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When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist. Jake just can't resist a damsel in distress, and Amy certainly doesn't mind Jake's charming sincerity.

Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play. Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innocence. But will Jake be able to prove to Amy that love, too, is a mystery...

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Overview

When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist. Jake just can't resist a damsel in distress, and Amy certainly doesn't mind Jake's charming sincerity.

Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play. Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innocence. But will Jake be able to prove to Amy that love, too, is a mystery worth solving?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425114001
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

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Foul Play

Chapter One

Jacob Elliott flipped his left-turn signal on and patiently waited for Mrs. Moyer to pull out of her parking space. He knew it was Mrs. Moyer because her dog, Harold, was frantically clawing at the back window of her station wagon. Jacob Elliott was not especially good at remembering people, but he never forgot a dog. He was debating the merits of this peculiarity when a gleaming, cherry-red sports car zipped around the corner and beat him out of Mrs. Moyer's spot.

The red car door instantly flew open. Two shapely legs extended themselves from the driver's side, and a delicate blonde emerged. She threw her hands into the air in a gesture of furious exasperation and gave the door a thunderous slam, catching the hem of her swirly pink skirt in the jaws of the powerful machine. She glared at the skirt contemptuously, gave a yank, and tore herself loose...leaving half a yard of pink material held hostage by the car. Without even so much as a backward glance she flounced off to the supermarket, fists clenched, eyes narrowed, nose defiantly tipped upward.

Jacob Elliott sat wide-eyed and slack jawed in disbelief as the glossy blond curls disappeared behind the automatic glass doors. He felt a smile creep into the corners of his mouth and a disturbing rush of heat burn across his belly. He was in love.

Life, Amy Klasse fumed, was not fair. You do all the right things, and bam! You get kicked in the teeth. It made her furious, especially since innocent children were going to be among the hapless victims.

Wrenching a wire cart out of the cart stack, she viciously pushed it toward the vegetables. She glared at her shreddedskirt. Of all the lousy luck; now, on top of everything else, she'd ruined her favorite outfit. Darn that car. And it wasn't as if she could afford to buy another pink skirt: She was unemployed. She'd been unemployed for twenty minutes. She looked at her watch. No, make that thirty-five minutes. All because of a chicken. A chicken, for crying out loud! She muttered a well-chosen expletive and indiscriminately grabbed a grapefruit from a huge display. "A chicken!" she exclaimed, thunking her fist against her forehead.

Jake watched in absolute astonishment as his newfound love flung a grapefruit into her cart and took off in a blind rage. The remaining grapefruits hesitated for a moment in precarious limbo, and then hurled themselves onto the floor like so many lemmings making the final, fatal, migration. Jake stopped a grapefruit with the side of his foot and flipped it into the air, like a soccer ball. He scooped up several more and carefully lined them up in their bin.

From the corner of his eye he caught the infuriated blonde heading for the fresh eggs. "Oh, no," he said, groaning, "not the eggs."

In silent horror, he watched as she chose a carton and in some magical way managed to grasp only the top lid, spilling the entire dozen eggs into the immaculate glass case. The eggs instantly exploded on their companions, oozing across gleaming shelves, sliming into pristine crevices.

The blonde stared at the eggs as if they were aliens. She shook her head and muttered something indiscernible while Jake doubled over his own cart in an attempt to abort the laughter that was rising in his throat.

In his entire life he'd never come across a female who was that outraged, that clumsy, and that sexy. She wasn't sexy by centerfold standards, but there was definitely something about her that increased his heart rate. He liked the way her short blond curls bounced when she walked. He liked her peaches-and-cream coloring and her wide cornflower blue eyes, and the way she carried her slight frame. And most of all, Jake was intrigued by the intensity of her fury, the way she could muster her pride and walk away from disaster. She was not a woman whose life would be ruined by a broken fingernail.

A stockboy appeared with a mop and sponge. "Don't worry about it," he told Amy. "Happens all the time."

