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It's five days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn't got a tree. She hasn't bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering shoppers. There's not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her apartment. And there's a strange man in her kitchen. Sure, this has happened to Stephanie Plum before It's five days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn't got a tree. She hasn't bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering shoppers. There's not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her apartment. And there's a strange man in her kitchen. Sure, this has happened to Stephanie Plum before. Strangers, weirdos, felons, creeps, and lunatics are always finding their way to her front door. But this guy is different. This guy is mysterious, sexy-and he has his own agenda. His name is Diesel and he is a man on a mission. And Diesel is unlike anyone Stephanie has ever met before in her life. The question is, what does he want with her? Can he help her find a little old toy maker who has skipped out on his bail right before Christmas? Can he survive the Plum family holiday dinner? Can he get Stephanie a tree that doesn't look like it was grown next to a nuclear power plant? These questions and more are keeping Stephanie awake at night. Not to mention the fact that she needs to find a bunch of nasty elves, her sister Valerie has a Christmas "surprise" for the Plums, her niece Mary Alice doesn't believe in Santa anymore, and Grandma Mazur has a new stud muffin. So bring out the plastic reindeer, strap on your jingle bells, and get ready to celebrate the holidays-Jersey style. Visions of Sugar Plums-the world of Plum has never been merrier!


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It's five days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn't got a tree. She hasn't bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering shoppers. There's not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her apartment. And there's a strange man in her kitchen. Sure, this has happened to Stephanie Plum before It's five days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn't got a tree. She hasn't bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering shoppers. There's not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her apartment. And there's a strange man in her kitchen. Sure, this has happened to Stephanie Plum before. Strangers, weirdos, felons, creeps, and lunatics are always finding their way to her front door. But this guy is different. This guy is mysterious, sexy-and he has his own agenda. His name is Diesel and he is a man on a mission. And Diesel is unlike anyone Stephanie has ever met before in her life. The question is, what does he want with her? Can he help her find a little old toy maker who has skipped out on his bail right before Christmas? Can he survive the Plum family holiday dinner? Can he get Stephanie a tree that doesn't look like it was grown next to a nuclear power plant? These questions and more are keeping Stephanie awake at night. Not to mention the fact that she needs to find a bunch of nasty elves, her sister Valerie has a Christmas "surprise" for the Plums, her niece Mary Alice doesn't believe in Santa anymore, and Grandma Mazur has a new stud muffin. So bring out the plastic reindeer, strap on your jingle bells, and get ready to celebrate the holidays-Jersey style. Visions of Sugar Plums-the world of Plum has never been merrier!

30 review for Visions of Sugar Plums

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 3+ out of 5 stars to Visions of Sugar Plums, the first cross-over book between Stephanie Plum and Diesel, written in 2002 by Janet Evanovich. As part of a marketing approach to launching a new series, this book places Stephanie in a most unusual place right around Christmastime. As she's trying to get her life on track, a man materializes in her apartment. She can't figure out how he got in and starts wondering if he's a vision or a ghost. It's Diesel... a very hot man... just wha Book Review 3+ out of 5 stars to Visions of Sugar Plums, the first cross-over book between Stephanie Plum and Diesel, written in 2002 by Janet Evanovich. As part of a marketing approach to launching a new series, this book places Stephanie in a most unusual place right around Christmastime. As she's trying to get her life on track, a man materializes in her apartment. She can't figure out how he got in and starts wondering if he's a vision or a ghost. It's Diesel... a very hot man... just what she needs, a third one in her life... and he desperately needs her help. Convinced she's losing her mind, Stephanie tries to ignore him but ultimately realizes the only way to lose him, is to help him find the toy maker who has disappeared right before Christmas. Suddenly, she freaks out when she thinks he means Santa Claus! A very cute story, full of the normal charm in Evanovich's books... it's a good laugh. Don't take it too seriously and enjoy these in between books for exactly what they are - humor, romance and a bit of mystery! 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

    Jilly

    Cute, fun, short. Also, angry elves. It was Lorraine in her nightie and Mo in his cap. They'd just settled their brains for a long winter's nap in front of the television. When out in the lot there arose such a clatter, they sprang from their recliners to see what was the matter. Away to the window they flew like a flash, tore open the blinds and threw up the sash. And what to their wondering eyes should appear, but Stephanie Plum and yet another of her cars burning front to rear.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fangirl Musings

