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To the Nines

(Stephanie Plum #9)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  101,021 ratings  ·  1,974 reviews
Stephanie Plum's got rent to pay, people shooting at her, and psychos wanting her dead every day of the week (much to the dismay of her mother, her family, the men in her life, the guy who slices meat at the deli...oh, the list goes on). An ordinary person would cave under the pressure.
But hey, she's from Jersey.

Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2004 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 15th 2003)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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3 out of 5 stars for To the Nines, the 9th book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series, written in 2002 by Janet Evanovich. And with this review, I am officially caught up on older reads for this series... and I can now pickup where I left off by reading book 19 this summer... and it will be a much more detailed and thorough review. In this one, #9, Stephanie is chasing an illegal immigrant as her bail jumper. While hilarious and funny, this one didn't feel as strong as the r
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
You know how it is when you are reading a "mystery" and you know who the bad guy is the moment you meet them, but the good guys can't see it - ever?! It's so frustrating, and frankly, I've had my moments of wondering about the intelligence level of all of these people.. It was so freaking obvious!! Maybe it's the New Jersey water or something.

If you're born in Jersey, you know how to rise to a challenge. Bring on the Mob. Bring on bad air. Bring on taxes and obesity, diabetes, heart disease, an
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is consistently well done, enjoyable, and humorous. I’m happy to say this installment did not disappoint.

I was hesitant to continue reading this series because it had been close to a year and a half since I read the previous novel and thought that I would have forgotten what has happened. Luckily, this book did a quick catch up in the very beginning and my memory was not as bad as I guessed. I have to say that the brief summary in the beginning alluding to what has happened in the p
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Nine, I made it to Nine, but alas, I think this is where Stephanie and I must part ways, for the time being at least. Stephanie is once again, the object of some mad man’s sadistic fantasies, but I must confess, I have grown tired of the crime solving scenarios. I’m in this series for three things, Morelli, Ranger, and Lula, the ex ho turned file clerk/ purse welding mo fo. On these fronts, Evanovich did not disappoint. There were some steamy lines, some oogley eyes, and Lula has decided to turn ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of mysteries with humor
Recommended to Dorothy by: My daughter
Okay, I think I have now overdosed on Plums and I seriously need a break. After reading nine of these books in fairly rapid succession, I now know what will happen before it happens. Stephanie will get some quirky FTA assigned to her and will make several inept attempts to capture him/her. Lula will be along for the ride, providing even MORE INEPT assistance but what she will provide is the comic relief of the stereotypical large black woman. Stephanie will have many sessions of hot, hot, toe-cu ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This installment of Stephanie Plum was in my opinion the funniest yet! Lula was just awesome in this book as well as many other characters. I love a book that makes me laugh out loud and these books pretty much do it every time!
Although I had pretty much guessed the outcome of this book early on, it was still a great read. Any time the love triangle between Stephanie, Morelli and Ranger is focused on I am in heaven. And the more danger Stephanie is in, the better those tensions get. Plus this book had the added bonus of a trip to Vegas, which was fun to read about since I live there. Although there were no cars damaged by Steph's bad luck, Ranger's crew getting banged up by her natural ability to be in the middle of ha ...more
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
As all of the books in the Stephanie Plum series, to the Nines is filled with death, destruction and tingling cores.

Stephanie finds herself knee-deep in body guards, Vegas slot machines, pooping dogs and slinging around ding-dongs.

Morelli was invigorated by sex. An orgasm for Morelli was like taking a vitamin pill. The more orgasms he had, the sharper he got. I’m the opposite. For me, an orgasm is like a shot of Valium. A night with Morelli and the next morning I’m a big contented cow.<./i>
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Nov 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Plum Fans, Lutz fans
I liked this book because I'm a Stephanie Plum fan but the only thing stopping me from giving my customary 4 stars is that this book seemed to be a little thin on plot. It had a good premise but to me it sort of petered out. This one of the books where I knew who dunnit before Steph did.

