Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2) Two for the Dough discussion


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Done with all the Stephanie Plum's

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CindyLouWho55 Well not ALL of them but the 1-14, waiting for the 15th. Now will read the "tween" books, have the Plum Lucky right now...


Susan Roe I'm tearing through these! I'm on Number 7. It's been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud while reading!


Erin I am waiting on #18 from my library, I am #4 in the line and then I will be totally caught up :)


Erin Wharton I have read them all even the in between ones. I like them and I too have laugh out loud. I can't wait till the next one. I hope there is a next one. :)


Susan Ashcraft I have read 1 to 17 of the Plum novels and enjoyed them all. I can't wait to read Explosive Eighteen the next in the series. If you like the Plum novels, you should try some of her other works. The Barnaby and Hooker series is also very fun.


Sharon I have read 1 through 4, and am currently on 5. Plan to read the whole series.


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Linda I love this series. I finished Twelve Sharp a couple of months ago. I'm taking my time reading through the series. I'm reading one every few months to make them last :) Has anyone seen the movie? Similar to the novel at all?


message 8: by Susan (last edited Mar 11, 2012 05:52AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Susan Ashcraft I'm much to impatient to wait! I loved the entire series including "the between the numbers" books..I really enjoyed the books.


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Linda Susan wrote: "I'm much to impatient to wait! I loved the entire series including "the between the numbers" books..I really enjoyed the books."

Heehee. I hear you but I know I'll be even more impatient once I've read them all and have to wait for the next one to be released :)


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Lesa Livingston I think I'm up to date on the numbers (need to look at 18 though) and have read some of the tweens. Highly suggest looking into the audio versions while you're waiting--too funny! Introduced hubs to these via audio--don't remember which one but it was the book where Lula has the emergency pork chops in her pocket and she is chased by dogs, LOL! Hubs enjoyed and has "read" a few more.


Susan Ashcraft Never thought to listen to the audio versions. I'll check them out, sounds like they'd be a hoot!


Shawn Macdonald I want to be Stephanie Plum. Ranger or Morelli? Tough life! I could put up with Vinnie for that!


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Lesa Livingston Susan, better than any TV sitcom!

Shawn, I know how you feel but at my "time" in life, I kinda like not having to worry about rent money, LOL! Life is good with my own sorta Morelli!


Shawn Macdonald Good for you, Susan! It always makes me happy when someone is grateful for what they have!


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Kc I have read all her books and love Janet Evanovich books except the new cartoon books. It seems they are getting shorter though (especially Plum novels) and need to be as full as the others. There is nothing like a book that is at least 300 pages in smaller print. When it is 150 and large print it is more like a short story.


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Kc Susan wrote: "Never thought to listen to the audio versions. I'll check them out, sounds like they'd be a hoot!" They are hysterical


Joanne Kofoed I love all her books I've even read a few of her others books other than the Plum series. I know 19 will come out sometimes it takes a year or two for her to release the next book, I do know it was a few years between 9 and 10 I believe. I know my Mom started this series when I was in High school and she got me into it several years ago. Looking forward for the next one!!!


Austine Etchevery I absolutely love all of her books, I have the love one's she co-authors as well. These are the stories I pick up and re-read again and again, especially when I'm in a funk and just need a light-hearted laugh


Austine Etchevery Joanne wrote: "I love all her books I've even read a few of her others books other than the Plum series. I know 19 will come out sometimes it takes a year or two for her to release the next book, I do know it was..."
They have been coming out a lot faster recently. It makes me wonder if she's going to be ending the series soon.


Lauren (aplpeach) I just finished 3. I just started the series last week. Just downloaded 4,5 and 6.


Christine Number nineteen comes out in November.

The movie wasn't as good as the book, but the end was funny when she looked Morelli in the refrigerator truck.


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Liza The first three I listened to on audio CASSETTE lol. They were narrated by Debi Mazar (Love Her). I always saw her as Stephanie. Don't care about Stephanie's physical description, I wanted her to done by Debi. But that was years ago.

Anyway, I have read 1 and 2, plan to start three soon. I have all (Including inbetween) but #18, but I have time


Geoffrey I was particularly excited by the first two I read but then got very tired of reading about Stephanie`s incompetence. Anyone who forgets their "piece", forgets to recharge their cel phone, or can`t get her love life straightened out needs to get offed early in the series. No more plums for me.


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Bess Stephanie has sex with Joe. Stephanie runs out of rent money. Stephanie eats a donut. Stephanie feeds her hamster. Stephanie has roast and upside down pineapple cake at her parents place. Granny says/does something crazy. Lulu says/does something crazy. In leopard print clothes two sizes too small. Connie has big boobs. Vinnie is a creep. Stephanie flirts with Ranger again. Stephanie's car explodes. There is a bad man with a huge bail that no one thinks Stephanie can find. Stephanie leaves gun in cookie jar. Stephanie catches bad man. By accident. Stephanie almost dies. Granny says/does something crazy. Stephanie flirts with both Joe/Ranger. Stephanie goes back to her apartment, eats a donut, feeds her hamster.

