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, window 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 the worst, it could lead to murder.
Witty, fresh, and full of surprises, One for the Money was among the most eagerly awaited crime novels of the season. (less)
Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Time for a change, Stephanie thinks. Time to find the kind of job her mother can tell her friends about without making the sign of the cross. So Stephanie Plum quits. Resigns. No looking back. No changing her mind. She wants something safe and normal. As it turns out, jobs that are safe and normal for most people aren't necessarily safe and normal for Stephanie Plum. Trouble follows her, and the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can't compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now. Her past has come back to haunt her. She's stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He's killed before, and he'll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie re-examines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest, bounty hunter and businessman in two continents. It might not be the job she'll keep for the rest of her life, but for now, it gives her the technical access she needs to find her stalker. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life --her off-again, on-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop, Joe Morelli, and her bad-ass boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?(less)
Stephanie Plum's got rent to pay, people shooting at her, and psychos wanting her dead every day of the week (much to the dismay of her mother, her family, the men in her life, the guy who slices meat at the deli... oh, the list goes on). An ordinary person would cave under the pressure. But hey, she's from Jersey.
Stephanie Plum may not the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way... and she always gets her man. In TO THE NINES her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, an illegal immigrant. When the elusive Mr. Singh goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. But what she uncovers is far more sinister than anyone imagines and leads to a group of killers who give new meaning to the word "hunter..."
In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life. The unforgettable characters, non-stop action, high-stakes suspense, and sheer entertainment of TO THE NINES define Janet Evanovich as unique among today's writers. (less)
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos.
Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He's at the scene, he's with the victim, and he's the number one suspect. Manoso is former Special Forces turned soldier of fortune. He has a blue-chip stock portfolio and no known address. He moves in mysterious circles. He's Stephanie's mentor-- the man who taught her everything she knows about fugitive apprehension. And he's more than her friend.
Now he's the hunted and Stephanie's the hunter, and it's time for Stephanie to test her skills against the master. But if she does catch him... what then? Can she bring herself to turn him in?
Plus there are other things keeping Stephanie awake at night. Her maternal grandmother has set up housekeeping in Stephanie's apartment, a homicidal maniac has selected Stephanie as his next victim, her love life is in the toilet, she's adopted a dog with an eating disorder, and she can't button the top snap on her Levis.
Experience the world of Plum-- in Janet Evanovich's new thriller. It's surreal, it's frenetic, it's incendiary. HOT SIX. It's the best yet. (less)
Diesel shows up to help Stephanie celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the burg. Grandma Mazur finds a bag full of money, buys a Winnebago, hires a 3 foot t...moreDiesel shows up to help Stephanie celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the burg. Grandma Mazur finds a bag full of money, buys a Winnebago, hires a 3 foot tall bodyguard and heads off to Atlantic City to try her luck at the slots. Stephanie, Lula and Connie head out to bring Grandma home. But there's a shady Leprechaun, named Snuggy O'Connor, hot on Grandma's trail. Diesel's hot on Snuggy's trail and the mob's hot on everyone's trail! This is a cute book with bungling bad guys who end up kidnapping Grandma Mazur, not expecting her to foil their plans and burn down their house. There are some funny moments with a race horse named Doug in the RV and laughs when Lula sets out to become a plus size lingerie model. Stephanie's up to her usual caliber with her car blowing up, trying to get Doug out of her apartment and Grandma home in time for dinner
No This isn't a "numbers"book - but it has some of my favorite characters doing crazy stuff and if Grandma is one of your favorite characters (she is mine) then you should like that her bigger role in this book and that she's funnier than ever!(less)
Semi-retired mob guy, Eddie DeChooch, is caught trafficking contraband cigarettes through Trenton, New Jersey. When DeChooch fails to show for a court appearance, bond enforcement agent Stephanie Plum is assigned the task of finding DeChooch and dragging his decrepit ass back to jail. Not such an easy job, it turns out, since DeChooch has learned a lot of tricks over the years and isn't afraid to use his gun. He's already shot Loretta Ricci and left her for worm food in his shed. He wouldn't mind shooting Stephanie next.
Especially since Steph has discovered that likeable losers (and former high school classmates) Mooner and Dougie have inadvertently become involved with DeChooch. They've gotten sucked into an operation which is much more than simple cigarette smuggling and holds risks far greater than anyone could have imagined.
