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Title: Eleven on Top
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: Published June 20th 2006 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 1st 2005)
ISBN: 9780312985349
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Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it's time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can't compare to the kind of trouble she finds herse Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it's time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can't compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now... Stephanie is stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He's killed before, and he'll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life -- her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?

30 review for Eleven on Top

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    4 out of 5 stars to Eleven on Top, the 11th book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series by Janet Evanovich. This book was one of the more funny in the series, particularly for two reasons: Stephanie is being chased by someone who came back from the grave. She thought the person was dead, but it's not true... and someone has a grudge. The humor that comes along with this one makes it worth the read. Stephanie, of course, needs more money. And she takes on multiple additional jobs besides being 4 out of 5 stars to Eleven on Top, the 11th book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series by Janet Evanovich. This book was one of the more funny in the series, particularly for two reasons: Stephanie is being chased by someone who came back from the grave. She thought the person was dead, but it's not true... and someone has a grudge. The humor that comes along with this one makes it worth the read. Stephanie, of course, needs more money. And she takes on multiple additional jobs besides being a crack detective. And she has the most hilarious jobs... gets fired in the funniest ways... and her two careers intersect to such a point that you will almost lose control from laughter. It's worth it just to see what the average human will take in a dead-end job to try and keep above water. It's not a funny topic in real life, of course, but the author's style of writing and the way the character just leaps off the page, is hilarious. Forget substance. Forget imagery. Forget great language. This is just an opportunity to laugh for 3 to 4 hours. It helps to have read a few books in the series so you know who each of the characters are... but even if you're new to the series, it'll still be a fun one. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    This was shaping up to be a 3-star book for me because Stephanie decides to stop being a bounty hunter and goes from stupid job to stupid job in her search for something different. I was pretty meh on that part because she didn't quit for the right reasons. She has literally been tortured in past books, but that didn't make her reevaluate her career choice. If someone had me tied down and was burning me with a hot poker I would consider the button factory then, but she didn't even slow down or h This was shaping up to be a 3-star book for me because Stephanie decides to stop being a bounty hunter and goes from stupid job to stupid job in her search for something different. I was pretty meh on that part because she didn't quit for the right reasons. She has literally been tortured in past books, but that didn't make her reevaluate her career choice. If someone had me tied down and was burning me with a hot poker I would consider the button factory then, but she didn't even slow down or have PTSD after that (a few books ago). even a warm poker would have me running for the hills! She quits because she is tired of being shitty at her job, basically. Because she is always getting thrown in trash and getting her clothes dirty and crap in her hair. That's the reason. It just didn't feel real. It felt like the author just wanted to change things up for a bit so let's watch Stephanie bumble through silly jobs instead for a book. yeah, that's a problem too.. But, I had to add a star because I fell completely in love with Ranger in this book. He's always been sexy and mysterious, but in this one he shows so much more. He really cares about Stephanie, and I think they would make a better couple than her and Morelli. She can't stand the boring monotony of everyday life that Morelli wants to provide. She goes crazy trying to fit into that mold. She needs the danger and constant movement of Ranger's life. And, Ranger needs her for some levity in his life or else he would be just too intense. Like a fire that burns too bright. He would just blind all of us. And, he's so hot that he's already burning up the pages. I get hot flashes when I'm reading his dialogue. (No, it's not menopause! Shut up!) More like spontaneous combustion.. Ranger and Morelli already have a time-share plan when it comes to Stephanie's safety. They seem to tag-team it when she is in danger - which is most of the time. And, it seems that Morelli is even considering time-sharing in other areas when it comes to her: "Look at the short shirt. Are you going to let me go to work like this?" "Cupcake, I haven't got the energy to stop you. anyway, maybe if you look slutty enough, Ranger will take up some of the slack in the bedroom before you make a permanent cripple out of me..." See? Now that would be Stephanie having her cake and eating it too. She loves cake! mmmm, cake...

  3. 4 out of 5

    ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    This was a good plum novel a little bit different than the previous books in the series. I really didn't expect the ending and that was surprising but got to live Stephanie Plum!:)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Even when she decides she's going to dump the job and get another, Steph still tries hard at every job she gets. Even fast food. Anyone who has ever worked in that industry knows how hard that can be. Love how, in the end, she doesn't let the alpha boys in her life to stop her. Steph takes the bad guy down herself. Re-read again. 5/24/16 Reread—May 2018 Steph is once again cohabing with Morelli. But Ranger is getting closer. She decides she has had enough crap as a bounty hunter and she quits. Ev Even when she decides she's going to dump the job and get another, Steph still tries hard at every job she gets. Even fast food. Anyone who has ever worked in that industry knows how hard that can be. Love how, in the end, she doesn't let the alpha boys in her life to stop her. Steph takes the bad guy down herself. Re-read again. 5/24/16 Reread—May 2018 Steph is once again cohabing with Morelli. But Ranger is getting closer. She decides she has had enough crap as a bounty hunter and she quits. Every job gets worse and worse. And funnier. Finally she ends up working for Ranger while they hunt the bad guy. Someone is terrorizing Steph (again, right?) It gets a bit scary a few times, but luckily she has Ranger. Oh, and Morelli.

