One for the Money (Stephanie Plum Series #1)

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Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie's opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. She's a product of the "burg," a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six. Now Stephanie's all grown up and out on her own, living five miles ...
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Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie's opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. She's a product of the "burg," a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six. Now Stephanie's all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad's, doing her best to sever the world's longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case. Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook. Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie's virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario's Sub Shop. There's still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting. It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At worst, it could lead to murder. Witty, fresh, and full of surprises, One for the Money is among the most eagerly awaited crime novels of the season.

Janet Evanovich makes a major debut with this witty and critically acclaimed crime novel. Meet Stephanie Plum of Trenton, New Jersey. She's a rookie bail bondswoman who has the awkward habit of leaping first and looking later when she's out snagging bail jumpers. It's not a job for the faint at heart, but it's tailor-made for Stephanie Plum.

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Welcome to colorful Trenton, New Jersey, and the wild and wonderful world of Stephanie Plum. In One for the Money, rookie "apprehension agent" Plum may be a bit wet behind the ears, but nobody's gonna take it easy on her; especially her first skip, an ex-cop and murder suspect named Morelli.
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"Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air."
--The Washington Post
"Evanovich's writing is smooth, clever and laugh-aloud. Her plot is ingenious and fresh, her dialogue breezy, bright, witty, and gutsy."
--Booklist (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312990459
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2003
  • Series: Stephanie Plum Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 96,583
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including Two for the Dough and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel & Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley.

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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Chapter One



There are some men who enter a woman's life and screw it up forever. Joseph Morelli did this to me not forever, but periodically.

Morelli and I were both born and raised in a bluecollar chunk of Trenton called the burg. Houses were attached and narrow. Yards were small. Cars were American. The people were mostly of Italian descent, with enough Hungarians and Germans thrown in to offset inbreeding. It was a good place to buy calzone or play the numbers. And, if you had to live in Trenton anyway, it was an okay place to raise a family.

When I was a kid I didn't ordinarily play with Joseph Morelli. He lived two blocks over and was two years older. "Stay away from those Morelli boys," my mother had warned me. "They're wild. I hear stories about the things they do to girls when they get them alone."

"What kind of things?" I'd eagerly asked.

"You don't want to know," my mother had answered. "Terrible things. Things that aren't nice."

From that moment on, I viewed Joseph Morelli with a combination of terror and prurient curiosity that bordered on awe. Two weeks later, at the age of six, with quaking knees and a squishy stomach, I followed Morelli into his father's garage on the promise of learning a new game.

The Morelli garage hunkered detached and snubbed at the edge of their lot. It was a sorry affair, lit by a single shaft of light filtering through a grime-coated window. Its air was stagnant, smelling of corner must, discarded tires, and jugs of used motor oil. Never destined to house the Morelli cars, the garage served other purposes. Old Man Morelli used the garage to take his belt to his sons, his sonsused the garage to take their hands to themselves, and Joseph Morelli took me, Stephanie Plum, to the garage to play train.

"What's the name of this game?" I'd asked Joseph Morelli.

"Choo-choo," he'd said, down on his hands and knees, crawling between my legs, his head trapped under my short pink skirt. "You're the tunnel, and I'm the train."

I suppose this tells something about my personality. That I'm not especially good at taking advice. Or that I was born with an overload of curiosity. Or maybe it's about rebellion or boredom or fate. At any rate, it was a one-shot deal and darn disappointing, since I'd only gotten to be the tunnel, and I'd really wanted to be the train.

Ten years later, Joe Morelli was still living two blocks over. He'd grown up big and bad, with eyes like black fire one minute and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate the next. He had an eagle tattooed on his chest, a tight-assed, narrow-hipped swagger, and a reputation for having fast hands and clever fingers.

My best friend, Mary Lou Molnar, said she heard Morelli had a tongue like a lizard.

"Holy cow," I'd answered, "what's that supposed to mean?"

Just don't let him get you alone or you'll find out. Once he gets you alone... that's it. You're done for."

I hadn't seen much of Morelli since the train episode. I supposed he'd enlarged his repertoire of sexual exploitation. I opened my eyes wide and leaned closer to Mary Lou, hoping for the worst. "You aren't talking about rape, are you?"

"I'm talking about lust! If he wants you, you're doomed. The guy is irresistible."

Aside from being fingered at the age of six by you-know-who, I was untouched. I was saving myself for marriage, or at least for college. "I'm a virgin," I said, as if this was news. "I'm sure he doesn't mess with virgins."

"He specializes in virgins! The brush of his fingertips turns virgins into slobbering mush."

