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"I'm Stephanie Plum. My mother says that I'm famous and have to set a good example. She's right, but I'm from Jersey and truth is, I have a hard time getting a grip on the good example thing." Swing off the Jersey Turnpike and you'll be in bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's neighborhood. You'll know it because all hell will be breaking loose. Not that she looks for trouble - "I'm Stephanie Plum. My mother says that I'm famous and have to set a good example. She's right, but I'm from Jersey and truth is, I have a hard time getting a grip on the good example thing." Swing off the Jersey Turnpike and you'll be in bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's neighborhood. You'll know it because all hell will be breaking loose. Not that she looks for trouble - it just seems to follow her. In Ten Big Ones it explodes at a deli, and when Stephanie pegs a robber as a member of a vicious Trenton gang, they peg her as dead. Vice cop Joe Morelli fears she's in way too deep - even with the help of crime-solving, cross-dressing, bus driver Sally Sweet, and Stephanie's friend Lula riding shotgun as backup. With a notorious killer on her tail, Stephanie figures the best hideout is Ranger's secret lair... Original.


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"I'm Stephanie Plum. My mother says that I'm famous and have to set a good example. She's right, but I'm from Jersey and truth is, I have a hard time getting a grip on the good example thing." Swing off the Jersey Turnpike and you'll be in bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's neighborhood. You'll know it because all hell will be breaking loose. Not that she looks for trouble - "I'm Stephanie Plum. My mother says that I'm famous and have to set a good example. She's right, but I'm from Jersey and truth is, I have a hard time getting a grip on the good example thing." Swing off the Jersey Turnpike and you'll be in bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's neighborhood. You'll know it because all hell will be breaking loose. Not that she looks for trouble - it just seems to follow her. In Ten Big Ones it explodes at a deli, and when Stephanie pegs a robber as a member of a vicious Trenton gang, they peg her as dead. Vice cop Joe Morelli fears she's in way too deep - even with the help of crime-solving, cross-dressing, bus driver Sally Sweet, and Stephanie's friend Lula riding shotgun as backup. With a notorious killer on her tail, Stephanie figures the best hideout is Ranger's secret lair... Original.

30 review for Ten Big Ones

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Ten Big Ones, the 10th book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series, written in 2004 by Janet Evanovich. We've hit double digits in the books, and with it, Evanovich brings double the laughter, which was already in overdrive. We meet Sally Sweet in this book, a cross-dresser with so much to say! Hilarious. Just over the top. But so is Stephanie, as she's going to be killed by the mob. She's gotten a little too big for her britches, as they say, by now in her hometown. People kn Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Ten Big Ones, the 10th book in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series, written in 2004 by Janet Evanovich. We've hit double digits in the books, and with it, Evanovich brings double the laughter, which was already in overdrive. We meet Sally Sweet in this book, a cross-dresser with so much to say! Hilarious. Just over the top. But so is Stephanie, as she's going to be killed by the mob. She's gotten a little too big for her britches, as they say, by now in her hometown. People know she is a bounty hunter. They know she usually, in some weird way, gets her perp. And she always survives, no matter what they throw at her. Sounds pretty lucky, huh? I thought so too. And if the books weren't so funny, I might have a hard time with the formulaic stories. But in truth, there are so many different characters, a fantastic amount of plots and incident, you can look the other way and just enjoy them for what they are. And when the mob is involved, you know the hits will keep on coming. 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    "I don't get it," Morelli said. "Other women are happy to stay home. My sister stays home. My brothers' wives stay home. My mother stays home. My grandmother stays home." "Your grandmother is insane." "You're right. My grandmother doesn't count." First of all, Morelli sounds like Stephanie's mother right now. Secondly, he's kind of right. Stephanie has a gang after her and they have a hired hitman coming in to kill her. It does seem like a good time to maybe stay safe, catch up on some reading or something. But, Stephanie is not "I don't get it," Morelli said. "Other women are happy to stay home. My sister stays home. My brothers' wives stay home. My mother stays home. My grandmother stays home." "Your grandmother is insane." "You're right. My grandmother doesn't count." First of all, Morelli sounds like Stephanie's mother right now. Secondly, he's kind of right. Stephanie has a gang after her and they have a hired hitman coming in to kill her. It does seem like a good time to maybe stay safe, catch up on some reading or something. But, Stephanie is not the brightest bulb in the pack. She's determined to put herself in danger by strutting around town like one of those moving targets at the shooting range. Stephanie isn't smart enough to be one of the ducks. She's that tin can at the bottom. So, when the gang members graffiti Morelli's house and her car, showing that they know exactly where she is, she freaks out and moves out of his house. She uses an argument they have about her staying safe as an excuse, but really, I can't believe Morelli still puts up with her constant break-ups. The good news is, Stephanie ends up hiding out at the Bat Cave (Ranger's place). We finally get to see more of the elusive Ranger. And, the more I learn about him, the more I like him. This is true. We have never seen Ranger and Batman in the same room. Suspicious! The bad news is, Stephanie is really jerking these guys around. She lives with Morelli, but kisses Ranger anytime she wants? You know what I would think about my hubs kissing another woman? I think he wouldn't survive what I think. Before he kisses her, he would need to get his affairs in order. Arrange his own funeral and such. That would work... Here's what I would like to see happen: Morelli meets another woman and marries her. Stephanie finds out that Ranger is actually married to a beautiful supermodel. Stephanie realizes that her hamster, Rex, cannot possibly be a real hamster because he's lived longer than a couple of hamster lives put together. She kisses Rex and he turns out to be a cursed fae that was trapped in the hamster body. He takes her back to his kingdom and keeps her in a glass aquarium, throwing her pieces of pizza crust and cereal each day. (Seems only fair.) Okay, maybe that's a bit unrealistic. Ranger should be married to an international spy or maybe Catwoman. Better?

