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Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of One for the
Money
, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly,
scores big with Four to Score, her most thrilling Stephanie Plum
adventure yet. Working for her bail bondsman cousin Vinnie, Stephanie is
hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose
crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying
Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also
on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's archenemy and
rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude never wavers-- even when aided
by crazy Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and
transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet-- and even when Stephanie makes
an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to
firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater
danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster
Rex move in with a vice cop Joe Morelli. RATED PG35 for licentious wit
and libidinous cohabitation.


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Reviews for Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, No. 4) (Stephanie Plum Novels):

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Jan 07, 2012

Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Four to Score, the 4th book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series, written in 1998 by Janet Evanovich. I was still playing catch-up on this series when I read this one several years ago. Hard to believe this series is nearly 25 years old. Wow! In this little caper, Stephanie's trying to find a waitress who causes lots of trouble. And she seems to have stepped it up a notch now that those who come in contact with her wind up dead. Then there's Joyce, Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Four to Score, the 4th book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series, written in 1998 by Janet Evanovich. I was still playing catch-up on this series when I read this one several years ago. Hard to believe this series is nearly 25 years old. Wow! In this little caper, Stephanie's trying to find a waitress who causes lots of trouble. And she seems to have stepped it up a notch now that those who come in contact with her wind up dead. Then there's Joyce, Stephanie's arch-enemy who seems to be trying to kill Miss Plum. So many people with vengeance. We need to figure out what causes those feelings in Trenton, NJ. Anyone live there who knows? Anyways... fun story, decent plot and lots of crazy moments. That's what really makes these books -- the laugh aloud moments where you hope no one saw you giggling to yourself like a child.

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Apr 23, 2010

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 10 steps to writing a Stephanie Plum novel:

1. give stephanie a "skip" who isn't easy to find immediately or who disappears, thus leaving her feeling "funky" in her gut
2. include several scenes where stephanie finds herself with her "skip" but the "skip" is not caught - actually, make one scene involve stephanie getting her own equipment used against her and you'll meet this requirement
3. toss in a few "dinners at home" with her funny/dysfunctional family, including her gun-totin' grannie and her 10 steps to writing a Stephanie Plum novel:

1. give stephanie a "skip" who isn't easy to find immediately or who disappears, thus leaving her feeling "funky" in her gut
2. include several scenes where stephanie finds herself with her "skip" but the "skip" is not caught - actually, make one scene involve stephanie getting her own equipment used against her and you'll meet this requirement
3. toss in a few "dinners at home" with her funny/dysfunctional family, including her gun-totin' grannie and her mother who serves dinner at 6. sharp.
4. throw in a couple of scenes involving either stephanie's ex hubby dickie or his mistress joyce. focus on stephanie's blind rage.
5. scatter delicately several scenes involving joe morelli and his voracious sex drive.
6. add 2-4 scenes of the cryptic ranger, usually assisting stephanie in her attempts at apprehension
7. make your real "big bad" someone who is both the least likely person possible and someone who is vaguely connected to both stephanie's skip and whatever case joe morelli is supposed to be working on when he's not trying to sex up ms. plum
8. include a scene at the end where stephanie almost gets killed by the big bad but is rescued by one of her many colorful sidekicks
9. end on an ambiguous note, usually pertaining to the state of joe and stephanie's relationship
10. mention hairspray, spandex, the burg, the rangers, cars, surveillance, and doughnuts at whim.

truth be told, this one is my favorite so far. i laughed out loud several times, my favorite involving a scene where sally sweet (stephanie's new transvestite sidekick), lula (the 250 pound former hooker who helps stephanie), grandma mazur (the gun-totin' grannie who looks for "babes" and dresses like her granddaughter) and stephanie (the bounty hunter) get held up at knifepoint. three of the four have guns on them; i'll let you guess who was the odd man out.

