Vampires, dancing bears, murder and mayhem are in the works as the curse of the dreaded “vordo” sets Stephanie’s hormones aflame in the 17th outing of this crazy series. The Morelli versus Ranger romantic dilemma is taken to new heights in this installment, but since the decision has been drawn out over 17 books, hopefully Evanovich will choose to resolve it soon.
After the destruction of Vinnie’s Bail Bond building, the team has been working out of Mooner’s RV. Things take a creepy turn when shallow graves are found on Vinnie’s construction site. When more bodies turn up with notes reading “for Stephanie,” it gets even creepier. Stephanie’s biggest problem may be that Morelli’s grandmother has put “the eye” on her and given her the “vordo,” a kind of sexual/slutty heat that Lula suggests she use to help her finally make the choice between Ranger and Morelli. (BANTAM, Sep., 320 pp., $28.00)