Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum, No. 8)
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Hard Up
Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum has a big problem on her hands: Seven-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn, have disappeared. Evelyn's estranged husband, Steven, a shady owner of a seedy bar, is not at all happy. Finding a kidnapped child is not an assignment for a bounty hunter. But Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's parents, so Stephanie follows the trail left by Annie and Evelyn-and finds a lot more than she bargained for.

Hard Risk
Steven Soder is somehow linked with a very scary Eddie Abruzzi. Trenton cop and on-again, off-again fianc¨¦ Joe Morelli and Stephanie's mentor and tormentor, Ranger, warn Stephanie about Abruzzi, but it's Abruzzi's eyes and mannerisms that frighten Stephanie most. Stephanie needs Ranger's savvy and expertise, and she's willing to accept his help to find Annie even though it might mean getting too involved with Ranger. Stephanie, Ranger, Lula (who's not going to miss riding with Ranger), and Evelyn's lawyer/Laundromat manager set out to find Annie. The search turns out to be a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds' agent-a Rangerette known as Jeanne Ellen Burrows-and the Abruzzi crew. Plus, there's a killer rabbit on the loose!

Hard Eight
Strap on your helmet and get ready for the ride of your life! Hard Eight. The world of Stephanie Plum has never been wilder.


In Hard Eight, Stephanie Plum picks up a case a little nastier than anything the wisecracking bounty hunter's seen before. Evelyn Soder and her young daughter have gone on the run, leaving an angry ex-husband who's planning to collect on a child custody bond that will leave Evelyn's grandmother homeless. Stephanie's first clue that there's more to it than that comes in the form of Eddie Abruzzi, a shady local businessman who warns her to butt out of the case. Stephanie doesn't scare easily, but when Abruzzi's henchmen leave a bag of snakes on her doorknob and tarantulas in her car, she has no choice but to call Ranger, the hunky man of mystery whom she already owes too many favors. Steph knows that Ranger will soon be calling in his marker, but with her ex- fianc¨¦ Joe Morelli out of the picture, that should be OK--shouldn't it? In the meantime, she's got other fugitives to catch, aided by the usual band of misfits, plus a bumbling correspondence-school lawyer who's developed the hots for Stephanie's sister, Valerie. And Steph's in for a surprise from her mother, who proves she's not above wielding a dangerous weapon to save her daughter's life.

Author Janet Evanovich has made a bold move in using a soup?on of child jeopardy to pull this series out of the comfortable but formulaic pattern it was threatening to fall into. It's still funny, and yes, some cars are destroyed, but now there's a real edge of darkness under the humor. Fans needn't fear, though: Jersey girl Stephanie is still full of sass and Tastykakes. --Barrie Trinkle

Customer Reviews:

  • Started out great, then petered out
    I wanted a somewhat light book to read, and this book seemed to fit the bill. It started out great. It was witty, fun and it sort of had enough of a hook to keep me reading. But then it just lost all steam about halfway through.

    The book seemed incredibly formulaic. Characters were added by design to add comic relief. Subplots that served no purpose other than to break up the monotony of the main plot line.

    **Spoiler**
    Stephanie Plum has to be the dumbest most pathetic main character I have read. In this story she absolutely did nothing intelligent. The entire plot happened on her. This was like she sat back in a recliner and the story unfolded around her. This is basically the plot:

    Stephanie gets attacked with snakes, call a Ranger to get help.
    Stephanie gets attacked by a giant rabbit, call Ranger to get help
    Stephanie shoots a cardboard cutout, call the other guy for help.
    Stephanie gets locked out of house, call Ranger.
    Ranger removes security, something bad happens, call Ranger again to reinstall security.

    Stephanie gets , call for help. Repeat 20 times till you get 300 pages.

    This goes on till the last pages where the we are told the whole purpose of the book. She's a bond agent that couldn't even capture her man.

    Stephanie didn't do anything insightful or intelligent, she didn't solve the mystery, some other detective did. She didn't capture her bond holder, he died of flu. This is definitely a weak heroine and not someone people can look up to.

    I've read another Evanovich book and this is by far the worst. It started out great however....more info
  • Hard fall to the bottom
    I've thoroughly enjoyed the Plum series up until "Hard Eight." I had been hoping that Stephanie would improve professionally and personally and instead found that she slid backwards on both. I only finished it because friends and positive reviews of #9 convinced me that things get better then.