finally some development in the morelli-plum relationship. of course, evanovich has to blow up stephanie's bedroom at 2am thus forcing her to stay at morelli's place for a couple of days (hello awkward plot device)...my only beef was this: after the steamy love connection, stephanie (and we the readers) are faced with the cold reality of the morning after, when morelli's hair is now too long (no longer sexy) and he fails to meet her high standards of having a cookie jar in his kitchen. when i read books like these, i want a departure from the mundane. i HAVE the reality; i don't need to be reminded of it in my crap-fiction. you dig? an odd moment of truth in an otherwise delightful installment of predictability. ...more
4

Feb 28, 2016

*** 4.25 ***

A re-read with the BB&B group

What can I say in order not to repeat myself on every review and sound like the typical fan-girl? Nothing. I am a fan-girl when it comes to this series and find JE to be one of the best authors out there in ability to make people laugh, even when confronted with some really tough themes and situations. Does she use stereotypes and make fun of bigotry and biases? Yes, she does. The difference is that there isn't one intentionally hurtful or hateful *** 4.25 ***

A re-read with the BB&B group

What can I say in order not to repeat myself on every review and sound like the typical fan-girl? Nothing. I am a fan-girl when it comes to this series and find JE to be one of the best authors out there in ability to make people laugh, even when confronted with some really tough themes and situations. Does she use stereotypes and make fun of bigotry and biases? Yes, she does. The difference is that there isn't one intentionally hurtful or hateful sentiment or thought in the whole series and the stereotypes are used as shortcuts for painting vivid descriptions and settings. Every human being does it, it is a leftover from the way the early biological brain's system for filing data of dangerous or safe plants, animals and scenarios.

So, this time around Stephanie is after a waitress who has jumped bond after making free with her boyfriend's car. The boyfriend is a steroid induced bonehead who offers money to our amateurish bountyhunter to find her and let him speak with her first. Lula and a new character, a smart, cursing, and very unlikely transvestite named Sally, as well as Batman, aka Ranger, have Stephanie's back and attempt to help her with variously disastrous results. As always, Stephanie is a very clumsy and incompetent bountyhunter, but dumb luck and pure chance somehow keep her alive and in business.

Of the two guys, Ranger and Joe Morrely, this book gives a big lead to Joe in the romance department. Since I don't want to give anything away, I can only say that Stephanie proclaimed a whole new appreciation for lizards!!!

This series is not plot driven. It is all about the characters and I love it just the way it is. It is light, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and it makes me laugh with abandon!!! It is a ray of sunshine in a dark day and I recommend it to one and all! Just please, read it for the good light-hearted fun it is meant to be! I wish you all happy reading! ...more
5

May 05, 2016

"You're Calamity Jane in fucking Spandex!"

True. Stephanie manages to get not one, but two cars blown up in this book, along with her apartment. It might be some kind of record. But, the good news is that with no apartment (and let's not even mentioned that poor Rex's life was endangered again) we find Stephanie in need of a place to stay. A safe place. Like maybe with a certain good-looking cop that she played doctor with at the age of 6??

So, in this one Stephanie has a simple job: bring in a "You're Calamity Jane in fucking Spandex!"

True. Stephanie manages to get not one, but two cars blown up in this book, along with her apartment. It might be some kind of record. But, the good news is that with no apartment (and let's not even mentioned that poor Rex's life was endangered again) we find Stephanie in need of a place to stay. A safe place. Like maybe with a certain good-looking cop that she played doctor with at the age of 6??

So, in this one Stephanie has a simple job: bring in a waitress that took her boyfriend's car on a joyride. Sounds easy? Uh, no. Nothing comes easy to Stephanie.... well, except for not getting fat. She weighs in at 125 pounds at 5'7, but eats more than my teenage boys ever did. I feel like a great injustice is going on here. She's scarfing down triple cheeseburgers, fries, and milkshakes then going off to a pot roast dinner and cake at her parents while I'm trying to find creative ways to make a salad more exciting and I outweigh her. What the hell?


from your ecard to God's ear. This is my only hope.

As a bonus to the usual amazingly funny characters, we get a new one added in: a 7 foot tall drag queen named Sally Sweet. He gets caught up in chasing down the waitress, along with Lula - the ex-hooker from the last book. Lula is calling their little group the Three Muffkateers. Let me just say that they are an epic team. Legends and songs should be made about them.

The best news, though, is that there is actually a little progression in the relationship between Morelli and Stephanie. They do so much back and forth that I feel like it won't stick, so we'll see. But, at least we got something.

On to the next book! ...more
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Oct 20, 2010

Yay! So glad I read through to this, the fourth book in the Stephanie Plum series. Within the first 30 pages, I knew I would enjoy it more than the previous three (and they themselves weren't bad at all).

For one, the "I brushed my teeth, put on nighties, fed my hamster, got in bed and fell asleep" coverage is greatly scaled back (though, it was a minor gripe before, anyway). Instead we're treated to more action, more plot. I found myself loathe to stop reading for any reason (sleep, work, etc). Yay! So glad I read through to this, the fourth book in the Stephanie Plum series. Within the first 30 pages, I knew I would enjoy it more than the previous three (and they themselves weren't bad at all).

For one, the "I brushed my teeth, put on nighties, fed my hamster, got in bed and fell asleep" coverage is greatly scaled back (though, it was a minor gripe before, anyway). Instead we're treated to more action, more plot. I found myself loathe to stop reading for any reason (sleep, work, etc). Always a good sign.

Whereas Lula wasn't all that big of a draw to me in Three To Get Deadly, I loved her here. She was a hoot! I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion, usually because of that character. I also liked Sally and his outlandishness (though I suppose in Steph's world, the extraordinary is ordinary). Really, the whole supporting cast was a pleasure to follow.

As for Stephanie and Joe Morelli.....well. They are a riot. I find it kind of cool that their "relationship" has progressed at a slow burn throughout the series thus far. Makes every interaction they have all that more special. ^_^

I also rather enjoyed Stephanie's coming more into her own as a bounty hunter. There are fewer HUGE coincidences, and more instances of Plum taking matters into her own hands...as well as being more cognizant of the danger and risks she faces in her line of work.

In sum: the book was funny, with endearing characters and a compelling mystery. I told myself that I'd take a break after this book (to get a taste of something different), but now I'm not so sure I can keep to that. (Yay! lol) ...more
5

Jan 25, 2015

Great book! Fun!! What's not to love about Sally? Also, love that when Steph and Joe finally get together, it's not 'love ever after', "let's pick out china".

Reread- March 2018
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Oct 16, 2015

When Stephanie is asked to hunt down a waitress who skipped bail after stealing her ex-boyfriend's car she thinks it'll be easy. That's before the ex-boyfriend offers her extra cash on the side if she'll tip him off to Maxine's location before the cops get involved though. It turns out that Maxine has been leaving clues for her ex and now Stephanie finds herself on a crazy treasure hunt trying to figure out what Maxine is really up to. When Maxine's friend loses a finger and her mother gets When Stephanie is asked to hunt down a waitress who skipped bail after stealing her ex-boyfriend's car she thinks it'll be easy. That's before the ex-boyfriend offers her extra cash on the side if she'll tip him off to Maxine's location before the cops get involved though. It turns out that Maxine has been leaving clues for her ex and now Stephanie finds herself on a crazy treasure hunt trying to figure out what Maxine is really up to. When Maxine's friend loses a finger and her mother gets scalped the chase really starts to heat up and it looks like Maxine is in a lot more danger that Stephanie could have imagined.

I really struggle to write reviews for this series, not because I don't love these books but because I just want to rave like a lunatic about how fantastic they all are. The main trouble is that I've probably said it all before, I adore these characters, they're all over the top and completely stereotypical but absolutely brilliant in spite of that (or possibly because of it). These characters are larger than life, funny as hell and all of the books make me snort with laughter. If you enjoyed the previous books then you're bound to love Four to Score too, I'm on at least my 3rd read through of the earlier books in this series and that probably says more about my love for these books than anything else could. It's a series that I continuously go back to when I need something that is going to put a smile on my face.

