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Agentka Stephanie se popáté pouští do pátrání s vervou sobě vlastní. Nejdřív se zdá, že ani není do čeho píchnout, ale jak už to chodí v životě téhle lovkyně zločinců, která by docela ráda žila ve spořádaném klídku, jenže to prostě není jejím osudem, malé a nevinné události rychle přerůstají ve velké a Stephanie se brzy ocitá ve víru dění. Tentokrát se snaží najít svého ne Agentka Stephanie se popáté pouští do pátrání s vervou sobě vlastní. Nejdřív se zdá, že ani není do čeho píchnout, ale jak už to chodí v životě téhle lovkyně zločinců, která by docela ráda žila ve spořádaném klídku, jenže to prostě není jejím osudem, malé a nevinné události rychle přerůstají ve velké a Stephanie se brzy ocitá ve víru dění. Tentokrát se snaží najít svého nezvěstného strýce, což vypadá neškodně, ale najednou se to kolem ní už zase hemží mrtvolami, záhadnými týpky a vyhrožujícími kriminálníky a v jejím bytě se neustále objevují nezvaní návštěvníci. A do toho všeho se plete nenechavá babička, které se konečně podaří vyzkoušet si omračovací pistoli, a festovní Lula, učiněný slon v porcelánu, Stephanii pomáhá nejen s pořízením sexy ohozu na mafiánskou svatbu. Tohle svérázné a důvtipné děvče má prostě co dělat, aby rozlousklo případ. Vyvázne z toho živá a zdravá, a navíc se všemi pěti pohromadě? Stephanie boduje, ani neví jak - v jejím životě se děj nikdy nezastaví.


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Agentka Stephanie se popáté pouští do pátrání s vervou sobě vlastní. Nejdřív se zdá, že ani není do čeho píchnout, ale jak už to chodí v životě téhle lovkyně zločinců, která by docela ráda žila ve spořádaném klídku, jenže to prostě není jejím osudem, malé a nevinné události rychle přerůstají ve velké a Stephanie se brzy ocitá ve víru dění. Tentokrát se snaží najít svého ne Agentka Stephanie se popáté pouští do pátrání s vervou sobě vlastní. Nejdřív se zdá, že ani není do čeho píchnout, ale jak už to chodí v životě téhle lovkyně zločinců, která by docela ráda žila ve spořádaném klídku, jenže to prostě není jejím osudem, malé a nevinné události rychle přerůstají ve velké a Stephanie se brzy ocitá ve víru dění. Tentokrát se snaží najít svého nezvěstného strýce, což vypadá neškodně, ale najednou se to kolem ní už zase hemží mrtvolami, záhadnými týpky a vyhrožujícími kriminálníky a v jejím bytě se neustále objevují nezvaní návštěvníci. A do toho všeho se plete nenechavá babička, které se konečně podaří vyzkoušet si omračovací pistoli, a festovní Lula, učiněný slon v porcelánu, Stephanii pomáhá nejen s pořízením sexy ohozu na mafiánskou svatbu. Tohle svérázné a důvtipné děvče má prostě co dělat, aby rozlousklo případ. Vyvázne z toho živá a zdravá, a navíc se všemi pěti pohromadě? Stephanie boduje, ani neví jak - v jejím životě se děj nikdy nezastaví.

