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Seven Up: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Seven Up: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Écrit par Janet Evanovich

Raconté par Lorelei King


Seven Up: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Écrit par Janet Evanovich

Raconté par Lorelei King

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4/5 (63 évaluations)
Longueur:
8 heures
Sortie:
Jun 21, 2005
ISBN:
9781593977955
Format:
Livre audio

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All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch. For an old man he's still got a knack for slipping out of sight...and raising hell. How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie's garden? Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie's friends suddenly vanished?

For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger. The deal? He'll give Stephanie all the help she needs...if she gives him everything he wants.

As if things weren't complicated enough, Stephanie's just discovered her Grandma Mazur's own unmentionable alliance with Eddie. Add a series of unnerving break-ins, not to mention the bombshell revelation leveled by Stephanie's estranged sister, and Stephanie's ready for some good news.

Unfortunately, a marriage proposal from Joe Morelli, the love of her life, isn't quite cutting it. And now, murder, a randy paramour, a wily mobster, death threats, extortion, and a triple kidnapping aside, Stephanie's really got the urge to run for her life.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Sortie:
Jun 21, 2005
ISBN:
9781593977955
Format:
Livre audio


À propos de l'auteur

Over the last twenty-five years, Janet Evanovich has written a staggering twenty-four #1 New York Times bestsellers in the Stephanie Plum series. In addition to the Plum novels, Janet has coauthored the New York Times bestselling Fox and O’Hare series, the Knight and Moon series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and the graphic novel, Troublemaker (with her daughter, Alex Evanovich).

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  • (4/5)
    I'm not really a fan of chick-lit but I do like this series, it doesn't tend to do the fluffy boy meets girl stuff more the girl shoots bad guys and makes out with a couple of cute guys.
  • (4/5)
    This was the longest it has ever taken me to actively read a Stephanie Plum novel, so I'm a little disappointed by that. However, the humor and antics were just as good as ever.
  • (4/5)
    Stephanie is back at it again. I have not read many books in this series but after reading this one I am reminded of how much I enjoy Stephanie. I need to go back and read the books I have missed in this series. Yet, Stephanie is not the only one that brings the laughter as well. Her crazy family, her friends, the people she hunts, and the two love interests. Speaking of friends, though, I do have to give a shout out to Lulu. She brought the laughs with her "model diet". Although, when you read about it, it sounds like the "keto" diet of today. What with her meats that she carried around with her. Seeing Stephanie in action was entertaining. She had me along for the whole ride. When it comes to the love interests; both men have their good qualities. Not sure who I am rooting for more. All I know is that I can't get enough of Stephanie.
  • (4/5)
    This was the longest it has ever taken me to actively read a Stephanie Plum novel, so I'm a little disappointed by that. However, the humor and antics were just as good as ever.
  • (3/5)
    A fun, fluffy read :)
  • (3/5)
    Another misadventure for Stephanie. She and Ranger get closer and wedding plans spiral beyond her control. Usual laughs.
  • (3/5)
    Seventh in this wonderfully funny series!
  • (5/5)
    All Stephanie had to do was bring in Eddie DeChooch. He is an old man who is basically blind, hard of hearing, and is so depressed he doesn't want to leave his house....so how hard can that task be right? Wrong! As always, Stephanie underestimates her catch and is left looking like an amateur bounty hunter. Soon she learns that her Grandma has a connection to Eddie and it's one that Stephanie wishes she would never have heard about. Too much information about sums it up. To top all that off DeChooch is now after Stephanie's friends and her, but why? Why would an elderly man want to see them all dead? What is it that he keeps asking for from them and why does he think they have whatever "it" is? Soon there are kidnappings, gun fights, murder, and all kinds of mayhem! Mixed in with all that work stuff, Stephanie has personal problems too, like her sister showing up on her parents' doorstep with her two kids with shocking news, Ranger giving Stephanie some help in this case....but with consequences, and her pending wedding to Joe Morelli causing way more fights than happy bliss. Will she survive trying to capture DeChooch long enough to even have to worry about those person problems on her plate? What's this old man have to hide?As always, I just loved this book! I just can't get enough of Stephanie Plum and all her troubles and predicaments she gets into. It seems as though every time things are going in the "green" for her she soon stumbles and goes right back into the "red". It really does remind me of my own life, in the respect of how you think you got things all figured out and then...BAM...a roadblock again. As much has I love Evanovich's writing and her Plum Series, I still find myself waiting for the other shoe to drop, and to run into a book that hits that series wall. You know the one, the one that makes you think, Oh boy...this is the same poop different book and time for the series to end. However, Evanovich keeps on surprising me by making sure this doesn't happen to her readers in this series. This is quite impressive, especially after being on book seven here! That takes quite the talented writer if you ask me. I love the way the action starts in this book on page one and doesn't let up until the last page, last word. Even at the end you are left awaiting the next read to see what will really happen to poor Stephanie next. I love the characters and I wouldn't think they could get much more developed after seven books, but they have and I'm sure they will be even more in the books to come. There is a reason Evanovich is on the bestseller lists all the time, she is GREAT that's why! Great author, fantastic characters, wonderful plot, and amazing book!!!! A MUST READ!!5/5 Stars!!
  • (4/5)
    The seventh book in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series shows the author at the top of her game. The laughs are on almost every page, the story is engrossing, and the characters very memorable.

    Evanovich's humor is never petty or mean. She finds the heart in her characters and invites us to laugh with them rather than at them.
  • (5/5)
    Another great addition to the series. Well, Morelli and Stephanie are getting married or aren't getting married.. Not so sure, with this on again off again relationship. I love the way Stephanie gets even with Joyce by allowing Bob the dog to do his business on her lawn. Boy did she ever have a hard time catching her Older FTA Eddie DeChooch in this one. And the heart incident.. What a hoot.. I don't know where she comes up with these stories but they sure do have a lot of twists and turns and funny too.
  • (3/5)
    I’m not that huge fan of Janet Evanovich. Some of her books I found better, some of them worse. This one is actually a pretty good one.

    I think I like this book more because Stephanie is not as silly as she used to be. At least most of the time. And Lula doesn’t annoy me as much as usual. The crime part is not very brilliant but it is quite interesting and from time to time pretty funny. I followed it with pleasure.

    I am most disappointed with the love part. The situation between Stephanie and Joe is getting more and more complicated. I have never liked love triangles and this one here is extremely annoying. This whole quarrel between Stephanie and Joe is so bizarre and totally unnecessary. Basically, it's only needed to warm up the feelings between Stephanie and Ranger. Completely pointless if you ask me.

    An additional plus for the "perfect" sister of Stephanie and her two devilish daughters. I will be happy to see them again.
  • (3/5)
    I really liked the plot. The book deserves four stars for the plot.

    Stephanie, however, makes the book deserve two stars. Her ineptness made sense in the first couple of books, but by now she should have learned some things. Now she just seems stupid and incapable of learning. Here's a quote: "I pulled out a can of hair spray, but I couldn't find the pepper spray. I needed better organization. Probably I should put the pepper spray and the stun gun in the zipper compartment, but then I'd have to find another place for my gum and mints."

    And this was after she went to find a criminal she KNOWS is armed, and is willing to shoot at her. She went with NO weapons within reach (her gun is in the cookie jar in her kitchen, miles away, btw).

    That was cute the first couple of books, but now we have crossed into dingleling territory. Luckily for Stephanie, the author isn't willing to kill her off for being stupid - the villains are just as inept as Stephanie is.

    Fortunately, the actual plot is entertaining and gripping. So, four stars for plot, two stars for Stephanie, therefore an average of three stars.
  • (5/5)
    Another great addition to the series. Well, Morelli and Stephanie are getting married or aren't getting married.. Not so sure, with this on again off again relationship. I love the way Stephanie gets even with Joyce by allowing Bob the dog to do his business on her lawn. Boy did she ever have a hard time catching her Older FTA Eddie DeChooch in this one. And the heart incident.. What a hoot.. I don't know where she comes up with these stories but they sure do have a lot of twists and turns and funny too.
  • (3/5)
    This is my second Stephanie Plum book and I can now definitely understand the appeal of these books. They are reliably funny (in a slapstick kind of way) and they are action packed. I think I would have liked this one more if I had spaced my reading of it out further from #6 than I did. It was good but a little too familiar on the heels of the last one. I am curious about how the relationships in the book will evolve. I will definitely read on but I will probably wait at least 6 months before reading the next one.
  • (3/5)
    Another fun instalment with everyone's favourite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum. Whilst there is plenty of light-hearted humour, a crazy-over-the-top plot and plenty of entertainment, I would not call this precisely required reading. Appealing and enjoyable, but I don't think I could read too many in a row.
  • (5/5)
    Stephanie has to apprehend DeChooch who has missed court for illegally moving too many cigarettes across state lines. However, there are two gangsters looking for him, and the local stoners have disappeared. Morelli and Stephanie's families think they are engaged. Ranger places a price on helping Stephanie apprehend DeChooch.Love these books. They don't lack humor and sex appeal. Quick and fun reads. Every one.
  • (3/5)
    After the movie, One for the Money (I loved it), I wanted to read the books. I was half happy and half disappointed (to be fair the first few books were better than the rest - I've read 17 or 18). The writing isn't anything special but there is banter and wit (which is waning). I love her grandma, the ex-hooker, and some other random side characters - that and the witty moments kept me coming back for more.By the time of the 5th book (or at least by the 10th) you would think she would start to get the hang of her job or get a new one - nope. At a certain point she is just a pretty woman of 30ish who can't pick from 2 men (or choose to move on from both), who is bad at her job, and relies on luck and the men in her life to save her (to be fair I think of one time she was saved by a woman).So why do I keep reading? In spite of how annoying she is, and how she is hopelessly in love with 2 mildly mentally abusive men? Despite all the half attractive or good guys being over 6 ft tall for some reason and all the other men are taken or ugly? The reason is the supporting crazy characters, and the fading wit.
  • (3/5)
    Once again the wacky cast of endearing characters drew me in despite a plot that was a bit less interesting than some of the others.
  • (4/5)
    Seven Up has to be the craziest yet the most grounded in reality of the series I've read thus far. That is the one good thing about Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series: No matter how crazy things go, the reader will always believe it. There is a part of themselves that can see that happening. Or that it can only happen in the fictional setting of Chambersburg "The Burg", New Jersey.

