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High Five

(Stephanie Plum #5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  115,945 ratings  ·  2,613 reviews
Stephanie Plum has a whole lot of trouble on her doorstep.

Her Uncle Fred has disappeared and Grandma Mazur is convinced he's been abducted by aliens.

Meanwhile, Cousin Vinnie has asked her to bring in the vertically challenged Randy Briggs who's jumped bail. But instead of coming quietly, he has taken up residence in Stephanie's closet. The mysterious man called Bunchy is t
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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Neshia Harvey Tipp not Tibbs. Found an answer in Chapter 13....I guess....

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Harvey Tipp not Tibbs. Found an answer in Chapter 13....I guess....

"Who are you watching?" Morelli flipped the kitchen light off. "Vito's accounts-receivable person. Harvey Tipp." "You better be watching him close. Harvey's life expectancy might not be too good."

Then Later, at the end of the book Morelli says that they picked up Tipp and he squealed like a pig. I was thinking, "who the heck is Tipp again?" He's mentioned in three sentences in the whole book. geez. (less)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4 out of 5 stars to High Five, the fifth book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series, written in 1999 by Janet Evanovich. If you thought Stephanie was off-her-rocker, wait until you meet more of her family. Uncle Fred has disappeared and all they can find that might lead them to his whereabouts are the pictures he's kept hidden of a dismembered human body. We know Stephanie's family has some crime-connections between her cousin and a few other distant relatives. But w
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 ***

An outstanding monthly buddy read with the coolest gang in town, The BB&Bs!!!

""Problem is, you aren't living up to your earning potential," Lula said. "We only got chickenshit cases these days. What you need is to have a serial killer or a homicidal rapist jump bail. Those boys are worth something."
"Yeah, I'd sure like to get a case like that." Big fib. If Vinnie ever gave me a homicidal rapist to chase down I'd quit and get a job selling shoes.""

I want to belong to the Plum family
I think my last status update says it all: "These books are such a cocktease." I don't know why I keep checking these out from the library. Some supernatural force keeps pulling me down the Mystery aisle and forcing these books into my hands. I can't explain my fascination otherwise.

I don't really like Stephanie, the mysteries are contrived and ridiculous, her family is annoying, the love triangle is BEYOND frustrating, and the constant addition of "let's see how crazy THIS supporting character
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I don't get it," the driver said. "I hardly scraped against your car. Why would it explode like that?"

"That's what her cars do," Lula said. "They explode."

Stephanie is hell on wheels. Literally. Her crazy relationship with cars are some of the funniest parts of these books. She is singlehandedly putting the insurance companies out of business at this point. And, it's awesome.


In this book, Stephanie is looking for her Uncle Fred. Of course this job doesn't pay, and people keep getting
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This is probably the twentieth time I've read the Stephanie Plum books. I love them, obviously. When I need a truly entertaining story to make the day better, these are always the books I turn to.

Reread March 2018
Patrick Gibson
Dec 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: estrogen
Ah, Stephanie—what has happened to your uncle who seems to have gone missing? Who cares? It’s the journey and not the . . . well, you know the rest. If you are reading this series from the beginning then you will get the jokes i.e. when the fire alarm goes off in the funeral home everyone looks towards Ms. Plum. She has a history. Evanovich has here style of writing perfected (good thing because there are nine more novels in this series)—short pithy sentences, detailing a swiftly moving story. L ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
This is a humor/cozy mystery/chick-lit, and this is the 18th book in the Stephanie Plum series. I have listen to this whole series on audiobooks, and the narrator of the audiobooks does a great job on this book. All the books in this series will make you laugh so much, and I will say the way to read these books is by audiobooks. All the characters are so fun and developed. I love this series so much. This book was not my favorite of the series, but I loved the Grandmother so much in this book. S ...more
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this series. I read these books when I need something light. Grandma Mazur can usually be counted on to make me laugh out loud! I'm glad the character of Ramirez is now out of the way. I didn't like him still being in the story. I look forward to the next segment.....
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars?