  3. 4 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    It only gets a four because I'm not sure where I stand with this whole love triangle. I'm a hardcore Morelli/Steph fan (who can appreciate Ranger but doesn't want Ranger with Steph for many reasons) and am getting a little tired of the walking out on Morelli because they disagree. I'd love to see Morelli finally get tired of the whole thing and date someone else, forcing Steph to realize what the hell she wants. In terms of this particular book, I was getting a little frustrated with It only gets a four because I'm not sure where I stand with this whole love triangle. I'm a hardcore Morelli/Steph fan (who can appreciate Ranger but doesn't want Ranger with Steph for many reasons) and am getting a little tired of the walking out on Morelli because they disagree. I'd love to see Morelli finally get tired of the whole thing and date someone else, forcing Steph to realize what the hell she wants. In terms of this particular book, I was getting a little frustrated with Steph's behavior with Ranger regardless of how sexy it may have been. The soap? Buy a bottle yourself and go over to Joe's. I was having the same guilt attack she was having when she thought about Joe. Pick a side already Steph! The drama is carrying on for too long. The story itself was hysterical and any book that has Sally Sweet in it is going to be good. The ending had me giggling and it was all well-justified and crazy in that well-known Plum style.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This one is worth reading for the batcave alone. Seriously. Stephanie breaks into Rangers apartment and hides out there to keep safe from the gang that has targeted her. It breaks down the mystery of Ranger in a lot of ways - and yet not. He becomes less phantom and more Man in this book - which is welcome. I think his becoming more real makes his a bigger threat to Morelli and Stephanie's relationship.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    These books get better and better. Who doesn't love Stephanie? I like how she doesn't really choose between Joe and Ranger. She chooses herself instead and doesn't let them boss her around. They are just along for Her ride through life. "Dudes, either get on or get off, but I'm driving". These are good lessons for young girls. Be strong, fight hard, and do your best at whatever job you do Reread May 2018–Still loving this book! Steph makes her way into the bat cave. Meanwhile street g These books get better and better. Who doesn't love Stephanie? I like how she doesn't really choose between Joe and Ranger. She chooses herself instead and doesn't let them boss her around. They are just along for Her ride through life. "Dudes, either get on or get off, but I'm driving". These are good lessons for young girls. Be strong, fight hard, and do your best at whatever job you do Reread May 2018–Still loving this book! Steph makes her way into the bat cave. Meanwhile street gangs are hunting for her. But the best part is who saves her life in the end. I won’t ruin it for you but...Some people can do anything in heels. 🤣

