One For The Money – Janet Evonovich

An American writer whose career is primarily in the genre of romantic contemporary mysteries began her career writing short romance novels under the pen name of Steffie Hall, but, earned fame for her mysteries staring an ex-lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum.  The novels are in turns hilarious with a cast of bizarre characters, stranger family and the ever present love triangle between Stephanie, childhood romantic interest Joseph Morelli and mysterious “Batman-like” Cuban-American Ricardo “Ranger” Carlos Manoso who is also a bounty hunter and owner of RangeMan security company.  Stephanie lives alone, well, except for her pet hamster, and works for her creepy cousin, Vincent “Vinnie” Plum who owns the Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. 

One For The Money is the first in the numbered series staring Stephanie Plum and while not the funnies since this is the introduction of her sometime partner “in crime” Lula who is currently a street walker when we first meet her.   That doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of laughs though, between Grandma Mazur, Stephanie’s parents, and a slew of other characters.  Don’t get me wrong though, this is not a madcap comedy…under the humor in pretty much the entire series is actual danger, the nastiness of humanity and more close calls, twists and turns than should ever be expected in a book, and series, that is primarily a romance. 

At the time of this writing, there are 20 novels in the numbered series but there are several “specials” which are usually seasonal and written very much like holiday specials for television series and don’t really fit into the normal time lines of the series and include “supernatural” characters, i.e. Christmas Elves, “Sandy Claws”, etc… and usually involves a character named Diesel who literally materializes in front of Stephanie.

If you enjoy this, you will enjoy:

  • Two for the Dough
  • Three to Get Deadly
  • Four to Score
  • High Five
  • Hot Six
  • Seven Up
  • Hard Eight
  • Visions of Sugar Plums
  • To the Nines
  • Ten Big Ones
  • Eleven on Top
  • Twelve Sharp
  • Plum Lovin’
  • Lean Mean Thirteen
  • Plum Lucky
  • Fearless Fourteen
  • Plum Spooky
  • Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
  • Sizzling Sixteen
  • Explosive Eighteen
  • Notorious Nineteen
  • Takedown Twenty (Due out November 19, 2013)
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