  5. 4 out of 5

    CupcakeBlonde

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Joe Morelli is right. Stephanie Plum is a danger magnet. Because even when she quits her job as a bounty hunter she is still wrecking havok all over town. With no income she needs a new job and manages to go through three different ones in three days after being fired for being late, shooting up a cleaners and burning down the Cluck-a-Bucket. So what else can she do but work for hot bounty hunter extraodinaire Ranger? With a nice safe desk job, right? But that still doesn't keep her out of troub Joe Morelli is right. Stephanie Plum is a danger magnet. Because even when she quits her job as a bounty hunter she is still wrecking havok all over town. With no income she needs a new job and manages to go through three different ones in three days after being fired for being late, shooting up a cleaners and burning down the Cluck-a-Bucket. So what else can she do but work for hot bounty hunter extraodinaire Ranger? With a nice safe desk job, right? But that still doesn't keep her out of trouble (or Morelli and Ranger) As an added bonus Steph gives up sweets and turns into a sex-crazed maniac...much to the glee and soon dismay of her two would-be suitors. One of my favorites of the series! And my favorite part... "When I came back Morelli was asleep with his head on the table. I put a mug of coffee in front of him, and he opened an eye. 'You have to open both eyes,' I said. 'You're going to work today. Laski's picking you up in five minutes.' 'That give me five minutes to sleep,' Morelli said. 'No! Drink some coffee. Get some legal stimulants into your system.' I danced in front of him. 'Loook at me. I'm wearing a gun! And look at this short shirt. Are you going to let me go to work like this?' 'Cupcake, I haven't got the energy to stop y ou. Anyway, maybe if you look slutty enough, Ranger will take up some of the slack in the bedroom before you make a permanent cripple out of me. Maybe you should wear that shirt with the neckline that lets your boobs hang out.' Morelli squinted at me. 'Why aren't you tired?' 'I don't know. I feel all energized. I always thought I couldn't keep up with you, but maybe you've just been slowing me down all these years.' 'Stephanie, I'm begging you. Eat some doughnuts. I can't keep going like this.'" CLASSIC!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bunny

    I let someone at a library sale convince me to pick up a couple of her books, once she learned I'd never read the author. She handed me what felt like ten, and I discretely put a few back when she wasn't looking. Reading the back cover of this book, I kind of think I should've put this one back, too. Giving it a shot. ---- Color me shocked. I loved this character. I'm not exactly known for my grown up taste in books, nor for my appreciation of anything that comes close to "chick lit" (GOD, I hate I let someone at a library sale convince me to pick up a couple of her books, once she learned I'd never read the author. She handed me what felt like ten, and I discretely put a few back when she wasn't looking. Reading the back cover of this book, I kind of think I should've put this one back, too. Giving it a shot. ---- Color me shocked. I loved this character. I'm not exactly known for my grown up taste in books, nor for my appreciation of anything that comes close to "chick lit" (GOD, I hate that term). So, I really was expecting to hate this. Skimming the other reviews, I see a lot of complaints that the Stephanie Plum series is formulaic. Well, I read James Patterson, and let me tell you. Formulas are used for a reason. Stephanie Plum is a fantastic character. She's smart, effing hilarious, with just the right amount of imperfect, the right amount of self deprecation. She's not "the greatest bounty hunter this little town's ever seen", she doesn't like carrying a gun. She doesn't swoon over the two men she's involved with. No love triangle? No woe is me, what shall I do? No, "No, no, Stephanie, you must choose!" Why was I not reading these before? So, there you go. I'm a Janet Evanovich fan. Woo.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    There really isn't much to say about these books. They follow a formula and require minimal effort and brain power, perfect for stressful baseball postseason reading when your favorite team is trying to kill you with heart attack baseball. These books are comfort food without the calories, carbs, and sugar.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    There is only so much a girl can take. And this girl has had enough! Enough of chasing bad guys, wrestling them to the ground, having them shoot at her and always ending up covered in garbage. So Stephanie Plum quits her job as a bounty hunter. She quickly finds out there are other jobs she is much worse at! She can’t seem to keep a job. She temporarily works at the button factury, a fast food place, a dry cleaners, before landing a gig at a security company, with the very good looking Ranger as There is only so much a girl can take. And this girl has had enough! Enough of chasing bad guys, wrestling them to the ground, having them shoot at her and always ending up covered in garbage. So Stephanie Plum quits her job as a bounty hunter. She quickly finds out there are other jobs she is much worse at! She can’t seem to keep a job. She temporarily works at the button factury, a fast food place, a dry cleaners, before landing a gig at a security company, with the very good looking Ranger as her boss. Assuming bad guys would stop coming after her once she left the bond enforcement world, she tries very hard to ignore the notes and gifts left for her by someone who she believed was dead. This girl cannot get away from danger and destruction… it keeps creeping up on her. While spending time trying to figure out what to do with her life, Stephanie also dwells on her sister’s wedding, which she is dreading due to the vegetable dress she has to wear, and at which she has somehow volunteered to play the cello (not even sure what a cello is!); she nurses a wounded cop back to health; helps Lula out in her new career as a bounty hunter; and goes through a sugar detox. Fun book. Quick and easy read. Perfect to read at the beach or by the pool. Looking forward to the next one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Romantic, Sexual Tension, Suspense & Funny!!! A Fun Read! I Loved It!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda Dobinson

