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Smokin' Seventeen

(Stephanie Plum #17)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  74,234 ratings  ·  5,183 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 evi

Audio CD, Unabridged, 308 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Alexa Nielsen It is better to read them in order because it is kinda on a time line. You learn when each character is introduced and what part they play in the book…moreIt is better to read them in order because it is kinda on a time line. You learn when each character is introduced and what part they play in the books. (less)

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Mrs. Badass
Jun 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Plum certainly has a lot of people in her life who want to tell her what to do. I'm not sure I'd handle it as well as she does... and she doesn't always handle it well. But that's why we all love her. Two key things about this particular book:

1. Dead bodies keep popping up. A detective's dream... I mean, yeah, it's bad for the person who was killed, but at least Stephanie is making some money off it, right? (I'm totally joking... she doesn't get paid enough to deal with it).

2. The rela
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum #17), Janet Evanovich

Stephanie is running out of time. The bond office where she works has been burned down. Dead bodies have been showing up on the construction site.

No one knows why, or who's responsible - but it's clear Stephanie's name is on the killer's list. And to make a bad situation worse, cop and boyfriend Joe Morelli's grandmother has put the 'eye' on Stephanie. Now she has a pimple the size of Mount Vesuvius and her hormones are in overdrive. ...

Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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!
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
Jun 21, 2011 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
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
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
Elle's Book Blog
I love this series. It never get's old for me. And I will read every single one as long as they are published. With that, this is another FANTASTIC novel in the Stephanie Plum series and I highly recommend it.
Ron Arden
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
One of my favorites to date! Loved everything about it and the vordo, oh my the vordo. About time in some cases. ;)
Yes, I know I swore off this series after Sixteen... hope springs eternal?
This is a humor/cozy mystery/chick-lit, and this is the 17th 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. Stephanie Plum always gets into big messes, and she will make you laugh so much. (*)
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Love Stephanie Plum! Reread June 2016. Well, romance got even tougher. Steph goes back and forth between Morelli and Ranger a lot, but when her mom finds another candidate, it gets worse.

Reread May 2018 — Steph gets a lot more action in this book. She gets cursed by Morelli’s scary grandma and finally gets lucky with Ranger. (Maybe not so much a curse as a blessing) Meanwhile her life is in danger...again.
Stephanie Plum and friends are back in a brand new adventure. When someone is murdering people close to where Stephanie lives and works at, Stephanie tries to figure out who did it all while dodging a stalker and more. Can she survive? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a great installment of the Stephanie Plum series. I am reading these out of order but if you like action, adventure and more then be sure to check out these books at your local library and wherever books and ebooks are so
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 01, 2011 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'!! Th
Jun 25, 2011 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
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Dead bodies are showing up under the asphalt of the parking lot at Stefanie Plum's place of work. Her parents want her to start going out with a guy from high school who returned to Jersey. Joe Morella grandmother gives her the evil eye.

All that plus a dancing bear and a wannabe vampire give Stefanie all she can handle.

Jul 05, 2011 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
Jacqueline J
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
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: evanovich-janet
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.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable Stephanie Plum book. Not quite as funny as the others, but still a good read.
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Louise Culmer
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I purchased this book through, as it had great reviews, and I love reading mystery suspense thrillers. I was very disappointed.I found the novel to be flimsy when it comes to plot and character development.I have never read anything else from the Stepanie Plum Novel Series, and maybe this is the problem.

Stephanie Plum is a bond enforcer for her cousin Vinny,and after Vinnie's Bail Bonds burned down and he had no money or influence to build it back up,Vinnie returns to his wife and con
Jun 16, 2011 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 pulling fo ...more
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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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