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tilly Slaton

    Warning! Warning! You should not operate a treadmill while reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books. Why, do you ask? Because hysterical laughter can and more than likely will trip you. Thank goodness for that little string that turns off the treadmill. WHAM! Trip, slip, hit, roll! Reading this book was refreshing. I’ve been reading so much blood gore and paranormal romance, that my mind was in desperate need for funny. This book centered around Stephanie Plum (duh, right?) a Warning! Warning! You should not operate a treadmill while reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books. Why, do you ask? Because hysterical laughter can and more than likely will trip you. Thank goodness for that little string that turns off the treadmill. WHAM! Trip, slip, hit, roll! Reading this book was refreshing. I’ve been reading so much blood gore and paranormal romance, that my mind was in desperate need for funny. This book centered around Stephanie Plum (duh, right?) and her knack for stumbling into dangerous situations. Felons to apprehend. Humping dogs to evade (scene to be posted individually as it deserves nothing less!). And two extremely sexy men to fantasize over. Hiding from gang members and some psycho badass, Stephanie finds herself living with Ranger, only he doesn’t know it yet. Sexual tension much? Stephanie is a hilariously gorgeous woman with a sidekick that rocks. Two women fighting crime and eating donuts. What better way to live? Luck is the only thing that saves her ass. Lula, Stephanie’s sidekick is awesome. She is the most hilarious character ever invented. Be still my beating heart. Actually, Lula still looked like a hooker. Lula’s a full-bodied black woman who favors animal print spandex enhanced with sequins. I figured Lula didn’t want to hear my fashion opinion, so I didn’t say anything. I just raised an eyebrow. Morelli, the sexy cop, and Stephanie’s on again off again main squeeze, just can’t get his head out of his ass. Trying to convince Stephanie that she needs to be a stay at home housewife … just isn’t good for his health. Morelli’s a very sexy, very handsome Trenton cop. Morelli and I have a long history and possibility a long future. Mostly we take it day by day, neither of us feeling the need for documented commitment right now. Vinnie doesn’t show up too much in this book. Nonetheless, the fact that he once loved a duck is enough to bless this post’s presence. Vinnie is my cousin on my father’s side of the family and sole owner of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. He’s an oily little guy with slicked-back black hair, pointy-toed shoes, and a bunch of gold chains hanging around his scrawny tanning salon-tanned neck. It’s rumored that he once had a romantic relationship with a duck. Ranger, latino and deadly. It just doesn’t get much better than Ranger. Read him. Love him. Lust him. That’s the only way it works. He just flat-out does it for me. Ranger rarely showed emotion. He was more a man of action… throwing people against walls and out windows, never breaking a sweat, his face perfectly composed. Now you’ve made me mad, he’d calmly say. And then bodies would fly through the air. I recommend this book to all mature adults and above. Super mild sexual content with some interesting scenes filled with violence. Triple thumbs up .. Silly, but I just can’t help myself! Line of the book: If you buy chocolate with loose change the calories don’t count. ~Happy reading!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I love Stephanie Plum, Bounty Hunter. And I love how Janet Evanovich makes me laugh while I’m reading all her books. This one was no different. Really fun stuff, even amid the gunfire and craziness.

  8. 5 out of 5

    BettyAnn T.M.

    I've enjoyed all 10 books of this series. I MIGHT do 11... but that would be it for me. First book started in mid-90's and I think this one is still in the 90's even though cell phones, GPS, and airport security sound more like the current century. Also, her hamster is still alive and started at 3 y.o. -I know! Stupid details!!! But they bother me! The biggest reason I'm done is because I don't feel that the main character, Stephanie, is growing at all. The characters & story line are static I've enjoyed all 10 books of this series. I MIGHT do 11... but that would be it for me. First book started in mid-90's and I think this one is still in the 90's even though cell phones, GPS, and airport security sound more like the current century. Also, her hamster is still alive and started at 3 y.o. -I know! Stupid details!!! But they bother me! The biggest reason I'm done is because I don't feel that the main character, Stephanie, is growing at all. The characters & story line are static: she's the same, situations the same, her awful diet is the same, love triangle is tired.... Plus she's already in her 30's, so it just feels like 10 books in- she should have matured some! But it doesn't feel like she's grown at all, not even a tiny bit. It was fun while it lasted. I don't think I'd enjoy reading 8 more books- which are left in the series- w/out some major change up. Another reviewer mentioned that this series is starting to feel like a sitcom that's jumped the shark. I agree. This would be a fun sitcom to watch. I imagine James Franco as Morelli... maybe. I think he could pull it off. Can't imagine someone for Ranger or Stephanie yet though. OK- broke down and did end up reading #11! It was good, but the same :) And now there's a movie out for 'One for the Money!' Katherine Heigl looks good for the part in the previews... but Morelli... hmmm.... doesn't seem sexy enough just based on looks! But maybe they'll have great chemistry. Should be interesting. Oh- and I didn't imagine Debbie Reynolds for Grandma Mazur at all either!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    K.

