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Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum #17)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  59,822 Ratings  ·  4,691 Reviews
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find t
Mass Market Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Bantam (first published June 21st 2011)
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Mrs. Badass
Jul 13, 2011 Mrs. Badass rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
Posted at Badass Book reviews
You don't know me. I'm a fan of your work, have been for years. I have gotten many friends and family hooked on Stephanie, Joe, Ranger and Lula. I had every one of your books. I love your work with Charlotte Hughes and the Full Series. I have laughed and teared up, I have giggled and gasped for years, but it's time I stand up and shout.

Your last three Stephanie Plum Novels have left me feeling cheated. With each new installment I hope for more. But I get the same ol
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Steph better pick a guy already….this series has been dragging the last couple of books, we need to pick a direction and move forward….

Alrighty, the review is up! You can also find this review, and see if I’m team Ranger or team Morelli on my blog @

In Smokin’ Seventeen, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back in action. With not-so-trusty sidekick Lula at her side, Stephanie is on the hunt for skips, trying to decide between two men, fending off her mother’s matchmaking at
Jan 07, 2012 TJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why do I keep torturing myself with these books? Probably because I so loved them up until #14 and I'm an eternal optimist, hoping something will actually happen! The cover blurb was so promising on this installment, I actually allowed myself to get my hopes up.

Word of warning to those of you who would like to see things go somewhere between Stephanie and Ranger or Morelli - DON'T!! This time around, she has sex with both but that's it... wham bam, thank you ma'm skim overs then off to work, NO
Dear God, seriously? Another guy for Steph?
I think I want to change my pick from Steph & Morelli to Morelli & Ranger. Yum!
Alyssa Ricks
OK, so those of us who like Ranger will like this one a little better, but I still feel like we're being strung along. I don't dislike Joe and if she's going to be with him then fine, but please stop with the flip-flopping and guilt. Evanovich needs to take some lessons from Ward, KMM or even Roberts and give us a little more detail, especially with Ranger. I mean, come on. Also, her characters still talk the same way they did at the beginning of the series - it's not the 90s and it's time to up ...more
May 22, 2016 Jilly rated it liked it
So, this series has held us in love-triangle hell for 17 books now. Imagine my glee when Stephanie finally starts having sex with the guy whose team I have been on the whole time! (Go Team Ranger)

But, there is a slight problem with Stephanie having sex with Ranger - which, again, I love! That is that she is also having sex with Morelli. And, she is trying to hide it from Morelli. And, she says that she would freak out if she found out that Morelli was even dating another woman.

Moral dilemmas ev
This is one of those series that I keep reading despite acknowledging that they aren't that good anymore and haven't been for a while. The last one I truly liked was number 11 (my favorite of them all). But I still love the characters so much that I can't help it, and I keep hoping that the series will return to its former glory. You know, with actually decent mysteries and character development. If this is anything like the last five, though, it will take me only a few hours to read, make me la ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I loved this book! Ranger was in it a lot, Morelli was being ok, there was a new guy, an ok plot, lots of funny Lula, and some Grandma Mazur. Cars were lost and I found myself laughing out loud during some parts. What more could you want??

Edit: After reading some other reviews I think I must be in the minority in that I don't want Stephanie to make a choice between her guys. I like them both and this is escapism. I don't need lots of character development with this series. I like it the way it i
Ron Arden
I think Janet Evanovich is becoming much too formulaic in these books. This one starts out with Lula and Stephanie in the usual mix of eating, complaining and trying to make a living at Vinnie's Bail Bonds. The first 3rd of the book is really boring and focuses too much on Lula. I liked these books better when Lula was there as any minor character in Stephanie's life. She has become too much of a focus and really drags the story down.

