Book Review: Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich

Christmas in bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's world isn't quite like Christmas in Whoville. With only four days to go before December 25, she doesn't have a decorated tree in her apartment or any presents bought. Plus she's chasing an elusive bail-jumper named Sandy Claws; a hunky guy named Diesel is literally popping in and out of her apartment; and a mob of manic elves is threatening to assault her with cookies. The end result is that Stephanie is feeling a tad stressed over the holiday season. Life isn't any calmer over at her parents' home in the Burg, where Grandma Mazur is dating a new octogenarian stud muffin; sister Valerie is wailing over some unwelcome news; and Stephanie's mother is coping by belting back tumblers of Red Roses in the kitchen. Just where is the elusive Mr. Claws hiding, and why? What's causing the power blackouts all over Trenton? And what about the mysterious villain, Mr. Ring? Is all of this real, or is Stephanie just having a very bad dream?

What a disappointment!  The Stephanie Plum series is great but this between-the-numbers novel was so bad.  It lacked all of the usual humor found in a Stephanie Plum book and had a LOT of cheesy parts.  Diesel just popping in from the sky?  The old Mr. Claus/Claws double entendre?  The villan?  Give us a break here, Janet Evanovich.  We're more diappointed after reading Visions of Sugar Plums than we were after Edward left Bella in New Moon.  And that's saying a lot!
Just One Gripe:
We have WAY more than one. See the list above!

The Best Thing About This Book:
Two words: Grandma Mazur

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  2/5
Plot:  1/5
Setting/Imagery:  2/5
Originality:  1/5
Ending:  1/5
Total Score:  7/25


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