    This was...fine? But also super annoying. A big part of what I don't like about this series is the fact that Steph STILL can't make up her damned mind between Morelli and Ranger. This book essentially brings that to a head for the first time. I mean, sure, she ends up stuck in the house and bored out of her brain because a psychopath wants to kill her. But DUDE. WHAT THE FUCK MORE DO YOU EXPECT MORELLI TO DO? THIS IS NOT A REASON TO BREAK UP WITH HIM AND MOVE INTO RANGER'S APARTMENT. I just...AA This was...fine? But also super annoying. A big part of what I don't like about this series is the fact that Steph STILL can't make up her damned mind between Morelli and Ranger. This book essentially brings that to a head for the first time. I mean, sure, she ends up stuck in the house and bored out of her brain because a psychopath wants to kill her. But DUDE. WHAT THE FUCK MORE DO YOU EXPECT MORELLI TO DO? THIS IS NOT A REASON TO BREAK UP WITH HIM AND MOVE INTO RANGER'S APARTMENT. I just...AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH. In short, Steph's logic is not like our earth logic. If any sane person had a psychopath wanting to kill them, they'd be all "Yeah, I'm totally going to stay in the house forever and ever, thank you very much" and not be all "Ugh, this is the worst I need to go to the mall now". I mean, really? THE MALL?? You're willing to risk death for the sake of new shoes?! Essentially, all this had going for it was a) Bob the dog, and b) the return of Sally Sweet.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    I know people love these books, but I just don't get it apparently. I keep listening to these because I got them all from the library and it's the only thing I have while I'm cleaning and working on Christmas presents, but I have to say that with every book, I get more annoyed with Stephanie Plum. In any other book people would consider her TSTL. Someone is trying to kill her, someone who has already killed 3 people including a police officer, so she takes a stun gun to her body guard I know people love these books, but I just don't get it apparently. I keep listening to these because I got them all from the library and it's the only thing I have while I'm cleaning and working on Christmas presents, but I have to say that with every book, I get more annoyed with Stephanie Plum. In any other book people would consider her TSTL. Someone is trying to kill her, someone who has already killed 3 people including a police officer, so she takes a stun gun to her body guard because she's bored and wants to go to the mall? Really? There is a gang who is unhappy with her because she can identify one of their members as someone involved in an armed robbery, so she drives into gang territory to see if she can spot him? See what I mean? And the way she acts about Ranger... what is she a 14 year old girl? I don't deny he sounds hot. And if she wants to have a hot, sweaty time with him, go for it. But he's just a guy. And if you want him, you should really egt rid of your boyfriend. I mean the fact is that while the one time in series that her and Ranger actually had sex, she was broken up with Joe, fine. Of course if Joe had had sex with someone else, she'd pitch a fit and end it for good, but the fact is even when she's dating Joe, she's kissing Ranger. Kissing and lusting and flirting and being in general kind of skanky and totally hypocritical. Make a choice already. I would really love if Joe left her once and for all. He's said a thousands times she's not worth the headache and I think he's right. My personal opinions of the characters aside, the stories all fit into a formula that is becoming a little repetitive. Although I have to say, I love Sally Sweet. So that was a bonus for this book. I'm continuing this series, but I don't have high hopes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I love Stephanie Plum and I love Janet Evanovich's writing, but after reading nine and ten after each other, I got a bit annoyed. Now, I'm not a big fan of love triangles usually, because if you root for the wrong guy, you end up depressed. Just give us one love interest, and let us root for him all the time! And while I usually love the Steph/Morelli/Ranger dynamic, I kept getting annoyed at Stephanie during Ten Big Ones. Let's be honest, Ranger is never going to win the love triangle, and it a I love Stephanie Plum and I love Janet Evanovich's writing, but after reading nine and ten after each other, I got a bit annoyed. Now, I'm not a big fan of love triangles usually, because if you root for the wrong guy, you end up depressed. Just give us one love interest, and let us root for him all the time! And while I usually love the Steph/Morelli/Ranger dynamic, I kept getting annoyed at Stephanie during Ten Big Ones. Let's be honest, Ranger is never going to win the love triangle, and it annoys me that Stephanie leads him on. She goes to his Batcave (which was AWESOME) and she lets him kiss her, all while she's supposed to be with Morelli and that's not fair to ANYONE and it drives me insane. JUST PICK MORELLI AND GET OVER RANGER. I'm also surprised that after 10 books, Stephanie does not know better when it comes to people trying to kill her. Just stay in the house, girl. Or you'll likely die or be kidnapped or blow up a car. It surprises me that she's not a better bounty hunter, because even after so long, you would still be a LITTLE better. It would be nice if Steph could get herself out of a pickle once in a while, without a man. Apart from all of that, the story IS a good one. Stephanie's offended a gang, as only Stephanie can do, and she has to keep herself alive, which is easier said than done for Stephanie Plum. It was another fun read, I love seeing Lula and Grandma Mazur going on ride-alongs, it's as funny as ever, I just want more for Steph in the love department. I know it's hard for her to commit, but seeing her play both Ranger and Morelli makes me sad. She deserves to not have either of them, because it might teach her a lesson.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    You'd think after 9 other books in this series, the charades would get old. If anything they are getting funnier. If you drive a clunker, just let Stephanie borrow it and I promise your insurance company will be sending you a check soon. If half of the things that happen to Stephanie would occur to another character in another book, it would get an eye roll from every reader. When they happen to Stephanie there is no doubt of its plausibility. It's also another great web that Evanovich has tangl You'd think after 9 other books in this series, the charades would get old. If anything they are getting funnier. If you drive a clunker, just let Stephanie borrow it and I promise your insurance company will be sending you a check soon. If half of the things that happen to Stephanie would occur to another character in another book, it would get an eye roll from every reader. When they happen to Stephanie there is no doubt of its plausibility. It's also another great web that Evanovich has tangled the "Love Trio" in. This is another great book in the series. If anyone is not reading these, you need to seriously start. Maybe set aside the peculiars and dystopians for a bit and start to chuckle.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meigan

