Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum Series #2)

Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum Series #2)

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by Janet Evanovich

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Stephanie is after a new bail jumper, Kenny Mancuso, a boy from Trenton's burg. He's fresh out of the army, suspiciously wealthy, and he's just shot his best friend. With her bounty hunter pal Ranger stepping in occasionally to advise her, Stephanie staggers knee-deep in corpses and caskets as she traipses through back streets, dark alleys, and funeral parlors. And…  See more details below


Stephanie is after a new bail jumper, Kenny Mancuso, a boy from Trenton's burg. He's fresh out of the army, suspiciously wealthy, and he's just shot his best friend. With her bounty hunter pal Ranger stepping in occasionally to advise her, Stephanie staggers knee-deep in corpses and caskets as she traipses through back streets, dark alleys, and funeral parlors. And nobody knows funeral parlors better than Stephanie's irrepressible Grandma Mazur, a lady whose favorite pastime is grabbing a front-row seat at a neighborhood wake. So Stephanie uses Grandma as a cover to follow leads, but loses control when Grandma warms to the action, packing a cool pistol. Much to the family's chagrin, Stephanie and Granny may soon have the elusive Kenny in their sights. Low on expertise but learning fast, high on resilience, and despite the help she gets from friends and relatives, Stephanie eventually must face the danger alone when embalmed body parts begin to arrive on her doorstep and she's targeted for a nasty death by the most loathsome adversary she's ever encountered. Another case like this and she'll be a real pro.

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A bail-skippin' jerk who plugged his best friend, along with a wad of low-grade coffins that've mysteriously wandered off (with help, of course), is Stephanie's primary concern in Two for the Dough, Janet Evanovich's second saucy Plum caper.

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Pocket Books
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Stephanie Plum Series, #2
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6.84(w) x 4.24(h) x 1.05(d)

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...Kitty and Eugene lived in a narrow row house at the corner of Baker and Rose, across from the old Milped Button Factory. The front door sat flush to the sidewalk without benefit of yard or porch. The exterior was maroon asphalt shingle with weathered white trim. Curtains were drawn in the front room. Upstairs windows were dark.

I had pepper spray easily accessible in my jacket pocket, and my cuffs and stun gun stuck into my Levis. I knocked on the door and heard scrambling going on inside. I knocked again, and a man's voice shouted something incoherent. Again, more shuffling sounds, and then the door opened.

A young woman peered out at me from behind a security chain. "Yes?"

"Are you Kitty Petras?"

"What do you want?"

"I'm looking for your husband, Eugene. Is he at home?"


"I heard a man's voice in there. I thought it sounded like Eugene."

Kitty Petras was rail thin with a pinched face and large brown eyes. She wore no makeup. Her brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail at the nape of her neck. She wasn't pretty, but she wasn't unattractive either. Mostly, she was nothing. She had forgettable features that abused women get after years of trying to make themselves invisible.

She gave me a wary look. "You know Eugene?"

"I work for his bonding agent. Eugene missed his court date yesterday, and we'd like him to reschedule." Not so much a lie as a half-truth. First we'd reschedule him, and then we'd lock him up in a dingy, smelly cell until his new date came around.

"I don't know..."

Eugene reeled into my line of sight through the crack in the door. "What's going on?"

Kitty stepped away. "This woman would like you to reschedule your court date."

Eugene shoved his face up close. All nose and chin and squinty red eyes and 100-proof breath. "What?"

I repeated the baloney about rescheduling and moved to the side so he would be forced to open the door if he wanted to see me.

The chain slid free and clanked against the jamb. "You're shitting me, right?" Eugene said.

I positioned myself halfway into the door, adjusted my pocketbook on my shoulder, and lied my little heart out. "This will only take a few minutes. We need you to stop in at the courthouse and register for a new date."

"Yeah, well, you know what I have to say to that?" He turned his back to me, dropped his pants and bent over. "Kiss my hairy white ass."

He was facing in the wrong direction to give him a snootful of pepper spray, so I reached into my Levi's and pulled out the stun gun. I'd never used it, but it didn't seem complicated. I leaned foward, firmly pressed the gadget against Eugene's butt, and hit the go button. Eugene gave a short squeak and crumpled to the floor like a sack of flour.

"My God," Kitty cried, "what have you done?"

I looked down at Eugene, who was lying motionless, eyes glazed, drawers at his knees. He was breathing a little shallowly, but I thought this was to be expected from a man who'd just taked enough juice to light up a small room. His color was pasty white, so nothing had changed there. "Stun gun," I said. "According to the brochure it leaves no lasting damage."

"Too bad. I was hoping you'd killed him."

"Maybe you should fix his pants," I said to Kitty. There was already too much ugliness in this world without having to look at Eugene's Mr. Droopy.

Copyright © 1995 by Evanovich, Inc.

