Monday, July 18, 2005

Finding a Bad Woman: Four to Score by Janet Evanovitch


We've seen how Stephanie Plum, Janet Evanovitch's plucky bounty hunter, gets her man when there's money on the line. But in Four to Score, Plum's assignment is to bring in a woman. With so much at stake, Stephanie's going to need lots of help. Grandma Mazur discovers the power of the stun gun, Lula's got an urge to stomp someone, and Joe Morelli is right there to watch her back—and her front!

The fugitive criminal keeps leaving coded messages for her ex-boyfriend, and he's hired Stephanie to figure out what she wants. Trouble is, the codes are too complex, even for the puzzle-loving seniors in her complex. She calls in Salvatore "Sally" Sweet, a transvestite singer with a penchant for solving encrypted messages.

As if it weren't enough to have Grandma Mazur and Lula, and now Sally Sweet as well, determined to play bounty hunter on this case, Plum's sleazy cousin Vinnie has hired her nemesis, Joyce Barnhardt—not only hired her, but given Joyce the same case! Joyce seems content to follow Stephanie and her entourage, waiting for the inevitable success that she will steal, just like she stole Stephanie's husband, Dickie Orr.

Meanwhile, Stephanie keeps getting hateful messages from someone who warns her to "stay away from my boyfriend." Whoever it is means business, too—first Stephanie's car is fire-bombed, then her apartment. And when she moves in with Joe Morelli while the damage is being repaired—then the fireworks really start!

Four to Score is another solid entry in the Stephanie Plum universe. You've got to read this one, just for the laughs. And to count the cars Plum destroys on the way to solving the mystery.

I've read One for the Money, Two for the Dough and Three to Get Deadly. I've also read Seven Up—that's the book that hooked me on Stephanie Plum!

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