Book Review: Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano

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Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4)  by Elle Cosimano opens with Finlay Donovan and her nanny, Vero, planning a trip to Atlantic City to pay off some debts, find Javi, and retrieve a stolen car.  But first, they come up with a cover story that backfires miserably.  Finlay and Vero have to be clever and sneaky to accomplish what they set out to do, but will they have to come clean? Thank you, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano.  This is one of the books I was most excited about being able to read before it was in stores.  I received the eBook for free in exchange for my honest review. The fourth installment picks up where the last book ended and ties up the loose ends from Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead (Finlay Donovan, #3)  . . . so much so that I thought that this was going to be the last book in the series.  However, Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice ends up having a couple of cliffhangers,

Book Review: Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum, #14.5) by Janet Evanovich

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Janet Evanovich writes a few books in the Stephanie Plum book series called "A Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel". Typically, they're novellas, and I finish them with the thought that they're cute but not very engaging, and they usually don't move the rest of the series forward. And, I don't particularly like the character named Diesel. On top of that, the third "Between-the-Numbers Novel", Plum Lucky (Stephanie Plum, #13.5) couldn't hold my interest, and I gave up after the first chapter.  I do plan on going back and reading it to see if I just wasn't in the right mindset to read it.

With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised with Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum, #14.5) by Janet Evanovich. This time, it is a full size novel, and I have to say, it's the one I absolutely fell in love with and changed my mind about the "Between-the-Numbers" books in the series.

Things I enjoyed about Plum Spooky was that it somewhat picked up where Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum, #14) left off and tied in with the rest of the Stephanie Plum books, which was a refreshing change from the others. It's also a little creepier with it taking place in a place called "The Barrens", a remote wooded area with a lot of colorful characters. With that being said, I wouldn't say it was scary, but I think I would've been creeped out if I had gone hiking or camping in the woods after reading it. I also found Diesel to actually be likeable in this book. Normally, I find him a bit annoying.

One of the characters in this book that I found hysterically funny was the "flame farter". Between him and Lula farting, I had a case of the giggles. Usually, I don't find fart humor funny, but I must have been in the mood to laugh, and it hit my funny bone in just the right way. Another character named Martin Munch went by his last name. Every time I saw his last name, I thought of Munch from Law and Order:  SVU. It made me wonder if Janet Evanovich was watching reruns of the show in her downtime while she wrote the book. Another great thing with the characters is that you find out if Lula and Tank will take their relationship to the next level or not. And, I really want Carl, the monkey, to make more appearances in the series.

Five out five stars is what I gave Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum, #14.5) by Janet Evanovich, and it is easily the best book out of all the "Between-the-Numbers" books. 

Synopsis of Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum, #14.5) by Janet Evanovich:  Stephanie and Lula are tracking down Martin Munch in the Pine Barrens with the help of Diesel. They encounter the Jersey Devil, the Easter Bunny, a flame farter, and a whole cast of colorful characters and even get stuck in a cranberry bog.


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