Four to Score
First sentence: Living in Trenton in July is like living inside a big pizza oven.
Reflections: Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back in this fourth installment of the gritty yet humourous crime mystery series. In this book, Stephanie is pursuing Maxine Nowicki, a young woman with little previous criminal history. It should be an easy apprehension, but of course things are not what they seem. Stephanie is supported by some of the characters we've come to know in previous books: Lula, the former prostitute who is now employed doing office work at the Vincent Plum Bail Bonds Agency; Stephanie's hilariously eccentric Grandma Mazur; seasoned bounty hunter Ranger, and the irresistible vice officer, Joe Morelli.
As Stephanie hunts for Maxine, she also meets up with Sally, a drag queen who has a unique ability to crack codes Maxine leaves behind for her boyfriend. Several acts of violence are committed, with similar characteristics, and it turns out that Stephanie's case is related to Joe Morelli's current investigation. The two begin working together and, at last, the tension between Joe & Stephanie, which has been building in the first three books, is released. Yea!
Of course all's well in the end, the mystery is solved and the bad guys are taken care of one way or another. I didn't find this book quite as good as some of the previous ones, but still a fun, light, summer read.
29 / 50
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