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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Comeback
From a high of the first Stephanie mystery, the stories slowly became predictable and interchangeable with #3 the low point. But she is now back with perhaps the finest in the series and it does not even involve bounty hunting.
No, we are caught up in a search for a dottering uncle who has disappeared under increasingly mysterious circumstances. There is, of...
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2.0 out of 5 stars series is on the skids
I have been a fan of Janet Evanovich since her days of pulp romance titles and I was very pleased to have her enter into the mystery-romance hardback theater. I enjoyed her first four books in the series but this last one HIGH FIVE simply rehashed old themes. Janet can do so much better than this. Stephanie is a great character and the possibilities are endless for her...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet, April 23 2004
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K (Costa Mesa, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: High Five (Mass Market Paperback)
I just started reading the Stephanie Plum series last week. Needless to say, I just finished book 5 and am going to buy 6 today.
In High Five, Janet Evanovich explores Stephanie's relationship with Ranger, with Joe, with Lula, and with her family. Same as she does in all her other books. Evanovich mixes humor with New Jersey culture (which can also be mistaken as humor) which livens up the (mostly) boring mystery genre.
When I read One for the Money, I wasn't sure if I really liked the book or not and decided to give the author another shot by reading Two for the Dough.
Each book has a specific plot formula where Stephanie has to to find a missing person, which proves to be more difficult at first assumed. The search for the Failure To Appear (in this case, her Uncle Fred) then leads Stephanie to clues that lead her into deeper trouble and crosses her path with the secret investigation of her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Morelli.
The formulaic plots cause confusion at times with who a character is and which book he or she is from, which might very well be because I read them so close together. Overall, though, the author's consistancy works. I look forward to seeing which (or how many) car Stephanie is going to destroy and how it happens. I like meeting the not-so-normal people that latch on to her through every story (in this one, it is a "little person"). I like Grandma Mazur's outrageous behavior. I like Lula's expressionistic outfits.
So, what makes this one the best so far? Evanovich seems to be getting better with each book, feeling more comfortable and free with the characters, as if she is getting to know them better. This comes across the pages to the reader and leaves you with a feeling of comfort, as if you were with old friends.
I can't wait to read Hot Six to watch Evanovich's writing develop even further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Comeback, April 19 2004
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This review is from: High Five (Hardcover)
From a high of the first Stephanie mystery, the stories slowly became predictable and interchangeable with #3 the low point. But she is now back with perhaps the finest in the series and it does not even involve bounty hunting.
No, we are caught up in a search for a dottering uncle who has disappeared under increasingly mysterious circumstances. There is, of course, guest appearances by Grandma, the dinners with family, Lula and more ominously, a decided tilt toward the mysterious Ranger in matters not only business but also personal. Of course, Morelli is still around to excite and tease poor Stephanice.
Each novel brings one or two unique characters. FOUR brought the unforgettable transvestite and this one presents a midget (or "small person" as he prefers). He was an irrascible fugitive who somehow ended up staying with Stephanie. The evil Rodriguez is also back to threaten our heroine. The ending is a tour de force as the reader is left wondering who her romantic interest is for the night. (She draws a name out of a bowl!!)
Great effort, quick read - rush out and get your copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie has man problems, March 31 2004
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Joseph Haschka (Glendale, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: High Five (Mass Market Paperback)
In HIGH FIVE, the fifth in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, Stephanie hits a new high in dysfunctionality when it comes to men.
Plum is a klutzy bond enforcement agent, i.e. bounty hunter, working for bail bondsman and sleazy cousin, Vinnie, in Trenton, NJ. In this book, Stephanie's official assignment takes back seat to a family request to find Uncle Fred, who's disappeared. But what's with the photos Uncle Mabel found in Fred's desk of a plastic garbage bag containing a dismembered body? Photography wasn't Fred's hobby.
In HIGH FIVE, Plum is beset with Briggs, Bunchy, Ramirez, Morelli, and Ranger. And that's just for starters. Briggs is a midget that becomes Plum's unwelcome houseguest after the latter's zeal for fugitive apprehension results in an unfortunate incident. The mysterious Bunchy also wants to find Fred, and is following Stephanie around. Ramirez, a psycho rapist that Plum helped put away in book one, is now back on the streets and wants revenge.
