Ever wonder what it’s like to be at the Plum house at Christmas? Visions of Sugar Plums lets you get a glimpse into just that world. This is part of the ‘Between the Numbers’ series, a group of lighter books that show a slice of Stephanie’s life during various holidays.
The first thing to note is that if you looked at Stephanie Plum’s apartment you would have no idea Christmas was even on the horizon. There’s no tree, no presents, nothing to give away the fact that Christmas is a few days away.
The book opens four days before Christmas and Stephanie is hard at work chasing a person known as Sandy Claws, who jumped bail. Joining her on this hunt is Diesel, the hunky side kick that Evanovich created for Stephanie in the Between the Numbers novels. I must say while Diesel is nice enough of a character, I really missed Ranger and Joe Morelli, who were barely in this book.
This book is meant, I think, to be more comic relief than real Plum. She’s chasing a guy named Sandy Claws, she’s attacked by elves, and yes cookies are even involved. If you are looking for a major plot, like in the numbers novels, you are looking in the wrong place. This book can be more aptly described as cute and fun, not deep and exciting.
It’s also shorter than you will expect for a Plum Novel at only 3 ½ hours in length. Essentially, look at this as cute little side story escape while you wait for the next numbered Plum book to hit the shelves.
This is by far not my favorite Evanovich book, but if you want a cute little fanciful escape with a taste of Stephanie Plum, this is one you should take a look at.
Lorelei King was the voice behind Visions of Sugar Plums, but did not do her best work on this one. I just couldn’t get into her voice this time around. Perhaps it was the text or maybe she was having a bad day, but this is not my favorite of her recordings