    But #8 fell to the bottom of the pile. I found myself more annoyed than amused by Stephanie. The build up between her and Ranger for books 1 - 7 has been well done and, in a word, HOT. But even her hooking up with Ranger was profoundly disappointing - a one night thing? Really? I wasn't expecting them to spend the next day picking out china patterns but...? And the insta-sex with Joe following a harrowing, white-knuckled experience that could have resulted in Stephanie's death is ridiculous. Again. Maybe I'd have to actually BE a female bounty hunter to understand Stephanie's point of view on this because I'm baffled by it otherwise.

    The cars blowing up. Enough already. We get it. She has bad luck with cars. But does she truly have to be so stupid to not realize that herself AND leave the keys, purse, cell phone, etc. in the car while a crazy rabbit is after her? AND has blown up previous cars? It's become a punchline rather than a funny little quirk.

    The handcuffs, lack of bullets, total ineptitude when apprehending an FTA stuff... Good heavens, this is the 8th book in the series, not the first or fifth. At some point, logic dictates that she would either (A) smarten up or (B) quit the job. Since she's obviously not going to quit (and I'm still not sure why she doesn't - she'd actually be a decent PI instead), a loyal reader would have some faith that Ms. Evanovich would let nature take its course and have Stephanie learn some lessons and not repeat the same mistakes AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN.

    But no.

    Our girl Steph is even MORE inept and short sighted than before.

    Other things that I felt weighed the book down:
    I'm not sure why she doesn't move to another apartment, even in the same building, that does NOT have the issues with the fire escape, though her living on the ground floor would probably result in her being finished off immediately. Surely there are other apartments in Trenton that would give her the alleged "security" and companionship that comes with apartment living...

    Why doesn't she clue Joe or Ranger in earlier when clearly she's being stalked by a psychopathic killer? The creep can't be arrested but clearly, by the 8th book, we've all come to learn that the law can be murky at times when Stephanie, Joe and Ranger are involved. And #8 blatantly emphasizes this as well (her mom's hit & run, Abruzzi's "suicide").

    Is it her pride? Maybe I'm supposed to be impressed with her pride and independence - but I'm not. She comes off more as foolish and delusional about her abilities and almost juvenile in her defiance to ask for help from anyone other than Lula. And it's not like she EVER has any self-confidence, as she is always more shocked than confident that she'll escape the Predicament of the Day.

    I've read some reviews on "To The Nines" (so far, so good) and will give it a shot, but if this were the last book in the series, I'd have considered it a mercy to bury it for good....more info
  • LOVE IT!!!
    I love this book. It's exciting, mysterious and makes me laugh until I cry. I would highly recommend all the Stephanie Plum books....more info
  • Fan
    I like the number series by Evanovich, but the narrator on this book isn't as good as Gritt....more info
  • wonderful and well worth it
    This was my 1st Evanovich book ever read and I was hooked, went out and bought the whole series. I cant get enough....more info
  • A break from the hum-drum routine
    The eighth in the Stephanie Plum series, HARD EIGHT, has the bounty hunter searching for a missing mother and child. Though not an official assignment, Stephanie enlists the aid of Lulu, Ranger and off-again on-again fianc¨¦ Joe Morelli in the pursuit,
    when the trail leads to the involvement of a scary and dangerous criminal Eddie Abruzzi and a deadly killer rabbit. HARD EIGHT will not disappoint Evanovich's fans. Nestled amidst the action and horror, readers will find episodes sure to double you over with laughter. HARD EIGHT continues to explore the sexual tension between Plum and Ranger and her fascination with Morelli. HARD EIGHT, another winner from the talented author Janet Evanovich.
    Beverly J Scott author of "Righteous Revenge" and "Ruth Fever." Reviewer for Intriguing Authors and Their Books at http://www.funeralassociates.com/authors.htm...more info
  • The best Stephanie Plum Novel yet!
    I have read the first 7 Stephanie Plum novels and liked them all. This one I liked the best. I laughed out loud many times throughout the book. It does help to have read the first seven books and to know the history of Stephanie's relationships with Ranger and Morelli and to follow their development....more info
  • Hard to Resist
    The 8th book in the Stephanie Plum series is pretty much as good as the other 7. It's another page turning, action-packed, well plotted, well written novel. Most of the usual beloved characters are here as well as a new one - attorney Kloughn (Clown) - who I'd like to see remain as a regular. Stephanie's main task in this book is to find a missing woman and her daughter, as she is stalked by a relentless mobster. The problem I have with this book is that some of the situations are not believable. The author does not give Stephanie a really good reason to keep seeking the woman after the mobster keeps trying to kill her. The reader has to ask themselves, 'Why is she continuing with this??' I think Ms. Evanovich went a little too far stretching our imaginations in this book in several situations, to the point where she brings us out of the novel back into reality, darn it. On the other hand, things heat up between Stephanie and Ranger. That, and the general good read the book provides, as all of the "Plum" books thus far, makes this a must read....more info
  • Good old Stephanie Plum
    In the eighth book of the Stephanie Plum series, Stephanie must track down a missing mother and daughter. Her task isn't made easy with the woman's ex and violent landlord breathing down her neck. Stephanie also seems to be having bad luck with animals lately. She must fend off snakes, spiders, geese, and a lunatic in a bunny suit. Also, with Morelli out of the picture, Ranger steps up his pursuit of Stephanie.

