This week’s BotW post has been really tricky. If I picked my absolute favourite book from last week – can I then still include it in my holiday reads post (which is why I was reading it in the first place)? If I don’t pick my favourite, all my other options are going to be repeating previous favourite authors. If I do pick my favourite it’s a repeat as well. Tricky. So people, this week’s book of the week is Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich. Yes. I know. But There Were Reasons.
Plum Spooky is the fourth (and last as it stands) in the Between-the-Numbers Stephanie Plum books – which means it’s a bit like a normal Stephanie Plum but with a supernatural twist. They’re also the books where you meet Diesel – who goes on to get a series of his own (the second of which was my Evanovich Gateway Book back in April – see previous BotW post). Plum Spooky is the longest (a proper novel rather than a novella) and best of these fill-ins – it has the balance right between NormalSteph and SupernaturalStuff – and is a good read in it’s own right – not just because you like the other Plum books.
In Plum Spooky, Steph’s FTA has got messed up with the guy that Diesel is trying to find – and it all gets a little bit scary/weird in the Barrens – an area which reminds me a lot of the were-panther area in Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Series. Spooky is very good at balancing the supernatural element of the story with the normal bounty hunter storylines from the regular series. Having Diesel around does mean less Ranger and Morelli action – but as these are meant to be slightly outside the mains series you couldn’t really have any action that impacts those relationships without causing ructions.
This is great fun – but probably best enjoyed with a bit of existing knowledge of the series – or if you know you like this sort of book. You should be able to get it from all the usual places – and probably your second-hand book store too.
This week I’ve planned my reading better. And that Summer Reading post is nearly ready, I promise. Just a few more books to read…