    Seven Up starts out like all of the novels do: Stephanie has to pick up a Failure to Appear. In this case, it's Eddie DeChooch, an aging former mobster. It should be easy-peasy except that for an old guy, DeChooch is a slippery fellow. In trying to apprehend him Stephanie is drawn into a deeper mystery involving a deceased mobster's missing organ (hint: bidi, bidi, bom, bom), two missing stoner friends, a kidnapped grandmother, two insane old ladies, and one bullet ridden corpse found inside DeChooch's garden shed.

    Not only that, Stephanie must deal with her ever-changing personal life including her mother wanting to break out of the traditional housewife mold, a perfect older sister whose life isn't so perfect and being torn between two different men: Morelli, who she might or might not want to marry, and the mysterious Ranger, who she definitely wants to do more with than burn the midnight oil...

    I loved that even after multiple books, this series isn't stale. It is hilarious and always so ludicrous it keeps me wanting more. I really did enjoy it.
  • (1/5)
    Enjoyed everything except the stereotypes. Perhaps the author should actually talk to some pretty of color.
  • (3/5)
    I really like the Stephanie Plum series but I end up bored with them. This book was fine but it wasn’t anything extra special. It was Stephanie Plum. She spent the book making amateur mistakes and trying to decide whether she wants to marry Joe or sleep with Ranger.I listened to the audio book version and it was a different narrator than the one who did the previous books. I did NOT care for the new narrator at all. That made the book a bit tough to enjoy.This book did have some really good moments. Stephanie teams up with her cousin at one point to try to apprehend the FTA. Her cousin Vinnie is usually just a creep but seeing him as a bounty hunter showed another side of him and I liked that. I also liked the secondary mystery of what was stolen and what happened to it. It was really hilarious. I am getting a bit annoyed with Stephanie and Joe. She tells people she and he are engaged but they are not even close to being their in the relationship even though they have been together since book 1. That is 7 books together. It was just recently that Ranger actually became a threat to their relationship. In this book there are hints that he might become even more of a threat. I know the series is at least partially built on the sexual tension between Stephanie and her two hotties. But, I feel like there is too little going on regarding relationship building. With the way this book ended I am hoping that things will get more intense. And it is about time!
  • (3/5)
    Funny! And on the homefront, Stephanie’s “perfect” sister Valerie has decided to move back to Trenton, bringing her two kids from hell. Grandma Mazur is asking questions about being a lesbian, and Bob, the bulimic dog, is eating everything in sight — including the furniture.

    Mud wrestling, motorcycles, fast cars, fast food, and fast men. It’s SEVEN UP. Absolutely Janet Evanovich at her very best.Semi-retired mob guy, Eddie DeChooch, is caught trafficking contraband cigarettes through Trenton, New Jersey. When DeChooch fails to show for a court appearance, bond enforcement agent Stephanie Plum is assigned the task of finding DeChooch and dragging his decrepit ass back to jail. Not such an easy job, it turns out, since DeChooch has learned a lot of tricks over the years and isn’t afraid to use his gun. He’s already shot Loretta Ricci and left her for worm food in his shed. He wouldn’t mind shooting Stephanie next.
  • (5/5)
    I go into these books knowing that there is going to be romance, humor, and a lot of car crashes. This one was no different. Stephanie had to pick up Eddie DeChooch, an old man who missed his court date. Simple enough since he’s an old guy, but apparently not for Stephanie and Lula. I lost count of how many times they had him and lost him, but somewhere around 8 or 9.
    This book was hilarious with Grandma and Mooner hanging out (I didn’t see that coming but now that it happened it seems completely normal), a marriage proposal from Morelli, and Stephanie’s perfect sister in town. There were moments where I had to set the book down until I stopped laughing.
    Key points: Dialogue is on point throughout the whole book. Each character has their own voice and even though the book only comes from Stephanie’s POV, I can relate to every character in their own way. Perfect comedy, perfect romance, and perfect mystery. A book by an A author and an A book series.
  • (4/5)
    Those who have yet to discover Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and her weird relatives and relationships are missing a huge treat or living in a
    cave. I recommend beginning with the first in the series, One for the Money, but Seven Up stands alone quite well.

