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To the Nines

(Stephanie Plum #9)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  111,646 ratings  ·  2,101 reviews
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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
A Stephanie Plum Novel

Janet Evanovich's novels are the hottest bestsellers in America!
# 1 New York Times
# 1 Wall Street Journal
#1 Los Angeles Times
#1 Entertainment Weekly
#1 Publishers Weekly

Stephanie Plum's got rent to pay, people shooting at her, and psychos wanting her dead every day of
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 14th 2004 by St Martins Press (first published July 15th 2003)
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Steph Reading them in order is mainly important if you're interested in the relationship developments of the main characters, but each book's plot is more o…moreReading them in order is mainly important if you're interested in the relationship developments of the main characters, but each book's plot is more or less stand alone. Subsequent books in the series may refer back to events from previous books, but not so much that you can't make sense of the story, and usually as a side comment that will make you think, "Oh, yeah, I remember when that happened in XYZ book." However, if past events play a bigger role in the current book's plot or character development, Evanovich does a great job offering up any necessary details so you won't be lost moving forward. So, read them in any order you'd like if you're OK with relationship spoilers.(less)
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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
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
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
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
This is a Cozy Mystery/Chick-lit/Humor, and this is the 9th book in the Stephanie Plum series. I love the Stephanie Plum series because they are so funny. The characters in this series is so funny and very well developed. These books are short and quick reads. Great to read when you need to laugh. They are a light and fast read. (*)
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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>

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
Chance Lee
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy, audio
Audio was great, but she really needs to find another Ranger voice. This one just wasn't right. The story was fast paced and had me guessing right to the end, even though, looking back, there were plenty of clues.

Steph and Joe are trying to figure out their relationship and now it appears that Steph has attracted another whack job who wants her dead, except this one seems to enjoy tormenting her first. When Vinnie writes a new bond and the Samuel Singh goes missing, he assigns both Steph and Ra
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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
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
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
Jerry B
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Lisa B.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
I continue to listen to the audio version. This tuned out to be my favorite so far in the series.
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..
To the Nines
Stephanie Plum, Book 9

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

The Characters:

Stephanie Plum:
Ranger,Joe Manelli, Connie

The Story:

Stephanie is still being Stephane. Constant brushes with death in the pursuit of minor criminals. She has Ranger or one of his associates by her side and cause them much grief. She was able to hang on to her car though this whole installment so maybe she is growing up… or maybe the bad guys were more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that there was basically a girls trip to Vegas and Connie was finally able to get out of the office this time around!
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
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
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
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. ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this Stephanie Plum installment as much as I usually do for a few reasons.
1) not enough Grandma Mazur
2) I guessed the perpetrator pretty early in the book
3) the depiction of Lula is always somewhat problematic - she's definitely portrayed in a stereotypical way - the sassy loud black best friend/side kick. While recognizing that as problematic, I've always liked her because she's still a fully-realized female character who doesn't seem to be too "damaged" by having been a sex work
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
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
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