CB Book#2: Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich

                Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter. She’s not a very good one, but she’s tenacious. Ten Big Ones is the tenth in Janet Evanovich’s long running series about Stephanie Plum’s bounty hunting adventures. The usual cast of characters includes Lula, the ex-hooker turned file clerk. She files her nails more than paperwork. There is Grandma Mazur, Stephanie’s grandmother who packs heat and goes to wakes as a hobby. There is also Stephanie’s cousin, Vinnie the bail bonder who is rumored to have had a romantic relationship with a duck. Stephanie’s two love interests are Joe Morelli, the cop and Ranger, the general bad-ass. There are a handful of other silly side characters as well.

                In Ten Big Ones, Stephanie pisses off the local gang so they send a mercenary after her. She must hide from the mercenary while catching her FTA’s (failure to appears). One of the FTA’s is a dieting woman who stands up a Frito truck. To keep up her energy, Stephanie and Lula eat a dangerous amount of donuts. Seriously, she and several other characters have an unhealthy relationship with food.

                There’s a lot not to like about a Stephanie Plum book. If you’re looking for something remotely believable, don’t bother. This series is cartoonish at best. But there is a lot to like about Stephanie Plum too. She’s independent. She’s not the kind of woman whose ultimate goal is finding a man. Her hamster keeps her company just fine. In fact, her goals don’t usually extend much further than finding her next F.T.A. Besides that, Evanovich’s novels are quick and easy to read. They only take a day or two. They are also genuinely funny. True, they are simple books and very little depth or thought is involved, but sometimes books can just be for fun and Ten Big Ones is just for fun.

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2 Comments

  1. yeratomato said,

    December 2, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Heh when I worked at the book store my assistant manager was in charge of the ‘chick lit’, romance and mystery sections because she was obsessed with them. She read all of the Stephanie Plum books (I think she had a lot in common with the character) and tried to get me to start but I resisted. Now I’m glad. : )

    • brenia said,

      December 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

      You probably wouldn’t like them that much. I love her.


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