Once Morelli and Ranger enter this story, it finally starts to
Yes, I know I swore off this series after Sixteen... hope springs eternal?
Jun 25, 2011 QueenB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a lot of other people on here, I'm going to state that this is more of a 3 1/2 star rating (where's the half star option, goodreads?)
The last few books from 13 on have really lost all charm and appeal for me. Recycled lines, plots, jokes, sexual tension that's not even a ping on the radar and less than no character development. I honestly felt like after 12, Ms Evanovich reached a point where she might actually have to go forward with the characters and series, so she backed off. Unfortunat
Amanda Patterson
Life in Trenton continues for Stephanie Plum, the world’s worst bounty hunter. The writing is as good as ever. The wonderful characters are back.
But Stephanie’s ‘love’ for two men has been going on for too long. It’s enough. At 30-something and still acting like a spoilt teenager, Stephanie’s act is wearing thin. I wanted to jump into the book and slap her, and offer this advice: Choose Morelli. Ranger doesn’t want you. He doesn’t want anyone.
Otherwise our favourite cast is back. Rex, the hams
Jun 21, 2011 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait for this book to come out. I just really hope there is more Ranger and Joe in this book. books 15 and 16 were not her best work.
Jun 30, 2011 Alyssa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Review posted at Hesperia Loves Books

It is hard to put into words how utterly disappointed in this series that I am. When I first started reading Stephanie Plum, I was immediately sucked in by her & the world in which she lives. Each book was so hilariously funny and outrageous that it quickly became a 'go-to' read for me when I needed a pick me up, escape or just good tear-streaming laughter. Now I just feel like I'm watching a really bad episode of Jersey Shore and can't stop saying 'WTF'!
Maybe 3-1/2 stars. It was much better in some ways than the last few books. Lula wasn't nearly so unbelievable. Stephanie actually caught some skips. I enjoy Mooner. I was disappointed in the developments in the love triangle. It actually left a bit of a sour taste. (view spoiler) ...more
May 16, 2015 Dagny rated it liked it
The usual laughs but Stephanie spent a bit too much time dithering between boy friends for me. It may have been caused by Morelli's Grandma Bella's evil eye. Still, there were mom's fix-up dinners in her mission to find a husband for Stephanie and Lulu's usual insane antics. Grandma Mazur is still carrying a gun in her purse, so all is well in the Burg.
Louise Culmer
I have enjoyed all the Stephanie Plum novels up until this one, some more than others. But this one failed to engage me. You don't read the Plum novels for the gritty realism, but the plot of this one I thought was more than usually silly, especially the man who thought he was a vampire. And while I know Lula is supposed to be eccentric, it is a bit too much to swallow that she really believes that the chickens that are sold in supermarkets are bred without feathers. She seems to be turning into ...more
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Jul 06, 2011 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series used to be fun, addictive fluff, but it's wearing thin.

The bail bonds crew is working out of Mooner's van and going to desperate lengths to drum up business as bodies pile up on their lot. The usual formula is in full force, but without much of the charm of previous books. Stephanie and Lula chase wacky skips, Grandma Mazur makes a scene at a viewing, people get tasered, cars are destroyed.

Even Ranger and Morelli seem to be sick of this shit, they show up for surprisingly soulless r
Jul 18, 2011 Melodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
This is really more like 3.5 stars. Wish they had the 1/2 star available! Anyway, you can never really go wrong with a Plum book. If nothing else you know you're going to get some laughs. The next book is supposed to be out in November and it looks like she's going to make a decision about Ranger & Morelli. Which is really a good thing because she was really a 'ho in this one, which she blamed on Grandma Bella!! And her mom was trying really hard to throw another guy into the mix. I'm pullin ...more
Jul 10, 2011 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up an earlier book from this series on the sale rack at the airport when I desperately needed something to read. It was hysterical and I recommended this book to a lot of people. So I was very excited to get my copy of Smokin Seventeen. To my disappointment the story was the same as the last Stephanie Plum I read with the exceptions being this one wasn't funny and Evanovich seemed to feel compelled to turn Stephanie into a slut; complete with back to back nights of sex with her differen ...more
Jul 10, 2011 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 29, 2011 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are a few things we can always count on in a Stephanie Plum book: at least one of Stephanie's cars will be blown up; Stephanie will be conflicted over her feelings for both Morelli and Ranger; Morelli's grandmother will put the evil eye on Stephanie; Stephanie will spend time with Lula and hijinks will ensue; Grandma Mazur will try to open a coffin to get a look at the dead body inside. Every. Single. Time.

