- Hardcover:320 pages
- Publisher:Bantam; 1st edition (June 21, 2011)
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.
Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.
With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.
I could read these books forever! I know that after a while some things might get repeated, and that some people want to see Stephanie choose between Morelli and Ranger but I couldn't live without both of them! Once of the things I love is the highly entertaining cast of secondary characters. We got to see quite a few classics. Grandma Mazur, Steph's parents, Lula, the bail bonds team, and the men. We did get an addition to the crew. Apparently fans aren't the only ones who want Steph to settle down. So does her mom, she thrusts Dave at Stephanie. It was a lot of fun watching Steph fight off advances from Dave, and trying to keep her mom at bay. I won't lie, another thing I love is that they are set in New Jersey. Its nice to read a book set in the state I live in. Ranger and Morelli were both hot in this book, and while I am totally team Babe, I do love Morelli too. This book had everything I have come to expect from this series, a good story, great characters, car deaths, and lots of humor! I give this one 5 stars and recommend this series to everyone!