When Dougie disappears, Steph goes into search mode. When Mooner disappears, she calls in the heavy artillery and asks master bounty hunter Ranger for help. His price for the job? One night with Stephanie, dusk to dawn. Not information she'd want to share with her some-time live in roommate, vice cop Joe Morelli.
A typical dilemma in the world of Plum.
And on the homefront, Stephanie's "perfect" sister Valerie has decided to move back to Trenton, bringing her two kids from hell. Grandma Mazur is asking questions about being a lesbian, and Bob, the bulimic dog, is eating everything in sight -- including the furniture.
Mud wrestling, motorcycles, fast cars, fast food, and fast men. It's SEVEN UP. Absolutely Janet Evanovich at her very best. (less)
She's accidentally destroyed a dozen cars. She's a target for every psycho and miscreant this side of the Jersey Turnpike. Her mother's convinced she'll end up dead...or worse, without a man. She's Stephanie Plum and she kicks butt for a living (well, she thought it would sound good to put it that way...)
It begins as an innocent trip to the deli-mart, on a quest for nachos. But Stephanie Plum and her partner, Lula, are clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time. A robbery leads to an explosion, which leads to the destruction of yet another car. It would be just another day in the life of Stephanie Plum...except that she becomes the target of a gang. And the target of an even scarier, more dangerous force that comes to Trenton. With super bounty hunter Ranger acting more mysteriously than ever (and the tension with vice cop Joe Morelli getting hotter), Stephanie finds herself with a decision to make: how to protect herself and where to hide while on the hunt for a killer known as the Junkman. There's only one safe place, and it has Ranger's name all over it-if she can find it. And if the Junkman doesn't find her first. With Lula riding shotgun and Grandma Mazur on the loose, Stephanie Plum is racing against the clock in her most suspenseful novel yet. Ten Big Ones is page-turning entertainment and Janet Evanovich is the best there is.
Between the adventure and the adversity there's attitude and Stephanie Plum's got plenty in TEN BIG ONES. (less)
She's been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemeir, 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 to lock up a crook in the trunk of her car.
Morelli, the New Jersey vice cop with the slow-burning smile that undermines a girl's strongest resolve is being polite. So what does that mean? Has he found a new love? Or is he manipulating Steph, using her in his police investigation, counting on her unmanageable curiosity and competitive Jersey attitude?
Once again, the entire One for the Money crew is in action, including Ranger and Grandma Mazur, searching for Mo, tripping down a trail littered with drug dealers, leading Stephanie to suspect Mo has traded his ice-cream scoop for a vigilante gun.
Cursed with a disastrous new hair color and an increasing sense that it's really time to get a new job, Stephanie spirals and tumbles through Three to Get Deadly with all the wisecracks and pace her fans have come to expect. (less)
"The Time Traveler's Wife" is one of the best books that I've read in a long time. The characters were just wonderful! They were well written and deve...more"The Time Traveler's Wife" is one of the best books that I've read in a long time. The characters were just wonderful! They were well written and developed with "real" strengths and flaws. As Henry and Clare's love grew into one of the best love stories I have ever read and their story unfolded they grew on me so much so that by the end of the book I was crying and my husband said --"It's not real honey, it's just a book!" and I had to tell him - "No it's much more than that it's been real to me for the last 570 pages!"
The story line was not only interesting but also captivating and entertaining! Audrey Niffenegger did a beautiful job in this her debut novel. She weaved together many complex ideas - time travel, true love, undying friendship, childhood memories, heart wrenching loss, while exploring what it means to be human - with well-written clarity and exceptionally gifted story telling.
I highly and enthusiastically recommend this book! This book has become an all time favorite!(less)
I cannot help but be amused by Stephanie's constant (mis)adventures and the lovable but quirky cast of characters in the Plum books. Don't we all wish...moreI cannot help but be amused by Stephanie's constant (mis)adventures and the lovable but quirky cast of characters in the Plum books. Don't we all wish Grandma Mazur was our very own gun toting, funeral home visiting relative? This is the book were we finally learn Ranger's real name! Up until now Ranger has been just one of two men in Stephanie's love triangle--Darkly handsome, dangerous, a man of mystery but with little dialogue or substance. In this book we get some good dialogue from Ranger and find out that he is more than willing to be with Stephanie in some capacity. Although for me it's impossible to see him in the 'burbs, driving a mini-van with a dog and 2.5 kids.
