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Three To Get Deadly

(Stephanie Plum #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  125,430 ratings  ·  3,123 reviews
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. . . .
Paperback, 350 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 15th 1997)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 of 5 stars to Three to Get Deadly, the third book in the "Stephanie Plum" mystery series written by Janet Evanovich. This was one of the more funny books, as the cast of characters just keeps growing full of hilarity. And if you love ice cream, you need to read this one. Stephanie's kinda like that cousin or old friend who keeps popping back into your life, kinda needs a favor, but is a kick ass person who just sometimes doesn't know how to get things under control. But she keep
*** 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
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Obviously I had to return home on Saturday as well. This time I was sans kids as Dad took round two to the next destination for Sunday so it was up to Stephanie Plum to keep me awake. Luckily this was available for download since I had underestimated the length of these in audio format.

This third trip to the ‘Burg finds Stephanie involved in a missing persons case. Everyone’s favorite business owner, Uncle Moe, has gone FTA and is now
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, girl-detectives
Stephanie Plum makes me want to be a bounty hunter. I can't be any worse than her.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bayb-2018

In this third book in the 'Stephanie Plum' series, the bounty hunter is looking for a beloved candy store owner. The book can be read as a standalone.


When Trenton, New Jersey native Stephanie Plum lost her department store job, she became a bounty hunter for her cousin Vinnie. Stephanie's responsibility is to pick up bail skips (people who've missed their court dates) but she's notoriously inept at the job, and gets into all kinds of comical scrapes.

Stephanie's current assignment is to brin
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 an ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as exciting as the first two, but still wonderful! Lots of laughs with a few touches of terror. Poor Rex. Good thing he's a fighter. These books are for pure enjoyment. My 'bubble gum books'.

Reread- March 2018
Feb 02, 2008 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
Lisa B.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
I listen to books at night when I can't sleep. The bad thing about listening to these Stephanie Plum books is that I spend a lot of time laughing and this kinda defeats the goal of getting me back to sleep.

I'm sure these books are just as funny in writing, but the audio versions are really good. The narrator does a great job with all the different character voices. I'm glad I finally started this series.
Sep 13, 2016 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!!
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I make lots of mistakes. I try hard not to make the same mistake more than three or four times.”

Stephanie Plum novels were my after break-up go-to books in high school.
Getting a heart broken at the age of 16? Just invite Steph into your room and it will get mend within hours, smile back on your face!
That was the reason I only read the first two: been saving all the following sequels for years to come.

And the reason why I haven't picked them up in the past 7-8 years was because I was afraid t
Sharon Mariampillai
This was a great read. I really enjoyed the humor in the story. The characters are great to read and they make me laugh. I really enjoy Stephanie's character because she is a kick ass character. She does not always know how to handle situations, but she is a person who gives it her all, and that is something that I admire about her. She never gives up. I thought that the story was great. I have found a new love for the mystery genre, and I am glad because these books are funny, while other serie ...more
Heaps of fun and laugh-out-loud funny. (I hate the work (is it a word?) LOL). A fab series!
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: evanovich-janet
I am so enjoying these books! Great fun!
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 wit ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving this Series. Off to read book 4! this book makes me want to be a bounty hunter with orange hair LOL
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
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
I’ll be honest and say I didn’t get much out of this book. When I realized that one book didn’t build on the other in this series, I didn’t bother to rewind if I missed something. I’m pretty sure I missed half this book.

Plus, the cat and mouse between Stephanie and Joe is not endearing but rather annoying. I hate when an author uses an interruption as a plot device to keep the couple apart or doing the deed. I’ll give an author a pass on one, but this author continues to use this multiple times
Charlotte Burt
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read three of these books in a week, loving them but I think I may be overdoing it. The thing I love about Stephanie Plum is that she is very relatable and very human.
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
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, miei


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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 go ...more
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