I did not like this sequel at all.
I enjoyed it, binged it, laughed with it, but did not like it.

Because... A love triangle?
Really, Janet?
I found it cringy and most honestly hope you did not let Stephanie choose the other guy in that last, cliff hanging scene.
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Broke. No one is skipping out on bail. Struggling with the lack of satisfaction .. in life .. and with the two sexiest men on the planet, Stephanie Plum finds herself intertwined in family drama when asked to investigate and locate her Uncle Fred.

Flying purple-headed piglet Vinnie, is making money left and right. He doesn’t play much of a role in this book, but that doesn’t keep the small statements from ripping gasping laughter from my gut.

“Vinnie’s overjoyed,” Connie said. “He’s making money
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
1. I'm in love with Steph and Morelli
2. I'm even on board with Ranger (finally)
3. No offense to CJ Critt, but her voice for Briggs was THE WORST. Glad he's out of the picture. (also ready for Miss Lorelei King)
4. Grandma Mazur remains one of my favorites (along with Lula)
5. Steph needs an unlisted phone number and she also needs to move so these creeps can't find her (preferably back in with Morelli)
6. Too many swoon worthy/laugh out loud moments in this book. It was pretty solid.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: evanovich-janet
I LOVE Grandma Mazur!!!!! And, Lula continues to be a hysterical part-time side kick! Still enjoying the hell out of these books. Onto "Hot Six."
Albert Balbutin Jr.
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was walking around Barnes and Noble book hunting when I came across a yellow book with a colorful title. It reminded me of the 80's and I love 80's-like colors.

I started reading the 1st page without looking at its premise and was already hooked on Stephanie Plum's explanation on how she was much like Barbie without pants. I remembered looking at Barbie dolls as a kid, in the 80's! So I bought the book.

80's color theme plus Barbie equals 80's for the win.

Oh, and Evanovich's narrative style is w
Stephanie doesn't have the best of luck but she's reached an all time low in this fifth instalment of the series. Things are on the rocks between her and Joe Morelli, her favourite stalker Benito Ramirez has been released from prison and gone straight back to hunting her, she's completely broke and nobody seems to be skipping bail right now so work is hard to come by. To top it all off her uncle Fred is missing and she's now obliged to spend her time trying to track him down, something that won' ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
On the plus side, Evanovich is skilled at keeping the action going and hanging suspense in the air. Her characters are colorful and well-developed, and she has a knack for sprinkling her stories with humor. Protagonist bounty hunter Stephanie Plum leaps before she looks and learns no lessons, but we like her so we root for her anyway.

On the minus side, the story lines are recycled, book after book. Cars blowing up again, bad guys coming in through the fire escape again, bad guys picking the loc
Aug 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of mysteries and strong women
I didn't find this entry quite as entertaining as #4, but it held my interest nevertheless.

In it, Stephanie is asked to find her Uncle Fred who has gone missing. As usual with her investigations, this leads her down strange and convoluted but ultimated connected roads.

Her luck (bad) with cars continues. They have a way of getting blown up or disappearing on her.

Her relationship with Morelli continues - on another level. She's moved out of his apartment and called off the sexual affair, but she c
Nancy Steinle gummel
High Five by Janet Evanovich is the fifth Stephanie Plum story I've read and I love them. Stephanie is sassy and funny getting herself in all kind of mischief. This one starts out with Aunt Mable looking for Uncle Fred. He went out to do errands locked his car and hasn't been seen since. As a favor for the family she decides to look into it. She visits Aunt Mabel and asks about Uncle Fred's errands. She makes a bee line for the check at CGR Trash Company. Then Mabel shows her the pictures she fo ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy, audio
Love my second time around with this series. This time I'm listening and it's great. Seeing to beginning of the Joe-Steph-Ranger love triangle is so fun. Steph has had sex with Joe, but isn't ready to totally commit to him. The cliffhanger ending has me racing to read/listen to the next book.