13 is one of the funniest "number" books yet. I read it in one sitting, laughing at some of the scenarios - Grandma Mazur in the grocery store, Grandma's new love with a taxidermist and her visit to Victoria's Secret. As a Plum series fan, I also couldn't help but cheer at the thought of Dickie and Joyce finally getting what they both deserve and continue to "awwww" over the romance between Lula and Tank.
Thirteen didn't disappointment me it was worth the wait!(less)
Now Stephanie's back, armed with attitude -- not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights, and her trusty .38. 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.
Fast-talking, slow-handed vice cop Joe Morelli joins in the case, since the prey happens to be his young cousin. And if the assignment calls for an automobile stakeout for two with the woman who puts his libido in overdrive, Morelli's not one to object.
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.
Two for the Dough is irresistible fun and powerful entertainment from an acclaimed author who is already a national star. (less)
Evanovich scores big with Four to Score, her most thrilling Stephanie Plum adventure yet. Working for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude never wavers - even when aided by Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet - and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with vice cop Joe Morelli. (less)
I haven't read a single book by Debbie Maccomber that I haven't loved. books. Her characters are just wonderfully written people you'd like to get to...moreI haven't read a single book by Debbie Maccomber that I haven't loved. books. Her characters are just wonderfully written people you'd like to get to know better. Her stories never fail to entertain me or leave me with that "feel good" sentiment. This Matter of Marriage is just a good romantic comedy. As the main character, Hallie turns the big three-o, she realizes that she has spent way too much time building her career but her life is meaningless because she's lackign a husabnd and a child. Enter the great guy next door, Steve, who is unhappily divorced and still committed to his ex-wife. Steve and his two children, Meagan and Kenny move in next door to Hallie. The children decide long before their father and sometime babysitter that they'd make a wonderful family. Reading about Hallie's disasterous dates was extremely entertaining. (less)
I have a special fondness for this book since it was the first book I read by Janet Evanovich. The book was a quick easy read, that was entertaining e...moreI have a special fondness for this book since it was the first book I read by Janet Evanovich. The book was a quick easy read, that was entertaining enough to start me on the road to becoming a Stephanie Plum fan!
There's no Ranger in this book, and Morelli hardly makes any appearances. The whole book is about a new guy named Diesel. Whose playing the Angel of Christmas Spirit for Stephanie whose not quite in the "spirit" this year. Stephanie is hunting down a bail jumper named, "Sandy Claws", Grandma Mazur is dating a new octogenarian stud muffin, sister Valerie is unhappily pregnant again and Stephanie's mother is coping with it all by belting back tumblers of Red Roses in the kitchen (less)
The mysterious disappearing and reappearing, Diesel is back in this novel and knows where to find the latest bond skipper that Stephanie is looking fo...moreThe mysterious disappearing and reappearing, Diesel is back in this novel and knows where to find the latest bond skipper that Stephanie is looking for. Diesel is willing to hand Annie Hart over if Stephanie will play matchmaker to some of Annie's more difficult clients. Stephanie agrees and the two set out on a fun filled adventure through Trenton, to make love happen in time for everyone to enjoy Valentine's Day.
It's a short, quick, little read filled with the usual crazy antics Plum fans have come to know and love. It's short on regular characters from the number books. Morelli's busy working and Ranger's out of town so neither are not a big part of this book. But Lula's along for the ride and good for some laugh out loud moments and great dieting advice!(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed God Save the Queen. I have been a faithful reader of Dorothy Cannell for years and was very leary of a book that didn't include t...moreI thoroughly enjoyed God Save the Queen. I have been a faithful reader of Dorothy Cannell for years and was very leary of a book that didn't include the orginal cast of witty characters: Ellie and Bentley T Haskell, the couple's charwoman, Roxie Malloy and cousin, Freddie. I wasn't disapointed!!