    Eleven On Top, 5 easy, no-brainer stars. This is the second Stephanie Plum novel I have read and it is official - I am in love with Stephanie Plum, and I am not even gay! Stephanie is a sassy, kick-ass bounty hunter who wants to put the bad guys behind bars, preferably without the aid of a gun - I get where she is coming from I don't like guns either. In this book she has quit her job because she has had enough of being shot at, kidnapped, stalked, firebombed, spat at, cussed at, run off the road Eleven On Top, 5 easy, no-brainer stars. This is the second Stephanie Plum novel I have read and it is official - I am in love with Stephanie Plum, and I am not even gay! Stephanie is a sassy, kick-ass bounty hunter who wants to put the bad guys behind bars, preferably without the aid of a gun - I get where she is coming from I don't like guns either. In this book she has quit her job because she has had enough of being shot at, kidnapped, stalked, firebombed, spat at, cussed at, run off the road and rolled in garbage. Well you would!Unfortunately for Stephanie, her friends and the manic who is trying to kill her won't let that happen. I love the banter between Stephanie and the two men in her life - Joe Morelli: 'six feet of lean, hard muscle and hot Italian libido' (p8) and Ranger: 'hot and mysterious and oozes testosterone' (p74). Stephanie and Joe Morelli - '''I need happy food.'' ''You should have called,'' he said hooking his finger into the neckline of my white tank, pulling the neck to take a look inside. ''I have just the thing to make you happy.'' I have co-habited with Morelli from time to time and I knew this to be true. ''I have stuff to do this afternoon and doughnuts take less time.'' '' Cupcake, I haven't seen you in weeks. I could set a new land speed record for getting happy.'''(p9) Stephanie and Ranger - 'I crawled under the covers and pulled the quilt over my head. I was almost asleep when the quilt was yanked back. I let out a shriek and stared up at Ranger. ''What the heck are you doing? I yelled at him, grabbing the quilt. ''Visiting, Babe.'' ''Did you ever think about ringing a doorbell?'' Ranger smiled down at me. ''That would take all the fun out of it.'''(p17) It is just as well that Stephanie burns calories with Joe physically, and mentally with Ranger because this girl eats. Personally I love a character that eats. Stephanie seems to know every bakery and fast food outlet in New Jersey. She wolfs down doughnuts - who knew there were so many varieties - cake, takeaways and, of course, her mum's excellent cooking usually with cake for desert. Food leads me to Lula, Stephanie's co-worker/friend - 'a size-sixteen black woman squashed into size-ten leopard-print spandex. And the weird thing is, in her own way, Lula looks pretty good in the animal spandex.' (p3) I love Lula, she is one funny character and I enjoy the way they bounce off each other. I was glad to see that Stephanie's gun-toting Grandma Mazur was still there as, like Lula, she is a big personality - every family should have a Grandma Mazur. This whole book is a laugh from start to finish and I recommend it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tilly Slaton

