4 out of 5 stars to High Five, the fifth book in the “Stephanie Plum” cozy mystery series, written in 1999 by Janet Evanovich. If you thought Stephanie was off-her-rocker, wait until you meet more of her family. Uncle Fred has disappeared and all they can find that might lead them to his whereabouts are the pictures he’s kept hidden of a dismembered human body. We know Stephanie’s family has some crime-connections between her cousin and a few other distant relatives. But when Grandma gets hold of a stolen gun, and starts showing it off to everyone, we realize why Stephanie is the way she is. Of course, beyond that of who her mother and father are… I would love to be friends with this woman… but never be in the same room as her, as disaster is bound to happen. This is one of the first books where the major issues heat up between her and Joe Morelli over her “relationship/friendship” with Ranger. Joe should be jealous. She’s certainly crossed that line a few times, even though she and Joe have had this on-again / off-again thing going on. Mystery is great here, especially when it’s family. And who doesn’t love trying to figure out who cut up a body?
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