    Grandma Mazur has finally gotten her driver’s license, bought a red Corvette, and lost the driver’s license for too many speeding tickets,
    all in the space of five days. The scenes at the dinner table are always my favorite with Stephanie’s father trying not to choke on his
    food every time Grandma Mazur makes some outrageous statement or describes which funeral director does a better job at making up
    their clients and why. “ ‘I saw a television show the other week
    about a woman like that,’ Grandma said. ‘This woman was real sexy, and it turned out that one of the men she was flirting with was an alien
    from outer space. And the alien took the woman up to his spaceship and did all kinds of things to her.’

    “My father hunkered lower over his plateful of food and mumbled something indiscernible except for the words . . . Crazy old bat.
    “ ‘What about Loretta [recent murder victim found in Eddie’s garage:] and Eddie DeChooch?’ I asked. ‘Do you suppose they were seeing each
    other?’ “ ‘Not that I know of,’ Grandma said. ‘From what I know Loretta liked her men hot, and Eddie DeChooch couldn’t get it up. I went with
    him a couple of times, and that thing of his was dead as a doorknob. No matter what I did I couldn’t get a thing to happen.’
    “My father looked up at Grandma, and a piece of meat fell out of his mouth. “My mother was red-faced at the other end of the table. She sucked in some air and made the sign of the cross. ‘Mother of God,’ she said. “I fiddled with my fork. ‘If I left now I probably wouldn’t get any pineapple upside-down cake, right?’ “ ‘Not for the rest of your life,’ my mother said.

    It seems Eddie DeChooch, half-blind and really old, had decided to make a killing by smuggling some cigarettes. Unfortunately, Louie, his contact in Richmond, died of a heart attack, and when contacted, the family lawyer told Eddie to “bring the fart back.” Eddie’s hearing
    being substandard, he thought he heard the lawyer say heart. Arrested by the police on the way back from Richmond, Eddie had skipped
    bail and so Stephanie was assigned to go get him. Much easier said than done, because the heart has disappeared and the whole family,
    mob-connected, is determined to get it back, only no one knows where it is.

    Throw in two crazy old ladies, a Grandma Mazur kidnapping (she was thrilled and intended to keep talking about it for weeks), a wedding
    dress, another smashed-up Stephanie car, and Ranger giving Stephanie more than goose bumps, and you have another classic Evanovich.

    Light but lots of fun.
  • (4/5)
    Book number seven in Janet Evanovich's über-popular series about still-not-very-good-at-her-job bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. This time, Stephanie goes after an elderly mobster while also dealing with two missing friends, a visit from her sister, and pressure from all sides about planning a wedding. Also, there's mud wrestling.The plot is entertainingly ridiculous, maybe even more so than usual, and there are some nicely funny moments. I also like the fact that Stephanie's family is getting a little more development, especially her mom. I am, however, losing patience with the love triangle thing. Not only is it a cliche, and one that shows every sign of being dragged out for the next umpteen volumes, but it's not doing any favors for the characters of the guys involved. I'm finding them both annoying now, and am especially disappointed by the fact that a character who was perfectly okay for the first few books has become downright skeevy now that he's a love interest. Or lust interest. Whatever.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. It was probably my favorite of the series so far. I liked finally getting to meet Stephanie's sister, Valerie, and hope that she continues to be included in the rest of the series. I don't know if it is just me but it felt like Stephanie grew up a little towards the end. I am not a fan of Stephanie having a relationship with Ranger but am still interested in seeing how things work out between her and Ranger and her and Morelli.
  • (5/5)
    Definitely the best Plum book I've read so far. I love the Steph/Joe relationship, but also very intrigued by Ranger. What girl isn't interested in the guy she can't figure out? And just so we're all clear...men really don't exist like Morelli and Ranger.
  • (2/5)
    By this time Evanovich has really fallen into a formula and after reading seven of these books they all start to mesh after awhile. I keep reading them because generally they are funny and light. A great distraction and quick read. However, although this one had its moments I didn’t find this one as funny as the others. I don’t know if the formula is getting stale for me or I was just hoping for something a little different, like possibly some progress in Stephanie’s relationship with Morelli. Either way this one didn’t really do it for me.
  • (5/5)
    This was the first Stephanie Plum book I ever read, and it instantly hooked me on the series. Hilarious and sexy at the same time, I had a grand ole time reading this.
  • (4/5)
    These just keep being laugh-out-loud funny. Nothing really new, but good for a few hours when you just need something light and unfailingly entertaining. I didn't think this was the strongest of the books so far, but worth it for what it is. Where do you suppose she gets her auto insurance?