Sometimes I feel like Evanovich has a computer program where she plugs in a new char
Samantha Smith
Dec 05, 2011 Samantha Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Worst Stephanie Plum book yet. I have loved this series from the beginning. I loved, loved, loved One For the Money and I loved these books all the way until about book 14. I recommended these books to patrons and to friends and I anxiously awaited the next Stephanie Plum book. But somewhere around book 14 the plots got thinner, the dialogue more ridiculous and the books more repetative. Now with book 17 there is no plot, the characters are washed out boring versions of themselves. Oh! and every ...more
What did I think? Well, I'm still thinkin' that maybe I should go with a one star and that is really something from this gal. I have been a Stephanie Plum/Janet Evanovich fan from the moment I first picked up One for the Money off the brand spankin' new book stack in the backroom at the Enumclaw Public Library 'lo these many years ago. I laughed so hard I snorted and tears ran every time Stephanie had to add oil during her first car chase. I love Grandma Mazur, her gun and her crowd at Stiva's. ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Plum and the gang have, over time, become a staple of my summer season. They just go hand-in-hand. Admittedly, I have been pretty disappointed with Janet Evanovich's last few novels; they started going downhill with Lean Mean Thirteen and never really recovered. However, I never gave up the series because, like I said, they were a habitual part of summer for me. I'm especially glad I didn't give it up, however, because Smokin' Seventeen is one of the best in this series to date.

The las
The two stickers at the back of the book, I (heart) Morelli and I (heart) Ranger, are over the top, way too Twilighty for me. Otherwise, this is a pretty typical Stephanie Plum novel, inept bounty hunter and Jersey girl looking for the bad guys while being hunted by other bad guys. This one, possibly as another nod to the Twilight series and the plethora of other vampire novels, has a fanged vampire wannabe.

I should have given up on this series. The plots are formulaic and predictable, the chara
Dee Haddrill
I love the Stephanie Plum books, I really do, and I have to say that this one is getting more to where they used to be. The last few have been really quick reads and I've felt that I haven't really got my money's worth as they would be over in about an hour. I've also been getting tired of the love triangle.


That being said, while the love triangle is still on the go, it looks (please, God) that the triangle will be resolved in the next book. I really
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 Stars

This review was posted at Under The Covers

I am both highly disappointed and happy about this book. As far as storylines go, I was glad to see a little bit of a different feel to the chasing skips we get with every Plum book lately. And there are three people trying to kill Stephanie. The skips are crazy as usual, there's an old guy who thinks is a vampire and sleeps in a coffin at the funeral home, the sleezy guy who always seems to have a boner. The humor and inventiveness was back!

Apr 19, 2013 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fartei-me de rir, era impossível não o fazer. Pessoalmente não acho que seja uma história por aí além, pois fiquei as 301 páginas do livro a compará-lo mais com comédia de improvisação do que propriamente com um policial.

Para mim faltou algo, penso que tenha sido história, principalmente do seu passado (ok, que ela explica tudo em cada capítulo, mas mesmo assim parece faltar algo) e também um conflito entre o Ranger e o Morelli teria sido agradável, porque não consegui perceber se estão mesmo a
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“That’s nice of you, but it’s not necessary to loan me a car.”
“I loan you cars all the time.”
“And I almost always destroy them or lose them. I have terrible luck with cars.”
“Working at Rangeman is a high-stress job, and you’re one of our few sources of comic relief. I give you a car and my men start a pool on how long it will take you to trash it. You’re a line item in my budget under entertainment.”
“Next time I fall in love it's going to be with someone who isn't an expert in fibbing."
"You're in love with me?"
"You didn't know that?"
"I did, but it's nice to hear."
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