    The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is incredible. Fun characters. Exhilarating mystery. Crimes to be solved. Lusts to be sated. Eleven on Top is a neat book. It is however, not on my top picks for this series. Nonetheless, the novel is amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. Old men disappear and an old enemy keeps trying to blow Stephanie away. She has an idea who is behind the threats, but as Morelli and Ranger keep explaining to her, she has no evidence and is working based of ‘supp The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is incredible. Fun characters. Exhilarating mystery. Crimes to be solved. Lusts to be sated. Eleven on Top is a neat book. It is however, not on my top picks for this series. Nonetheless, the novel is amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. Old men disappear and an old enemy keeps trying to blow Stephanie away. She has an idea who is behind the threats, but as Morelli and Ranger keep explaining to her, she has no evidence and is working based of ‘supposedlies” … Stephanie quit her job and suffers through other career options. The fragile and intense team effort between Ranger and Morelli becomes interesting when Stephanie accepts an office job by Ranger. Stephanie is one of my favorite characters ever. She is hilarious and is followed closely by Lula in the badass contest. I’ve been stalked by crazed killers, taunted by naked fat men, firebombed, shot at, spat at, cussed at, chased by humping dogs, attacked by a flock of Canadian honkers, rolled in garbage, and my cars get destroyed at an alarming rate. Ranger is my sexy devil. I could snuggle in his bed and never get enough. Ranger is the mystery man. He’s a half head taller than me, moves like a cat, kicks ass all day long, only wears black, smells warm and sexy, and is percent pure perfectly toned muscle. He gets his dark complexion and liquid brown eyes from Cuban ancestors. He was Special Forces, and that’s about all anyone knows about Ranger. Mrs. Plum and Grandma Mazur finally have their special moment. If you have read the books in order, you will appreciate Mrs. Plum being licked silly from drinking and instigating a cake food fight with her mother and pulls in Stephanie and her father. “Excuse me?” my mother said. “No control? Did you say I had no control? I am the queen of control. Look at this family. I have a daughter in Disney World with oogly woogly smoochikins. I have a granddaughter who thinks she’s a horse. I have a mother who thinks she’s a teenager.” My mother turned to me. “And you! I don’t know where to begin.” “That’s it,” Grandma said, narrowing her eyes. “Eat dirt and die!” And Grandma scooped up a wad of cake and icing and smushed it into my mother’s face. “I can’t see!” my mother shrieked. “I’m blind.” She was wobbling around, flailing her arms. She lost her balance and fell against the table and into the cake. I recommend this book to everyone with a mature mind Some vague sexual content and interesting semi mild violent scenes. ~Happy reading!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jerry B

    Shake the other ten in a bag, dump out a bit at a time, & you get 11 !! We hate to say it, as some of the other ten were definitely amusing, but there's not much smile factor left in Plum et al that we haven't heard or seen before. While there is a smidge of a plot (four small business owners are missing, and Steph keeps getting threatening notes and cars bombed), one can almost predict the rest: Lulu can't get her bond jumpers, so eats fast food; Steph shacks up with Morelli (again) but hank Shake the other ten in a bag, dump out a bit at a time, & you get 11 !! We hate to say it, as some of the other ten were definitely amusing, but there's not much smile factor left in Plum et al that we haven't heard or seen before. While there is a smidge of a plot (four small business owners are missing, and Steph keeps getting threatening notes and cars bombed), one can almost predict the rest: Lulu can't get her bond jumpers, so eats fast food; Steph shacks up with Morelli (again) but hankers after Ranger all book; Grandma Mazur and the rest of the clan have a wedding cake food fight; Steph's several cars burn up or blow up; Bob the Dog tinkles on the lawn (wow!), etc. "Eleven" smacks of one of those books any of us could have written -- just take snippets out of each of the other ten, slap 'em together in almost random order and you wouldn't be far off. One rather poignant scene, almost depressing actually, saw Stephanie spending a (rare) quiet moment thinking (rare!) how useless her life has been -- she realizes she's not good at anything, has no hobbies or interests, and has no idea what to do with her love life or her future. She fantasizes she can play the cello, then actually tells her family she can (despite being unable to even recognize one!), which leads to what little fresh hilarity the book has on display. Maybe Evanovich has just run out of steam with this set. Maybe that explains the attempt to diversify manifested in the largely ho-hum "Metro Girl". Maybe the old joke about 1000 monkeys with typewriters could do just as well is right on. Maybe we're just "Plum" full of this series. Sorry, but from our reading we just didn't get that much entertainment, let alone go out "On Top"!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Punk

