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Two for the Dough

(Stephanie Plum #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  153,073 ratings  ·  4,840 reviews
This one's double the fun!

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie's bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso - a suspiciously wealthy, working class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend - the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli - who is trying to be
Paperback, 326 pages
Published June 1996 by Penguin Books (first published January 10th 1996)
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Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love this book!

One for the Money, as great as this series is, really didn’t show you the potential of laughter to come.

Two for the Dough changes everything! The relationship between Stephanie and Morelli will leave you smiling. All of the wonderful little things in a relationship that bugs you, you’ll find in theirs. The awkward moments to the pitter patter wonder moments.

Grandma Mazur really steps on stage with her need to pay her respects to the dead. Skipping her feet to help her grandda
Robin (Bridge Four)
These books are quick and pretty fun. Sure there is the Scooby doo type mystery afoot in them but I find I’m more drawn to the personal interactions of the characters and the kooky stuff that happens along the way such as:

--- How much trouble a grandma cause at not just one but multiple viewings. Granny Mazur rocks

--- Chase scene through the mall in purple heels.

--- A big Buick that seems to have a mind of it’s own and can’t be stopped until it has crashed into at least one other car. Her insur
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
3 stars to book #2 in the Stephanie Plum mystery series, Two for the Dough, by Janet Evanovich. Since I'm going back to complete reviews on all the books I've read, and there are over 20 in this series, it would be too boring to do a normal review... so I'll keep it short. A few fun things about this one:

1. We're still getting to know how crazy Stephanie Plum is compared to everyone else. She's neurotic in a fun way -- sort of like I am.

2. This one is all about her libido with
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I really didn't want [my late] Uncle Sandor's car. It was a 1953 powder blue Buick with a shiny white top, whitewall tires big enough to fit a backhoe, and gleaming chrome portholes. It was the same size and shape as a beluga whale, and probably got six miles to the gallon on a good day." -- Stephanie Plum, stuck with said hand-me-down after her new Jeep is impolitely stolen, on page 111

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum - still in her inaugural year 'on the job' - returns to the colorful back street
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Not quite as good as the first one, but definitely fun!

"Sweetie, you are the worst bounty hunter in the history of the world."

This is true. Stephanie has settled into her life as a bounty hunter, but that doesn't mean she is necessarily good at it. She blunders her way through things, annoying the hell out of enough people to make sure she is targeted (not exactly on purpose. It just happens), and eventually things work out for her. Eventually.

In this book, she is looking for a cousin of Mo
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a humor/cozy mystery/chick-lit, and this is the 2nd book in the Stephanie Plum series. I have listen to this whole series on audiobooks, and the narrator of the audiobooks does a great job on this book. All the books in this series will make you laugh so much, and I will say the way to read these books is by audiobooks. All the characters are so fun and developed. I love this series so much. Stephanie Plum always gets into big messes, and she will make you laugh so much.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Saturday I had to take the oldest boychild on a three-hour trek to play some ball in Middle of Nowhere, America. Guess what else happened to be right around three hours? For anyone out there chomping at the bit to say . . . .

I’m already well aware. This is my second go ‘round with Stephanie Plum, only this time I’m doing it via audio. It is true that Janet E. eventually began to follow a formula for later books in this series, but
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the BBB buddies in December 2015

Stephani is a bounty hunter in training. In her own words: Ranger and I had a sort of loose partnership. Ranger was a genuine, cool-ass, numero-uno bounty hunter. I asked him to help me because I was still learning the trade and needed all the help I could get. His participation was in the ballpark of a pity fuck."

Stephani is blessed with marvelous relatives and they all reside in a hopping neighborhood: Grandma Mazur reads the ob
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Stephanie Plum!! This is probably my favorite in the series. Grandma rocks! How often do we get the chance to quote Dirty Harry?

