Friday, February 3, 2012

One For the Money

One For the Money by Janet Evanovich

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Movie Tie-In edition (November 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312600739
ISBN-13: 978-0312600730

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.

My Thoughts

I just may be the last person on the planet to read this book. I have had this series recommended to me by so many different readers. I bought a used and abused copy of it a long time ago and pulled it out. I heard it was a laugh out loud read and I was ready for a good laugh. This book delivered in the laugh department. Stephanie Plum is hilarious. She gets herself into some of the funniest situations. I like her spunk!

Like any crime story, there is violence and some explicit scenes. Stephanie is a bounty hunter after all and criminals on the lamb don't exactly want to be taken in.

The ending was nicely wrapped up but not too tightly as we know the series does go on. I hope to be able to read some more of the series and look forward to seeing the movie at some point.

If you are looking for a fun crime novel, this might be the book for you! Thank you to all those bloggers and friends who recommended this series to me.

I read this book for the month of February for the Just For Fun Challenge.


  1. I have not read this book! See, you're not alone! :) I don't want to because I'll have to read all the others! Only good comments scares me... 16, 17 books total? So many books already on my shelves.

  2. I have been reading this series on audio and they are wonderful! Can't wait to see the movie.

  3. The series is great fun for a while. I'm glad you finally discovered it!

  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I read through #8 and plan to listen to the rest. I listened to a "between the numbers" Stephanie Plum book a few months ago and really enjoyed the narrator.

  5. I'm glad you had fun with this book! I heard a bit of one on audio and knew they weren't for me. For some reason, this series just doesn't interest me, but I know so many people who love it.

  6. I really enjoyed this book - the only Janet Evanovich I've read. It was light, and just great fun. I was really looking forward to the movie -- it wasn't exactly Horrible with a capital H but it sure wasn't great.
    A bit of a snore - stick with the book!

  7. I remember how much I loved these when I first stared reading them. I'm listening to #18 in my car right now!

  8. I'm glad you enjoyed it Beth. I like to listen to these because they are really entertaining on audio. I have a few to catch up on though.

  9. No, I'll be the last person to read this! People keep recommending the series and the books sound like fun but I just haven't read any of them yet. Perhaps audio would be better for me.

  10. I'm so glad you loved this series! Good review :) Was just stoping to say that you're taged as part of my chain


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