    After reading the first few pages in the book, at the onset I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy this book. After reading the first chapter, I knew I'd hate it! Not only did the story seem excessivly rushed, with countless scenes being skimmed over with no detail whatsoever, but the charaters alone were basic and uninteresting. The plot alone was horrible, with a somehow supernatural dude popping into the main character, Stephenie's, life without an explanation whatsoever. The supernatural aspe After reading the first few pages in the book, at the onset I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy this book. After reading the first chapter, I knew I'd hate it! Not only did the story seem excessivly rushed, with countless scenes being skimmed over with no detail whatsoever, but the charaters alone were basic and uninteresting. The plot alone was horrible, with a somehow supernatural dude popping into the main character, Stephenie's, life without an explanation whatsoever. The supernatural aspects of the book were not explained at all, to any degree, and the entire status of the relationship between Steph and Desiel (the male lead in the novel) was ignored throughout the book, even to the end. The ending of the novel was entirely rushed, probably more so than the entire book as a whole. The only brightspot to the book was the occasionally comical sarcastic thoughts and dialogue expressed by the main character. Even this bright spot was few-and-far between, so I can say quiet easily I did NOT enjoy this book, at all

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    So cute! Reread April 2018—I am a huge fan of Stephanie and all their zany antics. This is the story that introduces Diesel and the magical world of people with special talents. In this book we have Steph searching for Sandy Claws. He’s a toy maker and is hiring little people to work in his factory. Is he really Santa? Hmm.🤔 Cute story and an excellent addition to my Christmas read list. 🎅🏻

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen ⊰✿

    Stephanie is out looking for Sandy Claws as he has jumped bail and she needs to bring him in so that she has some money to buy Christmas presents and pay the rent. A guy called Diesel suddenly turns up in her apartment and he is also looking for Sandy, who it turns out runs a toy factory full of short people. Add in a grandmother that has a new "stud muffin" and we have a book full of lots of laughs, holiday cheer, and just general good fun.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    OMG I can not read any more of these books. I am totally done. Reading these books is like watching a terrible sitcom with a laugh track that says "you should be laughing now"...but I'm not. These books are trite, cliched and just plain uninteresting. I don't have any idea why Diesel was dropped into the story with a silly "supernatural" element and honestly, how many times can we hear about the hamster in his hamster wheel and how Stephanie's car blew up yet again. I know lots of people love th OMG I can not read any more of these books. I am totally done. Reading these books is like watching a terrible sitcom with a laugh track that says "you should be laughing now"...but I'm not. These books are trite, cliched and just plain uninteresting. I don't have any idea why Diesel was dropped into the story with a silly "supernatural" element and honestly, how many times can we hear about the hamster in his hamster wheel and how Stephanie's car blew up yet again. I know lots of people love these books, but for me, they are just awful and I wish I could get my money back.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kourtney

    I got impatient waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book to come out so I thought I would go back and read one of the books released in between. Normally I like these books because they make me laugh, they are quick reads and the characters are well developed. This book made me laugh and was a quick read; however, it felt rushed and not fully developed. All of a sudden it just ended. It also involved a character that is in some of her later novels but the events that happened in this book are ne I got impatient waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book to come out so I thought I would go back and read one of the books released in between. Normally I like these books because they make me laugh, they are quick reads and the characters are well developed. This book made me laugh and was a quick read; however, it felt rushed and not fully developed. All of a sudden it just ended. It also involved a character that is in some of her later novels but the events that happened in this book are never mentioned again. As though we would forget those 200 pages ever happened. If you enjoy the Plum books you should read it but do not have high expectations.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany PSquared