30 review for Od desíti k pěti

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to High Five, the fifth book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series, written in 1999 by Janet Evanovich. If you thought Stephanie was off-her-rocker, wait until you meet more of her family. Uncle Fred has disappeared and all they can find that might lead them to his whereabouts are the pictures he's kept hidden of a dismembered human body. We know Stephanie's family has some crime-connections between her cousin and a few other distant relatives. But when Gran Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to High Five, the fifth book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series, written in 1999 by Janet Evanovich. If you thought Stephanie was off-her-rocker, wait until you meet more of her family. Uncle Fred has disappeared and all they can find that might lead them to his whereabouts are the pictures he's kept hidden of a dismembered human body. We know Stephanie's family has some crime-connections between her cousin and a few other distant relatives. But when Grandma gets hold of a stolen gun, and starts showing it off to everyone, we realize why Stephanie is the way she is. Of course, beyond that of who her mother and father are... I would love to be friends with this woman... but never be in the same room as her, as disaster is bound to happen. This is one of the first books where the major issues heat up between her and Joe Morelli over her "relationship/friendship" with Ranger. Joe should be jealous. She's certainly crossed that line a few times, even though she and Joe have had this on-again / off-again thing going on. Mystery is great here, especially when it's family. And who doesn't love trying to figure out who cut up a body? About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 4.25 *** An outstanding monthly buddy read with the coolest gang in town, The BB&Bs!!! ""Problem is, you aren't living up to your earning potential," Lula said. "We only got chickenshit cases these days. What you need is to have a serial killer or a homicidal rapist jump bail. Those boys are worth something." "Yeah, I'd sure like to get a case like that." Big fib. If Vinnie ever gave me a homicidal rapist to chase down I'd quit and get a job selling shoes."" I want to belong to the Plum fa *** 4.25 *** An outstanding monthly buddy read with the coolest gang in town, The BB&Bs!!! ""Problem is, you aren't living up to your earning potential," Lula said. "We only got chickenshit cases these days. What you need is to have a serial killer or a homicidal rapist jump bail. Those boys are worth something." "Yeah, I'd sure like to get a case like that." Big fib. If Vinnie ever gave me a homicidal rapist to chase down I'd quit and get a job selling shoes."" I want to belong to the Plum family!!! Yes, they are insane, yes they are genetically challenged, but they are soooo much fun, all else pales in comparison!!! Reading these books one a month is a great decision! It is so, because the books have a very specific feel to them and binge-reading them together would do a disservice to the comic relief they provide. I think of them as a giant chocolate candy-bar with nuts and taffy and everything most wonderful you can think of. Eating one of them is an orgasmic experience, but it does verge on suicide by candy. Attempting two is a death-wish come true! Spacing them and using them as the fluff between the dark, heavy reads we have delved into as of late, is the wisest thing our mods at BB&B came up with and I salute their responsible decision making - after all, they are very concerned with our healthy reading habits:):):) Burning out on a favorite series sucks and this is the best way to prevent it... This is the 5th book in the Stephani Plum series and she is just as incompetent as ever. She is broke and for some reason, no one is jumping bail in Trenton! She has no money to pay her bills and rent and is looking for something to supplement her income. Enters Ranger, her new part-time employer. The job.... jobs, are varied, semi-legal and definitely not very fitting our luckless bounty-hunter... On top of that, she is working in close proximity with Ranger and Stephani is only human and uncomfortable attraction hums between the two of them... Not that there is anything wrong with that - after all, she and Morelli split a while ago over differences of how they perceive marriage and commitment... "Not that it's any of my business," Lula said, "but what's going on with you and Morelli? I thought that was over with you two when you moved out." "It's complicated." "Your problem is you keep getting involved with men who have lots of potential in bed and no potential at the altar." "I'm thinking of giving men up altogether," I said. "Celibacy isn't so bad. You don't have to worry about shaving your legs." So single Stephani has attraction problems, money problems, family problems (her uncle Fred has gone missing and she is looking for him), bounty hunting problems, and worst of all, Ramirez is out on parole and has been looking for her... Needless to say, typical for our characters chaos ensues and at least two cars meet their maker... And Grandma Mazur steels the show every time she is on page:) I love those books and you guys have to give the series a try, it is a very pleasant and fun way to spend an afternoon - the books read that fast!!! I recommend them to anyone who does not take everything too seriously - these books are only for entertainment and bringing laughter in your lives, not to make deep philosophical or socioeconomic statements, so do not judge them as such... There are stereotypes, there are tropes often used in comedy, and there are some mushy parts, but the overall product is totally worth the time! So, I wish all wonderful time reading and many, many satisfying books!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I think my last status update says it all: "These books are such a cocktease." I don't know why I keep checking these out from the library. Some supernatural force keeps pulling me down the Mystery aisle and forcing these books into my hands. I can't explain my fascination otherwise. I don't really like Stephanie, the mysteries are contrived and ridiculous, her family is annoying, the love triangle is BEYOND frustrating, and the constant addition of "let's see how crazy THIS supporting character I think my last status update says it all: "These books are such a cocktease." I don't know why I keep checking these out from the library. Some supernatural force keeps pulling me down the Mystery aisle and forcing these books into my hands. I can't explain my fascination otherwise. I don't really like Stephanie, the mysteries are contrived and ridiculous, her family is annoying, the love triangle is BEYOND frustrating, and the constant addition of "let's see how crazy THIS supporting character can be" is just about the last nail in the coffin of this series for me. But I can't stop reading them. I just CAN'T. Thank god for the library.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    "I don't get it," the driver said. "I hardly scraped against your car. Why would it explode like that?" "That's what her cars do," Lula said. "They explode." Stephanie is hell on wheels. Literally. Her crazy relationship with cars are some of the funniest parts of these books. She is singlehandedly putting the insurance companies out of business at this point. And, it's awesome. soon... In this book, Stephanie is looking for her Uncle Fred. Of course this job doesn't pay, and people keep getting m "I don't get it," the driver said. "I hardly scraped against your car. Why would it explode like that?" "That's what her cars do," Lula said. "They explode." Stephanie is hell on wheels. Literally. Her crazy relationship with cars are some of the funniest parts of these books. She is singlehandedly putting the insurance companies out of business at this point. And, it's awesome. soon... In this book, Stephanie is looking for her Uncle Fred. Of course this job doesn't pay, and people keep getting murdered after she talks to them. But, that's just another day in the life of our bumbling bounty hunter. On top of that, she starts working side-jobs for Ranger. Let's just say that her bad luck follows her to any job that she tries. She's worse at her job than Phil at Jurassic Park. And, along with the always-awesome Lula, Stephanie picks up a dwarf and a new stalker, Bunchy, that she brings dinner to as he's watching her from his car. She's even pretty considerate of his limitations when he is following her: Bunchy: "Don't drive too fast. There's something wrong with my transmission. It makes this real bad sound when I do over forty." He could just let Stephanie borrow his car. Transmission problem solved. So, the only thing I am not too thrilled with in this series is that we have begun a love triangle. Why, why, why? Is God punishing me or something? I've been a good person. I helped someone once. I kept my kids alive to adulthood. It is just so unfair! No, I'm not being overly dramatic! I get that Joe Morelli and Stephanie have opposing views on marriage. But, he's coming around. "You know what my biggest fear is? I worry that someday you might be the mother of my children." See? That was practically a proposal. And, romantic too! But, Ranger is closing in on Steph. He finds her craziness funny and doesn't mind all of the car destruction. He kisses her and she's thinking about it. In a way, I kind of prefer Ranger. He has that dark and dangerous vibe that is pretty alluring. He's oozing sexuality - my favorite kind of oozing. Okay, the only kind of oozing I like. Except for hot fudge. That's some good oozing too. Anyway, where was I? Freaking diet makes me so hungry that it's hard to think. Oh, yeah. Ranger - he also has cool cars. And, Joe likes to sit and watch baseball on TV at night. Yeah, I vote for Ranger. The end of the book was a major tease. I need to get on to the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    This is probably the twentieth time I've read the Stephanie Plum books. I love them, obviously. When I need a truly entertaining story to make the day better, these are always the books I turn to. Reread March 2018

