If you’ve read best-selling author Evanovich, you’re probably already acquainted with her character, Stephanie Plum. Our current climate ofwomen’s lib has created career opportunities for women that previously did not exist. Ergo, Stephanie is a bail bonds enforcer.
She is not your typical heroine; no squeaky clean young beauty, but a wild child who has learned to survive by being quick on her feet. She has the knack of attracting trouble, which seems to run rampant in her Italian, family-oriented neighborhood. (Read - mob).
Over-the-top secondary characters liven up the chase of bail-jumpers and there are enough boyfriends-in-waiting to keep you guessing about who is actually ëfirst’ in her lineup. Is it her current lover, a police detective hunk, her grungy former bounty-hunter buddy, or the nice young man her mother has picked out for her?
Stephanie pits them against one another in her head (and in her bed), but is too busy to stage what her friends describe as the boudoir “bake-off” to determine the winner for her affections. Meanwhile, she must side-step whoever is burying bodies in a local construction site, positioning dead bodies in her car, and trying to include her among the “recently departed.”
To quote the book jacket, “With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a (bail bonds) capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.”
Perseverance, quick thinking, and kooky co-workers help save the day for Stephanie as she works at making a living, dealing with the evil eye and “vordo” spells cast by an Italian grandmother, and avoiding being next in line for the killer.
This is light reading - not based on the plot line which is pretty complicated, but on the fact that you don’t have to think too hard to enjoy it, and if you are a fast reader, you can finish it in one sitting.
Since I’m not a consistent Evanovich reader, I never got the significance of the title, “Smokin’ Seventeen.” In looking at her book list, it appears that numbers are prominent in the Stephanie Plum titles. Perhaps it means something to her readers.
Group preserves quilting tradition
Inspired by unbounded imagination, generations of quilters have created history with thread and fabric, and now, local residents are adding to that history.
“Quilting brings a richness to the family and community in a very tangible way,” said Jo Caraway, who hosts the Quilter's Guild of Cherokee County gathering every second Tuesday of the month in her Rusk-area home.
Special birthday celebration held at Angelina House
Sadler was the guest of honor at a surprise party for his 30th birthday at Angelina House on Wednesday, an event coordinated by Angelina House Wellness Director Trachel Crow and residence sales manager Linzey Campbell.
Help pets stay healthy this holiday season, too
While Fido may be a pro at making big “feed me, I'm starving” eyes, animal care professionals remind people that sharing their Thanksgiving mean is more harmful than not.
Easy Ways to Lower Calories On Your Dessert Table
1. Lighten ingredients in your desserts. Use a low-calories sweetener in place of all or part of the sugar.
How much you know about avoiding holiday weight gain?
1. How many excess calories does it take to gain one pound? A) 1500; B) 2500, C) 3500; D) 4500
Holiday Eating Tips
• Don’t go to a party hungry: We often eat faster and more when we are hungry – therefore, eat a wholesome breakfast or lunch to avoid overeating at the party.
Private school caters to small clientele
With just an 11-student enrollment at the local Christ the Redeemer Academy, folks often are surprised when they learn about the K-12 Christian school, but that’s okay.
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A big problem.
Belly Dance: Troupe breathes new life into age-old art form
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