Stephanie is partnered with Ranger to execute a bond on Samuel Singh who has disappeared a week before his visa is due to expire. Stephanie's family are as crazy as ever, and Stephanie's romantic feelings for both Morelli and Ranger are strongly featured. Stephanie is in danger early in the piece and there are several murders before the killer decides it is time to play with her. This is a really easy, fast paced thriller but anyone who hasn't read the previous eight would be advised to read them first (this is not compulsory, you can still enjoy them in any order).
This report prepared by Penny
St. Martin's, July 2003, 25.95, 320 pp.
Trenton's most popular bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's finds her personal life going smoothly. She and her significant other Joe Morelli are a strong entry while she and fellow bounty hunter Ranger strike enough sparks to light up the Manhattan skyline. Her sister is hours from giving birth and remains undecided if she wants to marry her baby's father. Joe's grandmother, who isn't Stephanie's fan, keeps having visions of Joe married to some one else.
Professionally, Stephanie feels under siege. Her cousin Vinnie signed a bond for Samuel Singh but his landlady says that he disappeared, leaving all his belongings, except has laptop behind. Stephanie goes to his place of business but his boss claims he was a loner without any friends. During her search for him, she gets shot at, tranquilized with a dart, and a psycho stalks her, sending roses and threatening notes. She sees a man shot and receives snuff snapshots. Morelli and Ranger do there best to protect to protect her, but Stephanie knows if she wants her life back, she must outwit the stalker.
Janet Evanovich does the impossible by injecting a great deal of laugh out loud humor into a serial killer book. TO THE NINES ratchets up the heat between the heroine and the bounty hunter while showing that Stephanie can stay in a relationship with her true love Joe. The fast paced plot is loaded with lots of tension, sexual and life threatening, while the perpetrator is hidden in plain sight. The more one reads a Stephanie Plum novel the more one wants to sit in a corner with the next book.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner