Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum)

Smokin’ Seventeen (Stephanie Plum)

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.

Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.

With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.

(The hardcover edition of Smokin’ Seventeen contains two smokin’ hot stickers inside!)


  • Series: Stephanie Plum (Book 17)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1st edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345527682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345527684
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,429 customer reviews)
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  1. Posted at […]
    You don’t know me. I’m a fan of your work, have been for years. I have gotten many friends and family hooked on Stephanie, Joe, Ranger and Lula. I had every one of your books. I love your work with Charlotte Hughes and the Full Series. I have laughed and teared up, I have giggled and gasped for years, but it’s time I stand up and shout.

    Your last three Stephanie Plum Novels have left me feeling cheated. With each new installment I hope for more. But I get the same old antics. I read a recent interview with you, in which you say that when an author finds a winning formula, to stick with it and milk it for all it’s worth. I take issue with this. How can an author expect their fans to keep buying a novel with the same plots, same games, same lines, same everything? The books seem to be getting shorter, the font larger, and the quality poorer, all with a hardcover price. I used to recommend your books to all who would listen, but now? I shy away and that sucks!

    In your latest installment of the Stephanie Plum Series, Stephanie turns into a Hoochie. I’m sorry to say it. I don’t like the word, I don’t like the meaning, but it’s what you turned her into. I didn’t mind so much previously when she would steal a few kisses here and there between Ranger and Joe (and hell Diesel) but having her sleep with both men, in the same book, on back to back nights is just shameful. Gramma Bella SHOULD put the eye on her! Joe SHOULD dump her, so should Ranger. So what, now that Joe and Stephanie have an ‘open’ relationship they can sleep with whomever they want, whenever they want, and each other? Yuck.Read more ›

  2. I was horribly disappointed in books 13 – 16 and I wasn’t going to buy 17 but I saw some decent reviews as well as the mention of Steph/Ranger sex and I caved. Is this book better than 13 -16 – Yes. Is it good? No. This book feels forced and completely disjointed. I don’t believe it was written by JE or at least not completely and many of the characters are, once again, out of character. Grandma is tame, Ranger is devoid of personality and Morelli is resigned.

    I love Ranger, I’m thrilled we got some S/R loving and I would like to see what would happen with a Steph/Ranger pairing. Morelli has always made it clear that he hates Steph bounty hunting and wants her to settle down and be a good Burg wife regardless of what she wants. If Steph ends up with Morelli then JE needs to end the series because no one wants to read about Steph learning to make pot roast. At some point she needs to make a decision. It would have been nice to see Steph actually struggle with choosing one of her men but instead she has sex with both of them and believes she is doing it because of a curse put on her by Bella. Pathetic. Why can’t JE have Steph grow up a little, get some skills, look at her life and really consider whether she wants to be Morelli’s Burg wife or Ranger’s Wonder Woman?

    Instead JE keeps doing these idiotic and repetitive plots and in this book…the characters don’t feel real. There was no connection between Steph and Morelli, little connection between Steph and Ranger and the concept of Steph starting to sleep with Ranger again out of the clear blue after all these years was never addressed. Even the dynamic between Steph and Lula was off. The early Stephanie we all fell in love with is gone and in her place is this poorly written caricature. The whole book just felt wrong.Read more ›

  3. Let’s see:

    Stephanie blows up a car? Check.

    Grandma ruins a funeral? Check.

    Stephanie can’t decide between two men? Check.

    Poor grammar and inexcusably poor editing? Check.

    Another disappointing effort by JE that leaves those of us who purchased yet another lame book hating ourselves for doing so? Check.

    JE laughing all the way to the bank? Check.

    My deciding to finally drop the series after all of these years and finally feeling okay about it? Check,,

    JE, you should be ashamed of putting your name on this crap.

  4. I used to bust a gut reading the Plum series (seriously, my college roommate thought I was losing the little sanity I was born with). But the last few books have fallen flat, way flat. While 17 is better than 14, 15, and 16, it can’t hold a candle to the first books in the series. Part of it is because the books have become so formulaic. Does Stephanie really need to find a way to explode a car in every book? Must there always be a nailed shut coffin viewing that Grandma Mazur ruins (and even that lacked oomph)? Many of the jokes are repeats. And the “mystery” is no mystery at all. It’s pretty obvious who the killer is almost from the get-go. I laughed a few times, but nowhere near the hysteria that cause my roomie such concern. Will I pre-order 18, like I did this one? Probably, but more because of my slightly compulsive need to finish the series than out of any expectation that it will be reminiscent of the brilliance that was the first 5 books.

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