Amy nodded numbly. Lord, what a mess. Those eggs were like her life...scrambled. She decided she didn't want eggs anyway. Eggs reminded her of chickens; and you know what chickens do...they steal people's jobs!

She proceeded down the aisles at a much more cautious pace, selecting fixings for a spaghetti dinner. She intended to go home, brew up some of her fantastic spaghetti sauce, and eat until she burst. Then she would sit in front of the TV and make the most of feeling sorry for herself. She hefted a bag of cat litter into her cart and continued on.

Jake saw the tear in the bottom of the litter bag. He could have told her. He could have introduced himself and explained that she was leaving a trail of cat litter that wound its way through the bulk-food section and staunchly marched through sanitary products, but he didn't. It was much more fun to observe her at a distance and follow the granules.

Besides, he knew when he would make his move. Calamity Jane didn't have a purse, and there were no pockets that he could see in her bedraggled skirt. His guess was that she'd gone off in such a huff that she'd left her money behind. He pursued her at a leisurely pace, selecting a bottle of burgundy to accompany her spaghetti dinner and adding a frozen pie for dessert.

He lined up behind his quarry at the checkout, feeling an unsettling surge of affection for her while his anxiety ran amok. What if his plan didn't work? What if she was married? She didn't have a ring on her finger, but that was no guarantee. Maybe she lost her ring this morning when she was bathing the baby.

Foul Play
. Copyright © by Janet Evanovich. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Foul Play by Janet Evanovich

    I really enjoyed reading "Foul Play" by Janet Evanovich. This is one of her very early books written for a serial romance publisher in the late 80s/early 90s, and it's very well done for what it is. Evanovich describes these early books as "red-hot screwball comedies" and while I do agree with the screwball comedy, "Foul Play" was very much G-rated. So if you enjoy a very light romance with side-splitting laughter, this is definitely a book for you.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    Cute Read!

    I enjoyed this quick read...cute story line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

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    Do not waste your time

    This was a roll my eyes, cheesy, completely unrealistic and ridiculous book. The humor did not crack a smile. I feel like a lost a few brain cells subjecting myself to this crap. I passed it on to my friend who loooooves cheesy romance and she also hated it. I must admit though, I love Janet Evanovich's mysteries. Read those instead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

    I love Janet Evanovich

    I truly enjoy reading Janet Evanovich. She is funny, entertaining, and always throws romance in the mix. Sometimes I wonder how she comes up with some of the characters and things that happen in her stories. It is halarious. While this book may not have been one of my favorites of her's...I would recommend it to anyone. It was very entertaining and I enjoyed it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    Foul Play - Fun and delightful

    If you enjoy the lightheartedness of Janet Evanovich then this is a must read. It is a witty charming book full of the Evanovich enuendos and silly antedotoes. The main characters are your typical every day people who happen into each other lives. As events unravel, the laughs abound. Any book that has a character losing a job to a chicken has to be full of humor. At the end of the day this is a great book for a pick me up or chuckle. This book is an easy read which will find you laughing out loud. Take it to the beach or on the plane for your next vacation, you won't regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2014

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    Cute, quick, chick-lit book. I have always been a fan of Janet E

    Cute, quick, chick-lit book. I have always been a fan of Janet Evanovich and after reading quite a few Stephanie Plum novels I wanted to try some of her older work. I will say that it is quick, a little cheesy, romantic, and funny. Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    OH my ......

    This is just really bad and extremely stupid. People trying to get into bed with one another ....... and there's a chicken ......

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Recommend

    I really enjoyed the book. I'm a big Janet Evanovich fan. She has a great sense of humor and it shows in this book when the chicken goes missing from the Vet's office. I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys Janet Evanovich....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    LOVED IT

    Definitely an older writing by Janet E. but fun and entertaining just the same!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    Terrible.