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Gibson

    Ah, Stephanie—what has happened to your uncle who seems to have gone missing? Who cares? It’s the journey and not the . . . well, you know the rest. If you are reading this series from the beginning then you will get the jokes i.e. when the fire alarm goes off in the funeral home everyone looks towards Ms. Plum. She has a history. Evanovich has here style of writing perfected (good thing because there are nine more novels in this series)—short pithy sentences, detailing a swiftly moving story. L Ah, Stephanie—what has happened to your uncle who seems to have gone missing? Who cares? It’s the journey and not the . . . well, you know the rest. If you are reading this series from the beginning then you will get the jokes i.e. when the fire alarm goes off in the funeral home everyone looks towards Ms. Plum. She has a history. Evanovich has here style of writing perfected (good thing because there are nine more novels in this series)—short pithy sentences, detailing a swiftly moving story. Like I have said before, it is the cast of characters that makes her books so enjoyable. High Five has the regulars (Ranger, Morelli, and Lula) as well as a couple new whackos like the dwarf who refuses to be brought in and a bookie named Bunchy who may be a cop. I shouldn’t be enjoying this series as much as I am, but they are light reading and a sweet break from others considered more serious. There is a scene where a ninety year old woman shoots a man. He, in turn, explodes. It is very funny. The author never drags out a scene—sometimes abruptly ending one in a surprising way (one of Ranger’s henchman picks up an annoying guy and throws him out a window—expedited in one sentence and completely unexpected). There is a conspiracy mired in the garbage pickup business. And cable. It’s all clever and hilarious.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tijana

    3.5 stars? So. I did not like this sequel at all. I enjoyed it, binged it, laughed with it, but did not like it. Because... A love triangle? Really, Janet? I found it cringy and most honestly hope you did not let Stephanie choose the other guy in that last, cliff hanging scene.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I enjoy this series. I read these books when I need something light. Grandma Mazur can usually be counted on to make me laugh out loud! I'm glad the character of Ramirez is now out of the way. I didn't like him still being in the story. I look forward to the next segment.....

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tilly Slaton

    Broke. No one is skipping out on bail. Struggling with the lack of satisfaction .. in life .. and with the two sexiest men on the planet, Stephanie Plum finds herself intertwined in family drama when asked to investigate and locate her Uncle Fred. Flying purple-headed piglet Vinnie, is making money left and right. He doesn’t play much of a role in this book, but that doesn’t keep the small statements from ripping gasping laughter from my gut. “Vinnie’s overjoyed,” Connie said. “He’s making money Broke. No one is skipping out on bail. Struggling with the lack of satisfaction .. in life .. and with the two sexiest men on the planet, Stephanie Plum finds herself intertwined in family drama when asked to investigate and locate her Uncle Fred. Flying purple-headed piglet Vinnie, is making money left and right. He doesn’t play much of a role in this book, but that doesn’t keep the small statements from ripping gasping laughter from my gut. “Vinnie’s overjoyed,” Connie said. “He’s making money by the fistful. No bounty hunters to pay. No forfeited bonds. Last time I saw Vinnie in a mood like this was when Madame Zaretsky was arrested for pandering and sodomy and put her trained dog up as collateral for her bond.” Ranger is a delicious bad boy character that gives you shivers and has the hair on your arms standing at attention. Although there may be a few women out there who would disagree or just flat-out would never admit it, Ranger is THE MAN of men. Mysterious. Sexy. Unobtainable. Wrong. In High Five, the attraction between Ranger and Stephanie is tiptoeing across a dangerous line of uncertainty. Ranger’s a Cuban-American. His features are Anglo, his eyes are Latino, his skin is the color of a mocha latte, and his body is as good as a body can get. He had his black hair pulled back into a ponytail. He was wearing a black T-shirt that fit him like a tattoo and a black SWAT pants tucked into black high-top boots. Joe Morelli is the type of guy that mother’s warn their daughter’s about. Stay away from that one! He’s a good cop and even better in bed. Stephanie tries her best to keep her distance, to suffer along with him as they play a game of who gives in first. Moments of doubt and jealousy leaves them both unsure of their standings and the sexual frustration between them does nothing to help the situation. Get a grip! I told myself. We’re talking about a simple sex act here. This isn’t a medical emergency like having a heart attack. This can wait twenty-four hours. (Stephanie) Lula as always, is a force to be reckoned with. A woman in need of no introduction; Lula hauled a small cannon out of her shoulder bag and pointed it at Bunchy. “You slime-faced bag of monkey shit.” An endless search for Fred is driving everyone crazy. A strange man is following Stephanie. A “little person” is crashed on her couch and uses her coffee table as his desk for work. A punk sheik in desperate need of a reality check in respect pushes Stephanie over the edge. Cars explode. But that’s nothing new, is it? I recommend this book to adults. There is mild violence (less in this book than the others) and some implied sexual content. Read books 1-5 as fast as you can, because they’re about to rock!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I LOVE Grandma Mazur!!!!! And, Lula continues to be a hysterical part-time side kick! Still enjoying the hell out of these books. Onto "Hot Six."

  11. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    1. I'm in love with Steph and Morelli 2. I'm even on board with Ranger (finally) 3. No offense to CJ Critt, but her voice for Briggs was THE WORST. Glad he's out of the picture. (also ready for Miss Lorelei King) 4. Grandma Mazur remains one of my favorites (along with Lula) 5. Steph needs an unlisted phone number and she also needs to move so these creeps can't find her (preferably back in with Morelli) 6. Too many swoon worthy/laugh out loud moments in this book. It was pretty solid. 7. WHAT WAS THA 1. I'm in love with Steph and Morelli 2. I'm even on board with Ranger (finally) 3. No offense to CJ Critt, but her voice for Briggs was THE WORST. Glad he's out of the picture. (also ready for Miss Lorelei King) 4. Grandma Mazur remains one of my favorites (along with Lula) 5. Steph needs an unlisted phone number and she also needs to move so these creeps can't find her (preferably back in with Morelli) 6. Too many swoon worthy/laugh out loud moments in this book. It was pretty solid. 7. WHAT WAS THAT ENDING?! 8. I may have finished the book with my hard copy so I can't even cheat by the different voices on my Audiobook. 9. Need Hot Six NOW. 10. Thank goodness there are 20+ books in this series. I can't get enough!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Albert Balbutin Jr.

