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Review: Smokin’ Seventeen

July 14, 2011

Stephanie Plum is back and things are getting pretty creepy.  While she’s bringing in skips, in her usual bumbling way, and trying to decide between Ranger and Morelli, dead bodies are showing up and several people seem to want to do her in.  She’s also dealing with Grandma Mazur and her mother, who want to fix her up with a man she went to high school with.   When it seems like things can’t get any worse, they do and, Stephanie has to keep her wits about her if she wants to survive.

Smokin’ Seventeen, by Janet Evanovich, is the newest edition in the Stephanie Plum series. Evanovich doesn’t stray from her formula in the latest in this best selling series, so many of the elements will be familiar to fans of the series.  Stephanie struggles to catch skips with Lula as her comedic side-kick.  There’s lots of sexual tension and laughs and, of course, a car or two is destroyed.

Even though this book isn’t all that different from the rest of the series, it’s still fun.  It’s a quick, entertaining read, but would never be considered great literature.  It’s an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon – you may even laugh out loud a time or two.  I enjoyed it, but do think I’m ready for Stephanie to stop stringing both guys along and settle down.  It’s not necessary to have read the previous books in the series, but you will understand the characters more if you do.  Fans of the series won’t want to miss this book.

Review copy provided by Planned Television Arts.   I am an Indiebound Affliate.
40 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2011 5:02 am

    One of those series that just seems so long that I don’t know whether I should even begin it. I am not really a fan of long series, but this one does sound fun.

  2. July 14, 2011 5:03 am

    I luv, luv Stephanie Plum. She’s a nut and a half. She’s too much fun. I’m up to Five ready for Six. So behind.

  3. July 14, 2011 5:19 am

    I have been meaning to read Stephanie Plum’s series for quite some time. Sometimes it’s fun to read books that are just plain entertaining, rather than great literature 😀

  4. July 14, 2011 5:23 am

    I read the first book in this series, but I just can’t imagine reading 16 more… That’s a bit daunting! It would have been better if I had started when there were less books!

  5. July 14, 2011 6:14 am

    This series was fun, but I stopped around 9 as they really are so much alike. I do like Grandma M.

    • July 14, 2011 10:56 am

      Diane, I was going to say something similar but I can’t remember if I read #10 or up to #11.

  6. July 14, 2011 6:58 am

    I’m glad you still like it. Like Diane (comment before me) I stopped at 9. I listened to Plum Lucky – a ‘between the numbers’ on a recent car trip and it made the 3.5 hours fly 🙂

  7. July 14, 2011 7:16 am

    Glad you had fun with it. This series doesn’t really appeal to me, especially now that there are 17 books! I find that I grow frustrated with the characters in a series after awhile, which is why I’m hesitant to read the 10th book in Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series.

  8. July 14, 2011 7:21 am

    Sigh. I will read it, I will laugh one time. And then I will be annoyed that nothing new happened, but I will still read it as soon as I can get my greedy hands on it

  9. July 14, 2011 7:33 am

    I put this series to rest after reading #14.

  10. July 14, 2011 7:59 am

    These books are getting predictable after 17 books, but I still love them. Summer wouldn’t be the same without a Stephanie Plum book.

  11. July 14, 2011 8:52 am

    I have yet to read one of her books, but I keep getting tempted!

  12. July 14, 2011 9:17 am

    I’ve read one of her books and have the rest sitting there in case I need a brainless read. They are entertaining if not great literature.

  13. July 14, 2011 9:37 am

    My sentiments exactly. I love the series, but Stephanie needs to figure out what she wants, even if it’s for a book or two and she changes her mind.

  14. July 14, 2011 9:45 am

    I haven’t read this series at all yet. I’m still on the fence. I like this brand of humor, but I’m not sure I want to read such a long series. I may give the first one a try some time, maybe on long drives!

  15. July 14, 2011 10:02 am

    I think it’s quite an accomplishment that a series with as many books as this one, is still entertaining and fresh.

  16. July 14, 2011 10:12 am

    I started reading this about five years ago when I had my wisdom teeth pulled. Read the first eight in three days. Recently started #14 and am having such a hard time with it. My grandmother, who loves the series, said on FB a movie is in the works for these books? Should be interesting!

    thanks for the review!

  17. July 14, 2011 10:17 am

    Smokin’ Seventeen? How the heck did that happen? I haven’t even read my copy of “Fourteen” yet! I am so far behind…. Glad to hear this one lives up to the rest

  18. July 14, 2011 10:46 am

    Must give this a try, thanks! for reviewing it.

  19. July 14, 2011 11:08 am

    I’m sorta embarrassed to admit I’ve never read a Stephanie Plum novel. They do sound really fun though — I should try one!