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Two for the Dough 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 879 reviews.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
I love this series. It's fantastic. One of my favorites
joylaw More than 1 year ago
This series is wonderful! This is book two of the series, which I highly recommend. Great mystery! Lots of Laughs! The characters are sooo real! Just when you think you have an odd ball family, in comes Stephanie Plum! I love, Grama! I love all the characters! In this world of ever unemployment and stepping out of your comfort zone, it goes to show you that you can recreate yourself to keep a roof over your head, while the bullets fly over too! Start with One for the Money if you can! But be sure and buy the next two or three books because you will get done with one and want the next book! Of course, You can jump in anytime with these books because Ms E. catches you up in ever book. She does it differently each time and so when you are reading the series you don't get bored with the reintroductions. This is great for the gals, but I find the guys are laughing and enjoying it too! Just start reading 'em. Soon you will want to read and collect them all!!! I am!!! lol Let the fun begin!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author keeps you guessing from beginning to end. You will find yourself laughing at the antics between the character, Stephanie Plum and her surrounding various supporting friends/cops. Enjoy!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just discovered Evonavich a month ago with number 13. Then read 14 and now am going back to the begining. The later ones are better. The early ones are rougher around the edges and somewhat more coarse. This one was better than 1.
mailgal More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first books of the series, It was good, but the series does get better as she goes into them more. And it's easy to read later books ahead and go back to early ones. Over all the Series is very good, funny, and silly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well after reading one for the money i thought i was going to enjoy this one alot more. but i didnt . all of her books are the same and if you are the type of person that likes the same author and same writing style in every book then you will enjoy this. I however, Like diversity in books and feel that the only thing she does different in each book is find a different criminal but with the same exact plot. I found this one boring and will not be purchasing the rest of the series.
Tanesha Dixon More than 1 year ago
After reading One I was on the edge of my seat. Two is good but not great still worth reading though.
RaeRG More than 1 year ago
I love Janet Evanovich work. The Stephanie Plum series are all great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich writes with imagination, humor and her descriptions make you feel as though you belong to the Plum family. Everyone has their own destinctive personality and style, yet they manage to jell together and the result is a wonderfully entertaining book that I don't want to put down until the last page is turned.
CheapAndLazy More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this one even more than the first, maybe because the stage is set in the Burg and previously introduced characters get more development. Things heat up between Stephanie and Joe Morelli, too. I don't usually read mysteries. This one, like the first, has enough to keep the plot going, but I read these for the laughs and I laughed out loud numerous times while reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you've read "One for the Money" you pretty much have the formula for all following books in the Stephanie Plum series. They are funny and will make you giggle. I like the audio books. I play them in my car and laugh all the way to school.
sa60SC More than 1 year ago
Good book!
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THHernandez More than 1 year ago
Two for the Dough is even more fun than it's predecessor. Now that Stephanie has one mystery solved, she feels a little bit more confident about her job as a bounty hunter for her cousin Vinnie. Because the characters and circumstances are already established, this installment focuses more on the adventures surrounding Stephanie's latest case. There are more hijinks, goofiness, and laugh-out-loud moments, the best of which occurs when Stephanie invites coworker, Ranger, over for a family dinner and Grandma Mazur opens her mouth. I enjoyed watching Stephanie try and fail over and over, each time with hilarious results. Things are heating up with Joe Morelli, too, but these two still have a long way to go before they approach anything even close to resembling an adult relationship. Plot The plot centers around the mystery and finding Kenny Mancuso. But because this is Stephanie Plum, nothing is ever simple. Nothing goes according to plan and everyone and everything, including Stephanie's own ineptitude, gets in the way. Throw in not one, but two hot guys, and this is a steamy, spirited page-turner that kept me laughing. World Building Once again, Evanovich's depiction of Trenton, New Jersey comes alive with colorful characters and vivid locales in larger than life form. I have no doubt Stephanie's version of bailbondsmanship isn't quite the world that Dog the Bounty Hunter inhabits, but there's just enough realism to keep it from being cartoonish. Characters It's fun to see some actual character development in a light-hearted mystery like this. It's not a lot. I mean, it's not like Stephanie suddenly gets responsible and becomes a kick-butt bounty hunter, but there is some growth. Plus we get to see more of some of the more interesting characters, particularly Grandma Mazur. Even Ranger, as tight-lipped as he is, opens up a little this time around more. Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Two for the Dough 1. Grandma Mazur. She's a kick in the pants. You just never know what's going to come out of her mouth next (and I'm not talking about her dentures.) 2. Stephorelli. Okay, it's my own "ship" name, but it was either that or Morellanie. Whatever you call them, these two are either perfect for each other or will end up killing one another. 3. Ranger. His one word responses say more than a dozen words strung together. He is the epitome of cool. 4. Trenton, NJ. It might just be a town, but it is somehow also becomes a character in the story. 5. The bad guys. Because even they are about as competent at their badassery as Stephanie is at catching them. Bottom Line Two for the Dough is a solid follow up in an entertaining, light-hearted mystery series, and it's even funnier than its predecessor.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I forgot how much fun the series can be and the sense of humor and how fast paced the books are. I really should get back to this series. I liked the tension and banter between Morelli and Stephanie which made the book an enjoyable read. I wasn't sure about him in the first one but him likable in this. Also Stephanie's Grandma is awesome in this. Needs more Stephanie Ranger moments. But it also has some weird and tense moments. Especially near the end. Pretty good sequel.
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I love reading Janet Evanovich's books. Her Stephanie Plum series is great. I have read quite a few of them. I can hardly put the book down. I will finish all the Stephanie Plum series. They are really fun books to read.
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debfromphilly More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Stephanie Plum...laugh out loud funny...her characters are terrific!
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I just started reading the plum series, down right awesome, laugh out loud funny, love the grandma too she's a hot ticket>
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Amykahila More than 1 year ago
I have read books by this author and enjoyed them. As far as I have read this one, it is as fun and interesting as the others. I intend to read more in this series and read others by Janet Evanovich chronologically. It is light reading for relaxing. The locales are well described for anyone familiar with the areas or wishing to know more about them. The characters are quite believable and sometimes very recognizable according to each reader's experience.