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Topic 39 of 57: Evanovich: General

Sun, Jun 23, 2002 (09:37) | Karen (KarenR)
Whatever you want to talk about concerning Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and a place to introduce yourself.
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 Response 1 of 32: Sam Blob  (AlFor) * Sun, Jun 23, 2002 (10:28) * 0 lines 
 


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 Response 2 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Mon, Jun 24, 2002 (15:39) * 7 lines 
 
What better way to inaugurate this board with the guy who best exemplifies Joe Morelli. The second pic is the one Janette mentioned from Soap Opera Digest:








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 Response 3 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Mon, Jun 24, 2002 (19:21) * 5 lines 
 
YUM!

Excellent choice for Joe, Karen! :-D

Can he do a Jersey accent as well???


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 Response 7 of 32: Autumn   (autumn) * Mon, Jun 24, 2002 (21:49) * 1 lines 
 
I am not familiar with this author.


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 Response 8 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Mon, Jun 24, 2002 (22:21) * 12 lines 
 
The series is very light reading and very funny. They're fast and hard to put down. Evanovich has a great sense of humor. I've always felt the mystery part of the plot lines are secondary to the characters, many of whom are memorably hysterical. If you decide to check out her books, you should start with the first. They are numbered and are:

One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Three to Get Ready
Four to Score
High Five
Hot Six
Seven Up
Hard Eight (which was just released last week)

She writes one book a year. The main character is Stephanie Plum, who lives in small neighborhood in Trenton, NJ, and who has no luck with life and jobs. Lots of family pressure to do the traditional thing. But out of desperation, she pretty much blackmails her cousin (who has a bail bond service) into giving her a job as a bounty hunter for people who have failed to make their court appearances. Quite a bit of the books concern her relationship with Joe Morelli, a Trenton cop, and Ranger, another bounty hunter par excellance. She's almost like Lucy Ricardo in her antics, but she has intelligence and good instincts. What she lacks is in execution.


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 Response 9 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Mon, Jun 24, 2002 (22:34) * 2 lines 
 
(Esbee) Can he do a Jersey accent as well???
Glad you like my pick. I can't remember what I was looking for when I ran across him, but I decided he was perfect. I would imagine he could "tawk Jersey." It seems pretty easy for most actors to do, although from what I understand of Jersey geography, it may not be what we normally think which is more the North Jersey speech.


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 Response 10 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Tue, Jun 25, 2002 (14:04) * 8 lines 
 
excellent description of the books Karen
(you should write "blurbs" for the backs of books in your spare time ;-D )

always felt the mystery part of the plot lines are secondary to the characters
i agree - Janet doesnt make the reader deal with the brutality and blood & guts like many other mystery writers do.
many of whom are memorably hysterical
Grandma Mazur -nuff said :-D



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 Response 11 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Tue, Jun 25, 2002 (14:05) * 2 lines 
 
Crap! closing tags




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 Response 12 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Thu, Jun 27, 2002 (18:14) * 75 lines 
 
LindaK (from Drool) sent me this article from The Times (Trenton's newspaper) this past Sunday:

Plum Alter Ego a Real Character
Author Evanovich reads, entertains
by Beth E. Fand

As soon as Joe Juniak learned that an author would be setting her new novel in Chambersburg, he started vying for a mention in the book.

The Trenton police lieutenant joked with Janet Evanovich as she researched at his precinct, stopping her each time she passed by his desk to make sure she could spell his name.

The two struck up a friendship and, to his delight, Juniak made it into not only the first comic mystery about Trenton bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, but also the seven that came after that.

"I call him my good luck charm, because he's in every book," Evanovich told a crowd of more than 1,000 who gathered at the Lafayette Yard Marriott Conference Hotel yesterday to hear the author--with Juniak's help--to read excerpts from the latest in her series, "Hard Eight" (St. Martin's Press, $25.95).

"Joe's been in it since the very beginning, so lately I've been giving him promotions," said Evanovich, who made Juniak chief of police in her last book and the mayor of Trenton in the new one. "Somebody's got to do it."

In addition to signing books for the fans lined up in the hotel's ballroom, through the lobby and out onto the street, the author told her audience--most of them women--that a new Plum novel titled--"Visions of Sugar Plums" will become available Nov. 5.

Sounding a lot like her characters, the down-to-earth Evanovich joked her way through the event, throwing in the occasional four-letter word.