    It's the new year, so I figured it's time for a challenge. Why not a marathon? New year, time to get healthy, but much like Stephanie Plum, my running skills need some work. Much like Stephanie, I'd probably get side-stitches a quarter mile in. And that's being generous. So I figured I'd take on a different sort of marathon: a Stephanie Plum marathon, and I'll read them all back to back. This easily solved two of my resolutions -- a marathon, and finally finishing series that I've started. I kno It's the new year, so I figured it's time for a challenge. Why not a marathon? New year, time to get healthy, but much like Stephanie Plum, my running skills need some work. Much like Stephanie, I'd probably get side-stitches a quarter mile in. And that's being generous. So I figured I'd take on a different sort of marathon: a Stephanie Plum marathon, and I'll read them all back to back. This easily solved two of my resolutions -- a marathon, and finally finishing series that I've started. I know, I know. I've taken some liberties with marathon in this regard, but I have to stick with what I'm good at. And running ain't it. Every time I start a Stephanie Plum novel, I know I'm guaranteed a laugh, and this one was no exception. From the eccentric and colorful cast to Stephanie's endless apprehension bungles, it seems like I'm laughing out loud on every other page. Evanovich's novels are like brain candy and essentially, that's what keeps me running back for more. I adore all of the characters and what I love is that once a character is introduced, while they may disappear for several books, inevitably they return. In this case, one of my favorites has finally resurfaced. Sally Sweet is back in all of his fudgin' glory, rhinestone dangly earrings and all. In this installment, Stephanie is working one of the most serious cases to date. While previous FTA's have always been varied -- from the mild offender to the murderers and rapists, none have been as formidable as what she's facing now. Trenton and the 'Burg have recently become a hotspot for gang activity and Steph is thrown right in the thick of it when she inadvertently steps into gang territory trying to make an apprehension. As if that weren't bad enough, the gang has placed her on a hit list and everywhere she goes puts someone she loves in danger. What's a girl to do? Business as usual, that's the Plum way. The only thing complicated about Plum novels, and even that's stretching it, is Stephanie's love life. I'm indifferent when it comes to love triangles, I neither like not loathe them. They're just kind of there. The exception to this rule is the relationship between Stephanie, Ranger, and Morelli. I flipping love this triangle and seriously hope she never decides on one. Each man has their good qualities, each man is a good match for Stephanie and while I do favor one over the other, I certainly don't want one to "win". That would most definitely take some of the fun out of these novels, and Stephanie "settling down" doesn't really sound all that appealing. Bottom line -- Evanovich has a formula to her novels: Stephanie is bound to bungle much of her job, she's bound to be reckless, she's bound to make stupid decisions. That's just who she is. And while many of the same elements are found in each and every book, Evanovich manages to infuse each new story with more humor, more oddball characters, and never once does her series feel formulaic, despite having a formula. Some characters experience growth, such as the case with Lula, but most of them stay the same. Just like Stephanie depends on the 'Burg and the Buick to never fail her, I depend on Evanovich to never fail me in laughs, quirky characters, and fast-paced and goofy mysteries.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Trudy

    For those that haven't gotten my 50 positive reviews for these books at the same time: Laugh out loud funny, a real treat. LOVE these books... Got into them last year as I was moving into my house. Between painting EVERY wall in the place and staying up late reading these books, I was sore all over and tired, but I had a great time doing it. This book finds Stephanie losing yet another car to a fire bombing incident... She is then the target for a local gang and must find a place to h For those that haven't gotten my 50 positive reviews for these books at the same time: Laugh out loud funny, a real treat. LOVE these books... Got into them last year as I was moving into my house. Between painting EVERY wall in the place and staying up late reading these books, I was sore all over and tired, but I had a great time doing it. This book finds Stephanie losing yet another car to a fire bombing incident... She is then the target for a local gang and must find a place to hide until she sorts it all out... what better place to do that then teh "Bat Cave" AKA - Ranger's apartment. Stephanie tracks it down and breaks in while Ranger is out of town and we get to hang out in his space while he is away... the scene where he comes back though - woo! Did I mention, Lulu and Stephanie think it would be a good idea to capture a guy, hold him prisoner, and torture him for information... lol, you can just guess how many ways that can go wrong... Random lines: "I was doing so many eye rolls these days I was getting head pains." "I didn't want to die. I had more donuts to eat."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Miss Kim

    This is the tenth installment (obviously) of Stephanie Plum's misadventures. In this one, she tangles with some dangerous street gangs and her life is in serious danger. Although, I like this series, I'm becoming increasingly irritated with Stephanie. Well first I will have to say I'm on Team Morelli and I want her to grow up and stop acting like a child. Joe wants her to settle down with him and for her to get a less dangerous job--or none at all. He threw out the suggestion of 'housewife' to h This is the tenth installment (obviously) of Stephanie Plum's misadventures. In this one, she tangles with some dangerous street gangs and her life is in serious danger. Although, I like this series, I'm becoming increasingly irritated with Stephanie. Well first I will have to say I'm on Team Morelli and I want her to grow up and stop acting like a child. Joe wants her to settle down with him and for her to get a less dangerous job--or none at all. He threw out the suggestion of 'housewife' to her. I think they could compromise, but both are too stubborn in their ways. Then there is Ranger. I like Ranger a lot, and I agree he is way sexy. I just don't want him with Stephanie. What is she doing saying she's pretty sure she loves Joe, yet she kisses Ranger every other week? The main story lines are usually wrapped up pretty quickly in the Plus series. However, with this one, I think how she is saved at the end is a bit of a stretch, even for Plum.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    I liked this one too. Not as much laughing, but more suspense. I was glad for a reappearance of Sally. I liked the characters and some of the FTAs. The ending was great, perfect and a complete surprise. Whooo hooo! The Bat Cave! I liked the hideout and it's feelings. Poor Hal. :) Ranger is looking better and better. Joe is looking worse and worse. I hope Steph gets it figured out. Enjoy!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim Roger

