New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is in the swing of things since her sudden entry into the bounty hunting profession in One For the Money. Her latest case seems to be an easy one: Maxine Nowicki stole her boyfriend’s car, posted bond and missed her court appearance. All Stephanie has to do is catch this local girl and collect the reward.
However, appearances are deceiving and this case is more complex than it seems. Maxine leaves cryptic notes plotting revenge on her boyfriend. Acquaintances of Maxine keep meeting with disfiguring “accidents.” To make matters worse, someone is trying to scare Stephanie into backing off the case. It’s just another day in the life of your friendly neighborhood bounty hunter in Four to Score.
Author Janet Evanovich conjures up an amusing cast for this caper. Stephanie’s sidekicks include a former hooker named Lulu, a musician/drag queen called Sally Sweet, and the always-funny pistol-packing Grandma Mazur. Joe Morelli is back as Stephanie’s irresistible love interest.
The premise of Four to Score isn’t too deep. But there’s a comedic mayhem that really works in the novel. Evanovich continues to feature endearing qualities of the burg and Stephanie’s family. Four to Score is a strong, worthy installment in the Stephanie Plum series.
Note: Reading the novels in order, starting with One for the Money, is recommended but not required.