Janet Evanovich's latest novel is EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN, but somehow it just doesn't have the magic of her earlier novels, particularly the first, ONE FOR THE MONEY, which has recently been made into a Tri-Star film starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum, and showing how Plum became a bond hunter after losing her job as a lingerie buyer. Vinnie, Morelli, and all the offbeat characters are spot-on in the book (and now the movie), so delightfully real and quirky that Evanovich had women lining up by the thousand for years in book signings. Hundreds still do, but, alas, more than just one book a year since 2002 tends to overwork a character, and jade readers as romance fades. If only she was up to seven now instead of eighteen, we might not now be witnessing the end of Stephanie Plum in the hearts of readers, although the film may revive interest in those unfamiliar. Just don't expect the movie sequels to reach eighteen. Costly movies are far more relentlessly focused on box office than books!