    I was walking around Barnes and Noble book hunting when I came across a yellow book with a colorful title. It reminded me of the 80's and I love 80's-like colors. I started reading the 1st page without looking at its premise and was already hooked on Stephanie Plum's explanation on how she was much like Barbie without pants. I remembered looking at Barbie dolls as a kid, in the 80's! So I bought the book. Note: im not gay. 80's color theme plus Barbie equals 80's for the win. Oh, and Evanovich's na I was walking around Barnes and Noble book hunting when I came across a yellow book with a colorful title. It reminded me of the 80's and I love 80's-like colors. I started reading the 1st page without looking at its premise and was already hooked on Stephanie Plum's explanation on how she was much like Barbie without pants. I remembered looking at Barbie dolls as a kid, in the 80's! So I bought the book. Note: im not gay. 80's color theme plus Barbie equals 80's for the win. Oh, and Evanovich's narrative style is way too addicting. I think its a bit better than Dean Koontz. Yeah I said it. I MIGHT read his "Good Guy" or the "Darkest Evening of the Year," but we'll see.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Steinle gummel

    High Five by Janet Evanovich is the fifth Stephanie Plum story I've read and I love them. Stephanie is sassy and funny getting herself in all kind of mischief. This one starts out with Aunt Mable looking for Uncle Fred. He went out to do errands locked his car and hasn't been seen since. As a favor for the family she decides to look into it. She visits Aunt Mabel and asks about Uncle Fred's errands. She makes a bee line for the check at CGR Trash Company. Then Mabel shows her the pictures she fo High Five by Janet Evanovich is the fifth Stephanie Plum story I've read and I love them. Stephanie is sassy and funny getting herself in all kind of mischief. This one starts out with Aunt Mable looking for Uncle Fred. He went out to do errands locked his car and hasn't been seen since. As a favor for the family she decides to look into it. She visits Aunt Mabel and asks about Uncle Fred's errands. She makes a bee line for the check at CGR Trash Company. Then Mabel shows her the pictures she found in Fred's desk. They are body parts mingled in with the trash. Stephanie turns the photos over to Joe Morelli her on again off again boyfriend, who is a police detective. Then she has a mysterious guy calling himself Bunchie following her. Morelli tells her Ramirez the psycho boxer was released from prison. Bail bonding is slow. She has one failure to appear, a little person. She needs extra money and asks Ranger if he can help her. He does more than help her. This gets hot fast.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Stephanie doesn't have the best of luck but she's reached an all time low in this fifth instalment of the series. Things are on the rocks between her and Joe Morelli, her favourite stalker Benito Ramirez has been released from prison and gone straight back to hunting her, she's completely broke and nobody seems to be skipping bail right now so work is hard to come by. To top it all off her uncle Fred is missing and she's now obliged to spend her time trying to track him down, something that won' Stephanie doesn't have the best of luck but she's reached an all time low in this fifth instalment of the series. Things are on the rocks between her and Joe Morelli, her favourite stalker Benito Ramirez has been released from prison and gone straight back to hunting her, she's completely broke and nobody seems to be skipping bail right now so work is hard to come by. To top it all off her uncle Fred is missing and she's now obliged to spend her time trying to track him down, something that won't help her financial situation as it's a job she won't be paid for. Thankfully her fellow bounty hunter and mentor Ranger throws her a lifeline and offers her a side job working for Rangeman Enterprises but that's only going to make things more complicated, especially when Ranger turns the charm on full force. The Stephanie Plum series is so much fun to read and I think that High Five was the funniest book yet, I giggled so many times when I was reading this thanks to Stephanie's disastrous luck with cars and there were some hilarious conversations around Ranger's increasing interest in her romantically. Now let's just have a quick chat about Ranger here, if you thought Morelli had things all sewn up in the relationship department Ranger is about to make you question everything, and, as someone who normally hates love triangles with the passion of a burning sun, it's amazing how much I enjoy this one. It's been a long time since I read this series last but I'm on my 3rd read through of about the first 10 books and 2nd of the following 6 so I'm not a newbie by any means and I honestly STILL can't decide which one of the guys I like best. They both suit Stephanie in different ways and I actually think she'd stand a good chance of making things work with either of them but I do think her history with Joe puts him in a good position to come out on top (please don't spoiler me if you know who she chooses, I honestly can't remember if a decision has been made or not in the books I read in and I'm planning on reading the entire series so I will find out for myself soon enough). Up until this point Stephanie's chemistry with Joe has been the most obvious but they both currently have very different ideas about marriage and what they want from the future. Ranger is a man of mystery but we finally get to learn a little more about his background in this one, including a couple of surprising revelations about his relationship history. We still have a lot of questions about what he does with most of his time and how he can afford to keep Stephanie stocked with a seemingly endless supply of high level cars but it's pretty clear that he works in a few gray areas. I enjoyed seeing him push Stephanie a bit in this book, he knocks her out of her comfort zone and it makes for an interesting dynamic between them. The romance really isn't the main focus of these stories though and it's Stephanie along with her friends and family that really make this series shine. I absolutely adore Grandma Mazur, she never fails to make me laugh and she gets herself into some hilarious situations this time. I'm actually quite surprised that Stephanie's poor father hasn't moved out yet, he must be close to a nervous breakdown by now! We get fun new side characters introduced in every book but this one sees the return of the creepiest villain of the entire series and he absolutely terrifies me. Stephanie is one gutsy lady to manage to stand her ground when facing him and I don't blame her in the slightest for falling to pieces afterwards. The mystery of Stephanie's missing uncle was well done and took things in a direction I wasn't expecting but that's something this series has always done well. These books are brilliant, light hearted, very, very funny and the perfect way to spend an afternoon, High Five ends on a MAJOR tease so I'm glad I don't have to wait for the next book to be released. _______________ Series group read with Buddies, Books & Baubles starts 1st March 2016. We're planning on reading one book a month so it'll be easy to keep up with if anyone else wants to join us :o)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

