Working for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude never wavers - even when aided by Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet - and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with vice cop Joe Morelli.
Four to Score was another entertaining installment to the Stephanie Plum series that was read by C.J. Critt. As Stephanie finds herself on a quest to find Maxine Nowicki, we are reunited with returning characters that include Grandma Mazur, Lula, and even that hot and sexy Joe Morelli. A couple of transvestites are introduced into this novel and I will be curious to see if they return in the future.
As Stephanie searches for Maxine there is never a dull moment. Stephanie seems to be prone to having her car blown up and in this novel not only does her car get blown to bits, but Lula's car also falls victim! When the perp realizes that Stephanie wasn't in the car at the time of the explosion, he (or she) decides to pull a similar ploy on her apartment. Danger is following Stephanie in every direction and not wanting to endanger any of her close friends and family she finds herself looking to Joe Morelli for a place to stay until her apartment is refurbished.
As Stephanie gets closer to finding Maxine she crosses pathes with her greatest enemy Joyce Barnhardt. Who would ever think that Joyce of all people would end up becoming a bounty hunter too? This was a very interesting mystery that uncovers the true reason for Maxine's disappearance and all of those involved. I just can't wait to see how the relationship between Morelli and Stephanie progresses in future segments. I try not to read many series but I am really enjoying this one on audio and I am looking forward to the next one.
My Rating: 4/5
Disclosure: I borrowed this audiobook from the library to listen for my own entertainment.