Stephanie is just as out of her depth here as ever, but she always manages to come out on top no matter how crazy the situations she lands in are. Grandma Mazur and Lula are two of my favourite fictional sidekicks but here we have the addition of transvestite Sally Sweet who I really hope is going to become a cast regular (it's been so long since I read these books last that I really can't remember if he crops up again later but I'm keeping my fingers crossed). We also have two great guys to swoon over and after all these years I'm still not sure if I can choose a favourite. Things are progressing well between Stephanie and Joe Morelli though and we even get to meet his family in this book. His grandmother is one scary lady and I certainly wouldn't want her giving me the evil eye! Ranger is still around too and I love the friendly flirtation between him and Stephanie, I don't think it'll ever go anywhere but I enjoy it all the same and who doesn't like to daydream about a batman type of superhero? These books are pure entertainment, perfect for when you're in the mood for something light hearted, a little bit silly and guaranteed to make you giggle and I don't think I'll ever get bored of spending time with Stephanie and her friends!
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Series group read with Buddies, Books & Baubles starts 1st February 2016. We're planning on reading one book a month so it'll be easy to keep up with if anyone else wants to join us :o) ...more
3

Mar 31, 2017

Audiobook read by C J Critt
3.5***

This is book four in the popular Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie’s still pretty inept at her job, her romance with Morelli is heating up, she’s responsible for a couple of cars blowing up, Grandma Mazur is as nuts as ever, Steph gets a new “partner” in a cross-dressing leader of a rock band, and she tangles with rival bounty hunter Joyce Barnhardt.

The earlier books in the series are very entertaining, but I lost interest after about book 12. I re-read this one Audiobook read by C J Critt
3.5***

This is book four in the popular Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie’s still pretty inept at her job, her romance with Morelli is heating up, she’s responsible for a couple of cars blowing up, Grandma Mazur is as nuts as ever, Steph gets a new “partner” in a cross-dressing leader of a rock band, and she tangles with rival bounty hunter Joyce Barnhardt.

The earlier books in the series are very entertaining, but I lost interest after about book 12. I re-read this one because it’s fast, enjoyable and fits a challenge.

C J Critt is barely passable reading the audio book. Her delivery is S L O W … with L O N G pauses at scene breaks. I also didn’t like the voices she used for most of the characters. This should be a fast, snappy delivery. I recommend reading the text instead of listening.


NOTE - I originally read this long before I had joined Shelfari or Goodreads, so never had recorded it ... the first date read is a wild guess based on having listed book 11 in the series as read in 2006. ...more
5

Oct 27, 2011

I had a lot of fun reading this book! This is the second time that I’ve read this series, and I must admit, I am laughing just as hard now as I did the first time around.


Lula and Stephanie Plum’s team work has become something of a force of nature.

“Drop your gun, you punk-ass old coot,” Lula yelled. “you don’t drop your gun, I’m gonna bust a cap up your ass!”

Vinnie, the slime ball cousin that owns and operates the bond agency that they work at, has begun to pop up in the books more often I had a lot of fun reading this book! This is the second time that I’ve read this series, and I must admit, I am laughing just as hard now as I did the first time around.


Lula and Stephanie Plum’s team work has become something of a force of nature.

“Drop your gun, you punk-ass old coot,” Lula yelled. “you don’t drop your gun, I’m gonna bust a cap up your ass!”

Vinnie, the slime ball cousin that owns and operates the bond agency that they work at, has begun to pop up in the books more often now. His character is a perverted and bluntly alternative sexual freak that boils Stephanie’s blood. His role in this book is to down right piss her off

Vinnie was 5’7, looked like a weasel, thought like a weasel, smelled like a French whore and was once in love with a duck.

