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Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum #3)

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A “saintly” old candy store owner is on the lam - and bounty hunter extraordinaire Stephanie Plum is on the case. As the body count rises, Stephanie finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life. And with the help of eccentric friends and family, Steph must see to it that this case doesn't end up being her last....
Mass Market Paperback, 321 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1997)
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Tilly Slaton
Dec 23, 2013 Tilly Slaton rated it it was amazing
This book demonstrates an explosive and brilliantly comical story.

Stephanie Plum. Bounty hunter.

I checked my pocketbook to make sure I had the essentials…beeper, tissues, hair spray, flashlight, cuffs, lipstick, gun with bullets, recharged cell phone, recharged stun gun, hairbrush, gum, pepper spray nail file. Was I a kick-ass bounty hunter, or what?

That about sums her up. She’s hilarious. She’s brave and bold. She’s a woman on the edge. I don’t know who should be more frightened, Joe Morelli or
Feb 06, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it
*** 4.40 ***

The buddy read devoted to fun!!!

Stephanie Plum, an international spy!!! No, no, she is a mob assassin... No? Wait, I got it, a supper scary bounty hunter in crime torn Trenton, New Jersey!!! At least the place and profession are correct, the scary part not so much....

Third book in the series and we know the setting well. The only thing changed in the Trenton area is that because of some unavoidable circumstances, it has one less funeral parlor (it burned down, but it is being rebui
Dec 12, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Plum Fans
Recommended to Katie by: Mom
Book three was my favorite thus far. I rated this book four stars, because I just couldn't put it down. I really enjoy Janet Evanovich's writing style because something is ALWAYS happening in her novels.
Ugh, sorry to be a "negative-Nancy", but am I the only the that doesn't laugh-out-loud at these books? Lula gets on my nerves (even though she's a sweetheart,) and Stephanie has the "oops! hehe" sense of humor that just always seems to be getting her in trouble. Don't get me wrong, I love readin
Jan 18, 2009 sarafem rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-detectives, 2009
Stephanie Plum makes me want to be a bounty hunter. I can't be any worse than her.
Feb 28, 2016 Gavin rated it liked it
This was another light and fun instalment of the Stephanie Plum series.

This time Stephanie has been tasked with brining in Mo "Uncle Mo" Bedemier. An easy job on the surface given the guy is fast approaching retirement age. Unfortunately for Stephanie the whole neighbourhood loves local sweet shop owner Uncle Mo and are more interested in scolding her for harassing the poor guy than they are in helping her find him. Elsewhere in the Burbs crime is at a low as the local criminal element seem to
Patrick Gibson
Nov 30, 2008 Patrick Gibson rated it it was ok
Shelves: estrogen
It’s a world I am unfamiliar with—the world of Chic Lit (or, if you are over 18, I refer to as Clit Lit). Even though Janet Evanovich’s books take up at least three shelves at the local Barnes & Noble, I have never noticed. Probably because they are in the Mystery section which I pass through on my way to the Science Fiction wall. I don’t look to either side for fear of turning into a pillar of salt. But—(there is always a but) I am in a strange land under strange circumstances these days ...more
May 05, 2016 Jilly rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Adaptation is one of the great advantages to being born and bred in New Jersey. We're simply not bested by bad air or tainted water. We're like that catfish with lungs. Take us out of our environment and we can grow whatever body parts we need to survive. After Jersey the rest of the country's a piece of cake. You want to send someone into a fallout zone? Get him from Jersey. He'll be fine.

I've never been to New Jersey, or anywhere in the Northeast part of the U.S.. And, from the colorful desc
Feb 02, 2008 Tracey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was enjoying this book until I got to the final chapters. While I appreciate that the Stephanie Plum books are meant to be humourous light reading, Evanovich downplays what the Candy Man (Uncle Mo) has actually been doing and even seems to want you to feel sorry for him. I'm probably in a small minority here especially among Stephanie Plum fans but this has really put me off reading any more in this series.

