I always enjoy the Stephanie Plum books, but I refuse to pay for them. $28.00 for something that takes me a couple of hours to read is not worth it, especially when I don't reread them. So after waiting awhile for the book to come in from the library, I finally picked it up yesterday and jumped right in. It was a fun book, and I give it a B+.
Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys. Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He’s chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he’s chosen the Barrens as his new playground. Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He’s now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasn’t made it out of the boys’ department at Macy’s. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasn’t met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel. Diesel pops in and out of Plum’s life like birthday cake – delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He’s an über bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He’s after Grimoire, and now he’s also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn’t mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs. Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.
My favorite character, Grandma Mazur only makes a small apperance in this book, but there is plenty of Lula and hot guys all over. Stephanie is up to all of her old tricks and has a fun, cute monkey along for the ride. I am always amazed at the trouble Stephanie gets into and love the comments her mom makes about her career. In this book, Mrs. Plum asks why Stephanie can't have a nice job at the bank like someone's daughter and that just totally seems like something a mother would say. There were plenty of smiles and chuckles while reading this book and it was the perfect one to read between tutoring jobs. I only wish for more Morelli since I seriously love him and wish Stephanie would just choose him. I guess the Plum books wouldn't be the same if Stephanie did choose, and I have to admit that it probably is a bit fun to "be" Stephanie and have all of these men chasing after her and wanting to protect her. With all of that being said, I do look forward to "Finger Licking Fifteen" being released in June and plan on placing my hold as soon as it is released in my library's catalogue.
I am not sure what I am going to read next. I have three more library books to choose from, but I may just choose one of my own. Since I am on a reading streak, I think I can sneak in one of my own and not hold up the library books for too long. Right now is time for bed, right after I get the last load of laundry out and pick out my clothes for tomorrow. I don't have a job yet, but I am sure I will get a lovely wake up call around 5:3o a.m. to come in. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and Happy Reading!