Reread—again: March 2018

Since I started reading and rereading and rereading these books years ago I have seen lots of books comparing themselves to Stephanie (“a cross between Stephanie Plum and ________.”)
But, there is only one Stephanie Plum and the combination of her wit with the unique side characters cannot truly be duplicated, just enjoyed.
P. S. Joe think
Megs ♥
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: z2013-reads
Well I didn't really like the first book, but I decided to give this series one more chance. I really wanted to like it. The series is so popular and loved by almost all cozy readers, so maybe it's just me.

I don't know. I like the characters. They are fun. I love the idea of the series as well, but for some reason I can't get into the stories. The first book was slightly better than this one in my opinion.

I probably won't continue this series, but there really isn't anything bad I can say about
Patrick Gibson
Nov 30, 2008 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 and St ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

This is one of those times where I remembered liking a book more the first time I read it. Re-reading it, I found I'm just not a big Evanovich fan. She has a style of cutesy, short and abbreviated writing style that doesn't suit me. I will say at least it's easy to read and quick to breeze through.

There IS genuine humor that works - I laughed out loud a few times - but some of it comes off as forced and a little contrived. Stephanie is motivated by the greed of success, but I don't see much els
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This was just as fun and entertaining as the first book in the Stephanie Plum series.

Rookie bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has her second major bail jumper in sight. Kenny Mancuso, cousin of Joe Morelli, is on the run after shooting his best friend. It seems a straight forward case to begin with, but Stephanie never expected cousin Kenny to be so crazy or to have to deal with the stuff he is caught up in. Lucky for her she has Joe, Ranger, and even Grandma Mazur to help her out!

I loved the story
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This series has become my guilty pleasure lately. My go-to place after a dark or otherwise exhausting book. I know that there are a lot in the series and this has only been the second one, but I've become hooked already.
I like and care about the characters. The writing is really witty and outright hilarious sometimes. The whole thing is just ridiculous and really nice at the same time somehow.
The whole story is really not a priority and the crime fighting storyline seems to be needed only to mai
Light and amusing read. 2,5 stars

In this volume Stephanie and Morelli are chasing weapon thiefs, while Grandma Mazur wreaks havoc in funeral homes.
I very much enjoyed the Grandma bits of the story. The bounty hunter parts tend to get a bit repetitive with time, though.

This was my third novel from the Stephanie Plum series and I think I will take a break now.
Gary Sundell
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fun ride with Stephanie Plum, Grandma Mazur, Morelli and Ranger. Lots of Plum and Morelli in this book. I really enjoyed this book.
Eddie Owens
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bridget Jones the bounty hunter - round 2.

Stephanie is totally inept, but luckily seems to have all the right contacts to help her out.

I laughed out loud on a tram at one stage, so I gave that an extra star.

Good fun and easy to read, if a bit samey at times.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephanie Plum fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather
I think there is no need to rehash the synopsis of "Two for the Dough." All you need to know is that it is about military ammo, caskets, and severed body parts, all delivered with a unique burg flare. Otherwise the mystery (if it can even be called that) was unremarkable and never ended with a big revelation like you always expect mysteries to end. Basically, there was no real climax.

I liked this book slightly less than "One for the Money" and if I could, I'd rather give it 3.5 stars instead of
Oct 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good laugh!
Shelves: mystery, humor
I finished the second book of the Stephanie Plum series in about 3 days. Evanovich really knows how to make a reader keep turning the pages!

This book was just as good as the first one. Evanovich still had me chuckling.

I must say I was VERY excited to see that Joe Morelli was also in book 2. I thought he was going to be gone when book 1 finished. I was very happy to see he is a part of the cast of characters that is going to be sticking around. He is a great character, mysterious, sexy character
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
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.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Plum is a menace hahah! I love these books, they’re so much fun!
Take my advice, don’t read this series in public places because it won’t be pretty. People will think you’re mad because you laugh to death by yourself.