As New Jersey-based band The Nerds played in the background, the author poked fun at some of the day's guest readers, trying to convince Trenton Thunder player Corey Spencer to take his shirt off and directing Trenton Police Officer Thomas Harnett to put on a blonde wig and hot-pink feather boa.

She introduced Trenton mayor Douglas Palmer as "incredibly sexy" and later asked him to name a street after her.

The mayor answered in kind, encouraging Evanovich to make him governor in her next book.

Thanking audience members for coming from as far away as Europe, Palmer urged them to visit area landmarks "but whatever you do, spend money."

In the new book, Evanovich said, Plum tries to find a mother who has disappeared with her daughter in violation of a custody agreement.

A character Plum meets along the way is named Les Sebring, an Indiana bail bondsman who helped draft a law allowing special custody bonds to be placed on the heads of parents seen as likely to flee.

Sebring was on hand yesterday to help Evanovich read, and flashed one of his shins at the audience when his character was described as having great legs.

Evanovich said her characters tend to be composites of family members, friends and people who are "made up." Asked if Plum is based on her own personality, the author didn't answer directly.

"Let's just say I know where she lives," Evanovich said.

Now settled in New Hampshire with her husband and two grown children--all of whom were at yesterday's event--Evanovich grew up in South River and graduated "in the top 98 percent of my class" from Douglass College in New Brunswick, she said yesterday.

As an adult, she regularly visited her parents at their new home in Mercerville, but didn't get acquainted with Trenton until her father got ill and spent time at St. Francis Hospital, she said.

"I would take breaks and walk around the 'Burg," she said. "I fell in love."

According to Juniak, the neighborhood reflected in Evanovich's novels does not always match the one that exists today.

"She has a feel for Trenton," he said, "especially the Chambersburg of old, the tight family relationships."

As Evanovich spoke yesterday, fans munched on food provided by several Chambersburg restaurants. There was even a booth named for popular book character Grandma Mazur, which served Hungarian food in her honor.

According to Barbara Zoratti, who made much of the chicken paprika, buttered noodles, stuffed cabbage and goulash on sale at the booth, Evanovich had joked about the absence of such food when she spoke to the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce in April.

"My husband volunteered my services to do the food (this time)," said Zoratti, of Hamilton.

Zoratti said she and the women who helped her run the booth would be giving the proceeds to their employer--the cancer ward at the Mercer Campus of Capital Health Systems.

As the event drew to a close, groups of women sat on the ballroom floor and listened to the band as the long line of fans seeking Evanovich's signature inched slowly forward.

Diane Burkhalter and five friends were hard to miss as they waited their turn wearing bright pink T-shirts that said "Jersey girls rule." An artist friend made the T-shirts especially for yesterday's event "so that we would stick out like sore thumbs," Burkhalter said.

Anita DiNicola said she made a special detour in her trip from Los Angeles to hear Evanovich speak and have the author sign a stack of books.

"She's such a wonderful writer and her characters are so real," DiNicola said. "Her style is so humorous and the combination just keeps you glued to the page."



Author Janet Evanovich is applauded by fans yesterday...



Kathi Hibbs of Morrisville and Martha Watt of Allentown laugh with Lt. Joe Juniak as he autographs Janet Evanovich's book. He has been mentioned in each of her books.



Surrounding Janet are staff of Hopewell Valley High School (from left): Barb Skiba, Gae Young, Trish Delehey, Daphne Shaub, Carol Korowski and Diane Burkhalter. The group made T-shirts featuring a beauty queen wearing a "Greater Trenton" sash and the saying "Jersey Girls Rule."


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 Response 13 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Thu, Jun 27, 2002 (19:33) * 4 lines 
 
Great Article Karen
Thanks!

*pouting* i wish i could have gone.... but live on wrong coast.


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 Response 14 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Sat, Jun 29, 2002 (15:41) * 15 lines 
 
Reposting from 40:

(Esbee) Meanwhile, one of JE's previous romances is being rewritten and published this fall (think it's a Sept. release) not 100% sure, but seem to remember that it's called Full House.
That's the only one I don't own, but I have read it. Someone lent it to me. It was OK, although I am curious as to why another person is involved and how it has been redone or why for that matter.

Did I read somewhere that the other person was going to create a series with Full House's characters?