Flora, Vivian and the other new characters are every bit as charming and fun as the old characters.I loved that Cannell tied the Ellie Haskell series in with this book by making Vivian, a detective with the Flowers Detection Agency. Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell, the pair of dotty sisters and owners of the Flowers Detection Agency, where not part of this book but they were mentioned to tie everything together nicely. (less)
I read "The Outsiders" as a teen. I re-read it as part of an "Classics" online book club. It's a wonderful book for teens. I can understand why it has...moreI read "The Outsiders" as a teen. I re-read it as part of an "Classics" online book club. It's a wonderful book for teens. I can understand why it has become a classic. Ponyboy, Darry and Sodapop are three brothers who fight to stay together after their parents are killed in an auto accident. The brothers along with their friends, Dally, Johnny, Tow-Bit and Steve make up the group of have nots known as the "Greasers" who clash with the group of haves known as the "Socs" The story is narrated by Ponyboy and is truly ageless. It could have been set in the 50's as easily as in today's society.
I remember the story but I still cried when Johnny died. (less)
I don't generally read westerns or historical mysteries. In fact, this was my first one but it won't be my last - I absolutely loved Holmes on the Ran...moreI don't generally read westerns or historical mysteries. In fact, this was my first one but it won't be my last - I absolutely loved Holmes on the Range! It is one of the best books I've read. Not only couldn't I put it down but once I finished with this book, I couldn't wait to read the second book in the series.
Big Red and Old Red were wonderful characters, unlike any I have ever had the pleasure to read and the brothers' adventure was a comical and entertaining way to spend a winter's evening curled up next to a fireplace.
I've found a new author to add to my favorite's list!
Jennifer Crusie is one of my favorite author's and I've read all of her novels. Fast Women is one of her best books because the characters are exactly...moreJennifer Crusie is one of my favorite author's and I've read all of her novels. Fast Women is one of her best books because the characters are exactly like real people so each reader can see a little piece of themself in the heroine or her friends. The characters are middle-aged, scarred by life battles and truly believable.
Fast Women is a fast paced compelling story about ex-husbands... retribution...true love...great sex, some good laughs and a touch of mystery.
I'm not a big fan of British Mysteries or cozy. But I have read and enjoyed Dorothy Cannell for years. I love this series because it brings back chara...moreI'm not a big fan of British Mysteries or cozy. But I have read and enjoyed Dorothy Cannell for years. I love this series because it brings back characters who have become like old friends- Ellie, Ben, Mrs. Malloy and Freddie! It's everything I love in a cozy: a quaint English village with interesting residents, lots of tea, and lighthearted charm.
The story is well-written, clever, and kept me guessing right up until the end. I can't wait for the next book in the series! (less)
If you haven't stumbled onto this series you need to find a copy of one of Steve's books and join in on the latest adventure of Big Red and Old Red. T...moreIf you haven't stumbled onto this series you need to find a copy of one of Steve's books and join in on the latest adventure of Big Red and Old Red. The two brothers are working their way across the Old West detectin' and bringing the bag guys to justice. The characters are well written and humorous. These books aren't your run of the mill mystery -the pages are filled with plenty of turns and twist to keep the reader guessing until the end of each story! (less)
I'm a big Katie MacAlister fan - so I'm reading her teen books series.
Eyeliner of the Gods was cute. It was a quick and easy read. The story is the t...moreI'm a big Katie MacAlister fan - so I'm reading her teen books series.
Eyeliner of the Gods was cute. It was a quick and easy read. The story is the typical girl meets boy they fall in love. Sixteen-year-old American Jan "January" James and a cute but mysterious guy named Seth. Jan goes to Cairo Egypy to work on an archaeological dig in the Tombs of the Servitors. Jan stumbles onto and solves a centuries-old curse. (less)
As a Janet Junkie this book serves it's purpose to keep us fans reading while we wait for the next "numbers" book to come out. Naughty Neighbor is fil...moreAs a Janet Junkie this book serves it's purpose to keep us fans reading while we wait for the next "numbers" book to come out. Naughty Neighbor is filled with silly characters and strange happenings but it's predictable and no real mystery for die hard Janet readers. It's fun, light and an easy read. This book is entertaining and the perfect way to spend an enjoyable afternoon reading. (less)
The Bridesmaids Revisited was a funny and quick read. It was filled with the wonderful bristish wit and humor that fans of Dorothy Cannell has come to...moreThe Bridesmaids Revisited was a funny and quick read. It was filled with the wonderful bristish wit and humor that fans of Dorothy Cannell has come to know and love from the Ellie Haskell series. I've read all of Cannell's books and I'm never disappointed when I stop off at Merlin's Court for a visit. (less)