    It's very hard for me to dislike a Stephanie Plum book. Evanovich would have to do something pretty drastic to make me hate it. This book was no different. This is Stephanie's first run-in with Diesel (from the Lizzy & Diesel series) and it proves to be an exciting and electrifying meeting from beginning to end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    The bookmark was pulled in a fit of rage when a character named Sandy Claws was introduced. I should have known better considering Christmas is the worst holiday, but I have an unhealthy amount of self hatred.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Well, this book review is mostly tainted by the person that read the book since I listen to this series on audio. I'll start with the story. It was an ok story although the addition of a supernatural element was more than a little strange in what has been a reality-ish based series for the 8 previous books. And the addition of yet another man that's attracted to Stephanie is becoming ridiculous. I mean every hot man that enters the series becomes a potential love interest. Doesn't she ever have Well, this book review is mostly tainted by the person that read the book since I listen to this series on audio. I'll start with the story. It was an ok story although the addition of a supernatural element was more than a little strange in what has been a reality-ish based series for the 8 previous books. And the addition of yet another man that's attracted to Stephanie is becoming ridiculous. I mean every hot man that enters the series becomes a potential love interest. Doesn't she ever have men that she thinks are hot that don't want to sleep with her too? I think it will be interesting to see how much of this book will continue into the regular series. My biggest was with the narration. It's like changing an actor mid-series. Like the two Becky's on Roseanne. Sarah Chalke is a great actor but she wasn't Becky. That's how I felt about Lorelei King. I've listened to 7 books read by CJ Critt, so her characterizations are familiar. Her Joe, her Lula, even her Stephanie were different, but not bad. But Kloughn and Grandma Mazur were the worst. They were so different it was jarring. On to book 9. There's an option for CJ Critt or Lorelei King for the next 2 books, and I'm hanging on desperately to Critt.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I like the Stephanie Plum books, but this book just doesn't seem to fit in the series. It is funny, of course, but it doesn't feel like Stephanie Plum. Ranger and Vinnie aren't in this book, and Morelli and Lula only get a handful of pages apiece. Stephanie spends most of the book in the company of Diesel, a supernatural superhero who flirts with her and chases superpowered supernatural villains. I don't think the supernatural elements fit too well with the Plum novels, either, and it isn't even I like the Stephanie Plum books, but this book just doesn't seem to fit in the series. It is funny, of course, but it doesn't feel like Stephanie Plum. Ranger and Vinnie aren't in this book, and Morelli and Lula only get a handful of pages apiece. Stephanie spends most of the book in the company of Diesel, a supernatural superhero who flirts with her and chases superpowered supernatural villains. I don't think the supernatural elements fit too well with the Plum novels, either, and it isn't even a "Christmas" miracle story, since Diesel is a year-round magic guy. I read the book and enjoyed it for what it was, but the whole time I was telling myself that once this between-the-numbers book was over, I could pretend it never happened. Unfortunately, (view spoiler)[at the end, we learn that one of Valerie's kids will grow up to be a supernatural superpowered superhero, too, (hide spoiler)] so now I suppose that for the rest of the series, whether this book's events are mentioned or not, I will have a constant reminder anyway. Sheesh! If this is the only Plum book you've ever read, you'll probably like it. I think it's nice on its own; it just doesn't mesh with the rest of the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paula Ratcliffe

    With the holiday season coming I thought I would jump in and read some holiday books, and what better way to head to Trenton NJ with our fearless lucky bounty hunter Stephanie Plum who is down on the Christmas spirit trying to hunt Sandy Claws, she also meets Diesel who winds up in her kitchen. Diesels job is to catch Mr. Ring who is out to hurt Sandy. This was full of so much humor with a child thinking she's a horse and is Stephanie's neice, to Grandma Mauzer missing her teeth. They spend time With the holiday season coming I thought I would jump in and read some holiday books, and what better way to head to Trenton NJ with our fearless lucky bounty hunter Stephanie Plum who is down on the Christmas spirit trying to hunt Sandy Claws, she also meets Diesel who winds up in her kitchen. Diesels job is to catch Mr. Ring who is out to hurt Sandy. This was full of so much humor with a child thinking she's a horse and is Stephanie's neice, to Grandma Mauzer missing her teeth. They spend time trying to get to Sandy but have to battle an evil group of crazy elves. And yet again another Stephanie car bites the dust. I love this series it's hilarious, funny and makes you laugh out loud!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This story is really silly...but I still liked it. It's very Christmassy with plenty of Grandma Mazur, a bit of Morelli and some Lula bits to keep me happy. Recommended for Stephanie Plum fans but it is a bit ridiculous (I mean more ridiculous than usual haha!).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This is the first story in the series where we are introduced to Diesel. It's another laugh out loud adventure and I loved it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natasa

