Hot Six
Grade : A

It must be hell to be Janet Evanovich - writing the funniest books to ever hit the shelves of a bookstore and having to outdo yourself (and succeeding) each time. Not to mention the millions of fans waiting for each book, snapping it off the shelves and immediately demanding the next one. Well, Janet and Stephanie Plum are back, and they're funnier than ever.

Hot Six picks up right where High Five left you hanging, wondering which of the two men in Stephanie's life is knocking on the door for some action. No, I won't tell you who's at the door, although most of you probably know by now. As usual, Stephanie's life is full of challenges. This time around they include two new additions to her household: Grandma Mazur and a dog named Bob.

For those who are unfamiliar with this series, let me give a quick summary. Stephanie Plum is not the best bounty hunter in the world. She works for her cousin, Vinnie, she can't hit the broad side of a barn when shooting at someone, and she loses at least one car per book, often more. She dates Joe Morelli, a very hot cop, while having lustful thoughts about Ranger, a mysterious and sexy fellow bounty hunter. Her Grandma Mazur loves going to funerals, even when she doesn't know the deceased, and dreams of being a bounty hunter like Steph.

In this installment, her mentor and potential fling, Ranger, is wanted in the murder of Homer Ramos. As Stephanie investigates the murder, two thugs and her nemesis from hell, Joyce Barnhardt, follow her around hoping she'll lead them to Ranger. Morelli also wants to find Ranger to give him some information. She has a few folks to apprehend, and one decides to kill her. Oh yeah, and she loses another car.

Stephanie is one of my favorite heroines ever. She has bad hair days and bad skin days, but she's intelligent, funny and manages to get the job done. The two men in her life have as many devoted fans as Stephanie does - the Morelli Minxes (that's me!) and the Ranger Girls. Morelli gets a little serious in this book just as Ranger makes some more definite moves. Evanovich ends this book with another cliffhanger, but I'm not as concerned about this one.

Some of the funniest scenes in this book have to do with dog poop. One in particular was so funny that I had to stop and read it aloud to my husband, who actually laughed with me. Bob the dog is an excellent addition to the stellar characters. Other humorous moments include Grandma on a date, two thugs bickering with each other and introducing themselves to Steph, and a Star Trek party. Evanovich has created a supporting cast that is outstanding, and they are all back in this book with some fine additions. Even the animals have key roles.

I love these books because they're so funny. I know that when I read one, I had better not be somewhere that it's possible I'll embarrass myself. I think Hot Six is my favorite so far, but then I say that about each new Plum story. Evanovich has said she plans to write books about Stephanie for a long time. I can't wait to see what's in store for Stephanie next!

Reviewed by Andrea Pool
Grade : A
Book Type: Mystery

Sensuality: Warm

Review Date : June 27, 2000

Publication Date: 2001

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