    Couldn't bring myself to finish this book, the first book I've given up on in years. The plots and characters have became almost identical. Maybe as a stand alone novel it would be fine but as part of a series there doesn't appear to be anything to distinguish this book from the rest. Same jokes, same plot, same everything, the book feels like all the others just recycled. Disappointed.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    If you're willing to suspend reality and just let the ridiculous take over, then this series is for you! I love Lula and Grandma Mazur and the whole cast of characters really. I will read #11 soon....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Always worth a good laugh. Steamy in parts too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    The Stephanie Plum series Ten Big Ones is another entertaining book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Not much to say about this. Stephanie Plum books are my go to guilty pleasure reads and sometimes you just need to escape into an easy, fun, and predictable book. When Cubs games have national announcers I have to mute the game and read something fluffy like this.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This had to be my favorite one so far. I've been told by quite a few people they do not like this series and do not understand why I read it. Well, let me tell ya this series makes me actually laugh out loud. They are a joy to read, because of the stupid luck Stephanie has. The trouble, her band of back up, and the triangle between Ranger, Steph, and Joe. I mean really in her position I would probably do the same things. Stephanie manages to get herself in deep this time with the gangs of Trento This had to be my favorite one so far. I've been told by quite a few people they do not like this series and do not understand why I read it. Well, let me tell ya this series makes me actually laugh out loud. They are a joy to read, because of the stupid luck Stephanie has. The trouble, her band of back up, and the triangle between Ranger, Steph, and Joe. I mean really in her position I would probably do the same things. Stephanie manages to get herself in deep this time with the gangs of Trenton. Her sister is getting married, Sally Sweet makes a return appearance (which excites me because I really like his character), Steph yet again loses another car and Ranger comes to the rescue. This time I was surprised she manages to lose and have all three cars destroyed or in need of repair, but manages to keep all three of Ranger's vehicles clean. Ten big ones, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie band together to get answers from a gang member they bonded out of jail. To the Nines I really enjoyed the three working together in Vegas, but in Ten big ones it was hilarious their inability to interrogate the gang member. The love triangle going on between Ranger, Stephanie, and Joe sometimes bugs me a little bit, because Joe wants her to quit her job and do as he says. However we all know that if she did that would Joe really be happy? Less stressed yes, but why else has Stephanie always kept his attention. If she changed and got out of Bounty Hunting and stayed out of trouble. It really wouldn't be Stephanie anymore. She decides to hide in Rangers apartment. I thought we were getting closer to the BatCave. Sadly we haven't yet, but I feel Stephanie will finally find it at some point. Ranger doesn't want Stephanie hurt either but he approaches it in a different way. He knows she will go against any demand that is made of her she doesn't like so he is smart enough to send someone to protect her if he can't. This is what Joe needs to learn. Yes he's Italian and a cop, but still. He's known Stephanie for how long???? Just ask her instead of demanding. She usually knows the danger she's in and is admitting it until Joe makes a demand that sends her usually into more trouble. I cannot wait to pick up the next book and read the next adventure.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Regina De Los Reyes

    Stephanie is back again, and surprise, surprise, in danger. This time the book was a little more intense for me. There has always been mob ties etc in each of these stories, but it seemed to go with the area, and the story. The mob although a threat, seemed safer because the Mob is an organized entity of crime, they don't randomly kill people, it's more methodical..this story added in the element of gangs. Gangs scare me. They are unorganized and they will kill people randomly. They don't care w Stephanie is back again, and surprise, surprise, in danger. This time the book was a little more intense for me. There has always been mob ties etc in each of these stories, but it seemed to go with the area, and the story. The mob although a threat, seemed safer because the Mob is an organized entity of crime, they don't randomly kill people, it's more methodical..this story added in the element of gangs. Gangs scare me. They are unorganized and they will kill people randomly. They don't care who they hurt, and this includes women and children. This read had me on the edge of my seat. Stephanie witnesses a armed robbery and reports it to the police, of course her car got blown up in the process, again. It turns out that the perpetrator has ties to a gang. Now the gang has their sights on Stephanie to shut her up, a part of gang initiation and to prove who the bad ass is. Morelli and Stephanie are in their on again stage but for whatever reason, Stephanie cannot bare the thought of Morelli telling her what to do or how to live her life. She knows she is in danger, but she will not be weak or let him protect her. Morelli is a protector and this is hard for him not to do. Ranger is missing for most of the book, but his presence is still felt. Stephanie is able to find what she things is his bat cave and stay there until it's safe to come out of her impending danger. She is on a hit list and needs to stay away from her usual safe places. Morelli can't seem to help her and Ranger is the only one who can. Ahhhhh, Ranger. Meanwhile Valerie has decided to marry Alber Kloughn and Sally Sweet is the wedding planner. The read was intense and full of action, until the end, where I felt it fell a little flat and rushed. Was STephanie safe, yes and saved by an unlikely person, but it was so quick and so neatly handled that I felt a little cheated, not that I wanted anything bad to happen but I wanted a little more resolution with a little more detail. But overall a great read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leo Walsh