    Oh my, the last third of the book was hillarious. I was laughing out so loud, I was afraid the guests in the next room would think I've gone nuts. Luckily I was listening the audio book from my laptop and not on my headphones how I usually listen to them. This is my first encounter with Janet Evanovich work and this series. I kind of jumped in the middle, but I chose this book because it was the shortest, a bit less than 200 pages and 3 hours of audio book. I have no idea if all of her books are s Oh my, the last third of the book was hillarious. I was laughing out so loud, I was afraid the guests in the next room would think I've gone nuts. Luckily I was listening the audio book from my laptop and not on my headphones how I usually listen to them. This is my first encounter with Janet Evanovich work and this series. I kind of jumped in the middle, but I chose this book because it was the shortest, a bit less than 200 pages and 3 hours of audio book. I have no idea if all of her books are so funny but if they are, I'm definitely in! Especially since I have the audio books and I plan on listening to them. Nothing can replace the great narrator who read the book and imitated all those voices. Boy, was that funny. I liked the scene best when (view spoiler)[ Stephanie's granny lost her teeth and the way she talked and she had a date! Wanted to call police if they didn't show up...finally they were found in a stuffed toy dinosaur where the grandkid put the teeth so it couold 'eat' better...but she also painted the all teeth with flowers, rainbows and stuff-of course with permanent marker...the granny just put them back inside happy to finally talk again normally and ready for her date LOL she wasn't worried because all those old people can't see a thing anyway :))) (hide spoiler)] I can't describe it too sound funny as it was fun listening to it, but if you want a good laugh, then this is a book for you!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    Basic Info Format: Audio Pages/Length: n/a Genre: Mystery At A Glance Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: eh Triggers: n/a Rating: 3 Stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 7 Plot: 6 Characters: 8 World Building: 7 Flow: 6 Series Congruity: n/a Writing: 7 Ending: 7 Total: 6 In Dept Best Part: Little back story Worst Part: Too short for me. Thoughts Had: Santa!; creepyyyy. Conclusion Continuing the Series: maybe. Recommending: yes Short Review: This was a nice little short story to add to Stephanie Plum Basic Info Format: Audio Pages/Length: n/a Genre: Mystery At A Glance Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: eh Triggers: n/a Rating: 3 Stars Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 7 Plot: 6 Characters: 8 World Building: 7 Flow: 6 Series Congruity: n/a Writing: 7 Ending: 7 Total: 6 In Dept Best Part: Little back story Worst Part: Too short for me. Thoughts Had: Santa!; creepyyyy. Conclusion Continuing the Series: maybe. Recommending: yes Short Review: This was a nice little short story to add to Stephanie Plum series. I was cracking up over the elfs thou and every time she said Clause my kid went nuts. The creepy dude in her apartment would have made me pee my pants, but not Plum since that stuff always happens to her! It's hard for me to review novellas since there isn't much to them. I liked it thou :D Misc. Book Boyfriend: Diesel Best Friend Material: Stephanie! Review in GIF Form:

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    It's five days before Christmas and Stephanie, the world's worst bounty hunter, has been tasked with apprehending Sandy Claws. Hunting down a toymaker just before the holidays isn't much fun but she needs the bounty he'll earn her so that she can afford to celebrate Christmas. As of right now she doesn't have any decorations, she's relying on her parents for dinner and she hasn't bought a single present so the situation is getting critical. Visions of Sugar Plums is all the fun of a Stephanie Plu It's five days before Christmas and Stephanie, the world's worst bounty hunter, has been tasked with apprehending Sandy Claws. Hunting down a toymaker just before the holidays isn't much fun but she needs the bounty he'll earn her so that she can afford to celebrate Christmas. As of right now she doesn't have any decorations, she's relying on her parents for dinner and she hasn't bought a single present so the situation is getting critical. Visions of Sugar Plums is all the fun of a Stephanie Plum novel sprinkled with a whole lot of Christmas magic. I'd forgotten how much I love the Between the Numbers novels, Diesel is a great addition to the series and I love the mysterious vibe he gives off with the way he seems to appear and disappear at will. Throw in shopping with Lula, Grandma Mazur's new stud muffin, Valerie's surprise, a couple of appearances by Morelli and some elves starting a riot and you're in for a treat. This book is slightly shorter than the main novels in the series but it's perfect reading for this time of year and it's pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It's definitely put me in the mood to dig out the Christmas decorations and put up the tree so perhaps I should have waited until december to read it :o)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    A Lighthearted, Hysterically Funny Read!!! I Loved It!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    I love the Stephen Plum novels; so, how is it that I managed to miss this one? I noticed this book displayed at the library’s holiday book display and of course, I had to read it. The book had all my favorite, lovable characters: Stephanie, Joe Morelli, Lula, The Plum parents and of course, Grandma Mazur. It also had Stephanie’s sister, her nieces, and our favorite little person, Randy Briggs. In this episode, Christmas is closing in and Stephanie needs to collar her skip, one Sandy Claws (former I love the Stephen Plum novels; so, how is it that I managed to miss this one? I noticed this book displayed at the library’s holiday book display and of course, I had to read it. The book had all my favorite, lovable characters: Stephanie, Joe Morelli, Lula, The Plum parents and of course, Grandma Mazur. It also had Stephanie’s sister, her nieces, and our favorite little person, Randy Briggs. In this episode, Christmas is closing in and Stephanie needs to collar her skip, one Sandy Claws (formerly known as Sandor Klausen) in order to prepare for Christmas. Being that Stephanie is far from the greatest Bond Agent, in fact she is probably the worse, this will be nearly impossible; after all, she only has four days to collar her skip and no leads. Well, things would change when a man appears in her kitchen…………… Lovely holiday book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katherine "Kj" Joslin

