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Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum Holiday Novel

évaluations:
3.5/5 (39 évaluations)
Longueur:
122 pages
1 heure
Sortie:
Apr 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781429971621
Format:
Livre

Description

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!

Sortie:
Apr 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781429971621
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.


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  • (4/5)
    Just re-read this book. It is such a great book and such a great series. I re-read it, because I just read the third book in the Lizzy and Diesel series, and this book is the first appearance of Diesel. There is a supernatural element to the story, but still lots of fun antics. I love how Joe meets Diesel and isn't fazed by the appearance of a gorgeous man just showing up at Stephanie's apartment. Craziness abounds.
  • (2/5)
    2.5 - I guess...
    The story was good enough. A quick little read. I think I've come to realize that I read these books to pine after Joe and Ranger. Without Joe or Ranger drama, I guess I'm just not interested.

    :-)
  • (5/5)
    Snort-tastic, just like all the Stephanie Plum books. LOVE.
  • (1/5)
    This book is billed as a "short holiday novel" starring our old friend Stephanie Plum, bountyhunter, and all the other characters. Well, I have to say this was not worth the money at ALL. The story was sooutlandish and bizarre it was just plain silly. Everything the charactersdid seemed like they were caricatures of themselves. Stephanie's mark thistime was a chap named Sandy Claws who hired midgets to make toys. Itinvolved "retired" superheroes and other truly bizarre things. I keptcatching myself looking at the spine of the book at that price tag andthinking, "I paid for this?"
  • (3/5)
    Fun offshoot Christmas story, but not as good as the previous books
  • (4/5)
    Woot! What a fun story. Sort of a combination of Bad Santa, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, The Bishop's Wife and X-men combined with a New Jersey family flair. Just what I needed to kick off my Christmas reading, now I will be very excited to read other Stephanie Plum novels. I love her sense of humor and no-nonsense approach to men, her family and odd things thrown her way.
  • (3/5)
    Finally got round to reading this about 10 years after I borrowed it from someone. As it was a "Holiday Novella" it didn't seem right not to read it out of season.Great fun as always, although a little out of this world. And sadly no Ranger, and not enough Morelli. But I reacquainted myself with all things Stephanie and am ready to pick up in the series where I left off.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this little side trip of the Plum series. It is a quick read and highly enjoyable. Lula still sports her skin tight wears and gun where ever she goes.
  • (3/5)
    Funny, maybe, some parts... mostly not....

    Four days before christmas & Stephanie comes home to find Diesel in her kitchen. No tree, no lights, no gifts, no money.... but she's working on a skip. Sandy Claws, a toymaker (who has now gone into hiding) didn't show for his hearing and it's up to Steph. to pull him in. Diesel is sticking very close to Steph. and he's not saying why.

    All of a sudden there are major electrical storms, fires, power outages and they seem to be connected to Sandy Claws...... Turns out Sandy Claws is a "special" person like Diesel and Sandy's once best friend, Ring, has escaped from his lockdown unit and is out to get Sandy. In between Ring, is also harassing Steph.

    Adding to the chaos is Grandma Mazur, who is missing her teeth and Steph's divorced sister Valerie who finds she is now pregnant..... Morelli is not a major part in this story, but he makes a few appearances. Ranger is completely out of the picture.....

    No I really didn't like this..... it was just filler and not very much of a story. I like Diesel in the "Wicked" series better...... It's just too much adding into Stephanie's already full bag of insanity.