Two weeks later, Joe Morelli came into the bakery where I worked every day after school, Tasty Pastry, on Hamilton. He bought a chocolate-chip cannoli, told me he'd joined the navy, and charmed the pants off me four minutes after closing, on the floor of Tasty Pastry, behind the case filled with chocolate eclairs.

The next time I saw him, I was three years older. I was on my way to the mall, driving my father's Buick when I spotted Morelli standing in front of Giovichinni's Meat Market. I gunned the big V-8 engine, jumped the curb, and clipped Morelli from behind, bouncing him off the front right fender. I stopped the car and got out to assess the damage. "Anything broken?"

He was sprawled on the pavement, looking up my skirt. "My leg."

"Good," I said. Then I turned on my heel, got into the Buick, and drove to the mall.

I attribute the incident to temporary insanity, and in my own defense, I'd like to say I haven't run over anyone since.

During winter months, wind ripped up Hamilton Avenue, whining past plate-glass windows, banking trash against curbs and storefronts. During summer months, the air sat still and gauzy, leaden with humidity, saturated with hydrocarbons. It shimmered over hot cement and melted road tar. Cicadas buzzed, Dumpsters reeked, and a dusty haze hung in perpetuity over softball fields statewide. I figured it was all part of the great adventure of living in New Jersey.

This afternoon I'd decided to ignore the August buildup of ozone catching me in the back of my throat and go, convertible top down, in my Mazda Miata. The air conditioner was blasting flat out, I was singing along with Paul Simon, my shoulderlength brown hair was whipping around my face in a frenzy of frizz and snarls, my ever vigilant blue eyes were coolly hidden behind my Oakleys, and my foot rested heavy on the gas pedal.

One for the Money. Copyright © by Janet Evanovich. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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First Chapter

CHAPTER ONE

THERE ARE SOME MEN who enter a woman's life and screw it up forever. Joseph Morelli did this to me -- not forever, but periodically.

Morelli and I were both born and raised in a blue-collar chunk of Trenton called the burg. Houses were attached and narrow. Yards were small. Cars were American. The people were mostly Italian descent, with enough Hungarians and Germans thrown into offset inbreeding. It was a good place to buy calzone or play the numbers. And. if you had to live in Trenton anyway, it was an okay place to raise a family.

When I was a kid I didn't ordinarily play with Joseph Morelli. He lived two blocks over and was two years older. "Stay away from those Morelli boys," my mother had warned me. "They're wild. I hear stories about the things they do to girls when they get them alone."

"What kind of things?" I'd eagerly asked.

"You don't want to know," my mother had answered. "Terrible things. Things that aren't nice."

From that point on, I viewed Joseph Morelli with a combination of terror and prurient curiosity that bordered on awe. Two weeks later, at the age of six, with quaking knees and a squishy stomach, I followed Morelli into his father's garage on the promise of learning a new game.

The Morelli garage hunkered detached and snubbed at the edge of their lot. It was a sorry affair, lit by a single shaft of light filtering through a grime-coated window. Its air was stagnant, smelling of corner must, discarded tires, and jugs of used motor oil. Never destined to house the Morelli cars, the garage served other purposes. Old man Morelli used the garage to take his belt to his sons, his sons used the garage to take their hands to themselves, and Joseph Morelli took me, Stephanie Plum, to the garage to play train.

"What's the name of this game?" I'd asked Joseph Morelli.

"Choo-choo," he'd said, down on his hands and knees, crawling between my legs, his head trapped under my short pink skirt. "You're the tunnel, and I'm the train."

I suppose this tells you something about my personality. That I'm not especially good at taking advice. Or that I was born with an overload of curiosity. Or maybe it's about rebellion or boredom or fate. At any rate, it was a one-shot deal and darn disappointing, since I'd only gotten to be the tunnel, and I'd really wanted to be the train.

Ten years later, Joe Morelli was still living two blocks over. He'd grown up big and bad, with eyes like black fire one minute and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate the next. He had an eagle tattooed on his chest, a tight-assed, narrow-hipped swagger, and a reputation for having fast hands and clever fingers.

My best friend, Mary Lou Molnar, said she heard Morelli had a tongue like a lizard.

"Holy cow," I'd answered, "what's that supposed to mean?"

"Just don't let him get you alone or you'll find out. Once he gets you alone...that's it. You're done for."

I hadn't seen much of Morelli since the train episode. I supposed he'd enlarged his repertoire of sexual exploitations. I opened my eyes wide and leaned closer to Mary Lou, hoping for the worst. "You aren't taking about rape, are you?"