    A Stephanie Plum "Mystery." Stephanie quits her job as a bounty hunter, yet, despite this, continues to fail at common sense. Lula gets promoted and somehow proves to be even worse at the job than Stephanie. Morelli is hot and strangely calm. Ranger is hot and doing his best to save Stephanie from herself. Bob eats things he shouldn't, then does a lot of hunching and vomiting and crapping. Look. It's a hundred degrees here. I wanted something mindless, and I knew Evanovich would deliver. I wasn't A Stephanie Plum "Mystery." Stephanie quits her job as a bounty hunter, yet, despite this, continues to fail at common sense. Lula gets promoted and somehow proves to be even worse at the job than Stephanie. Morelli is hot and strangely calm. Ranger is hot and doing his best to save Stephanie from herself. Bob eats things he shouldn't, then does a lot of hunching and vomiting and crapping. Look. It's a hundred degrees here. I wanted something mindless, and I knew Evanovich would deliver. I wasn't even mad when Stephanie intentionally shot a guy in the foot for no reason. I barely cared when Mama Macaroni starting shooting up the dry cleaners with an automatic weapon. I didn't blink when Stephanie's apartment was broken into for the nth time and she kept going back inside. It's just that hot. Two stars. Stephanie blunders around, accidentally solves the crime, is in mortal peril for the last six pages (two of which are the bad guy explaining how he did it, because Stephanie didn't actually figure that part out), is rescued, the end. Until next time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chy

    Okay, so I promised myself this had to be the last one for a while. And it was a great one to end on. Got to see Plum try to leave the bounty-hunter business behind and, of course, it was just one glorious disaster after another. I still get mad about her, "He's sexy, oh no he's sexy" stuff. I realize it's a tension-building love triangle...thing. I guess I just don't get into those when the one stuck in the middle stays (mostly) in a relationship. You're in a relationship, you chose to be in it Okay, so I promised myself this had to be the last one for a while. And it was a great one to end on. Got to see Plum try to leave the bounty-hunter business behind and, of course, it was just one glorious disaster after another. I still get mad about her, "He's sexy, oh no he's sexy" stuff. I realize it's a tension-building love triangle...thing. I guess I just don't get into those when the one stuck in the middle stays (mostly) in a relationship. You're in a relationship, you chose to be in it and do seem to enjoy it; so, like, stop letting the other guy kiss you. In spite of that, though, I love everybody in these books. And I love following them around, and this book was, to me, a lot more about following everyone around and 'hanging out with them' than about the mystery plot. Which is cool. And I haven't been mentioning the mystery plot of each one as I've gone along, but they're almost always mapped out well, with some cool red herrings. I've figured some things out, but it doesn't make me hate the plot or anything when I do. I could do without Evanovich's tendency to have the "bad guy" sum up all his motives and actions at the end of the book, when Plum's "getting him to talk," though. Yanno? But it hasn't been too particularly irritating, either, probably because I tend to kind of skip over those paragraphs of dialogue. Heh. Anway, definitely there are problems with the books, but they are still hella entertaining. And, as I said, this was a good one to stop on. But here's the deal. There's a preview of the next book at the end, in the form of that book's first chapter. And when I got to the end of that preview, I had to throw the book out in the yard. Somehow, I felt that doing that would keep me from going back no my promise to stop on Eleven on Top, at least for now. Because, dude. DOOOD. (When it started to sprinkly outside, I hurried to rescue the book. It's fine.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    :: 5 Gut-Busting Stars :: Oh man do I love reading the Stephanie Plum series. Janet Evanovich consistently writes books that keep readers hanging on the edge of their seats (while laughing out loud). In Eleven on Top, Stephanie Plum finally decides she has had enough of bounty hunting. She is tired of being stalked, abused, and scared of all the crazies she has to get. So, she hops from one job to another- the button factory, cluck-in-a bucket, and more! But, do these jobs actually keep her safe? :: 5 Gut-Busting Stars :: Oh man do I love reading the Stephanie Plum series. Janet Evanovich consistently writes books that keep readers hanging on the edge of their seats (while laughing out loud). In Eleven on Top, Stephanie Plum finally decides she has had enough of bounty hunting. She is tired of being stalked, abused, and scared of all the crazies she has to get. So, she hops from one job to another- the button factory, cluck-in-a bucket, and more! But, do these jobs actually keep her safe? NOPE! Someone is out to get her again. Maybe it’s not the apprehension job that keeps her unsafe after all. With hilarious hijinks, white whales smothering smoochie-umpkins, viewings at Stiva’s, and grandma Mazur’s gossip, Eleven on Top becomes yet another favorite read of mine. I simply cannot get enough of this series. When I need a break from drama filled book I know this is the series that I go to. Therefore, I highly recommend this book AND the entire series. I adore it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amylou1977

    Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Time for a change, Stephanie thinks. Time to find the kind of job her mother can tell her friends about without making the sign of the cross. So Stephanie Plum quits. Resigns. No looking back. No changing her mind. She wants something safe and normal. As it turns out, jobs that are safe and normal for most people aren't necess Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Time for a change, Stephanie thinks. Time to find the kind of job her mother can tell her friends about without making the sign of the cross. So Stephanie Plum quits. Resigns. No looking back. No changing her mind. She wants something safe and normal. As it turns out, jobs that are safe and normal for most people aren't necessarily safe and normal for Stephanie Plum. Trouble follows her, and the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can't compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now. Her past has come back to haunt her. She's stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He's killed before, and he'll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie re-examines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest, bounty hunter and businessman in two continents. It might not be the job she'll keep for the rest of her life, but for now, it gives her the technical access she needs to find her stalker. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life --her off-again, on-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop, Joe Morelli, and her bad-ass boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Number 11 in the Stephanie Plum series proves Janet Evanovich could go on forever. This best-selling author keeps the humor flowing with the wacky situations Stephanie and her cohorts manage to get themselves into. Stephanie is beginning to question where her life is going and makes the drastic decision to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She ends up working in a button factory but gets fired the first day before she even begins work. Her next job at a dry-cleaning establishment ends when the ow Number 11 in the Stephanie Plum series proves Janet Evanovich could go on forever. This best-selling author keeps the humor flowing with the wacky situations Stephanie and her cohorts manage to get themselves into. Stephanie is beginning to question where her life is going and makes the drastic decision to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She ends up working in a button factory but gets fired the first day before she even begins work. Her next job at a dry-cleaning establishment ends when the owner takes a semi-automatic and tries to shoot her, and her try at a fast-food restaurant ends in disaster when she manages to set the place on fire. While all this is going on, Stephanie is receiving threatening notes and being shot at while cars and buildings and people around her are blowing up. Ranger finally steps in and offers Stephanie a job with him, which gives her the chance to try to find out who's after her while under the protection of bad-boy Ranger. Meanwhile, Stephanie has moved in with Joe Morelli, her on-again, off-again boyfriend, to help while he nurses a broken leg, a byproduct of one of Stephanie's fiascoes. What a fun series this is. The triangulated relationship between Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli is teasing and deliciously anticipatory for the reader. The characters are wonderfully portrayed and only get better as the series evolves. Looking for a fun read? This won't disappoint.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fen

    These really are the perfect books to read while on an airplane. They're sort of like popcorn for the brain... fun, enjoyable and quick. I know some of my friends started to get tired of the series after awhile, but I actually do think the books keep getting better (or maybe it's just that my mindset about them has changed enough that I'm enjoying them more). Oddly, one of the biggest complaints I've heard about the series is how the whole love triangle just drags on and on... but I'm finding I a These really are the perfect books to read while on an airplane. They're sort of like popcorn for the brain... fun, enjoyable and quick. I know some of my friends started to get tired of the series after awhile, but I actually do think the books keep getting better (or maybe it's just that my mindset about them has changed enough that I'm enjoying them more). Oddly, one of the biggest complaints I've heard about the series is how the whole love triangle just drags on and on... but I'm finding I actually rather like the way it's being handled. Sure, I don't find the reactions of some of the characters to be terribly realistic, but for the length of the book, I'm willing to suspend my disbelief (especially for what are, essentially, humor books masquerading as mysteries). Anyway, really enjoyed this one. Got quite a few laughs out of it... sadly, not easy to share with my husband who was wondering what all the chuckling was about, since you really need to understand the characters for it to make sense. Must work on getting him to read the books too!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I hate not being able to finish books, but this time I just couldn't get in to the book. Maybe my tastes have changed. Maybe it was the wrong book at the wrong time. All I know is all of the characters got on my nerves. Lula (who I used to love) is just stupid. I'm weary of the Steph/Morelli/Ranger "triangle" Even Grandma Mazur is no longer funny. I guess I just don't think there is any growth in the characters. They all say and do the same things every book. I loved the first 10, but I just can I hate not being able to finish books, but this time I just couldn't get in to the book. Maybe my tastes have changed. Maybe it was the wrong book at the wrong time. All I know is all of the characters got on my nerves. Lula (who I used to love) is just stupid. I'm weary of the Steph/Morelli/Ranger "triangle" Even Grandma Mazur is no longer funny. I guess I just don't think there is any growth in the characters. They all say and do the same things every book. I loved the first 10, but I just can't get excited about reading anymore in this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Serena.. Sery-ously?

