Thursday, March 13, 2014

One for the Money

One for the Money is the first in the Stephanie Plum mystery series by Janet Evanovich. Wikipedia describes them as "a light-hearted series of mysteries starring barely competent bounty hunter Stephanie Plum". This was fun, mindless entertainment, and I'll certainly read more from the series as I come across them. Since there are 21 so far and the author is still writing them, I'm set for reading material for some time to come.

from the back of the book:

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. As 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...
It's been adapted for film to negative reviews. I won't be looking for the movie.

Kirkus Reviews closes with this: "A smartly paced debut with an irresistible heroine who, despite trouble getting her man, will have readers hooked by page three. Trenton is about to become the comic mystery's most improbable hot spot."


  1. I hate waiting around for the sequels to come out, so it's great that there are always 21 books! This book sounds like fun, I can't say I've read any comic mysteries before.. I'm currently reading my way through Stephen Booth's Cooper and Fry mysteries. I'll love to move on to these next. Thanks!

    1. i love having a series that's already well along when i discover them lol. i was unfamiliar with stephen booth so i googled him, and he sounds interesting. i'll see if our bookstore has anything by him the next time i go in. thx for the suggestion!

    2. I meant "already"! It's great there are already 21 books. Lol, butterfingers. :-/ Stephen Booth is great, you should definitely check out the series!

    3. i knew what you meant lol. i will check out booth. it's fun discovering new-to-me authors :)

  2. I've heard of this author for some time but have never been tempted to read her I'm currently reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest by Cheryl Strayed. Just finished War Brides

    1. "wild" sounds very interesting. it's been a long time since i read a memoir, and i like travel narratives- it sounds like "wild" is both!