BAM! I just wrote the next Plum novel.

It is the same story over and over again, just under a different numbered title and so it has been since book 6.. and I think I'm being preeetty generous there.

I've become outraged at Ms Evanovich's blatant rent paying shenanigans or personal goal to just get to book 20 'just cos' (that's my personal theory at least). I am officially over it.

Here's some free advice from a former reader of the series.

1. Stephanie should grow up, either get better at her job and progress or do something meaningful with her life. Being a bumbling bounty hunter and getting the bad guy by accident for the most part has now crossed over into pathetic when the book is at number 19!!!

2. Choose a guy! And by choose a guy I mean - choose Ranger!! Joe is boring. Stephanie by extension has become boring. Lets just wrap this one up and bring it on home.

Ms Evanovich if you only write one more book in this series I promise I will read that one - but only if I know officially Plum's last number is up.


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Liza The Plum series is like a TV series. Like the show Castle, for example. I watch for the "romance" but I have to endure the solving of murders lol. Or House, I loved how House constantly bickered with Cuddy, but it kinda sucked once they became a couple.

Janet just finished episode 19 lol. I think, whenever she makes the last book, it will have to end with Stephanie making a romantic choice.


Angela Verdenius I love the series and hope it never ends! LOL Not for a looooong time. It's funny, the plots are good, the character interactions are hilarious...I need a good laugh, and these provide it! Rock on Stephanie Plum!


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Pat Bess wrote: "Stephanie has sex with Joe. Stephanie runs out of rent money. Stephanie eats a donut. Stephanie feeds her hamster. Stephanie has roast and upside down pineapple cake at her parents place. Granny sa..."

I love it, Bess! You are so right, you wrote a book in a nutshell! There is another discussion I started a while back on how much an author(Janet E.) can milk out of one subject (Stephanie P.)and I totally agree, my Father used to have a saying about moving on....
basically it was "do it.... or get off the pot"...That is the cleaned up version, but you get the idea.
Yes, it is time for Stephanie to grow up.


message 28: by Ebru (last edited Feb 20, 2013 07:22AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ebru I really like the Plum books. They are just very easy fluffy reads to me. However, because they are so repetitive (just like Bess said - Stephanie eats, has trouble with rent, gets a case that's over her head, gets in trouble and solves the mystery with help of either Ranger or Morelli) I wasn't able to get passed book number 6. But I was reading some of the comments here and never tried an audiobook before - it's so much fun... I finally got through number 6 via an audiobook. :) I might keep going with the series by audiobooks because reading the same thing over and over again gets a little tiring sometimes..


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Yirong Ebru wrote: "I really like the Plum books. They are just very easy fluffy reads to me. However, because they are so repetitive (just like Bess said - Stephanie eats, has trouble with rent, gets a case that's ov..."
i am total agree with you. i am on #5 right now. i have the book for 2 weeks, and still at chapter 3. audit book is a good idea.


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Ebru Yirong wrote: "Ebru wrote: "I really like the Plum books. They are just very easy fluffy reads to me. However, because they are so repetitive (just like Bess said - Stephanie eats, has trouble with rent, gets a c..."

Yeah it almost felt like someone was telling me a bedtime story :) And they are fast too only 3 hours. Listen to one while cleaning or something. I listened to one while my husband was watching the Simpsons hahaha


Robin B I spent two weeks and read all the Plum books from One For The Money all the way to Notorious Nineteen. Yeah- the beginning of each book is almost identical- and a lot is repetition- but I just couldn't NOT read them. I keep feeling like I need to finish their stories. And even though they're not on my list of favorite MUST READ books- I'll keep reading what comes out because I MUST KNOW if she ever finally womans up and marries Morelli!

HOWEVER- of all the Plum books- honestly- I think my favorites were the "In Between the Plum" series with Diesel! I love Diesel!


Nancy Shawn wrote: "I want to be Stephanie Plum. Ranger or Morelli? Tough life! I could put up with Vinnie for that!"

I agree. Ranger and Morelli are exciting and hot!


Ashley Bolden Bess wrote: "Stephanie has sex with Joe. Stephanie runs out of rent money. Stephanie eats a donut. Stephanie feeds her hamster. Stephanie has roast and upside down pineapple cake at her parents place. Granny sa..."

I completely agree. It is really hard to get into the books anymore because its like reading the previous one over and over.
Although Morelli seems hot I just could never find myself rooting for him. He just seems as emotionally stunted as Stephanie. And your definitely right BORING!
Where as Ranger I have always rooted for him and his sexy self. I just wish he would open up more to Stephanie and maybe decide to settle down. I think those two would be perfect together. I feel like the only reason she leans toward Morelli is that he is the safer more familiar choice (boring choice).
Here is to hoping she finally makes a choice in book 21!