    NON HO MAI RISO COSI' TANTO (E IN MODO COSI' SGUAGLIATO) COME IN QUESTO ROMANZO!!! Stephanie al suo top (Il titolo lo prometteva!), Morelli e Ranger più sexi che mai e così tante situazioni paradossali che ve la farete sotto dalle risate!! Aaaah, è bello tornare a casa da te, Janet!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    The Stephanie Plum books are just such a guilty pleasure for me. I can't help myself. They are just so damn entertaining!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Stephanie has hit hard times. Well, harder times than usual that is. Having reached a breaking point, Stephanie quits her job as a bond enforcement officer and pursues other career options much to her chagrin and my personal amusement. Life seems to b!tch slap Stephanie at every turn, and though it is not entirely realistic, it is no less endearing or humorous. Anyone who has read enough Plum novels to get to "Eleven On Top", knows these books are formulamatic. Stephanie blows up a car, or two, Stephanie has hit hard times. Well, harder times than usual that is. Having reached a breaking point, Stephanie quits her job as a bond enforcement officer and pursues other career options much to her chagrin and my personal amusement. Life seems to b!tch slap Stephanie at every turn, and though it is not entirely realistic, it is no less endearing or humorous. Anyone who has read enough Plum novels to get to "Eleven On Top", knows these books are formulamatic. Stephanie blows up a car, or two, Stephanie fails to apprehend someone due to blatant stupidity, Grandma Mazur tries to lift a casket, Ranger says "Babe", a lot, Lula eats while wearing too tight spandex, so on and so forth. I suppose reading the same tried and true scenarios would become redundant to some, but for me, it's much like slipping on my much worn and oh so loved pjs. They may be tired, but I love them just the way they are. As for the much heated debate, Ranger vs. Morelli, I thank vati that Stephanie hasn't chosen. I love them both. Asking me to choose between Morelli and Ranger is like asking me if I want a cheese burger or Mexican for dinner, java chip frappachino ice cream or chocolate chip cookies for desert, I am simply not equipped to make these sorts of decisions! My eye is twitching just thinking about it... As always, hi-lights include... 1. Stephanie whacks a mole... off Mama Macaroni's face 2. Stephanie clucks in Cluck in a Bucket 3. Grandma Mazur vs. Grandma Bella smackdown, literally 4. Joe gets run over, lol 5. The glories of going commando 6. Enticements of the one eyed snake, what leg-hole will it come out next? 7. Lula gets handcuffed, naked, while making an apprehension, go figure 8. Stephanie gives up sugar, oh the horror!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dagny

    Evanovich is back on track with this one. At first it seemed to be just the same ol', same ol' but about a quarter or a third of the way in it changed. Some absolutely hilarious scenes, more than just quips, but entire scenes. Pretty good mystery too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Inman

    Loved it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    Juste la lecture dont j'avais besoin, et accessoirement un tome qui m'a bien fait marré !

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa B.

    I listen to the audiobook and this series continues to provide some good laughs. With some series I would already be burnt out by book #11. Fortunately that has not happened. On to #12!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tuesday

    Eleven on Top Really ALL of the Stephanie Plum’s I have Read Thus Far Janet Evanovich I have a soft spot in my heart for the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I started this series about 3 years ago. A friend of my mother-in-law raved on and on about them while we were at their pool one day, so I thought I would check them out. I picked up the first one in the series, One for the Money, at my local library. I remember reading it over the course of about 3 days. The book was well written, ha Eleven on Top Really ALL of the Stephanie Plum’s I have Read Thus Far Janet Evanovich I have a soft spot in my heart for the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I started this series about 3 years ago. A friend of my mother-in-law raved on and on about them while we were at their pool one day, so I thought I would check them out. I picked up the first one in the series, One for the Money, at my local library. I remember reading it over the course of about 3 days. The book was well written, had a pretty funny story line, and some twists and turns that made the ending turn out well for me, but honestly, after reading that first one, I just wasn’t feeling like running around and raving about the book like my MIL’s friend. I mentioned this to a co-worker that I knew had read most of the series, and she said she felt the same way about the first book, and encouraged me to give the second one a try. During this time period I was traveling quite a bit for work, and I was spending more time in my car than normal. I picked up the next few books on CD in the series at my local library to pass the long hours on the road. This was when I really fell in love with Stephanie Plum. The narrator brought the characters into a whole new realm for me, and I finally couldn’t get enough of the books. I can’t remember exactly which book in the series I was on, but I was heading out of town again, and wanted to put another one behind me – I mean, I really needed more hijinks of Lula and Stephanie, not to mention more descriptions of Joe and Ranger! I popped in the CD, headed down the road, and immediately let out a very loud groan. Alone in my car with no one to judge, I spew forth a stream of profanity that would have made even ME blush if I were in a public setting. THE NARRATOR CHANGED! There was no way I would like these books any longer! Nope! Not going to happen! But I was wrong! I still loved the mystery surrounding Stephanie Plum, I still cheered when she and Joe got back at it, but secretly wanted her and Ranger to settle down or at least get jiggy with it. I loved their family, their crazy life, and the fact that every woman in the Trenton area carried a gun – even the seniors! So, the Stephanie Plum series have been my little secret of reading for the past three years. I don’t talk about them a lot, and it’s not because they aren’t good, but because I fly through them so fast that I am afraid that I can’t give them the true credit for what they are worth to reading, therefore, the reason for this review. Last Saturday I had some downtime during a home improvement project. It was one of those do a small bit of the project, wait for an hour, do another small bit, rinse and repeat. I am struggling with a book club book and didn’t want to deal with that. I wanted something I could rip through and enjoy all at the same time. I picked up Eleven On Top and it was like having lunch with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. I got right back into the groove, the laugh out loud moments, the fun, the twists and turns, Lula’s outfits, Ranger’s rock solid body… And by 9:00 that night, I had finished the book! A mere total of maybe 4 hours of reading, but an afternoon that made me smile and remember why I fell in love with Stephanie Plum in the first place. Most of Ms. Evanovich’s books are picked up on PaperBack Swap. On occasion I will grab one from the library, but my To-Be-Read pile is stacking up by the second, and I don’t want to put time restraints on myself. These books are great little reads, fun little mysteries, with a sprinkling of good food, bad fashion, big hair, and sex, along with gun toting grannies and a funeral home that’s packed every night of the week. If you need something for Spring Break to pass the time while traveling, ANY of the Stephanie Plum books will fit the description! I do recommend reading them in order – there is a method to the madness, and the characters do evolve. All of the books are extremely well written and you get to know the characters easily. You have a sense of accomplishment at the end of each book, but you always want more and more!!! I’ve already put Twelve Sharp on my PBS Wish List!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I love these books. They seriously make me laugh out loud. And I am always torn between Ranger and Morelli. Yum!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This was a very funny Stephanie Plum book. I was laughing out load at several parts. It amazes me that Evanovich never runs out of material for this series. I also loved the interactions with Ranger and Morelli, never a dull moment!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shxrxn

