Jan Evanovich: Turbo Twenty-Three

Twenty third in the series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, the entire cast we know and love is assembled once again for a romp around Trenton, NJ. Stephanie, who knows for sure there aren’t regular jobs she would care for, works for Vinnie, who posts bail bonds for the local criminal element. She works with Lula, whose most recent job description was ‘ho. Together they run down bail jumpers for Vinnie and collect a piece of the bond.

In this book, Stephanie is self described as looking like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. She has two ultra masculine boyfriends. Ranger, who was a Ranger and now owns and operates Rangerman Security, and Joe Morelli, a Trenton cop whose mom makes better-than-sex lasagna. Stephanie feels more domestic around Morelli, and more dangerous around Ranger. Both are generally available to jump in to rescue Ms. Plum should she and Lula get in over their heads as they apprehend criminals.  Most of Stephanie’s income goes to purchasing used cars since she wrecks at least one in every book.

This particular adventure unfolds when a delivery of ice cream from Bogart’s yields the frozen body of the Bogart’s human resources manager dipped in chocolate and covered with nuts – just like a Bogart Bar. Ranger has a deal with Bogart’s to fix up security at the plant, and Stephanie takes an assignment to go into the Bogart Ice cream factory undercover and see what she can learn. What she learns is further validation of her antipathy towards assembly line work. Along with her undercover efforts, she and Lula continue to apprehend a variety bizarre lowlifes, so there is never a lull in the action.

Grandma Mazur, Stephanie’s maternal grandmother dyes her hair red and takes up with a biker. Stephanie’s mom continues to toss back whisky shots and her dad continues to bark single word orders like Gravy! or Potatoes! at the dining room table. Stephanie continues to mooch pot roast and meatloaf dinners at Mom’s house in the Burg, her own larder being stocked only with peanut butter, hotdogs and hamster food.

Turbo Twenty-Three is classic Stephanie Plum. Jan Evanovich is irreverent, funny and comfortably predictable in this series. Her cast of characters are well known to her readers and we revel in their antics. No need for a dictionary here, this is a fast fun read and perfect for the plane. Did I want to keep on reading? I’ve read ’em all and look forward to the next.

– Dave

Harley Davidson – loud and proud


In 1901, William Harley and Arthur and Walter Davidson built a project bike they finished two years later, in 1903. It was so underpowered, it could not climb hilly city streets in Milwaukee. They abandoned that design, and obtained an engine from Ole Evenrude and placed it in a better designed frame. By 1905, Harley Davidson motorcycles began limited production and the saga began.

With a reputation as oil leakers, the brand nearly went under in the 60’s as better designed bikes flooded into the market from Japan, Great Britain and Germany. The company developed the Evolution engine and proved the tightness of the engine during a epic run across the USA. Backed with a solid motor, Harley pulled back from the brink and continues to build great cruisers today.

Titles include:

Outlaw Machine – Brock Yates – $8.40

Harley-Davidson – Doug Mitchell – $14.00

The Complete Harley-Davidson – Todd Rafferty – $15.00

Harley-Davidson – Tony Middlehurst – $6.50

Harley-Davidson, the American Motorcycle – Allan Girdler – $10.50

The Big Book of Harley-Davidson – Thomas Bolfert – $21.00

Harley-Davidson, the Living Legend – William Green – $8.30

Harley Memorabilia – Tod Rafferty – $8.00


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The Seafarers – complete 22 vol set


Black leatherette 8 x 11, gold lettering and marking. Cover art is inset with a thin gold frame. Each volume opens with a map. Content includes text, vintage photographs, artists depictions and technical drawings. The set is complete, with 22 volumes. Condition is top notch.

The Ancient Mariners by Colin Thubron
The Armada by Bryce S. Walker
The Atlantic Crossing by Melvin Maddocks
The Clipper Ships by A. B. C. Whipple
The Dreadnoughts by David Armine Howarth
The East Indiamen by Russell Miller
The Explorers by Richard Humble
Fighting Sail by A. B. C. Whipple
The Frigates by Henry Gruppe
The Great Liners by Melvin Maddocks
The Luxury Yachts by John Rousmaniere
The Men-of-War by David Armine Howarth
The Northwest Passage by Brendan Lehane
The Pacific Navigators by Oliver E. Allen
The Pirates by Douglas Botting
The Racing Yachts by A. B. C. Whipple
The Spanish Main by Peter Wood
The U-Boats by Douglas Botting
The Venetians by Colin Thubron
The Vikings by Robert Wernick
The Whalers by A. B. C. Whipple
The Windjammers by Oliver E. Allen

Handloading, Ballistics, Gunsmithing

Just in, a nice assortment of weapons related books:

American Ammunition and Ballistics – Edward Matunas – $9.00
Modern Handloading – Major George Nonte – $12.00
Classic American Combat Rifles – Wieland – $12.50
Do-It-Yourself Gunsmithing – Jim Carmichael – $9.00
Firearms Encyclopedia – $9.00

Plus numerous RIA (Rock Island Auction) books, great references!

Hunting and Fishing on Bookshop Sioux Falls

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Perhaps you know of Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy?

Just through the door, 9 children’s books from the Uncle Wiggily series by Howard R. Garis.

Mr. Garis wrote prolifically in first half of the last century including 20 of the Uncle Wiggily story books. Under pseudonyms Victor Apple and Laura Lee Hope he wrote some of the Tom Swift and the Bobbsey Twins series.

 (Nurse Jane is a beaver and house-keeper for Mr. Wiggily Longears,  a kindly and adventuresome rabbit.)

Most of our Mr. Wiggilys are priced at $15, but Toodle and Noodle Flat-Tail and Automobile are harder to find and priced accordingly.

Uncle Wiggily and Toodle and Noodle Flat-tail – $99.00

Uncle Wiggily’s Automobile – $24.99

Uncle Wiggily on the Farm – $15.00

Uncle Wiggily on the Farm – $15.00

Uncle Wiggily’s Bungalow – $15.00

Uncle Wiggily’s Fortune – $15.00

Uncle Wiggily’s Travels – $15.00

Uncle Wiggily and Jollie and Jille Longtail – $15.00

Uncle Wiggily in Magic Land – $15.00

Uncle Wiggily On Sugar Island – $15.00

Garis at the BookShop

B-ball Books

Just in: Books about the national pastime.


Hustle – Michael Soklove $7.00
Hank Greenberg – Mark Kurlansky $8.75
Shoeless Joe – Harvey Frommer $7.00
The Lip – Gerald Eskenazi $8.05
Diz – Robert Gregory $9.70

Stories and lore –

The Baseball Catalog – Schlossberg $4.50
Baseball Legends and Lore – Robert Gregory $8.00
Baseball – Charles Einstein $8.00
Baseball Anecdotes – Daniel Okrent, Steve Wulf $6,65
Baseball Inside Out – Bruce Shlain $6.65
Baseball Tales – Terry Reffernan $5.25
On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place – George Robinson $4.45


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