Four to Score
When Maxine failed to turn up for her day in court, Stephanie was given the task of bringing her in. Simple. Except Maxine's boyfriend has now begun receiving mysterious, coded notes from the runaway that hint at buried treasure. In fact the notes are so indecipherable that Stephanie has to call on the help of Sally Sweet, giant drag queen and code-breaker extraordinaire. And Steph's knight errant, cop Joe Morelli, is also proving useful - although he can't decide what he wants most: Maxine's bounty or Stephanie's body. Meanwhile a friend loses a finger, a mother is scalped, an apartment is firebombed and a store clerk is murdered. And out in the street, the crazy treasure hunt game goes on.
Reviewed on 10th June 2015
The fourth book in the Stephanie Plum series follows the bounty hunter chasing down a woman who has skipped bail, but whose case seems to be far more muddled than it should.
Evanovich really seems to have got into her stride with this book, and the character is well-defined, very funny, and develops through the story into a deeper person than she has been, while losing none of her charming haphazzardry.
The guest cast and recurring characters are increasingly well fleshed out and provide a rich background for the story, which I felt was the best in the series so far. The plot moves at a good pace, ties the characters in knots and yet avoids confusing the reader.
I really enjoyed revisiting this world, despite being far from what I suspect is the target audience.