Stephanie Plum is having trouble making rent and Ranger is helping out with some side work and new transportation, well a few new transportations. Steph's Uncle Fred has disappeared and Step is going to try
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I blew right through this one so I'll keep things brief...

Highlights include:
1. Ranger is in the wind
2. Ranger, no longer disguised as Batman, makes a play for Stephanie, yum
3. Stephanie beats a midget/little person
4. Morelli delivers the most curt, but steamy line yet that will send heat straight to your doodah. Raunchy yes, but true none the less.
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun read by Janet.

Morelli, ranger, lula, ramirez, Stephanie plum, cars blowing up, grandma mazur using stun gun; this book had everything and everyone, except for some hard core action from the hamster Rex.
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
High Five is another quirky, often humorous mystery that features bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. In this book, Stephanie's Uncle Fred has gone missing, and her family thinks that she is just the one to find him. Uncle Fred's disappearance takes a sinister turn when his desk reveals photos of body parts. As Stephanie tries to find out what happened to him, several people she interview turn up dead and she must work to find out who is behind the murders. Stephanie's life is comlicated in this book ...more
This is one of the most fun installments for me so far - 3.5 stars rounded up.

Stephanie Plum, once again low on cash, is on the hunt for a 3 foot tall man who has skipped bail and is also searching for a missing uncle. Her hamster, Rex, is still in his cage, naturally, but she is moving into the proverbial love (or should I say lust?) triangle with Morelli and Ranger. While I am over love triangles, this book is funny and adventurous enough that I am willing to overlook it.
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2013
These books are egregiously formulaic, but they are cozies. You know what to expect, down to the types of plot minutiae Evanovich will use to fill in the gaps of Stephanie's life -- junk food, that damn hamster, racism, beautician trips. Her car will blow up. She'll get stalked.

And yet I love the sense of place that Evanovich creates with each of these books. It comforts me, all the squat, characterless brick apartment buildings and tiny, shuttered row homes of Trenton. The garbage in the street
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Once again I've finished an another Janet Evanovich book. This time it's High Five. In High Five bail jumping in Trenton is down to a small rate. Stephanie's only open case is a small bond, for a small violation, committed by a small person who raises Stephanie's frustration level in big ways. So, short of money and long on bills, Stephanie comes up with a plan. Signing on as an intern with Super Bounty Hunter Ranger, Stephanie ventures into Ranger's mostly morally correct and "semi" legal opera ...more
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
This was a great one. Grandma Muzar is funny as always and of course Stephanie is still a mess but manages to always get the job done but with so much added fiascos and laughs.
Winter Sophia Rose
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laugh Out Loud, Enticing. Captivating & Exciting Read! I Loved It! ...more
Aug 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for brain candy
What can I say? I'm hooked on these books. The writing is mediocre, to be sure. It's pulp-y and if I allow myself a half a second, I'm a bit offended by the first chapter of the next book being at the end of the book you just finished. It weakens your resolve AND assumes you care, which you do because you get sucked in by that first chapter and find yourself at Half-Price Books cursing the fact that they have every single one BUT the one you need (in my case, Hot Six and two weeks ago, Three for ...more
J.W. Thompson
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorites. I have read them all and recommend them to anyone who likes a laugh with their action.
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probabilmente risulterò ripetitiva, perché tutto ciò che ho scritto sui libri precendenti è vero anche per questa recensione.. E forse ciò potrebbe essere a svantaggio della Evanovich perché è un'autrice "ripetitivA" e c he rimane ancorata ai suoi schemi, ma che posso farci se ogni volta mi fa fare un sacco di risate e non vedo l'ora di sapere quale altra catastrofe aspetta Stephanie all'angolo?!
Ci sono degli elementi comuni che ritornano, come ad esempio le macchine che scoppiano (a causa di un
I listened to the abridged audiobook, just over 2 hours. I wouldn't have been able to listen t anything longer by this narrator.
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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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