Book Review: Seven Up by Janet Evanovich

Seven Up by Janet EvanovichThis is book 7 in the Stephanie Plum series. I got it in a book swap and was assured it can be read on its own, without reading numbers 1-6 first.

I think that is indeed true. I didn’t feel I was missing out on information. The only thing was: I didn’t care all that much for Stephanie and maybe I would have if she and I had had a history together.

Seven Up: What it is about

Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter. She works for her cousin Vinnie. He provides bail for people who need it and if they jump bail, he sends Stephanie or one of her colleagues after them to arrest them and bring them in.

Stephanie’s assignment is to find and arrest Eddie DeChooch, a man of about 70 years old with a network of criminal friends. He keep eluding her, even though his vision and hearing aren’t all that good. Also her family keep her informed of his whereabouts, because he’s an acquaintance of the family: her grandma went out with him not so long ago!

Meanwhile, Joe Morelli, her policeman boyfriend, wants to marry her and to her dismay her family start to plan a big, big wedding. Ranger, a tough colleague of hers, is willing to help her apprehend DeChooch, in exchange for certain favors, that Joe might not appreciate.

Seven Up: What I thought

This was an enjoyable read. At least, after the first 100 pages or so. The first bit of the book was very slow. DeChooch was escaping Stephanie every time she saw him and it was a little frustrating.

But when the sub-stories started to come alive, the book was much more interesting.

It was quite funny, especially grandma’s part in the book: she shocked her daughter and granddaughter with her attitude to sex and she was happily kidnapped at one point.

Less interesting was Joe Morelli, the boyfriend. He didn’t appear often enough in the book and I found him a rather cardboard character.

Also it wasn’t clear to me why Stephanie hid her gun in the cookie jar even when she had to find trigger-happy DeChooch. She was afraid of the gun, but I’d be even more afraid of someone else’s gun. I don’t know, it didn’t seem likely to me.

The book is an easy read and I think would be especially good for a holiday or on journey. For me, reading this in a random weekend, it was a bit too light for what I wanted. But in all, it was fun.

Rating: 4/5

I got this book: from a book swap

I read this in: English, the original language

Number of pages: 358

First published: 2001

Genre: mystery

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10 Responses to Book Review: Seven Up by Janet Evanovich

  1. Trisha says:

    I think even if I was assured that a book was a standalone, if it is part of a series, I would have to read it in order. I’m a bit OCD like that. It’s a sickness. 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ha ha, Trisha. It really doesn’t matter in what order you read them. Maybe you could try to break your OCD and start reading in the middle of a series. Ooohh!

  2. Nadine Nys says:

    I agree with Trisha, when a book is part of a series, I will read them all, starting by number 1. But this doesn’t seem worth the trouble

    • Leeswammes says:

      No, it doesn’t matter in this case, Nadine. Plus I only owned number 7 and I wasn’t going to read 1-6 just to be able to read 7. 🙂

  3. I haven’t read this series yet, although I’ve heard good things about them. Sounds like a nice, light kind of book for summer — hard to believe now, but it must be on the way!

  4. Cindy says:

    I think I have read one of 1 – 6. That I don’t remember the book speaks for itself.
    Hope your weekend is going well.

  5. Young1 says:

    It sounds as thought it would be a nice light read not too hard to put down. I may invest!

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