Friday, December 22, 2006

Visions of Sugar Plums, by Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich
ISBN: 0-312-98634-3
Book #06-161

Stephanie Plum, as always, is dreaming of the perfect Christmas. There's just one problem. She's not the least bit ready for the holiday: no tree, no gifts, no lights, nothing. When she finds a mysterious blond hunk in her kitchen, Stephanie pulls her Smith & Wesson out of her cookie jar, but her best attempts at getting rid of Diesel only serve to irritate him and confuse her. Diesel accompanies Steph on her latest fugitive apprehension, in search of a toymaker named Sandy Claws.

VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS is a novella, but it's chock full of the improbably hilarious antics Evanovich's fans have come to expect from the Plum clan. Grandma Mazur has a new studmuffin, perfect sister Valerie and her ambulance-chasing boyfriend Kloughn have an announcement to make, toyshop elves go on the attack, and Stephanie's long-suffering mother is displaying a troubling tendency to hit the booze and the bubble bath. In short, life in the Burg is the same as ever.

This slight volume is heavily padded with recaps of the first nine Plum novels, including Historic Moments, New Characters introduced, and Automotive Factoids. If it's been a while since your last visit with Stephanie and crew, this is the story for you. If you're new to the series, the teasers will certainly lure you in for a closer look at life in Stephanie Plum's world. Sweet, snappy, and stuffed with merriment and mayhem, VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS is destined to be a classic holiday treat.

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