But the real core of the novel is Stephanie's lack of a sex life - a condition that's now reaching the critical stage. Plum has prurient yearnings for Joe Morelli, a distant relative and Trenton undercover cop - that is, when she's not hating his guts for being totally exasperating in the way males often are. After all, twelve years ago he did take her virginity behind the eclair counter of the pastry shop in which she was working. Then there's Ranger, the Cuban-American, bounty hunter extraordinaire who's Stephanie's sometime mentor and now, to her distraction, the occasional stud muffin of her fevered dreams. Our heroine has a yen for Bad Boys, and both Morelli and Ranger can be that, especially when they dress in black.
As one would expect in a continuing series, the author must ratchet up the wackiness of Stephanie's life a notch with each succeeding volume. Through the first five books, she's managed to do this without stretching my credulity beyond the breaking point. Plum is just one of those girls with excruciatingly bad karma. I'm beginning to anticipate, though, a plot where Evanovich tries too hard. We'll see, because I intend to read all of the series - 5 more installments as of this review.
At the conclusion of HIGH FIVE, Stephanie succumbs to the need for a night of lovin', writes the names of Morelli and Ranger on separate pieces of paper, mixes them in a bowl, closes her eyes and picks one, summons the winner after showing his name to her pet hamster Rex, puts on a killer-sexy black dress, and waits for her man of the night to arrive. The reader won't know who got lucky until it's revealed in the prologue of HOT SIX. Rex and I know, but we're not telling.
If a Stephanie Plum book was to be made into a film, Sandra Bullock would be absolutely perfect in the title role.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner!, Feb. 4 2004
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Ratmammy "The Ratmammy" (Ratmammy's Town, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: High Five (Mass Market Paperback)
HIGH FIVE by Janet Evanovich
The fifth installment of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, HIGH FIVE brings back Stephanie as the inept bounty hunter trying to earn a decent living. The large cast of characters is back: Lula the ex-prostitute, crazy Grandma Mazur, the sexy mysterious Ranger, and of course the some-time boyfriend Joe Morelli. And don't forget Rex the hamster! He's back too.
In this novel, Uncle Fred has disappeared and it's up to Stephanie to track him down. Was he murdered, or did he run off with one of his many girlfriends? Auntie Mabel doesn't seem to be in the least upset about his disappearance. Instead, she's busy making plans for cruises, new furniture, and other fun things she's not been able to do since Fred was always the cheapskate when it came to their money. He'd fight over a two-dollar discrepancy, even if it meant his money or his life. Stephanie is determined to find out if this was the fate that had befallen her uncle.
In the meantime, she has a run in with a "little person", Randy Briggs, who she tries to take into custody for the bond money. Unfortunately, Briggs doesn't cooperate, and it's one funny incident after another as she does her best to try to get a hold of the little guy.
And Benito Ramirez is back, the dangerous rapist who has threatened to come after Stephanie in previous installments. This time, it looks like he's going to get pretty close. And, don't forget her many adventures with her vehicles. Does she yet again lose her car to a bomb? Or maybe someone steals it?
As always, I was very happy to have read another book in the Stephanie Plum series. These books are so much fun. They are light-hearted comedies with a dark twist, but they always end up with a happy ending. However, this ending left me wanting more. What REALLY did happen at the end? In whose bed did Stephanie end up? I will have to read the sixth book to find out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RANGER enough said!, Dec 13 2003
This review is from: High Five (Mass Market Paperback)
Volume 5 of the life of Stephanie Plum bomb shell bounty hunter is ready for devouring.
Stephanie is looking for Uncle Fred aka the cheapest man on earth and the guy most people could careless about being lost. She reluctantly agrees to search for Uncle Fred and in doing so uncovers his true cheap nature as she battles the garbage company he was going to talk to regarding his $2.00. Yes, you read that right Uncle Fred is missing and it's because of $2.00. Okay, not just $2.00, but $2.00 and a bag of garbage.
However, Uncle Fred won't pay the bills and the skips have all but dried up. Except for Randy Briggs he's not worth much, but he becomes lots of trouble real fast. So Stephanie breaks down and asks Ranger for help finding work to get her by this rough patch. What she proves is that she might not be very good at Bounty Hunting, but she's worse at working for Ranger. She gets blown up, flashed, car stolen and it's all working for Ranger.
This book is hilarious. Heavy flirting between Ranger and Stephanie is hot enough to burn the pages, but to Stephs horror things keep going wrong.