This time Stephanie and the Buick did it for me. What’s with that car? And poor Morelli, when he’s near Stephanie his police car is always in danger. Just like his previous car.
Grandma Mazur was also a lot of fun. I think she’s the craziest character of the series and that’
Stephanie's latest skip should be easy to collar, local boy Kenny shot his best friend in the knee during an argument but it was only a minor incident and Moogey didn't even want to press charges so there is no need for him to do a disappearing act. Then, after Kenny misses his court date, Moogey is murdered and prime suspect Kenny falls completely off the radar. Not one to walk away from a case Stephanie becomes determined to track Kenny down but when her investigations lead her to a funeral pa ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Personally driving a '53 Buick doesn't sound bad to me, and Steph manages to to end up in it a lot. She seems to destroy every car but this one. The best thing about these books is that they can be "fun". In this book Steph and her Grandma manage to to spend a lot of time in their Trenton neighborhood's primary social gathering place, Stiva's Funeral Home.

I'd say more but that would require a spoiler warning and you know how I hate those. (RIGHT)

Another book I listened to in my truck while at wo
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 kneedeep in corpses and caskets as she traipses through back streets, dark alleys, and funeral parlors.

And nobody k
bella farren
3.5 / 5 stars

Another enjoyable addition to this series, although not as funny or engaging as the first book. I loved that Grandma Mazur was more prominent in this book, she’s a hilarious character that has me in stitches.

The best part of this book had to be the classic Stephanie Plum and Joe Morelli banter and arguments. Stephanie just attracts calamity wherever she goes, and Joe is always running around after her, at wits ends with her and her illegal behaviour.

The situations they get themsel
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.

Kenny Mancuso has shot his old friend (Moogey) and has skipped bail, so Steph is out on the case to bring him in. Simple, right? Wrong!
Turns out Kenny is frickin bat-shit crazy.
He hurts, threatens and beats anyone who get's in his way (including old ladies, but more on that later), he cut his own damn finger off to see what would happen...
Honestly, he's a fruitcake!

The other 'bad guy' in this book is Spiro, who works in his dad's funeral home. Things go from bad
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite series! Stephanie Plum is hilarious, and her quirky interactions with her family, coworkers and friends often have me laughing out loud. She's a determined rascal, and as a relatively new bounty hunter, she manages to round-up the bad guys, although in very unconventional and inventive ways. In this story, she has a surprising ally and the situations they encounter are wildly entertaining. I simply could not stop reading ^..^ ...more
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I enjoyed One for the Money. The plot was entertaining, the setting was familiar in its otherness, and the characters were likable, well drawn and relatable. Furthermore, Stephanie Plum, the heroine, was rather humorous when remarking on the going’s on of the Berg and her family, and made me giggle at the situations she managed to find herself in. The pace was perfect for turning pages quickly, and before I knew it, I had completed the book. Naturally I wanted to keep reading, though I admit, I ...more
Veronica Morfi
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4/5

Stephanie Plum is the new bounty hunter in Trenton, and after her first big case she is going after some more easy targets. Kenny Mancuso was supposed to be one of those easy targets but she can't seem to find him anywhere and Joe Morelli, her old fling, cop and Kenny's cousin seems to be following her. Stephanie will go from stake outs to funeral homes to find Kenny and figure out why he doesn't want to be found.

This was the first Stephanie Plum novel I read and I can't say it disapp
Nicole Chinnici
Much like the first book in this series, I had a lot of fun reading Two for the Dough!

I must have read this about five years ago but forgot to note it in my book journal. About a quarter of the way in, I started realizing how familiar it was and actually remembered much of the ending. Five years later, that’s saying something!

An excellent continuation to the Stephanie Plum series, Two for the Dough starts setting up more of the side characters and has several laugh out loud moments. This was a
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“I know what you're thinking," Grandma said into the silence. "Do I have anymore bullets in this here gun? Well, with all the confusion, what with being locked up in a refrigerator, I plumb forgot what was in here to start with. But being that this is a 45 magnum, the most powerful handgun in existence, and it could blow your head clean off, you just got to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky today? Well, do you, punk?"

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