‘laughed out loud’ while reading this part. It caught my husband’s attention and asked what was so funny and read him the stunning passage. He likewise laughed.
The next question I would like answered and keep a tight look-out for is: Who will Stephanie end up with, Morelli or Ranger? Both have wonderful merits. Both have flaws. Both are handsome. I keep changing my mind about whom I would choose because of the story I am reading. Sometimes I don’t always agree with Stephanie….
This story brings up another portion of her family: Uncle Fred. Uncle Fred has vanished, but his wife, Mabel, is having fun spending some money. Fred was a bit of a miser and cheapskate. As we find out what happened to Uncle Fred, we also come upon Ramirez, the rapist and woman abuser. He decides it time to bring Stephanie to Jesus. Yeah, Ramirez is super creepy in this one.
There is hardly a moment to take a breath with all of the action! I give this book five out of five stars!
- Two For the Dough by Janet Evanovich (bookgoonie.com)
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