Lula's character development was good and Lula also provided most of the humour in the b
Mo is a much loved character around the Burg, he's the owner of the local sweet shop and adored by all, from the youngest children right through to the little old ladies who frequent his shop. Unfortunately Mo has skipped his bail and it's Stephanie's job to bring him in, something that might be a little bit easier if his fan club wasn't causing her problems at every turn. Nobody can believe that Mo could possibly have done anything wrong so of course Stephanie comes across as the mean woman ...more
Sep 13, 2016 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy these books. I love Lula & Grandma Mazur! They are two of the funniest characters in any books ever!! Books like these that can make me laugh out loud are priceless!!
Jan 19, 2011 Laurel rated it it was amazing
I'm not one to laugh out loud. I chortle. I chuckle. I read the amusing bits out loud to my husband. But I rarely laugh out loud. I did with this book, more than once. I'm talking tears rolling down my face and me coughing up phlegm from 1974. This is a VERY funny book. It seems that each book in her series gets better and better. Dare I hope it continues?

This is the continuing saga of wacky Stephanie Plum, girl Bounty Hunter. This time she's traded in her 53 Buick, a pale blue land barge for a
Dec 12, 2013 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern, humorous
More Stephanie Plum. I did not like this one as much as the others. It has a few good parts like when her hair gets dyed orange and a when a body flew off the roof of a car on the interstate. You do get to know Ranger more in this book, but other than that I had a hard time reading it. The case she was working was not very interesting and I got tired of reading about her feeding her hamster and taking a shower. It would be better if she started learning how to be a bounty hunter instead of ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Loving this Series. Off to read book 4! this book makes me want to be a bounty hunter with orange hair LOL
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing
Another awesome book! Grandma Mazur cracks me up, as well as a few other characters. I like how Ranger stays the mysterious character; it's fun trying to guess about him. And Stephanie ~ I guess you could say the Italian in her shines through. And I really like her. She may not be brave, but she's tenacious, and the thoughts in her head make me crack up just the same. And Joe...what I wouldn't do to actually meet him (if he were real, of course). Joyce - she got what she deserved. I just wish ...more
Ce troisième tome me voit atteinte de Stephanie-Plumite aigüe, c'est décidé, je passe l'été à Trenton, dans le New Jersey !

Je suis particulièrement fan de la Buick 1953, du duo formé avec Lula, des courses-poursuites qui virent au ridicule (le coup du cadavre qui tombe sur leur voiture, puis du corps fourgué dans le coffre avec un foulard autour du pied en guise de fanion ... ha ! ha !), du mystère Ranger, de son potentiel de super-héros, même si je fonds pour le charme canaille de Morelli, sa
Nancy Steinle gummel
Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich continues with the trials of Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter for her Uncle Vincent Plum 's bail bond company. This time she's searching for Moses Bedemier AKA as Uncle Mo. He was stopped for a traffic infraction and he had an unloaded concealed weapon. Bail was posted but he was a no show at his hearing. Mo has an ice cream parlor that also sells candy and shacks. Lulu, a former hooker, who works as a file clerk at the agency, wants to learn to be a ...more
May 11, 2015 Yukino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2015


Bello bello bello!!!
Finalmente ci siamo. Questo volume segna la svolta. La storia investigativa con le vicende romantiche sono ben equilibrate. Soprattutto anche qui si ride come non mai!!! Lula la mia preferita. Peccato che si sia vista poco nonna Mazur. La Evanovich qui è più matura e fa maturare i suoi personaggi. Stephanie è meno ragazzina e Morelli non ha solo una cosa in testa. Mi piacciono davvero tanto. Forse di più Morelli..che volete so
Jun 25, 2016 Bhanuj rated it really liked it
What started as the easiest apprehension, turned into a nightmare. Uncle Mo, the neighborhood friendly ice cream man, skipped his court date and disappears. Plum has the whole town against her for trying to apprehend Uncle Mo, as uncle mo can do no wrong.

The steamy chemistry between plum and sexy-sugarry-donut-cream cop Joe Morelli is getting ever so strong. The crazy Grandma Mazur was pushed to the background with the return of Lula. Lula is by far my second most favorite character, after Gran
I liked the book. Another fun, cute story. I loved the "And I have orange hair!" scene with the bad guys who torment Stephanie, as well as the one of finding out all the little old women and men in her apartment complex have guns. They were quite silly scenes. The audiobook, however, tested my ability to get through it. I really didn't care for the audiobook voice artist of the one I found at the library. She really doesn't have the sound I'd choose for any of the characters. She did a pretty ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Kyle rated it really liked it
I have a feeling I'm going to spend quite a bit of this summer counting up the numbered books with Stephanie Plum. Found myself laughing out loud through most of this book - so far the best of the bunch. But if any of the bad guys finally harms the poor hamster Rex, I'm OUT!!!
Jul 16, 2016 Sunsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Wenn mir danach ist, beim Lesen aus vollem Hals lachen zu können, dann greife ich gern zu einem Stephanie Plum-Roman. Allein Grandma Mazur ist jede Lachfalte wert :)

08/10 Punkte -
Mar 20, 2008 Pam rated it it was amazing
I love the Stephanie Plum, Bounty Hunter books. From Grandma who loves to go to the local lay outs and is a disaster at funeral homes and with guns to Stephanie who has 2 hunks in love with her and so many things happen that it makes you laugh out loud.
Jan 19, 2016 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Mari Yeung

Buddy read con Annaaaa <3
(È stato fantastico, grazie :3)

Questa donna mi farà morire. Morire dalle risate.
Non bastavano i primi due libri vero? No. E questo è tentato omicidio per mancanza di respirazione durante la lettura causa risate improvvise e continue u.u
Io AMO questa serie.
Stavolta ho trovato meno emozionante il caso di MA, mi sono piaciuti molto di più i primi due; ma in quanto alle vicende posso dire che la Evanovich non si smentisce mai. Qualsiasi cosa Stephanie faccia è sicuro c
Mar 17, 2015 Baylee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
Ancora un altro mistero da risolvere per la nostra Stephanie. E stavolta è un mistero assai fitto: deve indagare sulla scomparsa di Zio Mo, popolare gelataio ben voluto da tutti. Anche troppo, penserà Stephanie: possibile che nessuno voglia rivelarle dettagli scabrosi sulla vita di Zio Mo per portarla dritta alla fine del mistero (e soprattutto alla riscossione della sua percentuale)?

Tutti le chiuderanno la porta in faccia, ma Stephanie non si darà per vinta: lei è un'agente di recupero seria e
Ed Klein
Sep 19, 2016 Ed Klein rated it really liked it
This series is hilarious ; books 4 & 5 on hold at local library !
Sep 30, 2010 Tintin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a good laugh
Shelves: ebook
By the 3rd installment, I was beginning to feel that Stephanie Plum's act getting old. But as usual, the stellar cast of characters saved this novel from the 3-star pile. The star of the stars, of course, is Joe Morelli. Just as I was getting bored of Stephanie's dead-ended surveillances and botched apprehensions, Morelli and his sexy butt would waltz in and sweep me off my feet. Damn I haven't been in love with a fictional character in a long time. He really spices things up, and the main ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Alisha rated it liked it
"Sometimes I amazed even myself. How could a person's instincts be so wrong and at the same time so right?"-Stephanie Plum

...that sums the girl up rather well. ^_^ This third novel in the Stephanie Plum mystery series was a decent installment. It had an interesting take on vigilantism and the sliding slope of morality and justice. For one I got a kick out of how it seemed like everyone in Trenton was packing heat. Old ladies and blue steel Glocks. What a combo. ^_^

There were some maddening momen
This one wasn't all that great. Don't get me wrong, there were parts where I was riproaring with laughter, especially when she teams up with Lula, an ex-ho that has Crohns'-induced stress problems, and dead body parts flying every where, but the plot itself was kind of weak.

It was like she took a hiatus from actually finding Uncle Mo, and had too many of her own problems to focus on being a bounty hunter. I was sick of hearing about her showering, sleeping, waking up and then mooching off her pa
Aug 31, 2016 Traci rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Stephanie Plum, lunatic woman. The world's most inept Apprehension Agent who finds herself in over her head yet again. The girl has a serious talent for attracting trouble. In her world, there is no such thing as a simple take-down. Good thing she has some talented backup.

She's bound and determined that she isn't going to drive that Buick, her elderly neighbours are a feisty, gun-packing lot, and you don't ever mess with Rex if you don't want her to unleash all manner of crazy at you.

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