    The thing that I love about this series is that it's dependable. You can always count on Stephanie blowing up a few cars and the Stephanie/Morelli/Ranger love triangle will probably never be resolved. It's also the only series that I can think of that is repetitive with out becoming boring or going down in quality. With Stephanie Plum you always know that you are going to get a zany, fun, mystery and that's a good thing....more info

  • get with it, stephanie!
    the stories are always amusing and the characters fun, but ms. plum has got to grow up and refer to someting besides her stomach and vagina in her escapades.
    if i have to read one more time how she can't remember where she hid her ONE bullet, or how her stun gun didnt work -- excpet when it wasnt supposed to -- i will personally drive all the way from memphis to "the burg" to slap the living snot out of her!!
    the character is simply too stoopid to contiue to exist unless she grows up and takes some responsibility for herself....more info
  • Hard Eight - on audio
    I have listened to the majority of the Stephanie Plum series on audio, narrated by talented voice actress C.J. Critt. Ms. Critt does a fantastic job with the voice characterizations, but even she could not make this a truly good story. I found this book a little "darker" and less humorous than the previous seven in the series. Stephanie began to get on my nerves in places. I enjoyed getting to know Ranger better and he has an even bigger share of this book than Joe Morelli. This is not a bad book and I will keep reading the series; however, this story is not as clever as some of the other Evanovich books....more info
  • Like a Tastykake, but Without the Fat and Calories
    Janet E's Stephanie Plum series is one of my guilty reading pleasures. I brought Hard Eight with me on a six hour flight and it entertained me the entire way (wish I could same the same of the airline...). This particular offering doesn't really break any new ground - Stephanie is still the bad luck bounty hunter with an attraction for blown up cars and dangerous men. The regular cast of characters is out in full force - Lula, Grandma Mazur, Joe Morelli, Ranger, and Cousin Vinnie - as Stephanie tries to find a missing woman and child on the run from a mobster and capture a few bond hearing deadbeats (always amusing). The dialog is sarcastic and snappy, but in a few scenes it felt a bit overdone and contrived - no matter though, it's still an entertaining and fun read. I always wondered why they haven't turned any of these stories into a film or TV series - it could really be a great combination of comedy and action/adventure. ...more info
  • Hard Eight
    I have read all of Janet Evanovitch's novels about Stephanie Plum and they are always funny and great!...more info
  • Another Great Plum
    I sent these to Germany for a friend, so I could spread the Plum...more info
  • yes, I've read them all
    I think this is one of my favories in the series......more info
  • A fun murder mystery,
    Janet has again kept the dark side fun and thrilling. Ms. Plum is the crime solver in all of us....more info
  • Eight is Not Enough!
    The 8th book in the Stephanie Plum series is another gem from writer, Janet Evanovich. Fans of the series could not wait to get their hands on this release, and new readers will be delighted at the antics of the characters in these books. In this installment, Stephanie's mother asks her to find a neighbor's missing relative, and family loyalty (and boredom) spurs Stephanie to take on the case. However, when she gets involved, a shady landlord starts warning her off the scent, and suddenly Stephanie finds out his henchman are following her. When various bad things start to happen, (i.e. her car gets blown up again, she is followed by someone in a bunny suit, snakes wind up in her apartment, and a dead body appears on her couch) Stephanie knows she is in way too deep. She enlists the help of the sexy Ranger to help her out of this jam, and also finds herself with help from both Grandma Mazur and Lula. All of the favorite characters from previous installments return, and their antics will have you laughing aloud.

