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14. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich...

January 14, 2009
Title: To the Nines
Author: Janet Evanovich
ISBN-10: 0-312-26586-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-26586-1
Hardcover: 312 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2003

This time, Stephanie's chasing down a visa bondee who went missing. A visa bondee is someone who's in the States on a temporary visa, and his/her company places a bond as a guarantee that the employee will return home (wherever that is) when his term of employment is up.

She gets greased up trying to catch a naked, Vaseline-d FTA, and has a stalker who leaves her red roses and white carnations, and shoots tranquilizer darts at her. Somehow I think that even if Steph moved into an uber-secure gated community, she'd still have to deal with break-ins. At least in this book there are no dead bodies left in her apartment...

Oh, and in addition to vehicles, Stephanie must've put the hex on Ranger's merry men. Tank breaks a leg. Cal faints and suffers a concussion. Erik survives Lula with broken bones in his hand and possibly a slipped disc. Everybody watch out - she's graduated from mechanicals to organics!

Family: There's lots of Morelli's family in this one. Specifically his mom and Grandma Bella who stop over - all. the. time. - while she's at his place. Stephanie's parents place is bedlam with 4 adults and two (soon to be three) children living in a 3-bedroom 1-bath. and Valerie has a baby girl.

Wheels: Stephanie's sunshine yellow Ford Escape actually survives this book.

Action: Lots of Ranger kissing Stephanie. Makes things complicated when Steph moves in with Morelli due to the stalker, and offers her apartment up as temporary housing to Valerie. I sure hope things work out for her.

This book had a more involved plot than the others so far. I'm happy she made it through in one piece. Yes, I know there are more books in the series, but I did get worried about my gal Steph. A great addition to the series.


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