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12. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich...

January 13, 2009

Title: Hard Eight
Author: Janet Evanovich
ISBN-10: 0-312-98386-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-98386-4
Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2002

Stephanie's helping out her parents' neighbor Mabel, whose house is collateral for a custody bond on Annie, her great-granddaughter. Now Annie & her mom (Evelyn) are both missing, and Mabel's going to lose her home to the bond company. Ok, you say, what's so difficult about finding a mother and daughter? Apparently, a lot. QUITE a lot. Stephanie finds herself face-to-face with another psycho nutjob, one that both Morelli AND Ranger warns her to stay away from. If only it were that easy. Steph & psycho nutjobs seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly.

She gets stalked around town by a bear and a rabbit, picks up a new helper (a hapless lawyer), has an FTA die on her (of the flu), and gets rescued by Valerie.

Family: Valerie tries to put her life back together. Apparently landing herself a husband is supposed to help. Hmm... Stephanie's mom runs over a rabbit on the way to lunch. Never mind that the rabbit was chasing after Stephanie in the middle of the street. Buh-bye bunny!

Wheels: Stephanie's CR-V apparently survived Seven Up, only to get blown up here. After being stolen multiple times, and side-swiped at least once. She's baaaaaaaaaaaack!! Her replacement (loaner?) CR-V from Ranger also meets the same fate. Somewhere up there is a commiseration club for Stephanie's vehicles, where they're all one-upping each other with the stories of their demise...

Action: Stephanie finally gets some Ranger action. Whoo boy. What is it about Stephanie and men who will not commit?

I love my gal Steph, but even I'm thinking she might want to find another line of work. One that puts you in the hospital as often as this one, isn't really my idea of fun... Still, she gets 'em all in the end.

6 comments:

Molly said...

I am SO impressed at how quickly you are reading these! I think I would like to try to do the same this summer, when I have a bit more free time.

drey said...

Molly ~ I'm inhaling these, they're so easy to read! Plus, I just HAVE to find out what happens next. It's like that 5-car accident you just can't NOT look at as you're driving past...

bermudaonion said...

I know these are quick reads, but boy, are you reading them fast!

drey said...

bermudaonion ~ I read everything fast. Having to write a review after has actually slowed me down a tad - I've never had to remember details before, so I'd just fly.

Dar said...

Drey, your reviews of these have me laughing almost as much as the books. Thanks for the memories of the books-it's fun for me to remember what's gone on in the past ones.

drey said...

Dar ~ Good! =) At least they're not boring. =P

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