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Plum Lucky [Hardcover]

Janet Evanovich
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Jan. 8 2008 Stephanie Plum Between-The-Numbers Novels (Book 3)

Looking to get lucky?

Stephanie Plum is back between-the-numbers and she’s looking to get lucky in an Atlantic City hotel room, in a Winnebago, and with a brown-eyed stud who has stolen her heart.

Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck . . . and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He’s back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who’s lost a giant bag of money. Problem is, the money isn’t exactly lost. Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen, she’s hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots. With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home, but the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone: Lula’s found a job modeling plus-size lingerie. Connie’s found a guy. Diesel’s found Stephanie. And Stephanie has found herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of hives.

Plum Lucky is an all-you-can-eat buffet of thrills, chills, shrimp cocktail, plus-size underwear, and scorching hot men. It’s a between-the-numbers treat no Evanovich fan will want to miss! 

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In bestseller Evanovich's breezy third holiday novella (after Plum Lovin'), Stephanie Plum's kooky Grandma Mazur finds a duffle full of money on the street and hightails it to Atlantic City. When Stephanie learns that the money was stolen from Delvina, a notorious Trenton mobster, she and her friend Lula head off in pursuit. In Atlantic City, the Jersey bounty hunter discovers she's not the only one after Grandma after meeting Snuggy, an ex-jockey who originally stole the money and is convinced he's a leprechaun. With her on-again off-again boyfriend Morelli tied up with a murder case and the sexy Ranger otherwise occupied, Stephanie turns to the mysterious Diesel for help. As she tries to keep Grandma safe and fend off the advances of Diesel amid the slot machines and craps tables, Stephanie realizes she may be in over her head. With her trademark wit, cast of eccentric side characters and hilariously absurd plot twists, Evanovich treats her fans to a delightful miniadventure sure to whet their appetites for the next full-length Plum escapade. (Jan.)
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Blockbuster author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are:

 “LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY.”—St. Louis Post Dispatch

“HOT AND SASSY.”—The Boston Herald

Consistently craveable goodies.”—People

“IRRESISTIBLE.”—Houston Chronicle


--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars No sense of humor? April 8 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't believe these reviews! Anybody who doesn't love Plum Lucky is a complete mystery to me. I have read all the "numbers" novels but this is the first "between" book for me. I'll admit it took a few pages to get into it. For one thing, Ranger is my man and I had never met Diesel before. But my husband read Plum Lucky first and his chuckles and out loud guffaws made it obvious that some great laughs were on the way.

He and I usually prefer pretty classy mysteries (Reginald Hill and Le Carre are favorites) so a Jersey bounty hunter is a shock, but Janet E. is well worth a read. Yes, plotting is not her strength and most of her characters are caricatures. So what? If you have a good sense of humor you will learn to love Stephanie Plum.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A St. Patrick's Day Fantasy Jan. 18 2008
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
If you don't already know, there are two types of stories about Stephanie Plum, Trenton's most discombobulated bounty hunter of those out on bail who fail to show up in court when scheduled. The better ones are full novels and involve a number in the title (there are 13 to date with a 14th in the wings). The less good ones are novellas called "Between-the-Numbers" novels. Plum Lucky is one of the latter.

If you haven't read any of the books before, Ms. Evanovich does a fine job of bringing in the background in the first ten pages or so. Feel free to start here . . . although you won't like it as much as if you start with One for the Money and proceed through the numbers from there.

Grandma Mazur (Stephanie's man-loving, good-time-seeking older relative) is first seen fighting off a man who is trying to take a shopping bag away from her. Before long, grandma is gone and Stephanie's long-suffering mom wants her mother found. The trail soon leads to a casino in Atlantic City where Grandma Mazur is living it up, senior citizen style. That seemingly straightforward story is soon complicated by an injured race horse that needs a home, a Mob baron who looks more toad-like every day, and a marriage that needs repairing. With Lulu exploring her super model potential, Diesel looking to find a missing man who thinks he's a leprechaun, Connie taking target practice, and Stephanie trying to bring grandma home, it's a wild, but brief, ride.

The frenetic story has a predictability to it that makes potential humor a ho-hum affair in many cases. In addition, there's little interaction with either Joe Morelli (her main squeeze) or Ranger (her sometimes wannabe squeeze).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish this book... Sept. 4 2008
I picked this up out of habit at the library but I must say I didn't get it. I don't imagine Janet needed the money; maybe she was bored. I read the first 10 pages and was super bored, I skimmed through the rest of the book but nothing peaked my interest. I guess they can't all be winners.
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1.0 out of 5 stars plum lucky April 22 2008
I just finished reading this book and I am still trying to find anything good about it. I have never and i mean never read about a gradmother like this, and the granddaughter is not much better.
Where is the plot in this book?
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  320 reviews
133 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about luck Jan. 7 2008
By Fred Camfield - Published on Amazon.com
Statisically speaking, luck has a normal distribution, that is, it has a bell shaped curve. Most people are in the middle with an average amount of luck, but some people are at an extreme point on the curve and are unlucky all the time (like that character in Lil Abner who walked around with a black cloud over his head), and some are at the other end and are lucky all the time. So goes life.