    I didn't find this entry quite as entertaining as #4, but it held my interest nevertheless. In it, Stephanie is asked to find her Uncle Fred who has gone missing. As usual with her investigations, this leads her down strange and convoluted but ultimated connected roads. Her luck (bad) with cars continues. They have a way of getting blown up or disappearing on her. Her relationship with Morelli continues - on another level. She's moved out of his apartment and called off the sexual affair, but she c I didn't find this entry quite as entertaining as #4, but it held my interest nevertheless. In it, Stephanie is asked to find her Uncle Fred who has gone missing. As usual with her investigations, this leads her down strange and convoluted but ultimated connected roads. Her luck (bad) with cars continues. They have a way of getting blown up or disappearing on her. Her relationship with Morelli continues - on another level. She's moved out of his apartment and called off the sexual affair, but she can't call off her attraction to him. For his part, Morelli seems closer to succumbing to the inevitable. He admits that he is in love with Stephanie but that he's not interested in marriage. But there is another fly in the ointment or perhaps I should say another bee buzzing about the honey that is Stephanie. It's Ranger. Their attraction is mutual and we are left to wonder at the end of the book if the man she's about to jump into bed with is Morelli...or Ranger. My money's on Ranger. Oh, yeah, Stephanie solves the mystery of Uncle Fred's disappearance and all the related mysteries and she gets her man.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I blew right through this one so I'll keep things brief... Highlights include: 1. Ranger is in the wind 2. Ranger, no longer disguised as Batman, makes a play for Stephanie, yum 3. Stephanie beats a midget/little person 4. Morelli delivers the most curt, but steamy line yet that will send heat straight to your doodah. Raunchy yes, but true none the less.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Love my second time around with this series. This time I'm listening and it's great. Seeing to beginning of the Joe-Steph-Ranger love triangle is so fun. Steph has had sex with Joe, but isn't ready to totally commit to him. The cliffhanger ending has me racing to read/listen to the next book. Stephanie Plum is having trouble making rent and Ranger is helping out with some side work and new transportation, well a few new transportations. Steph's Uncle Fred has disappeared and Step is going to try Love my second time around with this series. This time I'm listening and it's great. Seeing to beginning of the Joe-Steph-Ranger love triangle is so fun. Steph has had sex with Joe, but isn't ready to totally commit to him. The cliffhanger ending has me racing to read/listen to the next book. Stephanie Plum is having trouble making rent and Ranger is helping out with some side work and new transportation, well a few new transportations. Steph's Uncle Fred has disappeared and Step is going to try and find him or find out why he disappeared. She also has a skip to find, shorty Randy Briggs, her latest skip trace. On top of all this Benito Ramirez is stalking Steph. And, oh my, the kiss. Wow, knocked my socks off.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    High Five is another quirky, often humorous mystery that features bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. In this book, Stephanie's Uncle Fred has gone missing, and her family thinks that she is just the one to find him. Uncle Fred's disappearance takes a sinister turn when his desk reveals photos of body parts. As Stephanie tries to find out what happened to him, several people she interview turn up dead and she must work to find out who is behind the murders. Stephanie's life is comlicated in this book High Five is another quirky, often humorous mystery that features bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. In this book, Stephanie's Uncle Fred has gone missing, and her family thinks that she is just the one to find him. Uncle Fred's disappearance takes a sinister turn when his desk reveals photos of body parts. As Stephanie tries to find out what happened to him, several people she interview turn up dead and she must work to find out who is behind the murders. Stephanie's life is comlicated in this book by her attraction to two men in her life - her sexy sometimes cop boyfriend Joe Morelli, and her mysterious work associate Ranger. High Five was a very fast-paced, entertaining book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bhanuj

    Another fun read by Janet. Morelli, ranger, lula, ramirez, Stephanie plum, cars blowing up, grandma mazur using stun gun; this book had everything and everyone, except for some hard core action from the hamster Rex.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    This is one of the most fun installments for me so far - 3.5 stars rounded up. Stephanie Plum, once again low on cash, is on the hunt for a 3 foot tall man who has skipped bail and is also searching for a missing uncle. Her hamster, Rex, is still in his cage, naturally, but she is moving into the proverbial love (or should I say lust?) triangle with Morelli and Ranger. While I am over love triangles, this book is funny and adventurous enough that I am willing to overlook it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    rachel

    These books are egregiously formulaic, but they are cozies. You know what to expect, down to the types of plot minutiae Evanovich will use to fill in the gaps of Stephanie's life -- junk food, that damn hamster, racism, beautician trips. Her car will blow up. She'll get stalked. And yet I love the sense of place that Evanovich creates with each of these books. It comforts me, all the squat, characterless brick apartment buildings and tiny, shuttered row homes of Trenton. The garbage in the street These books are egregiously formulaic, but they are cozies. You know what to expect, down to the types of plot minutiae Evanovich will use to fill in the gaps of Stephanie's life -- junk food, that damn hamster, racism, beautician trips. Her car will blow up. She'll get stalked. And yet I love the sense of place that Evanovich creates with each of these books. It comforts me, all the squat, characterless brick apartment buildings and tiny, shuttered row homes of Trenton. The garbage in the street. The road names. See, I live in Philly and work across the bridge(s) from Trenton in Morrisville, PA (check out the opening line of Hot Six, we made the big time, baby). To me, reading these books is as soothing and homey as Stephanie Plum walking around her parents' house in her robe. I recognize these names and places, the Jersey in-jokes, utilitarian city living in a kinda grody, moderately dangerous place and how, after a bit, you don't really notice the trash fluttering by or the weeds coming up in the cracks of the sidewalk. Stephanie Plum really IS the girl next door if these are also your life experiences. So I get annoyed with the formula, yes, but I don't care. I get annoyed with how dumb Stephanie can be, and her small person body image issues and how the men in her life express out loud that they don't want her to get fat (how gross and awful is that), and how Stephanie stumbles on the solution to the book's mystery by the killer just revealing himself to her rather than by her "wit." I didn't expect a feminist bent to these books, but I expected more from them than total female incompetence. I don't even know if I'd personally recommend them to someone not from the tri-state region, knowing what the appeal is for me. But I'll still read them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samanthap3