I'd say my favorite of all her romances was Manhunt. In nearly all of them, the guy sees the heroine and is struck dumb with love immediately. In Manhunt, the guy is resisting and she's laying plans to snare him. Much more realistic IMO. ;-D

(Lula) I've looked at used book stores and thrift stores for a Steffie Hall book, just to see what it is like, but have had no luck.
I think I only found one at a thrift store and I searched high and low at used book stores. In fact, you hardly ever see any of Evanovich's books at these places. Two weeks ago, there was an annual used book fair run by the alumni to a university. It is huge (about 5-6 enormous tents) and runs for a week. I didn't see any of the Plum books in either paper or hardback. Absolutely none of the romances, but they might not accept that stuff. Seems to me that people hang onto her books because they're a series.

I'm really glad about Sugar Plums, too! Oh, boy!
I read her short story in that Mary Higgins Clark anthology (The Last Peep) but wasn't impressed.



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 Response 15 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Tue, Jul  2, 2002 (13:36) * 5 lines 
 
I havent read Manhunt -sounds like a good one to track down though. The old romances rarely show up in used books stores, -i work in a new & used bookstore and believe me, they're not common. I havent read the MHC anthology -have heard from other JE readers that it wasnt worth tracking down. I have higher hopes for Sugar Plums :-D

Charlotte Hughes is the one rewriting Full House- her name sounds familiar, wonder if she used to write LoveSwepts with Janet....

Lula - you might want to try newandusedbooks.com -that's where i shop if i cant find something in my own used book store :-)


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 Response 16 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Thu, Aug 29, 2002 (18:07) * 11 lines 
 
I went over to the site you mentioned and there's an interview with Charlotte Hughes:

Tell us about your new project you have lined with the Janet Evanovich. What can reader expect from this deliciously talented mix?

Janet and I go way back to our Loveswept days. Wait a minute, that makes us sound old and anybody who sees our photo inside the book cover of the second title of the series will see that we’re a couple of hot chicks with great bodies.

Janet approached me with the idea to co-author and help her rewrite an earlier book, which was an all-time favorite with her readers. Readers can expect a lot of humor and a page-turning mystery that had me sitting on the edge of my seat as I proofed it, although I knew how the story ended.

It has a long list of all her titles, but at the bottom, it shows another title to be co-authored with JE for St Martin's Press called Full Tilt (2003). Sounds right, because they did say it was going to turn into a series.

http://www.newandusedbooks.com/specialspage3.cfm?id=573&type=3


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 Response 17 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Thu, Aug 29, 2002 (18:33) * 3 lines 
 
Thanks Karen,
i had read an interview in the Romantic Times that mentioned there would be a new book regularly in this series as well. I'm really looking forward to it :-D
A book a year from each series and an occational anthology makes me a happy, happy girl!


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 Response 18 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Thu, Aug 29, 2002 (20:44) * 1 lines 
 
BTW, I picked up you know what today. I'll start a new topic for her books. ;-)


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 Response 19 of 32: Fireman - Let it BURN  (AlFor) * Fri, Aug 30, 2002 (16:55) * 1 lines 
 



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 Response 20 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Tue, Sep  3, 2002 (13:14) * 5 lines 
 
Excellent! :-D

i read Full House this weekend. It was enjoyable but not up to Stephaine Plum standards. There's a preview of Visions of Sugar Plums at the end, which has me totally intrigued. Once you read it you'll have to tell me what you think about this new character -can it be possible that JE is introducing a paranormal element into the series? (well aside from Ranger, the human equvilant of Batman...) ;-D




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 Response 21 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Wed, Sep  4, 2002 (12:36) * 6 lines 
 
None of her LS or SCAL books would be, but I am rather curious to see what they've done with this one (if I remember the details of the original, the only one I don't own because it is so rare).

When does Visions of Sugar Plums come out? November?

can it be possible that JE is introducing a paranormal element into the series? (well aside from Ranger, the human equvilant of Batman...) ;-D
hehehe! Or maybe Grandpa Mazur, who's snarfing down some pot roast in the sky. ;-)


 Topic 39 of 57 [books]: Evanovich: General
 Response 22 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Wed, Sep  4, 2002 (14:36) * 6 lines 
 
LOL over Grandpa Mazur!
Visions of Sugar Plums comes out Nov 5th (well... that's the offical release date anyway) althought, since it's a hardback -i might actually have to wait until the 5th to read it *pouting*

Full House had some good characters with great potential, but lacked the edge JE does so well in the Plum books. there was too much fluff without the intrigue. Rauol the bug man needed serious help and Max and his sister (cant even remember her name) could have been devloped more -and those wrestlers -what JE should have been able to do with them!!!

any way, hope the next one, Full Tilt, is more Janet and less Charlotte. (but not holding my breath...)