It's St. Patrick's Day and there is a rainbow in the air. Grandma Mazur stumbles into a duffle bag full of money - lots of money. She thinks that it is lucky money and hers to keep. Let the good times roll. She is off to Atlantic City. But other people have claims on the money. The story has an interesting cast of characters including an ex-jockey who thinks that he is an invisible leprechaun (he is always lucky, but manages to fumble it away); of course there are Stephi, Lula, and Connie from the bailbonds office; Diesel appears from Stephi's past - another man in her life; a short guy hired by Grandma Mazur; the gangster Delvina; and a horse to add to the adventures and misadventures. Of course there is the money.

You will have to read the novel to see how it all shakes out. The novel is not great literature, but is extremely funny. ROFL. Some scenes towards the end had me laughing so hard I had trouble continuing.

It is a short novel, and a quick read, at 166 pages with 28 lines per page somewhat widely spaced in easy reading type. It contains what a friend would call earthy language. I would personally classify it as PG-13.
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Leprechauns, Horses and Foil Hats! Jan. 17 2008
By Cherise Everhard - Published on Amazon.com
In this latest installment of the Plum series, Stephanie is on another crazy adventure with none other than Diesel.

When Grandma Mazur finds a duffel bag filled with loot she disappears, Stephanie tracks her down at a casino in Atlantic City where the craziness ensues. Grandma has the money; Stephanie, Lulu and Connie are after Grandma. A Leprechaun is after the money and Grandma. A mobster is after the Leprechaun and money. And Diesel is after the Leprechaun. Things get hectic.

At 166 pages and giant print, this hardcover could easily have been read in a couple of hours, had I been drawn in to the story, I would have. The thing is I think the thrill is gone for me on this series and that bums me out tremendously. I have been on board with this series and loving every minute of it up until Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum Novels). I feel like with that book, and now this one, I am reading the same story over and over. Nothing really new or exciting is happening. I didn't laugh at all during this book and I think I only giggled once when a joke is made about the size of the Leprechauns anatomy.

This is the first Janet Evanovich book I haven't purchased. Normally I rush to the store on the release date. This time I let my sister go it alone and I waited for her to be done with her copy and that's what I read. I don't want to be done with this series, but if she doesn't shake things up in Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels), I am done. I will reread the old ones and have to be content with that.
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute in between book Jan. 12 2008
By ellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a very cute book - it had some guffaw moments to it, but generally it is a great escape book - where we see some of our favorite characters doing crazy stuff.
The story takes place about a month after the last in between book - this time is St. Patrick's Day - Grandma Mazur has found a large bag of money, and has gone to Atlantic City to gamble it - Stephanie, Connie, Lula, Diesel (who is featured in the in between books) and a wannabe leprechaun (who found the money) go to find her.
Lula is more flamboyant than her normal self - thinking she will become the next plus size supermodel...
Some hilarious moments happen when the crew saves an injured racehorse named Doug and transporting him in an RV, then a stint in Stephanie's apartment -
We get tweaks of our favorite guys - Joe and Ranger, but that's it - their comments add to the madcap atmosphere though...
What we didn't see was Rex - where was Rex - did he go South for the Winter? Do not think the little critter would have enjoyed being alone while Stephanie was in Atlantic City, or having a horse horn into his territory at Stephanie's apartment...
The obligatory destruction of Stephanie's current car occurs -
It's a cute book - is it the best book? No -
But when Grandma Mazur has a bigger role, it always leaves you smiling...
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Enough Already! Jan. 21 2008
By SandyCB - Published on Amazon.com
I used to mark the release date for the Plum novels in my calendar and rush to buy them, but for the last few books the library has been my choice. After this, I might not even bother with the library. There is nothing new in this book. It reads like she pulled previously deleted scenes from past books and used them to flesh out her thin plot. The best character, by far, was a horse. The funniest statement was Stephanie's to Diesel that she doesn't mess around on her boyfriend. (Maybe her problem is that she can't figure out who actually is her boyfriend, as she's messed around plenty in the more recent books.) If yet another exploding car or Stephanie-in-danger scene is what you are looking for, give this one a try. Just don't expect to laugh much.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I loved all the other books; this one is TERRIBLE! Feb. 24 2009
By Kristy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge fan of Janet, and I've read the entire series up to Plum Lucky. I'm not a real huge fan of the between-the-numbers books, but I read them anyway. I thought Visions of Sugar Plums was ok. Plum Lovin was really cute and I enjoyed the read. Plum Lucky was absolutely pitiful.

Janet's writing is just plain sloppy. It's almost as if she didn't even write the book. The things these characters do in this book are things they wouldn't do in any other book. I'm ok with the supernatural aspect of this series, but her writing is just plain poor in this book. Also, there were two times in the book where her storyline didn't match up. For instance, how did Delvina not know they stole the money from the safe a second time when they gave him the SAME EXACT DUFFEL BAG they did before? It's insulting that she would write such a terrible book after all the good ones she's written and expect us to go out and buy it.
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