Plum Spooky is one of the Between-the-Numbers Novels in the Stephanie Plum series, and falls in between books 14 and 15 in the series. I have to admit that while I generally prefer the regular books in the series to the Between the Numbers novels, that was not the case with Plum Spooky. I absolutely loved this book!
Like all the Stephanie Plum adventures, Plum Spooky is filled with hilarious antics, I laughed SO much that I couldn’t help but love it. Many of the laughs came from a new “character” – Carl the monkey (who you may remember from the most recent QotW). Lula is especially funny as she battles what she believes to be a cold, and we get to meet Morelli’s brother who manages to supply plenty of laughs as well. Diesel is incredibly charming, and of course we have a few visits with Steph’s smokin’ hot crime-fighting men – Morelli and Ranger. And as always, there’s lots of action, even more explosions than we’ve come to expect, and of course a few vehicles that don’t survive to see the end of the story.
Here’s one of my favorite exchanges in the book (page 203):
“How’s it going?” Morelli wanted to know.
“It’s average. Stole a truck. Blew up a house. Brought seven monkeys home with me. And now I have a naked man in my shower.”
“Yeah, same ol’, same ol’,” Morelli said.
See? Funny stuff.
I’d imagine you can probably skip all the Between the Numbers books and still be able to follow along with the series, but there are some character developments in Plum Spooky that will affect the other books.
Plum Spooky is a fairly short book and with all the laughs and action, I didn’t want to put it down. Not quite so spooky as I was hoping, but all the laughs more than make up for that. The only bad part of the book is that Carl’s owner comes to pick him up at the end, so I’m assuming we won’t get to see much more of him. Bummer.
I highly recommend Plum Spooky to all Stephanie Plum and Janet Evanovich fans, and I even believe it’s an enjoyable enough read that those who don’t follow the series would still find it entertaining.