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Review: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Posted April 10, 2012 by Holly in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: One for the Money by Janet EvanovichReviewer: Holly
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #1
Also in this series: Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 14, 2003
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
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Series Rating: five-stars

Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash―fast―but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family...

Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants, to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water―wanted for murder...

Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight―and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man...

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich

First, I need to get this out of the way: I do not like Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum. That could be because I don’t like KH period, but I think it’s much more likely it’s because she just isn’t who I pictured as Plum. When it comes out on DVD I might rent it just to see. On the other hand, I might not.

Also, I think the pricing on this novel since the movie came out is ridiculous. I bought a mmp (with the cover shown) for $7.99 a billion years ago. Now the only cover available on Amazon is the one with Heigl on it and it’s listed for sale at $14.99 (on sale for $9.98). This book is lighthearted and hilarious, but not worth $14.99 for a paperback. If I were you I’d pick it up at a used book store, or from the library.

Stephanie Plum is a little down on her luck. The Trenton, New Jersey girl has lost her job as a lingerie buyer for a sleazy department store, her car has been repossessed, her overbearing Italian mother is trying to set her up with a balding, fat butcher and she’s had to sell off all her furniture and appliances just to make ends meet.

As a last resort, she goes to her cousin Vinnie and blackmails him into giving her a job…as a bounty hunter. Steph doesn’t know much about being a bounty hunter, but she’s determined to get the $10,000 finders fee on the biggest skip-trace on the books. One vice cop, Joseph Morelli.

Thing is, Joe and Steph have a little history together, and Steph isn’t sure if bringing him is just business as usual, or a personal vendetta. The first time she met Morelli she was 7 and he dragged her into his parents garage to play Choo-Choo, and didn’t even let her hold the flashlight. Then, when she was 17, he nailed her behind the Eclair case at the donut shop she was working, then wrote all the dirty details in the men’s room at Mario’s sub shop. Four years later, Steph saw him walking down the street and ran him over with her dad’s Buick. So, yeah, bringing him down might be personal.

To make matters worse, Steph gets on the bad side of a psychotic deranged boxer name Benito Ramirez. But Steph is made of tough stuff and she isn’t going to let a 250 lb psycho keep her from getting her man…

This is the first book in a possible neverending book series about bond agent Stephanie Plum. It’s the perfect set up for the series and one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.

From Steph’s Mazda Miata getting repo’d by a sleazy guy she went to high school with, to her mother’s constant harping, this book is laugh out loud funny. In the first three chapters alone, I was laughing so hard I was crying. Let’s see:

Grandma Mazer, Steph’s 80-year-old grandmother decides to start wearing biker shorts and accidentally shoots the ass out of the chicken with Steph’s gun during Sunday dinner.

Steph goes to get a job with her cousin Vinnie and has to blackmail him into giving her the job by reminding him, “I know about Madam Zaretski and her whips and chains. I know about the boys. And I know about the duck.”

Steph “commandeers” Morelli’s car (read: steals) and when Morelli comes for it, he catches her the shower. She’s stolen the distributor cap and he wants it back. When she refuses to give it up he handcuffs her to the curtain rod – naked – and leaves her there. Hey, he’s not a complete asshole, he left her the phone.

Steph’s antics are enough to have anyone in stitches. Pick up the first book and give yourself over to the crazy world of Stephanie Plum. You won’t be sorry.

4.25 out of 5 (It’s not without its flaws, but the laugh factor alone is enough to make me score this in the high range)

Click here for the full series list and reading order.

As an aside: the first few books in this series are hilarious and very addicting. Unfortunately as the series wears on, the shine wears off. I stopped reading at book 12 and have no intention of going back.

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Anyone Going to See One for the Money?

Posted January 28, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

Rowena: Anyone planning on going to watch this movie? I read this book ages ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed it so much that I read the other books in quick succession. I stopped reading the books at around book 12 though.

I’m not too wild about who they cast as the characters though. Holly told me that Morelli isn’t Italian but Irish in the movie and while I love Jason O’Mara, he’s not who I pictured for Morelli. Same with Katherine Heigl. I don’t hate her but she’s most definitely not Stephanie Plum, not in my head anyway. I’ve always been a Cupcake girl but man, Ranger is lookin’ pretty good in the movie.


Holly: I have zero desire to see this. Like Rowena I read the first 12 books. I enjoyed most of them and looked forward to the movie…until I heard they were casting Katherine Heigl as Plum. First, I greatly dislike KH as an actress. Second, I always pictured someone more…Jersey to play Stephanie. I always pictured Marissa Tomei as she was in My Cousin Vinny.