I also was caught between liking and getting really bored of the whole Ranger/Morelli think. I don't think she should have her cake and eat it too and I think the character is built to believe that too but it's
It’s been a little while since I read the eighth one of these but I got back into the swing of things easily enough.

Initially, I found this getting into this book pretty tedious. Starting off annoyingly ‘quirkily’, it seemed lazy and just filled with all the unrealistic cliches of the previous books. Mrs Apusenja, in particular, is one of the worst written characters I’ve read for a long time.

But as I got further into it, I started to enjoy it again and by the end of it I’d had a lot of fun rea
To the Nines by Janet Evanovich is the 9th Stephanie Plum novel. Bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is assigned to help find Samuel Singh who has skipped on his visa bond and becomes targeted by a serial killer who taunts her with flowers. A fun book with plenty of laughs. Its always fun to catch up with all the characters and is a good series to turn to if you want a good laugh and to feel good. Lulu is especially hilarious with her new diet. Very entertaining.
Originally on my book blog!

I really did not think that these books could get any funnier, but this would almost killed me. I'm not sure if I read this when I was sleep deprived (I did) or if it's really just that funny (it is) but I could not contain my laughter for very long. Every part of this book, the humor, the mystery, and the romance, came together perfectly to make a seriously fabulous book.

This book had some of the funniest material I've seen in a book. When Lula wasn't talking about h
Jerry B
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Maybe best Stephanie Plum yet in 9-book series!

We've read all the author's books about Trenton-based bounty hunter Plum, and had feared we were tired of them when in "Seven" and "Eight" the stories seemed weak and the humor forced. "Nines" corrects that with a real pleaser -- plenty of natural humor, an almost gripping plot putting Steph in real danger, and lots of sexual tension with Ranger and Morelli. The other regulars -- Bob the dog, Grandma Mazur, Vinny, the parents, sister Valerie (and f
Lisa B.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I continue to listen to the audio version. This tuned out to be my favorite so far in the series.
Chance Lee
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god, guys, I'm doing it again. This Stephanie Plum book is even more of a five-star book from the last Stephanie Plum book I gave five stars to (Three to Get Deadly). This is pretty much the Perfect Plum.

The plot is actually interesting. A man who works for a slot-machine-part manufacturer goes missing. He is in the U.S. on a visa bond, which Vinnie wrote, so Stephanie has to get him back. She gets to learn how slot-machine parts are made AND go to Vegas, which involves Lula going through
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, humorous
Stephanie Plum would a series that you turn to for some mindless reading and comic relief from every day stress.

This book served this purpose well. There were numerous laugh-out-loud moments for me and they were all hilarious. I must have looked like an idiot when I bursted out laughing while reading the book on the subway, but some things were just too funny to hold back. Some key moments for me:

- Stephanie and gang travelling to Las Vegas and got searched at the airport security
- Lula's superm
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think the real stars of these books are the role players. Lula, the ex-ho turned file clerk and bounty hunting side kick comically slays in this installment. The not so dainty Lula wants to look like a supermodel so she tries an all meat diet. Doesn't sound so funny you say.... well Evanovich spins this portion of the story like a top. Literally Laugh Out Loud. Ranger hates leaving Stephanie alone on her excursions, nothing bad has ever happened on a mission, right?!? Well the group of Merry M ...more
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2018rrdecember
So much fun, I always love these novels as they have me guessing and laughing until the end.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-us, detective
Just like every other Stephanie Plum mystery / adventure, To the Nines is a fun, entertaining ride. Just pack all your troubles away for the few days (hours?) it takes to get through her trials and tribulations.
As always, Stephanie's life seems to be a shambles. Her family is at loggerheads, what with perfect sis, Valerie camped at her parent's home with her two girls and one on the way. Stephanie is forced to move in with on and off again boyfriend, Morelli, due to threats on her life. She stil
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars feels more accurate. There isn't much to say about this series besides that it's predictable and easy, and that Morelli, Lula, and Ranger are what keep me interested. I'm currently testing the limits of sanity while stripping a combination of black and purple hair color which requires a sense of humor, patience, and at least one mindless book to keep me company. Fluffy, easy reads are always on hand for situations like this and the Stephanie Plum series delivers.
Stephanie's latest case involves a trip to Las Vegas searching for a guy who jumped bail and abducted a dog in the process. Her antics are usually bonkers enough on her home ground so you can just imagine the sort of madness that goes on when she's in Vegas with Lula and Connie! As always this series is full of crazy but hilarious situations (in this case made even funnier by Lula's latest fad diet), Stephanie running around like a headless chicken trying to work out what the heck is going on ar ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Plum - bounty hunter, Jersey Girl... Walking disaster...

Morelli, Ranger, and "His Merry Men" are all once again trying to keep Stephanie safe. After hunting down a Visa skip, Stephanie becomes the target of a psychopathic (or is it psychotic?)cyber geek. The game is on and Stephanie is the prize. He is hunting her down and takes two of the people closest to her as hostages. She has to outwit him in order to save them all. Let me just tell you - the hostage thing had me peeing myself..
I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I actually chuckled out loud a few times, which hadn't happened in a long time where these books are concerned, and there weren't nearly as many of the repetitive elements that plague this series in later books.

That said, it was totally predictable. Admittedly, I've read this before, but not in several years, and I remembered literally nothing about the plot. Still, I was able to work out who the villain was at least a hundred and
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I am really enjoying the Stephanie Plum series. I only gave it three stars because in the end, they are just fluff books, but they are fantastic fluff books. It did take me a bit to get into the scenarios Evanovich creates, but once I did, I couldn't stop laughing. My husband is always demanding to know what I am laughing so hysterically at while I am reading them and whenever I oblige and tell him or read him the scene, he looks at me like I am crazy. When told to the outside observer, the plot ...more
Regina De Los Reyes
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stephanie is on the case on a new type of bond that Vinnie issued. It was supposed to be an easy bond, no shooting or death involved, but it's Stephanie, and things always happen to Stephanie. She goes after the missing "skip" with the help of Ranger, ahh Ranger, needed that moment. Stephanie finds herself in the middle of a game that has her as the ultimate death prize. The least likely killer set her in his sights and of course was taken down in the end. Valerie had her baby and of course the ...more
Ok, these books are easy, fun, fluffy one-evening reads that I'm really enjoying. There's only one thing that really bugs me. She over-uses "angle" as a verb, usually relating to people getting into "He angled himself into the car and left." For me that paints a mental picture of somebody who has parked too close to the car in the next slot and must carefully open the door 6 inches and work his/her way into the driver's seat....however that's not the case in these books. The characters ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, evanovich-janet
Another great one. I enjoyed reading this one and am hating Joe more and more, while liking Ranger more and more. The crazies are out and the devastation on people instead of cars was pretty good. I'm waiting to see what the pay-back is. That's gonna be gooooood. ;) I loved the characters and the intros of more Merry Men, and their hapless intros to the Bombshell. The ending was page-turning and a little scary. The Eye had a set back but recovered as planned in the end. The family dynamics are g ...more
3.5 Stars

This one wasn't as funny as the previous ones and neither was the mystery too great. A little disappointed but I'll continue the series anyway.

And, uh no one in India is named "Apusenja" , you could have done a bit research Ms. Evanovich and next time you want an Indian name for your book you have my permission to use mine. ;)
Chris Schreck
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book enjoyed it a lot
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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“Lula had Eminem cranked up. He was rapping about trailer park girls and how they go round the outside, and I was wondering what the heck that meant. I'm a white girl from Trenton. I don't know these things. I need a rap
cheat sheet.”
“I checked my phone messages. Three in all.

The first was from Joe. “Hey, Cupcake.” That was it. That was the whole message.

The second was from Ranger. “Yo.” Ranger made Joe look like a chatterbox.”
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