Joyce, the Barbie doll on steroids slut that Stephanie caught riding her ex-husband on her dining room table, has been employed by Vinnie, and Stephanie is smoking out her ears. The rival between them is hilarious and brutal. Joyce is a sneaky and sexually manipulative character that clearly has no lines drawn, nothing she wouldn’t do to get her way.

“Yeah, but remember that Joyce person came in real early on Tuesday morning,” Lula said. “And she and Vinnie were locked in his office together for almost an hour, and they were making those weird barnyard sounds.”

Sally! I love his character. Sally is a heterosexual drag queen. His wardrobe would make Joyce’s pale in comparison. With all the corsets and bling bling, his face is famous. Sally and Grandma Mazur share several moments that just crack me up.

“Sally’s a drag queen,” I explained to Grandma.

“No kidding,” Grandma said. “I always wanted to meet a drag queen. I always wanted to know what you do with your dingdong when you wear girl’s clothes.”

Another moment ..

We all stared at his crotch, and Grandma said what Lula and I were thinking.

“I thought that bulge was your dingdong,” Grandma said.

“Jesus,” Sally said, “who do you think I am, Thunder the Wonder Horse? My gun wouldn’t fit in my purse.”

Joe Morelli and Ranger continue to play interesting roles in this book. I won’t discuss the progression, but it’s fun!

I recommend this book to anyone in need of a good laugh…anyone who has a certain someone they want or desperately want to punch! Ha! This book contains quite a bit of adult language and more detailed sexual content. (I’d like to say yay!) I do not recommend this book to anyone that is not an adult.

Happy reading!
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4

Oct 04, 2018

Sexy! My favourite book in the series yet! Team Joe foreverrrrr. And, as per Stephanie Plum, absolutely hilarious!
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Oct 17, 2015

I don’t have anything new to say about this series. Every sequel is funnier than the last.

But with this fourth book we finally see a turning point in Steph and Joe’s relationship. YAAAASS FINALLYYYYY.
What happens next is HILARIOUS: neither of them say anything but somehow Joe’s family think they live together, then that Steph is pregnant, then that they are getting married, and lastly that they’re already married. Obviously, as if it weren’t enough, the news circulate to the entire Trenton I don’t have anything new to say about this series. Every sequel is funnier than the last.

But with this fourth book we finally see a turning point in Steph and Joe’s relationship. YAAAASS FINALLYYYYY.
What happens next is HILARIOUS: neither of them say anything but somehow Joe’s family think they live together, then that Steph is pregnant, then that they are getting married, and lastly that they’re already married. Obviously, as if it weren’t enough, the news circulate to the entire Trenton city.
I loved that hahaha ???? ...more
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Nov 07, 2007

Two things I learned from this book...everyone in the Burg carries a gun and the women of the Burg seem to be carrying the biggest guns. Secondly, my life is completely boring compared to Stephanie Plum.

In Four to Score we can add yet another blown up car to Stephanie's list not to mention her apartment which is torched which leads her right into the arms of Morelli. Add a Grandma Bella and a Grandma Mazur to the story and you've got yourself one heck of a book...I finished this book and kept Two things I learned from this book...everyone in the Burg carries a gun and the women of the Burg seem to be carrying the biggest guns. Secondly, my life is completely boring compared to Stephanie Plum.

In Four to Score we can add yet another blown up car to Stephanie's list not to mention her apartment which is torched which leads her right into the arms of Morelli. Add a Grandma Bella and a Grandma Mazur to the story and you've got yourself one heck of a book...I finished this book and kept right on going with High Five.

Another great book by Evanovich!! ...more
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Oct 22, 2007

I had the *hardest* time getting into this book. I have read the previous 3 Stephanie Plum books - which I thoroughly enjoyed & couldn't stop reading - but this time it took me forever to finish.

I think my main problem with reading it was that I have been super busy & when I haven't been busy I've been tired & this book didn't suck me in like all the other books had.

