Title: Seven Up
Author: Janet Evanovich
Length: 309 pages
Banter Points: Forget sugar plums. Let's talk Stephanie Plum, the hapless bounty hunter. In Evanovich's seventh offering in the series, Plum is sent to bring in Eddie DeChooch, an elderly, depressed and quasi-retired mobster. He slips through her fingers (repeatedly... this is Stephanie Plum we're talking about). Like always, Stephanie has car woes, and troubles with the two men in her life, her quasi-fiance vice-cop Joe Morelli and fellow bounty hunter Ranger. It takes all three to bring in DeChooch, plus a deal with Ranger that could turn Stephanie's world even farther around.
Bummer Points: Word Nerd struggled with just why -- save for the sake of continuity and a being catchy -- this book was called Seven Up. The early Stephanie Plum books -- One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Three to Get Deadly -- had titles that were not only clever but sort of fit the plot of the book. Seven Up, however... Word Nerd just can't quite get it to fit. There were more than seven new minor characters. There was no reference to the soda brand.
Word Nerd recommendation: Can we say, hard to wait for Hard Eight?