    Meh, I didn’t love it and can’t wait to get back to the main series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich is the first Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers book and follows book 8. It is nearly Christmas and bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum is after a toymaker Sandy Claws. This book introduces us to a mysterious character Diesel who has certain special abilities including being able to open all locks. A fun, quick read with a few supernatural elements, although not up to the standard of the usual Stephanie Plum novels.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I needed this today. Stephanie just makes me happy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Lane

    With only four days until Christmas, Stephanie awakes to find a man in her kitchen. Finding a man in her house is not new to Stephanie, she has had all kinds of crazy and this is just a drop in the bucket. His name is Diesel and Stephanie is not sure how he got in, apparently he just "popped" in. He is tall, sexy and very mysterious and accordingly, has "superpowers". Stephanie tries to get him out of her apartment as she needs to apprehend Sandor Clausen aka, Sandy Claws, an older man who makes With only four days until Christmas, Stephanie awakes to find a man in her kitchen. Finding a man in her house is not new to Stephanie, she has had all kinds of crazy and this is just a drop in the bucket. His name is Diesel and Stephanie is not sure how he got in, apparently he just "popped" in. He is tall, sexy and very mysterious and accordingly, has "superpowers". Stephanie tries to get him out of her apartment as she needs to apprehend Sandor Clausen aka, Sandy Claws, an older man who makes toys. Stephanie attempts to thwart Diesel, but he has his mind set on his task at hand. Both of them are looking for Sandy Claws, but for totally different reasons. Stephanie's mother is asking her if she mailed her christmas cards, purchased her Christmas gifts, Christmas tree, etc., because what would people think if they did not get a card from Stephanie. Stephanie goes in search of Sandy Claws and through Randy Briggs, tracks him down at a toy factory where Sandy's employees are "little people" with elf ears on them. It is just another day in the life of Stephanie, who has cookies thrown at her by the little people, cars get blown up and she and Diesel try to track down Sandy Claws and a man named Ring, who is an enemy of Sandy as well as Grandma Mazur's newest boy toy/fling. Stephanie does, in fact, end up with a Christmas tree with decorations and lights. What happens to her parent's tree is another mater entirely. This was a fun book filled with lots of holiday cheer. Very different from her numbered books and more concise, but still the crazy, zany Stephanie.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Have you ever read a character from one of your favourite series and thought hmmm, I wonder how they came up with that character. Well , as I was reading the Christmas Novella of the Stephanie Plum adventures and to my surprise the author Janet Evanovich had introduced a supernatural character named Diesel and I was like OMG thats Diesel from her latest series Wicked Appetite and Wicked Business. As we are also used to strange men popping up in Stephanie Plum's novel , at first she doesn't blink Have you ever read a character from one of your favourite series and thought hmmm, I wonder how they came up with that character. Well , as I was reading the Christmas Novella of the Stephanie Plum adventures and to my surprise the author Janet Evanovich had introduced a supernatural character named Diesel and I was like OMG thats Diesel from her latest series Wicked Appetite and Wicked Business. As we are also used to strange men popping up in Stephanie Plum's novel , at first she doesn't blink but soon she will realise that there is something not out of this world right with her newfound guest Diesel. He has somehow been transported into Stephanie's apartment building as it seems that two supernatural characters have gone walkabouts . As the novel goes along we read as the characters Diesel is looking for matches her bail FTA and the pair of them join forces. Will Joe and Ranger be supportive of a new hunky male encroaching on their Stephanie time ? Can Diesel help Stephanie to embrace the cheerfulness of Christmas Spirit ? One of my favourite parts as always was Grandma Mazur's reference to wrestlers like Kurt Angle and Lance Storm as I was like - I know those names haha. The downside was I would have preferred a couple of scenes of Ranger and Diesel sizing each other up and Lula and Connie comparing the duo. Another fun loving and quick easy to read book in the Stephanie Plum Series and when I say quick it only took me 1hr to read on my lunchbreak at work.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Corie