Evanovich still made me laugh - she has a great sense of humor & an amazing way with words but I'm assuming my lack I had the *hardest* time getting into this book. I have read the previous 3 Stephanie Plum books - which I thoroughly enjoyed & couldn't stop reading - but this time it took me forever to finish.

I think my main problem with reading it was that I have been super busy & when I haven't been busy I've been tired & this book didn't suck me in like all the other books had.

Evanovich still made me laugh - she has a great sense of humor & an amazing way with words but I'm assuming my lack of interest to finish the book was because I've been worn out.

I am proud to announce that Stephanie finally got some action from Morelli - Woo Hoo! :) (What a lucky girl!!)

I think my next read shouldn't be a Stephanie Plum book. As much as I love Evanovich & she always has me laughing I just think reading a Plum book one right after the other is making them not *as* good to me. I think I'll take a break from the SP series for a month or two & then start up again! ...more
5

Jul 07, 2012

Stephanie's latest skip, Maxine Nowicki, should be an easy one. She only took her boyfriend's car for a joyride after an argument. No reason for her to not want to appear and clear this all up, right? Wrong, so wrong. Now all Stephanie has to do is find her, easy-peasy? NOT! Maxine is no where to be found and her mother and friends are showing up with pieces missing. On top of it all, Vinnie has hired Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's worst nightmare enemy, to find Maxine too.

On the road to finding Stephanie's latest skip, Maxine Nowicki, should be an easy one. She only took her boyfriend's car for a joyride after an argument. No reason for her to not want to appear and clear this all up, right? Wrong, so wrong. Now all Stephanie has to do is find her, easy-peasy? NOT! Maxine is no where to be found and her mother and friends are showing up with pieces missing. On top of it all, Vinnie has hired Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's worst nightmare enemy, to find Maxine too.

On the road to finding Maxine and the reason behind all this, Stephanie meets Sally Sweet, a tranvestite rock musician code breaker, has her car blown up, again, and her apartment too, ends up living with Joe Morelli and is in way deeper than she ever wanted to be with both the case and Joe. In other words, just another outrageous outing for Stephanie Plum and friends. ...more
4

Jul 20, 2018

"I want to shoot him," Sally said. "Nobody'll tell, right?"
"No fair," Lula said. "I want to shoot him."
"Okay," Grandma said. "On the count of three, we'll all shoot him.”

Can't remember when was the last time I watched a TV show, because every time I think about doing it, I realize I actually want to get back to this series.
I swear they're like an amazing Netflix show, just that instead of episode after episode, I'm binging book sequels.
So glad there's like 64839272519204728 of them left.
5

Feb 22, 2018

This is technically my second time reading this book. I read it several years ago but I never actually reviewed it. I needed a book for a Goodreads challenge and it fit so I decided to read it again.

There is just something about a Janet Evanovich book. You can't not love it.

Stephanie
Stephanie is the most unlikely bounty hunter there has ever been. She stumbles and bumbles her way around and usually does catch her man. Just not in her personal life. She has two men very determined to bed her This is technically my second time reading this book. I read it several years ago but I never actually reviewed it. I needed a book for a Goodreads challenge and it fit so I decided to read it again.

There is just something about a Janet Evanovich book. You can't not love it.

Stephanie
Stephanie is the most unlikely bounty hunter there has ever been. She stumbles and bumbles her way around and usually does catch her man. Just not in her personal life. She has two men very determined to bed her but not marry her. I love this little love triangle that is happening. She also has this kooky family. Her mom is in denial, her grandmother is cray cray and her dad hides from it all. LOL!

Morelli
What is not to love about Morelli? The hot playboy cop is every woman's dream. He is a bit clueless about women and his feelings as well. His family is just as kooky as hers. His grandmother Bella is just as kooky as her grandmother and uses her "evil eye" to get her way.