    This is the first Janet Evanovich book I have "read" (i.e. listened to). I like a little bit of cheesiness... but this was way over the top! The woman who voiced the characters sounded like an old woman who has smoked too many cigarettes. Not fitting of the young characters. Overall, I am mad I wasted my money and time.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Evanovich Characters are true "characters"

    Janet Evanovich has developed so many funny and lovable characters. I know most of them and wish I didn't know others. They make me laugh, cry and laugh again. Just when I think I have problems they show me it's okay to laugh. Keep writing and thanks for hours of enjoyment you've already given me. Who knew a rooster could wake up so much fun!

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Enjoyable for romantics and fun for animal lovers

    It may start out a little hard to believe (how could someone as cute and lovable as Amy make it to her mid-twenties as a virgin, and how lucky that Jake, a handsome, charming, caring veterinarian, would be free and available when they happen to meet); soon the reader stops caring about these little details and just begins to enjoy the romance of it all. In these scary economic times we all want to believe that fate will take care of everything for us. When God closes a door he opens a window.

    So just relax and enjoy the ride, have fun with the characters and cheer for a happy ending.

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  • Posted August 7, 2009

    Cute, quick read

    It is apparent that this book is one of Janet's earlier writings, since she has since moved on from the "happily ever after" short romance genre and her style has much improved with experience. However, it was a cute story, quick read, and made me laugh out loud in places. Sometimes I just need that. I enjoyed it, but chose not to add it to my permanent library collection.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    What a disappointment...

    When I've read a lot of heavy books that require thought and reflection, I like to take a break once in a while and read some fluff. For that, I usually turn to JK Rowling, Jennifer Crusie, or Janet Evanovich. This time Janet was my author of choice, and I usually crack open one of her excellent Stephanie Plum novels, but this time one of her romance novels caught my eye at the library the other day. So I grabbed it, walked home, and settled on the couch for a good read.

    I was enjoying the book, relaxing, and laughing at some of the antics of the characters, until I got close to the end, when the girl leaves. She just leaves. She's supposed to be this strong, independent woman, and, yes, a lot of things have happened that cause stress, but instead of sticking it out and standing up to her problems, she gives up and leaves. I was extremely disappointed. And then the guy has to go get her and bring her back home. And that's the end. Really?! That's definitely not how Stephanie Plum would handle things! It just seemed like a lot of anticipation for an anticlimactic ending.

    I was surprised. Janet usually entertains me throughout her entire novels and I feel satisfied once I turn the last page. But this one I don't recommend. Maybe it's one of her first books and she's just getting used to things. I'll still read her in the future (in fact, I'm excited for #15 in the Stephanie Plum series!), but I'm happy to put this one down and turn back to more serious reading.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    Foul Play

    I thought this book/story was very cute. I enjoyed it because it was funny/romantic and just plain entertaining. It was a story that you didn't have to really concentrate on to "keep up" with the story. It was relaxing to listen to.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Not one of her better ones.

    I'm sorry, I could hardly wait to finish this book. I can remember only a couple of books I didn't finish reading, this one was close to being #3. The plot was silly, the characters just didn't have it for me. Boring to boot.

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

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    Very Funny Book.

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was truly funny and a very fast read. She kept you guessing and wanting more.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    Not one of Evanovich's best...

    Cute and funny at times, but overall a little silly and not much of a plot. The author's Stephanie Plum series is much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Quick, Entertaining Read

    Pretty much what a Janet Evanovich fan would expect. An amusing cast of characters and a quick read. Not quite as enjoyable as the Stephanie Plum novels but good none the less.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    Poor Chicken, Hooray for Silly Romance

    I come to Janet Evanovich in just the past year, and easily became a fan. She turns everyday situations into hilarious misadventures that always include a little romance. There are no graphics here, just old fashioned innuendo and your imagination. Her best work is the Stephanie Plum series. If you have read the By the Numbers series, these early writings seem to be a test run for what was to come. Simple, fun, light reading. Great for a winters day, rainy day or a day at the beach.

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