    I cannot believe that there are people who actually have not read this series! Stephanie Plum is a hilarious character, and her slapstick comedy has made me laugh aloud at some strange times. If I read these books in front of other people, they invariably ask me what is so funny, and I can never quite relate the story as well as Ms. Evanovich can! There are few mystery books that can make me laugh as much as this series and yet keep me interested in the mystery, but this series does it all. Who else but Stephanie Plum can have every car she has ever owned wrecked in some way (they usually blow up), and be chased by a person in a bunny suit? If you have never read any of the books in the series, join the millions of others that have and get reading today!

    The first book in the series is "One for the Money". Enjoy!...more info
  • Wrong voice
    for those of you that enjoyed the first 7 books on cd and thought the voice was perfect - will not like the voice on this one. the voice is nice - but it is in no way a jersey girl!! names are pronounced differently - and once the wrong name is used. I will think hard before I order book 9 on cd!...more info
  • Stephanie Plum needs to grow up and get a brain
    I read the first 5 series and loved it, 6 and 7 was ok but was getting a little tiring. Now that I've read 8, I am just going through the motion of finishing out the series (I have a thing about finishing series).

    In the first 5 books, Stephanie's bumbling and misadvantures seemed cute and believable. But by the 8th book you'd think she would tell her cop boyfriend about people threatening her, notify the proper people for help at the appropriate time, and for christ sake don't go into the house the mob boss tell her not to go into! I honestly don't blame Morelli for not wanting to marry her, and I don't see what her appeal is to both men like Ranger and Morelli. This almost reinforces the stereotype that men, even smart men like Morelli and Ranger, likes ditzy bimbos.

    I have never seen anyone so stupid and so lacking of survival skills. You'd think after all the death threats and close calls she's had in the first 7 books, Stephanie would carry her gun and not leave it at the cookie jar. If she hates guns so much, quit being a bounty hunter. I find myself screaming in the book "move you dummy", this has gotten irritating and annoying to read.

    And the love triangle between her and Morelli and Ranger is just unbelievable. Why would they men want her? She's a mess and she lacks any real charm that I can see. She hides secrets from them and I find the way she lusts after one guy soon after the other leaves the room to be dispicable. If she loves Morelli so bad she should quit all the kissing and petting (oh and having sex) with Ranger. When Morelli doesn't give her the time of the day because they broke up she goes all pouty and make it sound like it's Morelli's fault. Hello! If Morelli found out she had sex with Ranger she'd never see him again....more info
  • Hard to put down!
    Mother Evelyn and daughter Annie have disappeared, and Evelyn's grandmother isn't thrilled and is desperate to make sure they are safe. That's where bounty hunter Stephanie Plum comes in-it's up to her to find them. Evelyn's ex isn't thrilled either, and has also hired a clever bounty hunter to find her-Jean Ellen Burrows.

    Jean Ellen isn't looking anymore, but Abruzzi still is. And now Stephanie is being chased by a man in a rabbit suit, along with a crew of other masked men. She's getting harassed with death threats if she continues the search, not to mention the rabbit has blown up her car-twice!

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    This one was nearly a perfect 5 stars for me, but the ending came too soon. It was also a bit too lusty for my taste, but yet, I still laughed. It's an improvement over the last one, but I hope "To The Nines" will be more promising....more info
  • More Hilarious Stephanie Plum Adventure!
    I really enjoyed "Hard Eight". Like all of the Stephanie Plum novels, this one is a mish-mash of comedy, adventure, mystery, and sexual tension. Stephanie is famous in her family's blue-collar neighborhood as a bounty hunter. Mable, the old lady in the adjoining house, has lost her most of her family one by one and lives on Social Security and government surplus food handouts. So how can Stephanie refuse to help her find her missing granddaughter Evelyn? Evelyn's inept but kind hearted divorce lawyer, Albert Kloughn, who operates out of a laundomat, decides to become Stephanie's assistant bounty hunter. Soon Stephanie, Albert, and Lula are looking for Evelyn with help from the sexy and mysterious bounty hunter Ranger. Stephanie is being menaced by the very creepy Eddie Abruzzi, Evelyn's landlord who is also the money behind the bar owned by Evelyn's abusive ex-husband. Morelli and Stephanie are on the outs, which gives Ranger a chance to finally put the moves on Stephanie. Yeah! ...more info
  • Stephanie Plum Is Losing Her Appeal
    Most people learn from their mistakes. Not so Stephanie Plum. In this, the eighth novel of the popular series by Janet Evanovich, Stephanie volunteers to help find a missing mother and daughter who are on the run from malicious mob-boss Eddie Abruzzi. In the (by now-formulaic) course of her investigation, Stephanie finds several corpses, is threatened with death, has her car torched and apartment broken into, and ends up getting kidnapped and almost killed before the case is solved.
    Okay, I get the Jersey attitude and the fact that Abruzzi is a nut-case. But it seems that Stephanie could've saved herself a whole lot of grief with a few simple conversations instead of her misplaced bravado. And what's with Morelli and Ranger? They're supposed to be street-smart, but you wouldn't know it with their bumbling. They both know Abruzzi is dangerous and after Stephanie and instead of keeping an eye on her, they let her go out by herself to get pizza and make her a perfect target for a final kidnap attempt.
    Stephanie Plum has ceased to be funny. Now she's just stupid....more info
  • What will she get into next?
    Evelyn Soder and her daughter Annie are missing. Mabel Markowitz, the neighbor of Stephanie Plum's parents, is Evelyn's grandmother, and she's desperate to find out what happened to her family. As a favor to her parents and Mabel, taking only a slice (or twelve) of coffee cake as payment, Stephanie agrees to do some investigating into Evelyn's whereabouts. But she's not the only one looking for the missing mother and daughter. Evelyn's ex-husband, Steven, has hired Jeanne Ellen Burrows--a.k.a. "the female Ranger"--to track down his wife and daughter, and scary Eddie Abruzzi, who owns both the property where Evelyn lives and Steven's bar, is also on the trail.

    Then Stephanie finds herself being tailed by a man in a rabbit suit (probably she never should have told Abruzzi she liked bunnies); her car is blown up (again); and her apartment is infested with creepy crawlies (including snakes, tarantulas, and a dead guy on her couch). Deciding she's taken on more than she can handle, she calls in the reinforcements: Ranger, who used to be Special Forces but now does many things (driving Stephanie wild with desire included), and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Joe Morelli. And don't worry, the rest of the crew is in on the action, too, including ex-ho Lula, who's just bought herself a bright yellow mini-skirt and dyed her hair to match it. There's even a new "Kloughn" in town (NOT c-l-o-w-n), a correspondence-course lawyer who's set on wooing Steph's sister, Valerie. And we readers definitely learn one thing in HARD EIGHT: Don't mess with Mama Plum's little girl!

    Other reviewers here are right: Stephanie's character takes a major hit in HARD EIGHT. It's not like Stephanie to have to rely on a man to keep her safe, but that's all she does this time out (although I'd probably call on Ranger or Morelli myself--but not necessarily for protection). Although the novel is characteristically funny, this time much of the humor is at Stephanie's expense; it sometimes feels like we're laughing at her rather than with her: "Oh, she lost another pair of handcuffs" or "Ha ha, she's being attacked by geese because she was dumb enough to throw a Cracker Jack at one." I want gutsy, slightly-ditzy-but-not-dumb Stephanie back!

    But I still can't give HARD EIGHT less than four stars. It was roaringly funny, just as we "Plummers" have come to expect (one scene, in particular, involving a bagel shop, Grandma Mazur, Bill Clinton, and a bunny performing an extremely lewd act made me laugh so hard I nearly cried). And for all you Ranger fans out there, we (and Stephanie) get to know him a LOT better in HARD EIGHT (hint: the title of this novel may be more appropriate than you think).

    Evanovich has no competition when it comes to balancing outrageous characters and outlandish situations with cold, gritty suspense; there's no one else in crime fiction who writes like she can. I always try to read the Stephanie Plum books after I've just finished reading someting pretty heavy, which makes the characters and the humor even sweeter to return to. It's so wonderful to come back to the Burg. I never know what I'm going to find--but it's always even funnier than I expect....more info
  • Eight is not Enough!
    The 8th book in the Stephanie Plum series is another gem from writer, Janet Evanovich. Fans of the series could not wait to get their hands on this release, and new readers will be delighted at the antics of the characters in these books. In this installment, Stephanie's mother asks her to find a neighbor's missing relative, and family loyalty (and boredom) spurs Stephanie to take on the case. However, when she gets involved, a shady landlord starts warning her off the scent, and suddenly Stephanie finds out his henchman are following her. When various bad things start to happen, (i.e. her car gets blown up again, she is followed by someone in a bunny suit, snakes wind up in her apartment, and a dead body appears on her couch) Stephanie knows she is in way too deep. She enlists the help of the sexy Ranger to help her out of this jam, and also finds herself with help from both Grandma Mazur and Lula. All of the favorite characters from previous installments return, and their antics will have you laughing aloud.