    Once again I've finished an another Janet Evanovich book. This time it's High Five. In High Five bail jumping in Trenton is down to a small rate. Stephanie's only open case is a small bond, for a small violation, committed by a small person who raises Stephanie's frustration level in big ways. So, short of money and long on bills, Stephanie comes up with a plan. Signing on as an intern with Super Bounty Hunter Ranger, Stephanie ventures into Ranger's mostly morally correct and "semi" legal opera Once again I've finished an another Janet Evanovich book. This time it's High Five. In High Five bail jumping in Trenton is down to a small rate. Stephanie's only open case is a small bond, for a small violation, committed by a small person who raises Stephanie's frustration level in big ways. So, short of money and long on bills, Stephanie comes up with a plan. Signing on as an intern with Super Bounty Hunter Ranger, Stephanie ventures into Ranger's mostly morally correct and "semi" legal operations. None of this makes vice cop Joe Morelli a happy man. The cop in him can't help but wonder as to the source of Stephanie's expensive new car. And the rest of him, the man who's been friend and lover to Stephanie, can't help but wonder if there's more to the partnership than meets the eye. The internship is downgraded to second priority when Uncle Fred goes missing. Even though Grandma Mazur is sure he was abducted by aliens, Stephanie sets out to look for Fred. He's a perfectly average senior citizen, and he's disappeared without a trace while running errands. He's left his ten year old Pontiac station wagon locked up nice and neat in the Grand Union parking lot, the cleaning is carefully arranged in the back seat, and his wife is at home, waiting for him to return with the bread and the milk and the olive loaf balogna. Locked in the top drawer of his desk are photos of a body, dismembered and stuffed into a garbage bag. With the help of Stephenie, Ranger, the dwarf and of course Grandma Mazur, this book Is the best I've read out of the series yet! Each chapter gives you a reason to put a smile on your face.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    This was a great one. Grandma Muzar is funny as always and of course Stephanie is still a mess but manages to always get the job done but with so much added fiascos and laughs.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Laugh Out Loud, Enticing. Captivating & Exciting Read! I Loved It!

  25. 4 out of 5

    J.W. Thompson

    This was one of my favorites. I have read them all and recommend them to anyone who likes a laugh with their action.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Serena.. Sery-ously?