"I'm talking about lust! If he wants you, you're doomed. The guy is irresistible." Aside from being fingered at the age of six by you-know-who, I was untouched. I was saving myself for marriage, or at least for college. "I'm a virgin," I said, as if this was news. "I'm sure he doesn't mess with virgins."

"He specializes in virgins! The brush of his fingertips turns virgins into slobbering mush."

Two weeks later, Joe Morelli came into the bakery where I worked every day after school, Tasty Pastry, on Hamilton. He bought a chocolate-chip cannoli, told me he'd joined the navy, and charmed the pants off of me four minutes after closing, on the floor of Tasty Pastry, behind the case filled with chocolate eclairs.

The next time I saw him, I was three years older. I was on my way to the mall, driving my father's Buick when I spotted Morelli standing in front of Giovichinni"s Meat Market. I gunned the big V-8 engine, jumped the curb, and clipped Morelli from behind, bouncing him off the front right fender. I stopped the car and got out to asses the damage. "Anything broken?"

He was sprawled on the pavement, looking up my skirt. "My leg."

"Good," I said. Then I turned on my heel, got into the Buick, and drove to the mall.

I attribute the incident to temporary insanity, and in my own defense, I'd like to say I haven't run over anyone since.

Copyright © 1994 by Evanovich, Inc.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

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    I'm HOOKED!

    I stumbled on this series while looking for downloads for my new nook. The reviews were all so positive that I decided to try the first book in the series. This book had all of the elements of a great, fun read...characters that captivate, laugh out loud humor, drama, and suspense. It's neither overboard nor lack lustre, it's solid and incredibly entertaining!!! I loved it! I read it in one day and have already started on the second book! This may just be a new favorite author for me. If it weren't for others that took the time to write reviews, I would've have never given it a try, I'm so grateful!

    90 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Enjoyed it- a lot and will read more from this talented writer.

    70 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2009

    laugh out loud funny

    Whether you like romance, mystery, adventure, or humor, this book will satisfy. I have never read a book that made me laugh out loud like this one. The only problem is the series goes on forever and once you are hooked, you are hooked. Some of the in-between books aren't as good, but they are still worth a read.

    62 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    excellent

    I enjoyed this book so much! I have read most of Janet Evanovich's books and this one is the start of a great series!

    49 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    I love this book!!! I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum Series!!! I'm always giving the first book away to someone as a gift. I've had people tell me that they don't enjoy reading much. She comes out with book 16 this June, and every person I give this book to can't stop reading the series and is now anxiously awaiting the release of 16. There are also mini books that she has written. This book (and the others in the series) are laugh out loud hilarious. I got in trouble for reading it while I had bathroom duty during TAKS testing because I was laughing so hard that the students heard and wondered what was going on. The characters are fantastic and out of this world. The dialogue is superb. If you like to laugh, if you have a sense of humor, if you want to love reading this book is the one for you. As a bonus you get two really hot men to dream about and a mystery to solve. DON'T MISS THIS BOOK OR THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES. I'm telling you I have gotten people with 2 to 3 jobs, kids to raise, and/or just hate reading to sit down and devour these books. Give them a try, I don't think you will be sorry. Also check out her website.

    24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

    Funny, graphic, edgy, not PC

    I enjoyed the vivid characters and setting. If you're into "literature," this won't be up to your standards. If you have tender sensibilities, a refined sense of humor or require a more complicated plot, likewise, you'll want to pass. Me, I was looking for entertainment and I got it.

    23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Well developed characters--too much language

    This is the first book I have read by this author. She develops the characters well and the storyline never gets dull. I don't happen to be a big fan of the "F" word, so did not like all the foul language. Certainly think characters can be developed with much less of that language; otherwise, it was entertaining.

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

    Stephanie Plum kicks ass!

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is so interesting that it is hard to put down until you are finished. I definately recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries or just wants to try something different. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    One for the Money

    Why is it that when people tell me that I should read a book, I take forever to read it. And when I do read them they are beyond good. This book is defiantly one of those books. My sister would hound me about reading this book. She would tell me about these books that are just plain amazing. Well she was right.

    You meet Stephanie. Stephanie had it all. She had the job, the house, the car, and the money. Well then out of nowhere she loses everything and she is going to her parents for help. Her parents are trying to be supportive but also they want her to find something so she can pay her bills. So she goes to her cousin Vinnie and starts working for his bail bond business. There she is given the chance to get some money by bringing in a fugitive. But it is not everything that it is cracked up to be. She encounters a lot of problems along the way. But she overcomes them to a point.

