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


Get your hippie – boho vibe on

Check out this excellent macrame hanging table. The table is constructed from welded steel rings lushly covered with lime green macrame knotting. This vintage hanging table suspends from the ceiling  and will be the focal point of any room it graces.

Macrame table at Gifty Things Vintage – $85.00

Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird

The perfect cocktail recipe book for readers has arrived this week: Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle, $5.25. From the back of the book:

A fun gift for barflies and a terrific treat for book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes — paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels — the book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.

I think my personal favorite would have to be the ‘Love in the Time of Kahlúa!’


Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine's Day Collage

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast so don’t forget to pamper a loved one or yourself with a gift from Book Shop & Gifty Things Vintage!

We have a fantastic selection of beautiful books, luxurious scarves, jewelry, art glass, lamps, vintage furniture, and so much more. We also have pretty and colorful gift cards, the perfect present for every shopper!

Gift Cards


Valentines Day

We hope to see you soon – Happy Valentine’s Day!


Scarf-o-rama or gift for Grandma? Or your own bad self!

Cato, Berkshire, Vera Wang, Tabbot’s, Ginnie Johanssen, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bric, Ashear, Talsha, Cashmink, Echo, Coolibar, Alirina, Ralph Lauren, Pashmina, Worthington – Whoops, hang on, I dropped some names.

Silk, wool, cashmere, and endless blends in every rainbow color.

Come on in and accessorize post holiday blues right out the door.


Scarf Up.

Classy soft silk, toasty warm woolens, funky synthetics to pull together an outfit. Scarf ’em up.


Scarves are not offered on-line at Gifty Things Vintage, so you’ll have to stop by 26th and Western to select your favorites. Perfect as a gift, many are already in pretty packages. Did I mention vintage Gucci?


Cool cats jamming for a green cat – is that envy?

Three cool cats getting down – one on the 3 string, one with bugle and one keeping time with a drum. Bright metal atop textured wooden base, these swinging felines declare your love of music with a wink.

Plus you can pick these dudes up by the tail, a move I suggest you avoid with your regular type cat.

3 cool cats at Gifty Things Vintage

Envious green cat at Gifty Things Vintage

Is this guy’s name Clay, does he have feet of clay, or is he made of clay? Utelme

Cats at Gifty Things Vintage


Gift Cards Now Available!

The perfect gift for book lovers, vintage treasure hunters, and “shop small/shop local” enthusiasts: a Book Shop & Gifty Things Vintage gift card! They’re available in four different color options with an array of colorful envelopes to choose from. You are free to choose the exact dollar amount you’d like to give.

The possibilities are practically endless with one of these gift cards in hand – we believe there’s surely something to suit everyone’s reading or home decorating tastes here!