Ranger
I am a little bit disappointed with the amount of time Ranger gets in this book. He is sexy as sin and I love his banter with Stephanie. His attempts to get her to sleep with him are legendary and I think I only read one attempt in this book. So sad. I want more Ranger!

Lula
I love Lula. She is crazy and she knows it. I love the scenes in the book where she goes as Stephanie's backup. She always has a big gun and ready to take someone down. You can't help but love her character.

Sally
Now Sally is an unusual character. He is great at solving puzzles and is always up for helping the girls track down someone. You can't help but love his character either. He is larger than life, that's for sure.

the ending
I loved the ending. The tattoos were an awesome touch to the story and I have to say those three ladies were creative. I have a few more in the series that I want to read now that my intrigue of this series has been renewed. This book is full of laugh out loud fun and you can't go wrong with any of this series. ...more
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May 23, 2009

Oooh! We get intellectuals in this one - codes no less! Don't worry, we don't have The Da Vinci Codestyle disappointment of finding out how trivial they are really because the details are not revealed, they're simply beyond Stephanie's brain and get passed on to Sally. I do like the way the cast of supporting characters is growing with each book and each of them brings something new to the party.

This was the last of the first block of these I read, as I was missing (or at least thought I was Oooh! We get intellectuals in this one - codes no less! Don't worry, we don't have The Da Vinci Codestyle disappointment of finding out how trivial they are really because the details are not revealed, they're simply beyond Stephanie's brain and get passed on to Sally. I do like the way the cast of supporting characters is growing with each book and each of them brings something new to the party.

This was the last of the first block of these I read, as I was missing (or at least thought I was missing) 5 & 7 and, while I was looking forward to moving on, I think I needed the break just to get my breath back!

This series seems epitomise one of my problems - the guilt of a Catholic catholic reader. There's swearing and sex and mayhem and silliness in these books that a good person and intelligent reader would despise, but my voracious appetite for the written word, irreverence and black humour mean that I can't resist reading them, and enjoying the process, even if there's a nagging voice in the background telling me to get back to the more worthy 1001 list.
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Jun 26, 2016

Another bounty hunter adventure of Stephanie Plum. This novel finally broke the dry spell in Stephanie's sex life. It was funny, sassy, chick and entertaining!

Lula is slowly driving up on my list of kickass female characters.
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Jan 01, 2017

3 for the story, adding half a star for the laughs. If you're looking for a book to listen to at 3am when trying to find the sandman, this series is a good choice. It's a little violent for me, but the laughs make up for it. A nice escape read.
3

Apr 30, 2018

These books are great for if you are in a funk. I cannot see how anyone could read one without laughing out loud all the time. (It upsets my dog when I do that.)

In this one, once again Stephanie can not get a break. But at least she gets laid - frequently. Drag queens, arson, and counterfeiting - as well as old high school enemies who are still enemies. What fun!!
4

Jun 24, 2017

I enjoy these books because they make me laugh out loud. Grandma Mazur, Lula and all the ridiculous comments that get made! And I like to see if I can figure out the mystery before it's all revealed...

Book 4 was fun and I'll do book 5 soon!
3

Feb 21, 2016

Many people love this series, to me it's just one of these nice reads.

Stephanie is given a new task, she has to find Maxine, a girl accused of stealing her boyfriend's car. Seemingly easy task, turns out to be much more difficult since no one saw Maxine for few days. Stephanie will need some help from her friends while also meeting some new interesting people. Soon catching Maxine becomes only one of Stephanie's problem.

The story is okay, nothing special. I won't remember it after few weeks. Many people love this series, to me it's just one of these nice reads.

Stephanie is given a new task, she has to find Maxine, a girl accused of stealing her boyfriend's car. Seemingly easy task, turns out to be much more difficult since no one saw Maxine for few days. Stephanie will need some help from her friends while also meeting some new interesting people. Soon catching Maxine becomes only one of Stephanie's problem.