    3.5 Stars Really, NOT 3. I LOVE to read most all things... Supernatural, Paranormal, Preternatural,... just "Other" in general. Even some sci-fy, distopian and fantasy. But I do have a few "Non-Other" books and series that I enjoy and look forward to reading. The Stephanie Plum Books are some of those "Non-Other" books that I love. This Stephanie Between the Numbers has crossed over a bit and I can't decide if I'm thrilled with the mix. Somehow "Other" in Stephanie's world just doesn't seem to fit 3.5 Stars Really, NOT 3. I LOVE to read most all things... Supernatural, Paranormal, Preternatural,... just "Other" in general. Even some sci-fy, distopian and fantasy. But I do have a few "Non-Other" books and series that I enjoy and look forward to reading. The Stephanie Plum Books are some of those "Non-Other" books that I love. This Stephanie Between the Numbers has crossed over a bit and I can't decide if I'm thrilled with the mix. Somehow "Other" in Stephanie's world just doesn't seem to fit to me. But I always enjoy Janet Evanovich's crazy cast of characters. And true to form, this book has its laugh out loud moments. I liked that it wasn't totally wrapped up in Joe and Ranger, and instead Diesel was a nice twist, he was awesome. This Stephanie Book, had one two of the most emotional scenese I ever felt with this series, both including Stephanie's niece Mary-Alice. Short scenes, but had me all choked up none-the-less. Maybe it was the clever scene, or the idea of kids growing out of believing in Santa or just plain hormones. Whatever. I was a teared up wreck over these two parts. And that NEVER happens in the Plum Books. So in the end, a good laugh, a teensy tear, a bit of "Other-ness" and all entertainment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #8.5 in the Stephanie Plum series This was just silly. It wasn't up to Evanovich's usual standard of humor and entertainment, although there were flashes of her style from time to time. I'd probably rate it 2.5 stars, but because all the usual characters were there with the addition of Diesel (from the Lizzy & Diesel series), I'll round it up for GR. In this case, Stephanie is trying to find Sandy Claws, a skip who seems to be running a toy shop just before Christmas, hiring a number of littl #8.5 in the Stephanie Plum series This was just silly. It wasn't up to Evanovich's usual standard of humor and entertainment, although there were flashes of her style from time to time. I'd probably rate it 2.5 stars, but because all the usual characters were there with the addition of Diesel (from the Lizzy & Diesel series), I'll round it up for GR. In this case, Stephanie is trying to find Sandy Claws, a skip who seems to be running a toy shop just before Christmas, hiring a number of little people to work for him, with a wife who is constantly baking cookies. The book is certainly a light and quick read, but it's almost too light. By that I mean that it seems like a short story that was written to emulate Evanovich, copying all of her signature humor with none of the warmth that is usually there. It seemed much too fluffy. But, it was fun and I enjoyed it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    C

    This book was a total disappointment. Normally I will read a book and push through even if I don't really enjoy it, but this book was an exception. It was so far fetched and ridiculous that I sold it at a used book store when I wasn't even half way finished because the store credit was worth more to me than the book's content taking up space in my head. I really enjoy the Stephanie Plum series, but this "holiday special" totally stunk.

  28. 5 out of 5

    C

    I borrowed this Christmas "between-the-numbers" book around the holidays, thinking that Evanovich could do no wrong, especially not with Stephanie Plum. What a mistake. This book is an uncomfortable mix of the typical Plum fare (sex, silliness, sass and explosions) and a VERY bizarre alternate fantasy world. I finished feeling like I could've done less damage by just taking the book and hitting myself over the head with it. If I could, I would give this zero stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dotti Elrick

    I love the Stephanie Plum books. So I thought I'd try this "between the numbers " book. In this book Diesel appears in Stephanies kitchen and insists she help him round up a bail skip. I had no problem with Diesel, even though I don't think Stephanie needs another man in her life. My problem is after so many books set in the "normal " world. Now all of a sudden the author throws in a paranormal twist. It does not work for me. Did not care for it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Very disappointed in this Stephanie Plum novel. It seemed very "cheesy", like a quick attempt to make money off the popular series. I was diappointed because I did not read it after I believe book 8 where it would have fit into the scheme of things, so a lot of stuff seemed repetitive since I already read up to number 11. The Deisel character "popping in" really had me confused as well. It just seemed really far fetched and dumb..... not worth the short read!

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