    Probabilmente risulterò ripetitiva, perché tutto ciò che ho scritto sui libri precendenti è vero anche per questa recensione.. E forse ciò potrebbe essere a svantaggio della Evanovich perché è un'autrice "ripetitivA" e c he rimane ancorata ai suoi schemi, ma che posso farci se ogni volta mi fa fare un sacco di risate e non vedo l'ora di sapere quale altra catastrofe aspetta Stephanie all'angolo?! Ci sono degli elementi comuni che ritornano, come ad esempio le macchine che scoppiano (a causa di un Probabilmente risulterò ripetitiva, perché tutto ciò che ho scritto sui libri precendenti è vero anche per questa recensione.. E forse ciò potrebbe essere a svantaggio della Evanovich perché è un'autrice "ripetitivA" e c he rimane ancorata ai suoi schemi, ma che posso farci se ogni volta mi fa fare un sacco di risate e non vedo l'ora di sapere quale altra catastrofe aspetta Stephanie all'angolo?! Ci sono degli elementi comuni che ritornano, come ad esempio le macchine che scoppiano (a causa di una bomba, solitamente!!), o la sfiga cronica di Stephanie e le manfrine con Joe (aaah, Joe. W Joe!).. Però la Evanovich riesce a presentarle in un modo tale che sono sempre piacevoli e soprattutto diventano il segno distintivo di questa scrittrice: situazioni paradossali, personaggi matti persi che ti fanno ridere come un babbuino e soprattutto dialoghi brillanti e divertenti! 20 libri (con probabilmente il 21° in uscita) sono parecchi per continuare a giocare con gli stessi elementi ancora e ancora, non lo metto in dubbio.. Ma non credo smetterò presto di leggere di Stephanie, l'anti-eroe per eccellenza, la cacciatrice di taglie più divertente della storia dei cacciatori di taglie (Che, a proposito, inizialmente pensavo fosse una cosa connessa con il fantasy e con Star wars.. Non so se rendo il livello della mia fantasia galoppante :DD) che non diventa un genio del crimine da una pagina all'altra ma che continua inesorabile a commettere un sacco di errori, ad avere fortuna e ad essere incredibilmente pasticciona :D Nonna Mazur poi.. Questa donna mi fa ridere di cuore tutte le volte che apre bocca!! Per il livello di "sexità", in questo episodio si aggiunge anche Ranger.. Mmm.. Personaggio decisamente interessante che darà del filo da torcere a Joe! Ero convintissima del mio essere Pro-Joe al 100%, quand'ecco che Ranger si presenta sulla scena e fa vacillare tutte le mie certezze.. =P La scena finale, vogliamo parlarne?! Stephanie, con un vestito sexissimo, chiama uno dei due per invitarlo da lei, solo che la Evanovich non specifica chi sia.. SUSPENSE!! La mia scommessa era su Ranger :DD (E no, non ho resistito ma ho letto le prime pagine del sesto libro, giusto per mettermi l'anima in pace XD) Se avete bisogno di qualche risata e di staccare la spina.. Scegliete assolutamente la Evanovich ed entrate nel suo pazzo mondo!! "There's two kinds of secrets," Grandma said. "One kind is where nobody knows the secret. And the other kind is where everybody knows the secret, but pretends not to know the secret. This is the second kind of secret." "You mean Fred has affairs? He's in his seventies!" "Midlife crisis," Grandma said. "Seventy isn't midlife," I said. "Forty is midlife." Grandma slid her uppers around some. "Guess it depends how long you intend to live." "Hey, Cupcake," Morelli said. "What's the disaster?" "How do you know it's a disaster?" "You left messages on three different phones plus my pager. It's either a disaster or you want me bad, and my luck hasn't been that good today." "Okay," he said. "What did you have in mind?" "Something legal." "There's all kinds of legal." "I want something entirely legal." Ranger leaned closer and lowered his voice. "Let me explain my work ethic to you. I don't do things I feel are morally wrong. But sometimes my moral code strays from the norm. Sometimes my moral code is inconsistent with the law. Much of what I do is in that gray area just beyond entirely legal." I glanced at the food. Salad. "Morelli would have brought sausage sandwiches." "That stuff'll kill you, Babe." We were bounty hunters. People shot at us. And Ranger was worried about trans fats and nitrates. "I'm not sure our life expectancy is all that good anyway," I said. Santos grinned. "Man, you don't like to get shot. You don't like to get arrested. You don't know how to have fun at all." "Jesus," Morelli said. "I had to fall in love with a woman who works with a guy named Tank." "You love me?" "Of course I love you. I just don't want to marry you." "How's this?" she asked. "I look okay? This here's my nonthreatening look. This look says, Come on, motherfucker, open your door." If I saw Lula on the other side of my apartment door, wearing her nonthreatening look, I'd hide under my bed. But hey, that's me. I chugged out of the lot and drove on autopilot to Mabel's house, trying to prioritize projects. I had to neutralize Ramirez, get to the bottom of the Fred thing, chauffeur some sheik . . . And I felt uncomfortable about the dead garbage lady. Not to mention, I needed shoes for Saturday night. I lined everything up in my mind. The shoes were, hands down, top priority. "Nice car," he said, eyeing the Buick. "Man, they don't make cars like this anymore." He ran a hand over the back fender. "Cherry. Real cherry." "Uh-huh." The cherry car got four miles to a gallon and cornered like a refrigerator. Not to mention it was all wrong for my self-image. My self-image called for fast and sleek and black, not bulbous and powder blue. Red would be okay, too. And I needed a sunroof. And a good sound system. And leather seats . . . "Earth to Babe," Banderas said. I dragged myself back to the moment. "We need some french fries to celebrate with," Lula said after I bought the dress. "My treat." "I can't have french fries. Another ounce and I won't get into the dress." "French fries are a vegetable," Lula said. "They don't count when it comes to fat. And besides, we'll have to walk all the way down the mall to get to the food court, so we'll get exercise. In fact, probably we'll be so weak from all that walking by the time we get there we'll have to have a piece of crispy fried chicken along with the french fries." "Okay," I said, blowing a strand of hair off my forehead. "Guess I know what you think of the dress." "If you knew, you wouldn't be standing here," Ranger said. "If you knew, you'd have yourself barricaded in the bedroom with your gun in your hand." "Stay away from me!" he hollered. "I'm armed." "What, are you kidding me? You're holding a fork." "Yes, but it's a meat fork. And it's sharp. I could poke your eye out with this fork." My hair still didn't look wonderful after the rollers, so I lined my eyes and added extra mascara. Stephanie Plum, master of diversion. If your hair is bad, shorten your skirt and add extra mascara. When we were done I put some lamb and potatoes and vegetables in a disposable aluminum pie plate. "What's that for?" Grandma wanted to know. I added a plastic knife and fork. "Stray dog down by the Kerner's." "He eat with a knife and fork?" "Don't ask," I said. Fortunately, Con was the consummate undertaker, his demeanor always controlled, his smile sympathetic, his voice as smooth as vanilla custard. There was never any ugly mention of the unfortunate incident. After all, I was a potential customer. And with my line of work it might be sooner rather than later. Not to mention Grandma Mazur. I would have liked a piece of pie, too, but I thought about the little black dress and had a banana instead. I was still hungry after the banana, so I made myself half a ham sandwich. After the sandwich I picked at the lamb. And finally I gave in and ate the pie. Lula looked up from the filing when I walked in. "Girl, we've been waiting for you. We heard how you beat the crap out of that Briggs guy. Not that he didn't deserve it, but I think if you was gonna beat the crap out of someone, you could let me in on it. You know how bad I wanted to beat the crap out of that little wiener." Vinnie opened his office door and stuck his head out. "Jesus Christ," he said. "How many times have I told you not to hit people in the face? You hit them in the body where it doesn't show. Kick them in the nuts. Sucker-punch them in the kidney." "He fell down the stairs!" I said again. "Yeah, but you pushed him, right?" "No!" "See, that's good," Vinnie said. "Lying is good. Stick with that story. I like it." He stepped back into his office and slammed the door shut. "We could go now," he said. "And no one would notice." "Your grandma Bella would notice. She keeps looking over here. I think she might be getting ready to do the eye thing again." "I'm her favorite grandson," Morelli said. "I'm safe from the eye." "So your grandma Bella doesn't scare you?" "You're the only one who scares me," Morelli said. "You want to dance?" "You dance?" "When I have to." Morelli and Ranger were staring at my breasts and smiling at the wet dress that was plastered to my skin. "So I have nipples," I snapped. "Get over it." "Jesus," Briggs said to me, "you turned out pretty good considering your gene pool." "I guess that's where I heard of her. There's lots of people in that seniors' club, and I don't go to the meetings all the time. I can only take so much of old people. If I want to see loose skin I can look in the mirror." "This Porsche isn't stolen, is it?" "Do you care?" "Of course I care!” "Then it isn't stolen," Ranger said. Briggs was already at work at his computer when I came out of my bedroom. "Look who's here . . . Mary Sunshine," he said. "Christ, you look like shit." "This is nothing," I told him. "Wait until you see what I look like when I'm done running." "Is that the wall where the brains were splattered?" Lula asked. "It don't look fresh painted. How'd you get it so clean? I never have any luck getting blood off walls like that." "That's the Porsche," I said. "It exploded and caught fire and then the garbage truck fell over on it." "I especially like the part about the garbage truck." "I was afraid you might be mad." "Cars are easy to come by, Babe. People are harder to replace. Are you okay?" Morelli opened his back door. "You," he said, releasing my jacket. "Go in the house. I'll be right back. I'm going to walk Mary Lou to her car." "Not necessary," Mary Lou said, looking nervous, like she was going to run like hell at any moment. "I can find my own way." "It's dark back here," Morelli said to Mary Lou. "And you've just been contaminated by Calamity Jane. You're not getting out of my sight until you're safely locked in your car." I looked down at him. He was wearing Winnie-the-Pooh pajamas. "Nice jammies," I said. "I have a hard time finding things that fit. When I want to really impress the ladies I wear Spider-Man." "Is it hard being a little person?" "Has its ups and downs. I get a lot of perks because people think I'm cute. And I try to take advantage of my minority status." "I noticed." "Hey," Briggs said, "you gotta use what God gave you." I pulled on a pair of jeans, shoved my feet into ratty sneakers, and covered my flannel nightshirt with an oversized gray sweatshirt. I grabbed my keys and took off for the stairs. "Looking a little scary, Babe," Ranger said when he saw me. "A friend of mine suggested this look could be a new concept in birth control." "It's not that scary." "Hey, girlfriend," Lula said. "Did you see the paper this morning? You got a big spread. And not that I'm bummed or anything, but I didn't even get a mention. And I didn't get a cool name like Bombshell Bounty Hunter either. Hell, I could bombshell your ass off." "Oh boy," Lula said. "I'm gonna squash this guy like a roach." "No. No, no, no, no, no roach squashing. No unnecessary force." "Sure," Lula said. "I know that. But we could use necessary force, right?" "Necessary force won't be necessary." "I read about you in the paper," she said. "They said your car was bombed!" "Yeah. And then a garbage truck fell on it." "It was excellent," Lula said. "It was the shit." "Boy, nothing fun ever happens to me," Leona said. "I've never had a car bombed or anything." "But you work at a bank," I told her. "That's pretty cool. And you have kids. Kids are the best." Okay, so I fibbed a little about the kids. I didn't want her to feel bad. I mean we can't all be lucky enough to have a hamster. "Call the police," I yelled. "Help! Call the police." "Don't worry, dear," Mrs. Keene said, "I've got my gun." She fired two off and took out an overhead light. "Did I get him?" she asked. "Would you like me to shoot again?" Mrs. Keene had cataracts and wore glasses as thick as the bottom of a beer glass.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ShoSho