  20. July 14, 2011 11:08 am

    I listened to the first in this series on a car trip with my sisters years ago and it was not very good so I never really got into the entire series. One of these days I’ll have to pick up the actual book and try it out, all these people can’t be wrong.

  21. July 14, 2011 11:14 am

    I’ve read them all but this one, and I always laugh out loud, even though it is the same characters doing the same crazy stuff. I agree, the formula probably needs to change. But then I ask myself, who would I give up? I would die if I didn’t have a little bit of both Ranger and Morelli. Ranger is kind of a fantasy guy for me…

  22. July 14, 2011 11:18 am

    I have never read these books, but my mom swears by them and loves them. Every time we talk books with each other she reminds me that I need to read them. I am glad to hear you liked it!

  23. July 14, 2011 12:07 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the latest. This is one series that I decided to stop even though I’m tempted to read it, I just know I would be disappointed and frustrated. haha

  24. July 14, 2011 12:48 pm

    I’ve read them all except for 16 and 17. I was getting a little bored so I decided to stop for a while. I’ll pick them both up again soon as they are pure fun to read.

    I loved the interview video. It was nice hearing her take on the two men. Also great to hear there’s another book coming in November. I couldn’t help myself – I had to watch the next video as well. That one was all about which actors should play the various characters. Fun to watch. Thanks Kathy.

  25. July 14, 2011 12:58 pm

    I’ve only read book 5 and enjoyed it, never thought of picking up the rest of the series though, especially since there is a love hate factor with later books. Glad you liked it though.

    ~ Popin

  26. July 14, 2011 1:45 pm

    I honestly think I would have given up on this series if I didn’t have the option of listening to them on audio read by Lorelei King.

  27. July 14, 2011 3:03 pm

    I have never read these…and I am wondering where to start…17 books so far seems overwhelming!!!

  28. July 14, 2011 3:19 pm

    I read the first two in the series when they first came out and then stopped, I presume life got in the way. If I recall correctly I enjoyed these as a lunch break diversion.

  29. kaye permalink
    July 14, 2011 7:00 pm

    Oh phooey! I was hoping you were going to say there was finally something new in the burg. Stephanie stopped waffling about the 2 guys and not one vehicle was harmed during the writing of the book. No such luck! Sounds like the same old, same old. I know eventually I will read it as Grandma Mazur and Lula are the big draw for me.

  30. July 14, 2011 8:34 pm

    i’ve been a fan since the first book–i think it’s the jersey thing–and while i love stephanie’s misadventures, i really read the books for lula and ranger! they are my favorite characters and i felt like ranger was a bit too absent in the last few books. i agree that they are more ‘summer reading’ but don’t think janet will have steph settle down anytime soon. when i interviewed her earlier this year, she said as long as the books sell, she’ll continue to write them. the think i love most about janet is that she STRUGGLED for so long without selling a book–10 years, i think–but look where she is now. that’s dogged determination for you! 🙂

  31. July 14, 2011 9:07 pm

    I need to read 16 and then this one…I’m ready for her to make a choice too!!

  32. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 14, 2011 10:05 pm

    I stopped after 15 because each book was the same thing. Sounds like that hasn’t changed. If she ever chooses between Joe or Ranger I might pick it up again.

  33. redladysreadingroom permalink
    July 14, 2011 10:30 pm

    I was going to stop reading this series after 15 but I’ve decided to read 16 & 17. Maybe I just needed a break but they are fun, light, summer reads even though they are predictable. I can’t let go…although, I do hope that she chooses Joe or Ranger soon!

  34. July 15, 2011 12:59 am

    I’d probably enjoy this book/series as well, as light reading. Great review, as usual, Kathy.

  35. July 15, 2011 8:30 am

    I’ve only read a couple of the books in the numbers series. I’ve read almost all of the between-the-numbers books, which were all outrageously funny. I do have all of these books, except the newest one, which mom is reading. I think this is another series that I need to finish up along with the Sookie Stackhouse books.

  36. July 15, 2011 2:07 pm

    It seems like I should really love the Stephanie Plum series, but I just can’t get into it.

  37. July 17, 2011 8:16 am

    I don’t know what book I’m at. I’ve lost count and I can’t believe Plum hasn’t chose RANGER DANGER yet! What! That is just WRONG!

    PS I got into this series and have not looked back since. I just have to do a marathon Plum reading to get up to date.

  38. July 18, 2011 11:43 am

    Sometimes quick and entertaining is all we need. I have a tendency to switch up when I’ve read a lot of “heavier” books in a row – quick, easy and fun gives me that needed breather. 🙂

  39. rosa permalink
    September 25, 2011 4:11 am

    The ending to “Smokin’ Seventeen” went over my head – zzzzzzip!
    Who was Stephanie going to take with her on her trip? Lula?

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