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 Response 23 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Tue, Sep 17, 2002 (15:47) * 5 lines 
 
OK, have now read the revamped Full House. LOL about your criticism regarding the "intrigue" because that's what was added, the whole business with Raoul and the bugs and his infatuation with her. Also, the ex-fiancee subplot is new. Pretty much everything with Deedee is the same, although they did change a lot about Max (added more). Another big change is the bachelor party. Yeah, she does wind up popping out of the cake, but she is fully dressed and brandishing a rolling pin, as I recall, which Nick thinks is a riot. No fall-out from the party. Oh yeah, going there and doing the cake thing were Deedee's ideas; no one dragged her along.

Given that the next book as a "Full" title, does this mean Billie is our next serial heroine and the rest of the books are going to feature her antics?

I forgot about the preview of Sugar Plums in the back. Will have to go back to read. I think I flipped through the pages and didn't see the name Joe, so I set it down (it was v. late at night) ;-


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 Response 24 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Thu, Sep 19, 2002 (12:44) * 5 lines 
 
Like the idea of her brandishing a rolling pin *grin* they should have kept that bit in.
does this mean Billie is our next serial heroine and the rest of the books are going to feature her antics?
Good question- there are several characters with potential in the book (i admit i like Max -young'n though he is) but it probably will be primarily Billie. Wonder what else she can get up to? kidnapped by an infatuated wrestler? (*rolling eyes*) ;-)
i do hope Janet is primary writer as i prefer her to Charlotte. On the other hand, would rather read Plum mysteries so would actually prefer Janet to spend more time writing those...
Sugar Plums looks like it's going to be good -Cant wait! let me know what you think of the preview!!!!


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 Response 25 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Thu, Sep 19, 2002 (12:46) * 1 lines 
 
Oh! and this new guy in Sugar Plums should drive Joe insane! LOL -cant wait for his reaction..... *hee hee*


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 Response 26 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Fri, Sep 20, 2002 (11:31) * 1 lines 
 
If that was supposed to be a "teaser," it didn't do anything for me. Unlike JD Robb's smaller works (as in the anthology "Out of This World"), I haven't found Janet's Plum works, outside the official series, to be very good. She had one in Mary Higgins Clark's anthology (The Last Peep??) and it was only so-so.


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 Response 27 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Fri, Sep 20, 2002 (12:12) * 3 lines 
 
Isnt that one in the MHC anthology her only other small bit? This new one is going to be 160 pages. She should be able to SOMETHING with that! :-)
I thought the 'teaser' was kinda intriging. I wanna see if JE is really introducing a 'non' human to her series...



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 Response 28 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Wed, Jun 23, 2004 (18:55) * 3 lines 
 
Any body read 10 Big Ones yet?

i thought the attempted torture scene was a riot!


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 Response 29 of 32: S B Robinson  (SBRobinson) * Fri, Nov 12, 2004 (18:57) * 3 lines 
 
Have just finished Metro Girl and really enjoyed it! i'm hopeful it will turn into a series -and the Miami Beach location is ideal for all sorts of wacky characters. PLUS, there's always the possiblity that Ranger will show up :-)




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 Response 30 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Thu, Jan 27, 2005 (13:11) * 5 lines 
 
Yep, I've read both: Metro Girl a few weeks ago, but Ten Big Ones was awhile. It had its moments, but I'd be hard pressed right now to come up with any. Maybe I'll skim through it.

As for Metro Girl, it will be turned into a series. Check Evanovich's website. They're all set up for these series, plus her Full Whatever collaborations.

BrendaL just informed me that Reese Witherspoon's production company has optioned the rights to One For the Money for a movie version. I can't picture Reese as Stephanie, though the mere fact that they're behind it doesn't always mean it would be a starring vehicle for her. Even if they dyed and permed her hair...I dunno. She doesn't have that soft, squishy Stephanie factor. Reese is too hard edged.


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 Response 31 of 32: Karen  (KarenR) * Thu, Jan 27, 2005 (13:12) * 1 lines 
 
Oh yeah, and I thought Metro Girl was too much like the Plum books. You have your transplanted caricatured sidekicks but they're mainly ripoffs of characters in the Plum books.


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 Response 32 of 32: Laura McCarthy  (LauraMM) * Mon, Jan 31, 2005 (12:11) * 1 lines 
 
I haven't read Metro Girl (that's the NasCar story?). Just doesn't seem to call to me. I've tried the Kinsey Milhone series too, but petered out:(

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