    I listened to the abridged audiobook, just over 2 hours. I wouldn't have been able to listen t anything longer by this narrator.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Fun read and an awesome plot. Totally enjoyed it

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brionna

    What can I say? I'm hooked on these books. The writing is mediocre, to be sure. It's pulp-y and if I allow myself a half a second, I'm a bit offended by the first chapter of the next book being at the end of the book you just finished. It weakens your resolve AND assumes you care, which you do because you get sucked in by that first chapter and find yourself at Half-Price Books cursing the fact that they have every single one BUT the one you need (in my case, Hot Six and two weeks ago, Three for What can I say? I'm hooked on these books. The writing is mediocre, to be sure. It's pulp-y and if I allow myself a half a second, I'm a bit offended by the first chapter of the next book being at the end of the book you just finished. It weakens your resolve AND assumes you care, which you do because you get sucked in by that first chapter and find yourself at Half-Price Books cursing the fact that they have every single one BUT the one you need (in my case, Hot Six and two weeks ago, Three for the Dough), before running to Target and buying the next two in anticipation that Half-Price Books will let you down when you arrive hungry for the next one, but guilty because it's just not great writing nor is it intellectually stimulating, nor is it educating you in any way except for revealing the fact that you have lowered your standards considerably in hopes of escaping the stress of the work week. But. . . rambling aside, I'm hooked. And, I love the characters. I find myself rooting for Stephanie and empathizing with the fact that every thing seems to go wrong for her and yet she still succeeds in the end. I love her can-do, never-give-up spirit. I love her humanity. And, I love her complicated attraction to and relationship with Joe Morelli. (Yes, like Stephanie, I swoon a little when he happens upon a page.) I'm frustrated by the growing attraction to Ranger. (And, yes, like Stephanie, I find him a bit too difficult to resist and a bit too easy to fantasize what it must be like. . .) And, I love its simplicity. You can pour through one, be relatively entertained and wonder when you will shake the addiction long enough to read something a little bit more lofty. So, I'm already two chapters into the next one. And, I'm feeling a bit bad that I'd prefer to lie in bed and read this next installment instead of getting some work done, while at the same time feeling a bit bad that I am giving up my Sunday to get some work done, instead of living vicariously through the adventures of Ms. Plum and the rest of the characters Ms Evanovich has invited into my life. Life could be worse. . . my car could get blown up or squashed by a garbage truck.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    The unfortunate thing about this audio book was that it was the abridged version. No unabridged was available. The book is 2hr + long. Considering the unabridged would be around 6-8 hours, just goes to show you how much nonsense is in the entire book that can be cut out. However, the narrator. I recognize her voice as an actress who plays the roommate to Liza on Younger. She's a great actress, but the narration wasn't good. She spoke way to fast and her words were linked together making it hard t The unfortunate thing about this audio book was that it was the abridged version. No unabridged was available. The book is 2hr + long. Considering the unabridged would be around 6-8 hours, just goes to show you how much nonsense is in the entire book that can be cut out. However, the narrator. I recognize her voice as an actress who plays the roommate to Liza on Younger. She's a great actress, but the narration wasn't good. She spoke way to fast and her words were linked together making it hard to follow. I felt like I really missed out on a lot of details, including why Joe and Terri had been together. I can't remember if that was in this book or the previous as I listened to them back to back. I might have given up as all the romance progress from last book evaporated in this one. I don't need romance. But I don't like Stephanie. She's stupid and hasn't grown as a character in five books. So the only thing keeping me listening is the little romance. If not for the cliffy at the end of the book, I wouldn't have moved on. But I have to know. Nice job, Janet!

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