    I cannot believe that there are people who actually have not read this series! Stephanie Plum is a hilarious character, and her slapstick comedy has made me laugh aloud at some strange times. If I read these books in front of other people, they invariably ask me what is so funny, and I can never quite relate the story as well as Ms. Evanovich can! There are few mystery books that can make me laugh as much as this series and yet keep me interested in the mystery, but this series does it all. Who else but Stephanie Plum can have every car she has ever owned wrecked in some way (they usually blow up), and be chased by a person in a bunny suit? If you have never read any of the books in the series, join the millions of others that have and get reading today!

    The first book in the series is "One for the Money". Enjoy!
    ...more info
  • Eight is Not Enough
    I had been told about Janet Evanovich over a year ago and was encouraged to read her Stephanie Plum series. Life got in the way and when I did have time to read, I was playing catch up with my favorite authors - I had no time to start a book by a new author. I continued to collect the series whenever I'd find one of the books at a library sale or yard sale. Recently, I decided they were taking up too much space on my overcrowded bookshelf, so I plunged into the series with ONE FOR THE MONEY. That was about 3 weeks ago, and I've loved the books so much, I've read them back to back. I finished HARD EIGHT last night and have to say this is the first one that was a disappointment.

    In HARD EIGHT, Stephanie Plum, bumbling Bounty Hunter with more luck than skill, is on the hunt for a couple of FTA's (people who Failed to Appear for their court appearance and are now in violation of their bond). The cases in HARD EIGHT are not memorable and soon forgotten. Usually there is a FTA that gives Stephanie a hard time and is very fun to read about - not so with this book. The main story focuses around Stephanie agreeing to look for her parent's neighbor's daughter and granddaughter (Evelyn and Annie) who may be in danger from the ex-husband (Paul). Stephanie realizes it's not just a case of child custody when she comes up against Eddie Abruzzi, their landlord and an all around nasty guy who seems more like a mobster than a businessman. Eddie decides to torment Stephanie and begins his crusade to get her to cave in and leave the case. The bag of snakes left at her door and the large tarantulas left in her car don't do the trick, so he has a guy dressed in a bunny suit harassing her. Hmmm... maybe Stephanie shouldn't have told him she liked bunnies.

    We've seen in this series that Stephanie has an on-again, off-again romance with Joe Morelli, a local bad boy turned good cop. The reader can almost feel the electrical current flowing between these two. Tossed into the mix is Ranger, a bounty hunter who has taken Stephanie under his wing. Ranger has more mystery than the plot lines. No one knows where he lives, how he gets the expensive cars he drives, or really much about him. In HARD EIGHT, since Stephanie and Morelli are off again and not talking, Ranger seems to be more in the forefront of the romantic race to gain Stephanie's affections. But even this interlude is lacking... I found Ranger to be out of character in this book where Stephanie is concerned.

    Character development is one of the things Evanovich does well. The characters of Stephanie, Joe Morelli, and Ranger are so well developed they feel like part of the family. The cast of support characters are also well done and make each of the books feel like you're invited right into the plot. Lula, the large black friend of Stephanie is a riot - she's an ex "ho" who tells it like it is, but she's more bark than bite. Vinnie, the owner of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds and uncle to Stephanie, is a sleazy guy but one can't help but smile at his antics. Stephanie's mother and father are interesting, but the best family member has to be Grandma Mazur. Someday I want to be a grandma like that! She's out to have a good time no matter what people think and she always says what's on her mind. She's great! Connie, the office manager at the bail bond office, is the only support character who hasn't been well developed.

    Even though this series is light on the mystery portions, it is filled with fun and hilarious scenes. You cannot read one of these books without laughing through at least one part.

    Out of the first eight books, this one I liked the least. It's short on plot development and seems to focus more on character interaction. Overall it's forgettable with the exception of Ranger and Morelli still vying for Stephanie's attentions... and even that was a bit lacking in this book!

    And what does the title of these books have to do with the stories? I have yet to figure that one out!

    ...more info