    And I go to bed at night wondering where my life is heading. - Stephanie Well hell, when you smell that good and look that good who cares about anything else, anyway? - Stephanie I don't have a lot of domestic instincts, but I have a real strong urge to take you home and hose you down. - Ranger I needed happy food. - Stephanie You should have called me, I have just the thing to make you happy. - Morelli And on odd days of the month he woke up wanting to marry me. It turns out I only want to marry him on e And I go to bed at night wondering where my life is heading. - Stephanie Well hell, when you smell that good and look that good who cares about anything else, anyway? - Stephanie I don't have a lot of domestic instincts, but I have a real strong urge to take you home and hose you down. - Ranger I needed happy food. - Stephanie You should have called me, I have just the thing to make you happy. - Morelli And on odd days of the month he woke up wanting to marry me. It turns out I only want to marry him on even days of the month, so to date we've been spared commitment. - Stephanie We don't seem to be all that good at commitment, but I'd be happy to give up a couple closets in exchange for wild gorilla sex at least five days out of seven. - Stephanie Am I good, or what? - Morelli I didn't break your heart. - Stephanie Cupcake, you've been breaking my heart for as long as I've known you. - Morelli I'm the one who misses you. And I miss you bad. - Morelli It must be awful not to know, to have someone you love disappear. Not to know if he was murdered and buried in a shallow grave, or if you drove him away, or if he was sick and couldn't find his way home. It makes my problems seem trivial. - Stephanie And the problems I was thinking about were personal. My life had no clear direction. My goals were small and immediate. Pay the rent. Get a better car. Make a dinner decision. I didn't have a career. I didn't have a husband. I didn't have any special talents. I didn't have a consuming passion. I didn't have a hobby. - Stephanie I can always count on you to brighten my day. - Stephanie One last word of advice. Stay away from the doughnuts. - Ranger I was hoping you'd want to go home with me because I'm smart and sexy and fun. - Morelli That's true, hideously true. - Stephanie I'm not going to cry. - Stephanie Thank God. I hate when you cry. It makes me feel really shitty. - Morelli Barefoot and desperate. Just the way I like you. - Ranger You promised. - Stephanie The promise doesn't count. We were in bed. I would have promised anything. - Morelli If I gave you a pity position it wouldn't be in my office. - Ranger I'm okay now. Am I red and blotchy from crying? - Stephanie Yes, I love you anyway. - Ranger There's all kinds of love. - Stephanie This is the kind that doesn't call for a ring. But a condom might come in handy. - Ranger Here's a basic difference between Morelli and me. My first thought was always of cake. His first thought was always of sex. Don't get me wrong. I like sex . . . a lot. But it's never going to replace cake. - Stephanie

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