    I loved this book. It has everything that a fictional book like this should have. It was action packed with suspense, love, and energy. It really keeps you going and wanting more. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone that wants a quick easy read that keeps you wanting it time and time again.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    A HOOT AND A HALF!

    Mystery, suspense, passion and great humor.What more can a reader ask for?
    Stephanie Plum is quite the character, with real life problems, gutsy, down to earth and hilarious! She loses her job, sells some of her belongings and this is when she decides to become a bounty hunter. There is cute interplay between her and Joe Morelli, who she is trying to bring in for jumping bail. This is such fun, fast-paced and a real HOOT!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2009

    One for the Money is a great read!

    Evanovich's first Plum book is entertaining and suspensful! I really liked her main character, Stephanie, and reading about her adventures as a rookie bounty hunter. The "bad guy" was crazy scary and kept me reading page after page. It's full of humor and wit, and will satisfy any mystery reader's hopes.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2008

    Competing for worst book ever

    I am disgusted by this book: it is poorly written, filled with poor grammar, predictable, and cast with stereotypical characters who speak in cliche dialogue. I think the humor is at the fifth grade level and I REALLY dislike Stephanie Plum'brainless, money-hungry and selfish beyond words' I forced myself to finish so I can say I gave the book a chance, but when Ms. Plum describes her venture into a poor neighborhood as 'a black man looking up the skirt of a white woman in the outskirts of Birningham' I wanted to cry. Where are the editors??? Sad commentary on American woman that they admire this series. I WILL NOT READ ANY FURTHER.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Hahaha!

    These books are incredibly clever and absolutely wonderful for a good laugh . . . Here's to hoping the movie is just as good as this book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Highly recommended-you gotta read these series!!!

    I haven't read much in the past 50 years but started because my mother-in-law reads about a book every two days. I sat down to read one book and now have a Nook Color and have read about 15 books. This is one of the best series. That Stephanie Plum is a real hoot and so is her grandmother. Love these books and have bought up to book 9 and will continue to buy.. LOVE IT

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Good and easy read

    Overall I thought this book was a quick and fun read. I'm not sure I loved it as much as others out there though. The writing's simple, plot not too complicated, characters enjoyable, but I feel that there are other books out there that capture mystery and romance a bit better. I didn't feel like it excelled in any category; I wasn't WOWed, but it had a nice balance of everything. Since the reviews for this series are so great, I'm giving the next book a try.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Fun read

    My best friend recommended the series and I'm glad she did! This is a fun and fast read. I immediately liked the main character, Stephanie Plum, and all the supporting characters. I've read the second book and plan to read the rest!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

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    Psychopathic stalker rapists? Complete incompetence on the job? This book is a total hoot! -_-

    "...Okay, so you know she doesn't die trying, since there are several other books in this series, but I had to say it anyway. I don't know if you could tell, but I thought this book was kind of awful, which really disappointed me. I've heard so many people rave about this series, about how funny it is, and all I can say is that I have no idea what they were talking about. I only finished reading One for the Money because I hate leaving a book unfinished. I might pick up the second book just to give Evanovich a second chance, but I'm certainly not going to go out of my way to find a copy.

    Stephanie is just ridiculous. The woman is a total joke. If you're going to take a job as a bounty hunter, wouldn't you figure it's a good idea to prepare yourself? Even if getting a gun and learning to use it isn't her first idea, I'd have thought she'd be smart enough to pick up a can of defense spray right off or to enroll herself in some kind of self-defense or martial arts class. Request to meet with one of her cousin's other recovery agents to learn some things, or try to find a book or something...

    ...Back to Stephanie and her new vocation, however. Her incompetence leads to a lot of things happening that are less than fantastic, and I am puzzled as to how she managed not to get herself killed. If it weren't for the hot douchebag who wrote lewd poems about her on bathroom walls after seducing her in high school and the sexy and mysterious ex-Special Forces bounty hunter, she probably would have been dead before the end of one week...."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Read the book skip the movie

    Great series to read... the movie not so much

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    New Fan!

    A great start to the series. I will definetely be reading more of these books. Stephanie is a great character and you cant help but love Grandma! I laughed so much!

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    Great Offbeat Crime Series

    I read an Excerpt from this book and went ahead and bought the first box set with the first 3 books. Wow was I glad I did! The first 3 books hooked me from beginning to end. The best thing about this series is the main character doesn't take herself too seriously. I found myself laughing harder than I had in a while. I LOVE Grandma Mazur and Lula! These books are worth every penny and are most definitely not a waste of time. Buy the whole series. You won't regret it but be warned they're addictive. As soon as I finished the first 3 books I got online and ordered the next 3 box sets.

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