    I love the Stephanie Plum books. They are funny, with a great set of characters. They remind me of "Seinfeld" with guns, or the TV show "Psych," which I loved, with a female cast. "Ten Big Ones" features the same old friends I've grown to love over the previous nine books -- Stephanie, her parents and sister, Lula, Grandma Mazur, Morelli, Ranger and the semi-regular Sal, a hairy legged punk-rocking drag queen. As usual, the Scoobie Gang (with Stephanie as Shaggy, I suppose) runs afoul some stere I love the Stephanie Plum books. They are funny, with a great set of characters. They remind me of "Seinfeld" with guns, or the TV show "Psych," which I loved, with a female cast. "Ten Big Ones" features the same old friends I've grown to love over the previous nine books -- Stephanie, her parents and sister, Lula, Grandma Mazur, Morelli, Ranger and the semi-regular Sal, a hairy legged punk-rocking drag queen. As usual, the Scoobie Gang (with Stephanie as Shaggy, I suppose) runs afoul some stereotypical bad guys. In this case, a street gang that is overrunning Newark's poorest neighborhoods. What I love about these books is not only the humor, and they are a riot, but the fact that regular people are heroes. Stephanie and Lula -- a repentant prostitute -- bumbling and good-hearted, and yet brave as hell, ready to put their lives on the line in order to keep their neighborhoods safe. Or Morelli and the cops. Regular folks with lives and softball leagues who make their livings running into situations most of us run from. But what gets old for me is this Ranger mess. Unlike everyone else whom I love, he's just too good to be true. He comes across as superhuman. Rich. Well-built. A former Army Ranger, who runs a multi-million dollar security firm. And according to Stephanie, Lula and every other woman in the series, sexy as the Rock. In short, this is not someone I can relate to. He doesn't seem real. Which makes Stephanie's non-stop wavering between Morelli/ Ranger seem silly. That said, as usual, I loved the book. This is one of my current go-to pallet cleansers after a stretch of "heavy" literary-style books. So the four stars is more because Evanovich fulfills her job well -- she's crafted a fast, mindless read with as few complications as as many chuckles as possible. And tells that story abut characters that I've grown fond of. In short, it's not great literature. But it is a funny as heck and a well-told story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Okay, here's the deal. There were some scenes here that just had me dying. I was in Kohl's with my kids while they were trying on clothes when I read the dog scene and I was laughing so loudly they actually came out to see what was going on. I made them read the scene so they knew it couldn't be helped. what i did not like. Again, with the skirting around the cheating. I'm really not a fan. I'm losing respect for Stephanie in this sense. I like Joe, I like that Joe is actua Okay, here's the deal. There were some scenes here that just had me dying. I was in Kohl's with my kids while they were trying on clothes when I read the dog scene and I was laughing so loudly they actually came out to see what was going on. I made them read the scene so they knew it couldn't be helped. what i did not like. Again, with the skirting around the cheating. I'm really not a fan. I'm losing respect for Stephanie in this sense. I like Joe, I like that Joe is actually way more mature than her. I hate that she KNOWS she's doing it. I hate that she's using the excuse that she just can't stop herself from being irrational, etc. I don't like that not only does she continue to put herself in dangerous situations but she does it with other people. This book was very serious in threat and yet she's still driving around with grandma mauzer, lula, going places and not listening to Joe when really? what did he ask? For her to be responsible and to lay low? Nope... she just can't do it out of sheer stubbornness. This is the first book where I really didn't like Stephanie very much. And that kind of bugs me. I hope it's not a habit and it was a fluke with this book. Lastly, this is going to sound kind of stupid but I'm really getting a bit sick of the fade to black. This book has never really been a porn fest but at least the sex scenes were discussed and now it's all fade to black. This is an adult book, not Twilight. I'd love to see some more detailed loved scene's besides Joe saying You wanna? And her saying okay and then waking up. I'm not looking for detail but the way it's being written is trivializing their emotional relationship and it's a bit bothersome.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    When I've been reading serious type books, I can read a Stephanie Plum, and I'm laughing and enjoying myself. It's not a perfect series, but it is silly enjoyable to me. This is one of the older ones, but it still is fun. The love triangle is a hoot, and trying to catch the bad guys is on-going fun. They work real hard. ThThe #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an internation When I've been reading serious type books, I can read a Stephanie Plum, and I'm laughing and enjoying myself. It's not a perfect series, but it is silly enjoyable to me. This is one of the older ones, but it still is fun. The love triangle is a hoot, and trying to catch the bad guys is on-going fun. They work real hard. ThThe #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller. Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from missing person to murder. Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who's seen a ghost--a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco. As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe's mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation. It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women's Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster. The family tree is crazy nuts, but all part of the fun. Enjoyable Reading.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa B.

