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1. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich...

January 1, 2009
My very first book read in 2009 is the beginning of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels. I picked it up from the library on Tuesday, and inhaled it this morning. =)

Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
ISBN-10: 0312990456
ISBN-13: 978-0312990459
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2003

One for the Money introduces Stephanie Plum, who lives in Trenton, New Jersey. Unemployed with no prospects on the horizon, she finagles a job bringing in FTAs (failure to appear) who're bonded by her cousin Vinnie. Hilarity ensues with her attitude and ineptitude in chasing down a cop wanted for murder (who just happens to have a history with Ms. Plum), avoiding a psychotic prize-fighter who's intent on teaching her to show respect, hanging on the corner with two prostitutes, and learning the finer skills of the trade from pony-tailed ex-Special Forces apprehension-agent-extraordinaire Ranger (yes, that's his name). All while making it to dinner with her parents and Grandma Mazur, who's a character in herself.

This was a quick, entertaining read. I did feel bad for Stephanie - sometimes she just seemed so clueless, but it wasn't so totally overdone that it got annoying. And her chutzpah, especially in stealing Morelli's (the cop) SUV when her own ride was out of commision, was entertaining, and almost endearing. She's just a gal trying to make some money (legally), and doing whatever she can so that she doesn't sink.

Fans of mysteries with sassy female protagonists will enjoy this one. I'm just a little slow to hop on the band-wagon. =)


Molly said...

My daughter just purchased this book over the weekend and I am anxious to read it as well. I was looking for a quick, fun series to begin in 2009 and I think Stephanie Plum may be the answer. Thanks for your witty and informative review :)

Happy New Year

drey said...

Molly ~ Thanks for the comment! This is my first "official" review. I'd welcome any thoughts on how to make it better, if you have any. I did enjoy the book, & can't wait to get to the other 15... =)

Unknown said...

I am listening to it for my audiobook challenge. So far so good.

sharon54220 said...

The Stephanie Plum series is great. Once you start reading her books you can't put them down. Enjoy!!!

drey said...

sharon54220 ~ so true, so true! I'm at 4 and counting. 5 is in my TBR pile. 6, 7, & 8 are awaiting pickup at the library. I tried to throw other books in between & I'm hoping it works, because I started reading Twilight. =)

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