This is another winner for Janet's Stephanie Plum series.
I keep coming back to these books over and over because they are so much fun.
Pick up a few and plan to sit it out you won't want to put them down. These are the books that will keep you up until your finish them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for High Five!, Oct. 8 2003
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K. Morgan (United States) - See all my reviews
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High Five is the fifth book in the Stephanie Plum series. It does not disappoint! There is enough mystery and fun to keep the reader entertained for hours.
Stephanie is struggling to pay the bills in High Five as there are no FTAs to apprehend. Her Uncle Fred has disappeared and out of loyalty and pressure from her family she is trying to find him. Since this isn't a paying job she becomes part of Ranger's work crew and does various jobs for him. She has developed an attraction to Ranger and isn't sure this is a good thing. Her relationship with Joe Morelli is currently off. And as is things aren't complicated enough, Benito Ramirez, the psychopathic rapist/killer, is out of prison on parole and is after Stephanie. Just another day in the life of the "bombshell bounty hunter".
High Five is an entertaining read. It has enough mystery to make it interesting and enough comedy to keep the reader laughing out loud. After each Stephnie Plum novel I read I wonder how the author could write anything else that would top it but Janet Evanovich does. She manages to keep the reader interested in Stephanie and her quirky family and friends. This book has all the characters we have come to love in it and also two new ones, Bunchy and Briggs, that kept it fresh. The plot was excellent. The reader is kept wondering what happened to Uncle Fred all the way to the end. And the ending itself is a mystery. Just who exactly came over to give their opinion on the little black dress? I thought this was an excellent way to end the book.
High Five is an excellent read that will keep the reader entertained and laughing for hours! A must-read book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Things are getting Steamy, June 4 2003
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"wendy0528" (South Florida, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: High Five (Hardcover)
In this 5th hilarious book of the series, Stephanie Plum is again living up to her reputation as "the bounty hunter from hell," working for her bail-bondsman cousin Vinnie. "Being a bail enforcement agent is sort of like being bare-bottom Barbie. It's about having a secret. And it's about wearing a lot of bravado on the outside when you're really operating without underpants."
As a favor to the family, Stephanie's looking for Uncle Fred, who went to the store 3 days ago and hasn't been seen since. He's 72, has plenty of women (other than his wife) and is feuding with the garbage company. A real cheapskate. But what's really troubling Stephanie are the disturbing photos her aunt gave her of what appears to be body parts in a trash bag. How did Uncle Fred acquire these photos? And why are there now 2 employees of the garbage company dead. And who's this guy who calls himself Bunchy, claiming to be Uncle Fred's bookie and now tailing Stephanie in search of Fred who owes him money?
Steph's also looking for Randy Briggs, arrested for carrying a concealed knife and now FTA (Failed To Appear in court). He's 3-feet tall ("vertically challenged") and has a wicked attitude as he taunts Stephanie, calling her a loser. Also, she's dodging Benito Ramirez, a heavy-weight professional boxer who was involved in Stephanie's first case. She helped send him to jail and now he's on parole, stalking and threatening her.
Meanwhile, things have cooled-down with love-interest Joe Morelli, the Trenton, NJ cop who Stephanie's sort-of loved for years. Joe's wondering if he should be jealous of Ranger, Stephanie's friend and mentor, who she's been moonlighting with for extra money. Flirtations are flying between Ranger and Steph and she's wondering which direction temptation will lead her.
All of our favorite characters are back in this wacky and dangerous adventure, including Lula, former prostitute turned file clerk, and Grandma Mazur, who learns what a stun-gun does. Watch out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Five Ranks High, Sept. 21 2002
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Amazon Customer "kjh_1500" (Lincoln, NE United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: High Five (Mass Market Paperback)
Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter and crime fighter, is brave and tough - Okay, she's not brave or tough, but she is a bounty-hunting crime fighter. She is also accident-prone, sex-starved, bizarrely intelligent, and quite plucky. She sort of fell into her current profession after she was laid off from her previous career as a lingerie buyer. Her mother suggested she go see her cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman, for a job. Stephanie readily admits that she makes a terrible bounty hunter, but the money is decent and is the biggest reason she sticks with it.
Trenton, New Jersey, the book's setting, is an interesting place. Everyone, including gray-haired grandmothers, carries guns and some of them even have pepper spray and stun guns. Most people have a family member who is currently connected to organized crime or "swims with the fishes" because of their connections. Most citizens, with the exception of Stephanie, are also adept at picking locks and handling the most violent moments with disinterest.