KH was bad enough, but when they cast Jason O’Mara as Morelli it was over for me. I like him as an actor, but he’s Irish. Morelli is Italian, which plays a large part in the novels (his grandmother giving Stephanie “the eye” is one of the best parts of the series…that just doesn’t work if he isn’t Italian).

I did hear from some people I trust (like Shiloh Walker) that it was ok, but I don’t think I want to find out for myself. At least not at theater prices.

Anyway, thoughts? Anyone going to see the movie? Thoughts on the cast? Let’s discuss.

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A Full Length Between-The-Numbers Plum Novel?

Posted January 26, 2009 by Holly in Discussions | 17 Comments

I used to be a huge fan of the Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Actually, I still am, I just stopped reading the books. The last Plum novel I read was Twelve Sharp and I didn’t find it nearly as funny as the previous 11, plus I found a lot more plot holes than normal (things that normally would have been cleared up weren’t). I imagine I’ll go back to reading them someday, but for now I’m burned out.

One of the things I’ve always disliked is the “in between” novels she releases. Not because they aren’t good additions to the series, but because she releases them in hardcover. Not just any old hardcover, either, but $17 hardcover. For approximately 150-200 pages. That is beyond ridiculous, IMO. I have a hard time paying $17 for a full length hardcover most of the time, so I’m definitely not going to pay that for a short one. Plum Lucky (St. Martin’s Press) is 176 pages and originally retailed for $17.95 (you can now buy it on sale at Amazon for $5.99 if you’re so inclined, though I still think that’s overpriced for a novella). Plum Lovin’ also clocks in at 176 pages and originally retailed for $16.95. Visions of Sugar Plums is 160 pages and originally retailed for $19.95. I have to go with NO on that.

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But when I was browsing at Books on Board today I saw Plum Spooky, which is the first full length Between-the-Numbers Plum book @ 320 pages. I was curious so I read the blurb (it does sound pretty good) but then I checked the price and about fell over. Original retail price for this Between-the-Numbers Plum book? $27.95! WTF? If you buy it from BoB they’re offering a $5 discount right off the top and $10 in rewards if you email them with proof of purchase, bringing the total cost of the book down to just under $11. Amazon also has it discounted at $16.77.

But..almost $30 for a 300 page book? Really?

I don’t think so.

The First Full Length Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel from #1 Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich.
Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys.
Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He’s chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he’s chosen the Barrens as his new playground. Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He’s now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasn’t made it out of the boys’ department at Macy’s. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasn’t met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree.
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel. Diesel pops in and out of Plum’s life like birthday cake – delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He’s an über bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He’s after Grimoire, and now he’s also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn’t mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs.
Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.

Plum Spooky is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

Posted May 22, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Two for the Dough by Janet EvanovichReviewer: Isabel
Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2) by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #2
Also in this series: One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Publication Date: September 1, 1996
Format: Print
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 326
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Series Rating: five-stars

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 weatlhy, 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 beat Stephanie to the punch - only makes the hunt more thrilling...

Taking pointers from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and using her pistol packing Grandma Mazur as a decoy, Stephanie is soon closing in on her mark. But Morelli and his libido are worthy foes. And a more sinister kind of enemy has made his first move... and his next move might be Stephanie's last.

The second in the Stephanie Plum series.

As Chantal said in her review, Stephanie is still a bounty hunter and she still sucks. 🙂 What is supposed to be an easy pick up becomes complicated. But not only does she have to find Kenny Mancuso, she’s also been asked to find caskets. With the help of Morelli, she manages to find out what happened with the missing caskets and Kenny.

There were several moments that made me laugh but none like when Stephanie left Morelli in the middle of the street. At night. Naked. Although, she felt bad cause he was defenseless so she turned around, threw the gun out the window and sped off. That’s what he gets for leaving her handcuffed to the shower naked. (First book).

Then there are the funny Grandma Mazur moments. Like when she fell over in her high heels and grabbed the casket (they were at a viewing) to balance herself. When Stephanie took Grandma shopping and Grandma came home in doc martens and a flannel shirt. Her reaction to Stephanie receiving a penis in the mail. I just love Grandma Mazur!

There were 3 moments I almost threw the book against the wall though. Two involved when Kenny hurt Grandma Mazur. Like Chantal, I understand that it had to happen. Someone hurting someone Stephanie loves to get even, but why Grandma Mazur? The third moment involved Rex (her hamster). But then I remembered both characters are alive and well throughout the series so the book didn’t get thrown.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Penguin. You can purchase it here.


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