Susie Schroeder It's humor, not Anna Karenina. I read the books to get a laugh. Though I do agree that Joe is boring and Ranger is way better. Though if she dumped Morelli it would make Grandma Bella too happy.


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Liz Jacevich Bess wrote: "Stephanie has sex with Joe. Stephanie runs out of rent money. Stephanie eats a donut. Stephanie feeds her hamster. Stephanie has roast and upside down pineapple cake at her parents place. Granny sa..."

I completely agree...I still enjoy them to a certain extent, but the last couple of books I had the constant feeling that I had read that book before.


Emily Taylor I loved the first few novels, but stopped heading towards number ten.
I'm a sucker for happily ever after, and nothing seemed to be progressing in the story that required preventing that. It should have stayed strong and ended, instead of becoming this boring cycle of nothing actually happening.


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Toni McKilligan I have suffered through all 21 SP novels. After about #6 or 7, it really started to get old. (See Bess's comment above dated Feb 18, 2013. She pretty much nailed it!) But my damn curiosity and optimism keeps me going back - I'm curious which one Stephanie will pick (Joe or Ranger) and optimistic that she will pick one. This is Evanovich's talent - not to write amazing fiction - but to sucker readers in to betting on an eventual outcome. Even if there was a bit of character development, the series would be much more interesting. I started promising myself that I would stop after #15. But now I'm afraid that something will happen and I'll miss it. My therapist loves the SP novels! They make me nuts and keep me coming back.


Emily Taylor Bess wrote: "Stephanie has sex with Joe. Stephanie runs out of rent money. Stephanie eats a donut. Stephanie feeds her hamster. Stephanie has roast and upside down pineapple cake at her parents place. Granny sa..."

Toni wrote: "I have suffered through all 21 SP novels. After about #6 or 7, it really started to get old. (See Bess's comment above dated Feb 18, 2013. She pretty much nailed it!) But my damn curiosity and..."



Bess really does! haha

But that's why you wait, read the wiki synops, and if something happens-- you can go back to it!


Cindy Just keep them coming! Once a year, I can handle Stephanie and her entourage. Read them all including the in-betweens and have to say that I am really looking forward to "The Job" this fall. It's a Nick and Kate story.

Hope to be reading number 50 someday!!


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Deb Entertainment! I love the series a bounce between routing for Joe or Ranger. I read to get away. I can do that in the Evanovich series and hope that they continue for a long time.


Annemarie Donahue I'm reading them out of order. There doesn't seem to be an danger in that other than I might have read one book where she's "with" Ranger and then suddenly she's living with Morelli. Does anyone have any advice? Should I try to read them in order? Is it important?


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Erin Ewing Edwards Annemarie wrote: "I'm reading them out of order. There doesn't seem to be an danger in that other than I might have read one book where she's "with" Ranger and then suddenly she's living with Morelli. Does anyone ha..."

I find it easier to read them in order only for the fact that in some of the books she mentions things that happened in previous books or a character comes back from a previous book.


Annemarie Donahue Erin wrote: "Annemarie wrote: "I'm reading them out of order. There doesn't seem to be an danger in that other than I might have read one book where she's "with" Ranger and then suddenly she's living with Morel..."

@Erin - thank you for the heads up.


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Regina Sclafford so it is worth continuing in the series? i read the first two books lol


Laura Brown These books are not for the literary snob, but those who love to be easily transported into another's life will love every minute of it. It is definitely worth reading the whole series.


Janna Regina wrote: "so it is worth continuing in the series? i read the first two books lol"

As one who has read all Plum books, the first 14-16 books are really good. After that the writing feels different as though someone else authored them. Just read them until they are no longer fun. I said that book 20 was my last, but I read 21 and am certain that 21 is truly my last one. I expect characters in book series to grow up, mature and have more depth as time goes on. Since that has not happened in 21 books, I am moving on. Good luck.


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Regina Sclafford jkr, i will take that under advisement


Cindy How much fun would Stephanie be if she "grew up and matured"? Just wouldn't be as much fun to read. Which these books are-just fun to read.


Janna Perhaps it could make sense for the first 15 books, but come on, 21 books and no growth. Perhaps a new series is in order.


Pamela Cindy wrote: "How much fun would Stephanie be if she "grew up and matured"? Just wouldn't be as much fun to read. Which these books are-just fun to read."

I stopped early on. It just wasn't worth my time and money. Absolutely no growth or change of any kind. The books are all formulaic. I just read reviews now to see what's been going on, which is not much.

If you're interested in a terrific series where the character does grow (span of five books), let me know.


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