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A mid-year look at the bestsellers

Here’s a look at Publisher’s Weekly fiction bestsellers as we reach the half-year.  It’s become increasingly hard of late for authors to hold onto the #1 spot, but this year seems tougher still.  Of the 18 authors who have nabbed that perch, only three – John Grisham, The Associate; Janet Evanovich, Plum Spooky; and Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care – have exceeded a week’s stay.  Such bestseller veterans as Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Mary Higgins Clark and others have managed only one week on top.  Of this year’s fiction newcomers, the five longest-running tenures to date are David Baldacci (First Family, nine weeks and counting); James Patterson (Run for Your Life, nine weeks); James Patterson (The 8th Confession, seven weeks); Maeve Binchy (Heart and Soul, seven weeks) and W.E.B. Griffin (Black Ops, seven weeks).

(Publisher’s Weekly, June 29)

Janet Evanovich – An Introduction

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie’s bail-bonds office where she’d spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the Bantam series “Loveswept.” Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, “after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.”

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich’s love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author’s distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

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Start Your New Year Plum Spooky

(Tampa Bay Online, Jan 4, Mary Beth Thompson)

The tree is down, the decorations are put away, and the last cookies have been eaten. I can’t think of a better way to start out the new year than with Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Plum.

If you are as loyal to Stephanie as I am, you are waiting impatiently for that 15th numbered book to come out. But in the meantime, this fourth “Between the Numbers” novel does not disappoint. If you haven’t read any of the “between” novels – which Evanovich knocks out between the regular Plum series, all of which have numbers in the title – you are missing out.

“Plum Spooky” brings Diesel back into Stephanie’s complicated, barely-making-it-as-a-bounty-hunter life. Diesel is on the hunt for his bad cousin, Wulf, who is involved with the latest bail jumper Stephanie is trying to apprehend.

Diesel shows up out of nowhere, “smells like Christmas,” travels the world tracking Unmentionables who have gone to the dark side (these are people with abilities beyond what normal folks have) and “neutralizes” them, whatever that means.

Stephanie is looking for Martin Munch, a nerdy little guy who looks like he is about 12. He assaulted his boss and took off with a “magnetometer” from the research facility he was working for. He is in cahoots with Wulf to develop a way to control the weather that involves shooting off rockets causing lightning and torrential rain. The trail takes them through the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, which, for those who have never been, is basically the middle of nowhere.

Stephanie’s on-again boyfriend Joe Morelli is busy cleaning up after his brother Anthony, who is staying with Joe until his wife will take him back. For reasons too complex to address here, Anthony ends up a victim of a nail-gun blast in the backside and becomes an even bigger pain in the butt to Joe.

Ranger, another of Stephanie’s admirers, along with his crew of minions, has Stephanie’s back from a distance to make sure she doesn’t get into too much trouble. She always ends up with one of his vehicles, and he seems to show up when she needs him the most.

Also thrown into the mix is Lula, our favorite former prostitute, and Carl the Monkey (anyone remember him?), who tag along to the Pine Barrens in search of creepy little Munch, who is hiding out with a bunch of other Jersey nuts, such as Sasquatch. Did I forget to mention that Munch also has the hots for our bounty hunter and wants her to be his “first”?

Now here I am waiting impatiently for the next numbered book to come out …

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Janet Evanovich – Plum Spooky

The First Full Length Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel from #1 Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich!

Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys.

Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He’s chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he’s chosen the Barrens as his new playground. Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He’s now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasn’t made it out of the boys’ department at Macy’s. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasn’t met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel. Diesel pops in and out of Plum’s life like birthday cake – delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He’s an über bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He’s after Grimoire, and now he’s also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn’t mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs.

Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.

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