    What I did like was this quote: "Aside from all the religious blah blah blah, which we won't get into....... I think christmas is whatever turns you on. That's what I really believe. Everyone decides what they want out of christmas. Then everyone gets a shot at making it happen." -- Diesel
  • (2/5)
    Not up to her Stephanie Plum standards. Just so-so.
  • (2/5)
    I like Joe and Ranger better than Diesel but OK. 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?
  • (2/5)
    Not the best novel in her series. Much of the story was a build up to what I thought was going to be the big ending, but instead the novel just ended. I found it to be a disappointing ending. One of the better parts of the novels was the appearance of Diesel for the first time.
  • (3/5)
    Maybe I'm missing something...or I just don't believe. But this one was a little too supernatural for me.
  • (3/5)
    Amusing enough story that I breezed thru in a couple of hours.
  • (3/5)
    Walking into the kitchen to find a strange man she had never met before was a little concerning, but being a bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum figured she could handle it. Between Diesel showing up unannounced, her new bail skip (Sandy Claws) and Christmas being less than a week away, Stephanie really didn’t have the time to argue about Diesel wanting to go with her and help her find Sandy. Whether he was a help or not, tracking Sandy down was the only way she was going to gather enough money to feel like she could get gifts for her family this year, and she hadn’t even gotten a tree yet either. Book 1 (well, book 8.5 if you are looking at it from the Stephanie Plum Number series) ….. One of the only series that I have read out of order, I actually have read a couple of the “Between the Numbers” books and the new Unmentionables with Diesel in it, so I knew what to expect from him. Still it was fun to ‘meet him for the first time’ from Stephanie’s point of view. It was the typical Stephanie Plum / Janet Evanovich book, complete with the burning to the ground of her car. Several good one line jokes that kept the suspense of the mystery light. It wasn’t as fast paced as I was expecting and it fell a little short compared to some, but still a fun light read.
  • (5/5)
    Cute Christmas book. I enjoyed it very much.
  • (1/5)
    While I usually enjoy The Stephanie Plum series, this one was very disappointing. I'm glad it wasn't my first read of Janet Evanovichs' books. Parts of this were funny, but it gravely lacked the overall witty writing of her other novels.
  • (2/5)
    This was the first of Janet Evanovich's Plum mysteries that I ever read... and that may have been a mistake.This book is something like seventh or eleveth in the series. The characters in the book are established, and although she does make an effort to introduce everyone to you - I felt I was missing things that would have made the book more enjoyable if I had already read the previous installments.The story itself had flaws. It spent a long time building up to an ending which, frankly, was lacking in climactic punch. Perhaps if I had read the other books in the series and was already invested in the characters, I would have cared more... but I hadn't, and didn't. It was a mildly entertaining book. If, like me, you were locked in a public restroom for three hours on New Year's Eve and needed something to do to kill the time and just happened to have a copy of this book in your purse - then, I would recommend you read it. If not, you may just want to pass on this 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.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyable light reading which is so needed sometimes after reading serious books. Great humor.
  • (5/5)
    This is the Edition that Diesel a Third hottie with supernatural powers comes to visit Stephanie during Christmas and help Stephanie find a skip FTA names Sandy Claws and Val stephanies sis finds out shes prego with albert's baby!
  • (2/5)
    When I first picked up this book I thought I would really enjoy the book. It moved fast. BUT I think the concept was kind of silly. And then, all of a sudden it ended. Yea......not so much.
  • (3/5)
    This was a Christmas themed installment of the Stephanie Plum series that finds Steph hunting an FTA by the name of Sandy Claws. It was ok, not great. If you really enjoy The Stephanie Plum books and just need a fix while waiting for the next book, then check it out. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, though. At 164 pages, it was a super quick read.
  • (4/5)
    I have the biggest crush on Diesel! Stephanie Plum books are always fun, but the between-the-numbers series is much better (imo) than the numbered books. But that's probably because of my crush...
  • (3/5)
    A reread and a good one.
  • (4/5)
    This is a Stephanie plum novel, which is a good thing. However it also has my least favourite character which is Deasil. This does have the fast pace and easy humor of the normal plum novels but where this grates is a little on the character. It is not so much that he seems to have some sort of supernatural powers, though yes that is annoying, but that she has yet a third man panting at her.
  • (3/5)
    A short holiday-themed interlude in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, written between books eight and nine. (You can tell it's not a regular part of the series because there's no number in the title.) The story involves a mysterious, hot guy with supernatural abilities who magically appears in Stephanie's living room, having been sent -- somehow, by someone -- to help her as she attempts to apprehend an elderly toymaker named -- wait for it! -- Sandy Claws.OK, I'm aware this must seem like a very unseasonable thing to read in March. But this is when I happened to reach the point in the series where it's set. And I thought that might actually work in its favor. I mean, I honestly much prefer Christmas music if I encounter it (usually via iPod's random shuffle feature) in July than in late December, by which point I've been inundated with Christmassy stuff for so long I've gotten sick of it. I'm not sure that works nearly as well with books, though, because I was a bit humbuggy about this one.The thing is, while I like fantasy novels just fine, supernatural elements suddenly, randomly popping up after eight volumes set firmly in mundane reality annoys me immensely. Since this is presented as being outside the main run of the series, that might not have been quite as much of a problem if I could have just regarded this as -- to use a nerdy buzzword -- non-canonical, a Christmas fantasy brought about by over-indulgence in eggnog, perhaps. But it features a significant development that seems like it's going to have to carry through to later books in the series, so I couldn't even do that. And it's not like the fantasy part of the story was even good. It was underdeveloped and gratuitous, and silly in entirely different ways than this series is supposed to be silly.It wasn't all bad, though. There are some great scenes with Stephanie's family, who are in fine, hilarious, even-crazier-than-usual form. I'm mildly tempted to knock my rating up another half a star just for those, but... Meh.
  • (4/5)
    Although I have read a number of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, I was a bit skeptical of this one. I did eventually give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. These books always sit on the edge for me, so close to going over into pure pulp fiction, but they never do. This one also pushed me close to the limits, at least initially, but then I really got into the story. Even if the story itself was lacking--and this one was not--you got to enjoy some of the characters that populate the Plum series.
  • (3/5)
    Janet Evanovich writes a hilarious holiday tale starring her well-known bounty hunter character, Stephanie Plum, and a supernatural being called Diesel whose paths meet in Stephanie’s kitchen. Stephanie is tracking down a toy maker while the mysterious Diesel has his own agenda. Their tasks collide in the usual Stephanie Plum adventure, rioting, near death experiences, and the loss of yet another car. Although completely off the wall, this story definitely had me laughing out loud at almost every page. The Christmas spirit is definitely still alive in this novella.
  • (4/5)
    Visions of Sugarplums is a "between the numbers" edition of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. This story takes place between books 8 and 9. I was actually surprised that it advanced the series as I thought it was going to be more of a stand alone book. Stephanie wakes up one morning to find a strange man in her living room. Fortunately, this is not an unusual situation for her. She tends to have that problem regularly. Diesel is something not quite human and that puts Stephanie more on guard than normal. Stephanie's current case is to find a man named Sandy Claws (appropriate at Christmastime) and Diesel is trying to find him as well.The story moves right along as the paperback is only around 160 pages. There are a few developments regarding Stephanie's family but nothing much changes in her very mixed up love life. These books are all on the light and fun side which is a nice thing to read when life gets a little heavy.