As I am reading through the Stephanie Plum series, I decided to go ahead and read the “Between the Plums” books as well. They’re much shorter books and are considered “half books. The first one was Stephanie Plum Novel 8.5 Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum Holiday Novel (A Between the Numbers Novel). The book is set at Christmas and was a very fast & easy read.
A man name Diesel shows up in Stephanie’s apartment unannounced. As she has gotten pretty used to people breaking into her apartment, she didn’t think too much of his interesting entrance. Diesel informs Stephanie he is the “spirit of Christmas” and is on a mission to make her love Christmas. Realizing that she has 3 days until Christmas she is on a hunt for a tree, Christmas cards (as per her mom’s request) and presents for her entire family.
While on a hunt for everything Christmas, Stephanie is after an FTA named Sandy Claws (yup, say it out loud). It turns out Diesel is somehow involved with Sandy and a situation that is unfolding with him, his sister and a former friend of his named Ring.
Diesel isn’t completely honest with Stephanie up front but he has a few extra powers. Stephanie pulls a card from Grandma Muzar’s book and assumes he is an alien that was beamed down into her apartment. She later decides he’s really just a super hero as he helps her convince her sister Valerie to climb out a bathroom window after finding out some interesting news.
“Trust him,” I said. Trust Superman, Spider-man, E.T., the Ghost of Christmas Present . . . whoever the hell.” – Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich