Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum, #3)
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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 Paperbacks (first published February 15th 1997)
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Tilly Slaton
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...more
Katie
Jul 30, 2008 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
sarafem
Stephanie Plum makes me want to be a bounty hunter. I can't be any worse than her.
Patrick Gibson
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 an...more
Tracey
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...more
Dawn
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 bumbl...more
Laurel
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...more
Gina
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 so...more
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 retriever...more
Clarabel
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...more
Pam
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.
Emily
Again, another solid addition to the Stephanie Plum series. These books make me laugh and smile all the way through them.

In book number three we get to know Lula better as she teams up with Stephanie. Their antics together are hilarious. I am not so much of a fan of Lula later in the series when I personally think the books focus on her too much--when they could be focusing on um, Joe Morelli or Ranger, hello?

Speaking of Ranger, we also get to know him a little bit better--by 'better' I mean we...more
Michelle♥
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...more
Alisha
"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...more
Tintin
Sep 30, 2010 Tintin rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 reaso...more
Amy
I've read the Stephanie Plum series up to book fifteen, including the in-between-the-numbers books. I wasn't absolutely crazy about the series at first. Stephanie and the rest of the characters in the 'Burg started to grow on me, however, and I was hooked by book three. Since it has been a while since my first visit to the 'Burg, I thought I'd revisit by listening the audio books. This one, like the first two, was read by C. J. Critt. Though I didn't care for Critt's reading at first (Stephanie,...more
Marulett
Another ingenious book, I laughed a lot with this one.

The craziest stuff ever happens to Stephanie and Lula. It´s fast paced and hilarious.

This time around Uncle Mo is MIA, he sells ice-cream and everybody loves him so when the community finds out Stephanie wants to bring him in trouble appears...

One of my favorite quotes is "She looks like the energizer rabbit on steroids", Stephanie is referring to Lula when they take up running the mornings with yummy Ranger...

It´s not my usual read, but I´...more
aPriL purrs 'n hisses
The plot, as usual, is to follow Stephanie Plum about as she tries to find and bring in bail bond skips, this time one of them being a neighborhood store owner, Mo Bedemier, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. He is beloved by the area citizenry, so Stephanie finds all of her neighbors and her family feeling a bit hostile to her efforts. Mo has been a saint to one and all, so when he disappears after his arrest and his store remains closed for several days, everyone begins to be concerned....more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
It's official. Stephanie Plum is too stupid to live. I know it's not going to happen, but maybe I'll get lucky and someone will bludgeon her to death. No matter how bad Stephanie is, Lula is worse. I probably should stop reading the series now. But I do have the next six or seven on loan to me and there are some funny parts...

OK, I'll read just one more. But if I still dislike Stephanie as much by the end, I won't read another.
Laura
These make me laugh SO much! LOVE how she always says "Probably...." NEXT!
AudioBookFans
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My review: I feel like I zipped right through this audio book and I guess I kind of did. I couldn’t help myself; I was so enticed with the story line, I had to stay up past my normal “old lady” bed time and listen. I managed to drag myself to work the next day and kick myself for staying up too late. Then, that night I’d do it all over again just to see what kind of mess Stephanie would get herself into.

Three to Get D...more
David
It is hard to imagine the Stephanie Plum series getting any better. This time, as the dead bodies pile up, Stephanie is faced with masked men, former hooker Lula's voracious appetite, a beloved candy store owner, a group of vigilantes, the wonderful "Ranger," Her lawyer ex-husband Dickie, her daffy grandmother, and a host of wacky, crazy characters that make this novel more fun than the proverbial barrel of monkeys.

We learn that everyone, young and old, carries a gun in Trenton, New Jersey.. som...more
Tabi34
This is the best Stephanie Plum book so far. While the characters are zany, they are well-developed. The plot sometimes reaches, but not that far that it isn't plausible.
Not even Stephanie should be able to screw up her latest FTA, an old man who runs a candy store. What could be less threatening or dangerous, well, maybe a grizzly bear. Uncle Mo is loved by everyone in the Burg and because Stephanie is out to bring him in, everyone hates her. Mo's crime, carrying a concealed weapon, but he has...more
The Readers Cafe
Back for round three, and just as good.

This time the friendly and beloved neighborhood candy store owner, affectionately known as “Uncle Mo”, has failed to appear at his court date. He was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, which apparently is so common in the area that it is a law most everybody ignores. And the people in the neighborhood are not about to help Stephanie bring in Uncle Mo in any way, shape, or form. -This rings true to real life. Some people are so loved by the local mass...more
Michelle
One Miss Stephenie Plum is off to catch a bail jumper, this time in the form of Moses Bedemier. The problem being that "Mo" is an old and beloved candy store owner, and half of Trenton wants to canonize him. But he was caught carrying an illegal concealed weapon, and now Stephanie risks becoming the most unpopular girl in Trenton because she is out to find him and recover the bail.

I'm really really torn right now.

So here's the thing, you guys. I read mysteries/thrillers because I really do lik...more
Bonnie
This is a mystery/thriller/comedy. The Evanovich books are light, silly and fun. They are not for someone who wants a real thriller or deep mystery.

This book is another Stephanie Plum book and, like the rest, is very entertaining and well written. Stephanie is the world's worst bounty hunter who lives in NJ. She solves her dilemmas not by reasoning but by totally bumbling into solving them.

Some of the characters in these books stretch credibility but if you accept these books for the comical r...more
Ana T.
I really enjoy reading Stephanie Plum's adventures. This is the third one I read as I'm making a point of reading them in order.

The truth is that at first I thought I wouldn't enjoy them as much as I do. After all their reality has little to do with mine - bounty hunters, italian families that seem to have come out of a Godfather movie, a definitely weird community where everyone pokes their noses in everyone else's business (well maybe that's not so weird)... but the truth is that I laugh out l...more
Peter

Stephanie Plum, the brassy babe in the powder blue Buick is back and she's having a bad hair day — for the whole month of January.

She's been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemier, Trenton's most beloved citizen, arrested for carrying concealed, gone no-show for his court appearance.

And to make matters worse, she's got Lula, a former hooker turned file clerk — now a wannabe bounty hunter — at her side, sticking like glue. Lula's big and blonde and black and itching to get the chance

...more
Nadine
I really enjoy reading the Stephanie Plum novels. I paid no mind to them until I had a friend recommend that I read the series. I'm so glad she did! These books are so comical and full of silly, thrilling, mysterious adventure! The writing is so well done and witty that I feel like I'm part of the Burg. One of the things I most enjoy about the books, is Stephanie herself. I like how Evanovich made her character relatable in many ways to the average woman. Stephanie is not perfect, she makes mist...more
•Anna•
Sto diventando seriamente una Plum-dipendente **

Una cosa è certa: se Stephanie Plum è nei paraggi, Morelli sarà sempre in agguato, due o tre corpi sbucheranno fuori e il suo pick-up verrà fatto saltare in aria.
E' innegabile. Janet Evanovich è entrata nella top list dei miei scrittori preferiti. Ma quante ce ne fa vedere? Ormai è impossibile non sganasciarsi dalle risate. Descrive assurdità, una dopo l'altra.
E anche in Tre e sei morto ne vediamo delle belle:
- Morelli diventa strano? Stephanie e...more
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