The story is okay, nothing special. I won't remember it after few weeks. The story of Maxine, as complicated as it is, isn't really grabbing. Despite lots of action, the plot is dragging on from time to time.

Some jokes seem a bit overused and already known from the previous books. And the situation between Stephanie and Morelli becomes even stranger. In fact I think I completely lost my interest in that part, I don't care any more if they will finally be together or not. The best part of this book is Sally who brings a bit of fresh air to the story. I wish he is also a part of the next books.

An average book, mice read, but nothing innovative or different from the previous ones. ...more
4

May 05, 2008

Imagine finding yourself burnt, or getting beat up or even shot at! All of this comes with Stephanie Plum’s job’s territory. It’s occupational hazard. She’s a bounty hunter. In the fourth book of the series, Stephanie is after Maxine, a first time offender who stole her boyfriend’s car after a fight. The problem is Stephanie is not the only one after her. Her nemesis, Joyce, has given up her make-up counter job at Macy’s for the glamorous job of felon apprehension, and is after the same felon! Imagine finding yourself burnt, or getting beat up or even shot at! All of this comes with Stephanie Plum’s job’s territory. It’s occupational hazard. She’s a bounty hunter. In the fourth book of the series, Stephanie is after Maxine, a first time offender who stole her boyfriend’s car after a fight. The problem is Stephanie is not the only one after her. Her nemesis, Joyce, has given up her make-up counter job at Macy’s for the glamorous job of felon apprehension, and is after the same felon! Joyce even puts together an apprehension team, but hers is not as colorful as Stephanie’s. She still has Lula, a 200 lbs ex-hooker in hooker clothes, Grandma Mazur, who is always up for anything especially when it involves guns and criminals, Joe Morelli, stud-muffin (in Grandma Mazur’s words) and Ranger, superhero bounty hunter. She also enlists the help of a cross-dressing singer who has a knack for cracking codes. In Four To Score, Stephanie gets to travel around Jersey, following the FTA as she goes back and forth between Trenton, the shore, and Atlantic City… As expected, Stephanie finds herself in some unusual situation (never of her own doing, of course!). Between the questioning, the surveillance, the shooting, and the chocolate cakes, who knew she would find the time for a little steamy lust.

As usual, very entertaining. I love the ever-growing list of lively characters. Stephanie can’t seem to get anything right, but somehow, she does get the job done, to everyone’s astonishment (whether it be the people around her who care for her, or the ones who want to kill her). A quick and enjoyable read. I’d recommend reading the first three books before reading this one, in order to know who is who, and appreciate each character to their fullest.
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Jun 24, 2016

I'm really starting to have a problem with how often Janet Stephanie thinks of overweight people as "fatties." Stephanie eats like a pot-smoking college kid, she just happens to have a pretty decent metabolism so she doesn't put on the pounds. I love these books, don't get me wrong, but I find it hard to love a character who looks down at other people who share her weaknesses.

And I'll never understand why some authors feel it's fine to body-shame people of any size.

Knocking two stars off this I'm really starting to have a problem with how often Janet Stephanie thinks of overweight people as "fatties." Stephanie eats like a pot-smoking college kid, she just happens to have a pretty decent metabolism so she doesn't put on the pounds. I love these books, don't get me wrong, but I find it hard to love a character who looks down at other people who share her weaknesses.

And I'll never understand why some authors feel it's fine to body-shame people of any size.

Knocking two stars off this one out of sheer frustration, which is a shame, since this is the book that introduces Sally & he's one of my faves in the series. It's also one of the most laugh-out-loud funny, but some things are pet peeves and the body-shaming is one for me. ...more
4

Dec 24, 2015

Four to Score by Janet Evanovich is the 4th Stephanie Plum novel. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is assigned t bring in Maxine Nowicki who is charged with stealing her boyfriends car and becomes targeted by a crazed fire bomber as well as a counterfeit ring. Another fun, light read with plenty of action and laughs. I love all the characters and their eccentricities and various talents. Always have a fun time with this series.

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