    Ten books into the series and it still makes me laugh out loud. Snap (an insider joke for anyone who has read this). I listen to the audiobook and find the narrator very entertaining.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tad

    Ok, I am a big fan of this series. If you want a good beach read that doesn't require much brain use and will make you laugh, this is the perfect series for that. Yet, sadly, this one was really lacking in the laughs department. There were a few chuckles and some smiles here and there but this one just felt really tired and dated. Plus, it feels like Stephanie is stuck in the exact same place she was at the beginning of the series. There has been zero growth or change in her life and that makes Ok, I am a big fan of this series. If you want a good beach read that doesn't require much brain use and will make you laugh, this is the perfect series for that. Yet, sadly, this one was really lacking in the laughs department. There were a few chuckles and some smiles here and there but this one just felt really tired and dated. Plus, it feels like Stephanie is stuck in the exact same place she was at the beginning of the series. There has been zero growth or change in her life and that makes her a very static and flat character. I actually found myself enjoying Lula more in this one. Grandma Mazur added some laughs but mostly this was a humorless affair. Also, the ending felt completely contrived and slightly ridiculous even by this series' standards. I am starting to wonder if perhaps I need to stop reading these books altogether. They are very repetitive and just more and more ridiculous. The characters and the humor are what really sell this series, though, but the characters are starting to annoy me and the humor is just getting tired. This one was a huge disappointment in a series that I used to look forward to reading. I am seriously debating if I should continue with the next one or quit now.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    For yet another series’ book that I just could not wait to read, I dropped in Barnes and Noble the day this one hit the stores. I was that impatient. I even started reading the book while stuck in the parking lot after work that same day, waiting for my husband to come rescue me (car trouble). Good thing I had it with me! What a better way to pass the time than with my favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, and her crazy friends and family? Stephanie is the only one who can identify the Red Dev For yet another series’ book that I just could not wait to read, I dropped in Barnes and Noble the day this one hit the stores. I was that impatient. I even started reading the book while stuck in the parking lot after work that same day, waiting for my husband to come rescue me (car trouble). Good thing I had it with me! What a better way to pass the time than with my favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, and her crazy friends and family? Stephanie is the only one who can identify the Red Devil, a man wanted for armed robbery and assault, and finds herself at the top of the hit list of a dangerous Trenton gang. While trying to keep a low profile and hiding out, Stephanie must earn her living and she continues to join forces with Lulu to catch bounty jumpers. The sexual tension between Stephanie, Joe and Ranger continues to smolder, and Grandma Mazur is as witty and charming as ever in her own sort of way. There were moments in the book where I found myself slapping my forehead wondering what in the world Stephanie was thinking, and yet with every page, I found myself laughing and wanting to see what would happen next. With a mixture of mystery, romance, and humor, Janet Evanovich serves up a delicious read in Ten Big Ones.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Burkhart

    Stephanie Plum is wanted by a gang in “Big Ten Ones.” When Stephanie and Lula witness a robbery, Stephanie gets a good look at the suspect. He’s a “Slayer,” a gang member from the wrong side of town. When she goes into Slayerland looking for him, she causes more trouble for herself. The gang imports a hit man named “Junkman” to go after her. Stephanie doesn’t feel safe – even at Morelli’s. With Ranger out of town, she hides out in his apartment, but it’s only a matter of time before the gang cat Stephanie Plum is wanted by a gang in “Big Ten Ones.” When Stephanie and Lula witness a robbery, Stephanie gets a good look at the suspect. He’s a “Slayer,” a gang member from the wrong side of town. When she goes into Slayerland looking for him, she causes more trouble for herself. The gang imports a hit man named “Junkman” to go after her. Stephanie doesn’t feel safe – even at Morelli’s. With Ranger out of town, she hides out in his apartment, but it’s only a matter of time before the gang catches up to her – at her sister’s wedding shower. Can Stephanie outwit the Slayers with Ranger and Morelli’s help? Evanovich’s writing is crisp and witty. She finds a good balance between the adventure of Stephanie’s run-ins with the Slayer gang and her family life as Valerie, her sister, plans to get married. The supporting cast is as strong as ever. Lula tags along with Stephanie and Sally Sweet is back driving a school bus. There were several occasions that made me laugh and bite my nails. “Big Ten Ones” is a cozy mystery infused with a little bit of everything – humor, suspense, family, friends and anxiety. There are several unexpected turns and the ending is heart pounding. This story is a great installment in the Stephanie Plum series and I highly recommend it.

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