In High Five, Stephanie is hot on the trail of her missing Uncle Fred, a seventy-something year old man who disappeared somewhere between the cleaners and the garbage collecting company. And as fans of Plum know, the smallest details or most mundane situation has a profound connection to the end of the book. Of course, that connection is not obvious until you reach the conclusion, at which point you slap your forehead and say, "Duh!"
Five reasons to read the Plum series: hysterical characters, complex and original plots, laugh-out-loud scenes, scenarios that make one wonder who in tarnation dreams this stuff up, and a feeling of suspense that is carried throughout the books that is so compelling you'll feel the need to rush out and grab the next installment just to see if Stephanie does what you think (and hope) she will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous and Funny Read!, Sept. 15 2002
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"High Five" by Janet Evanovich gets a High Five Stars from me! This fifth instalment in the uproariously funny Stephanie Plum series may just be the best yet. A well-written and suspenseful mystery is blended perfectly with Stephanie's hilarious misadventures to create an all-around wonderful read.
"High Five" begins with Stephanie, Trenton's "bombshell bounty hunter", in the midst of a financial depression. She is not making nearly enough money picking up FTA's to make rent and she needs to find a solution fast. It's not a whole lot of use to Stephanie when her family enlists her help to find her missing Uncle Fred the cheapskate, because there's no bond money involved when and if she does find him. But family duties cannot be ignored, so Stephanie sets to work trying to find out what happened to Uncle Fred, and why he disappeared on his way to the garbage company to settle a dispute over $2. Right at the start her investigation, Stephanie comes across some disturbing photos of body parts in garbage bags found in Uncle Fred's desk, which makes it clear that Fred had become involved in something very nasty.
But searching for Uncle Fred won't pay Stephanie's rent and when she turns to her mentor and fellow bounty hunter Ranger for help, he hires her as part of Rangeman Enterprises. This leads Stephanie to a string of disastrous and dangerous jobs of dubious legal validity that will have readers laughing out loud. Add to that a very small FTA named Randy Briggs who wants nothing to do with being brought back into the system and you have the recipe for a hilarious read.
But "High Five" has a dark edge to it as well. Benito Ramirez, the sociopathic boxer with a penchant for mutilating women who stalked Stephanie in "One for the Money", is out of jail and back to harassing poor Stephanie, who is justifiably terrified. On top of that, a series of mysterious murders all related to Uncle Fred's garbage company and a bomb planted on Stephanie's car, lead Stephanie to the conclusion that she is in the middle of something very serious, and that someone besides Ramirez wants her dead. Evanovich skilfully builds the suspense, and readers will be swept along with the intriguing mystery to a satisfying conclusion.
All the characters we have grown to know and love throughout the series are back and better than ever in "High Five". Gun-toting Grandma Mazur and 200+ lb ex-hooker Lula are guaranteed to keep readers laughing, while the sexual tension between Stephanie and the two men in her life, sexy vice cop Joe Morelli and enigmatic bounty hunter Ranger, is sure to tantalize and fascinate readers.
You just cannot miss with "High Five". Evanovich has crafted an enticing and exciting tale that will keep readers captivated and will leave them begging for more. It is downright impossible to dislike the intrepid Stephanie Plum, whose unique, sassy, and witty point of view makes this series so great. "High Five" comes very highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High Praise for High Five!!!!!!, July 1 2002
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In High Five, the fifth book in the Stephanie Plum novels Janet Evanovich continues on her roll of terrific stories!!!!
Stephanie Plum is trying to find her Uncle, although her Aunt doesn't really seems to mind the fact that he is missing. Along the way the bodies begin to pile up and her car meets with disaster. The wedding scene is memorable, and when her Grandmother gets hold of a stun-gun people start dropping left and right! When a missing Uncle turns into a bigger investigation involving the police and federal agents, no one is more surprised than Stephanie, and no one is less surprised than Joe Morelli!! How does a person of small stature fit into this picture can only be imagined. The boxer who has threatened her in past novels makes his ugly and intimidating return leaving Stephanie fearing for her life. Tie all these together and throw in Evanovich's delightfully hysterical sense of humor and add an edginess with Ramirez's return and you have a great book that is fast paced, exciting, funny and gritty.
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