One for the Money

One for the Money

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jrbubbles1 Sep 10, 2020

The character Stephanie Plum is hilarious in this series. She gets herself into so many interesting predicaments. Of course Ranger and Joe Morelli sounds like real good looking and sexy characters! I would recommend this series to anyone who like humor and quirky characters in their reading.

IndyPL_MontoyaB Aug 19, 2020

Don't judge a book by its movie. Read the book. Button Factory vs. Bounty Hunter. You decide.

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SIRENREAD
Apr 17, 2020

The series has a lot of appeal for many readers and I think that is why it's so iconic. 1) It is a ongoing immense series that has not slowed momentum. This is attractive to readers who can't get enough of one particular author or series. Janet Evanovich readers know that there will always be a book in the works, and that their wait is short. 2)The ever evolving and changing cast of characters and awkward obstacles bring light hearted comedic elements to this series that will have you dying with laughter. 3) This series has elements of erotic romances that give it a rom-com feel. There are several handsome romantic interests that support the plot movement, and continuously show up through out the series for fan service. 4) The contemporary setting in New Jersey is unexpected and brilliant. It gives you those nostalgic mob moments.
There are many more reasons to pick this series up, but those are the most prevalent in my mind.

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Gunnybear2
Mar 23, 2020

A little unrealistic for my taste.....Got to Chapter 4. It was recommended to me. I may attempt at another time, but too many other interesting books to read.

FPL_SheriS Jan 25, 2020

Have you ever thought what kind of woman would become a bounty hunter? Then this might be the book for you. This is a flashback to the late 80s early 90s complete with cordless phones and spandex shorts, and is the first in the popular Stephanie Plum novels. This is a gritty story with a strong protagonist.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Jan 16, 2020

Was really reading this just to say I had. By the end it had grown on me but I almost stopped reading partway through the first chapter due to some graphic situations.

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Sarabel75
Mar 04, 2019

A quick and easy, yet fun read. We're not talking mind expansion or literary craftsmanship, but for entertainment value, Janet Evanovich really nails it. A very sordid tale out of the lower-income 'burbs of New Jersey-- lowbrow fun.

After catching the trailer for the movie, I was intrigued and I thought I would first give the book a read. It is first in the series about Stephanie Plum, a down-on-her-luck girl who decides to take up bountyhunting to make ends meet. Though some of it is dated because it was originally written in the 1990’s, most of it is still relevant. It is a good light-hearted mystery which makes me want to read the entire series. Definitely worth a look if you hadn’t read it before. (submitted by SC)

LoganLib_Aavishka Nov 28, 2017

This book was amazing! I just love the way Evanovich writes, and being more of a fantasy romance reader, I wasn't sure initially if I would enjoy this book, I was very wrong! One for the Money had me captivated and in fits of laughter. It had a good storyline and fun characters.

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

PLOT OR PREMISE:
This book introduces Stephanie Plum, a good girl down on her luck, who falls into bounty hunting to pick up some cash and avoid having to move back home. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey, and dances around the question of whether she wants to bed Joe Morelli again -- the local cop who stole her virginity when she was young and foolish, and then wrote about it on the bathroom walls and the stadium bleachers. She got revenge years later by almost running him down with a Buick. No cream puff here, she is also not exactly an expert at being a "fugitive apprehension agent". More like an apprehensive agent, and the descriptions are hilarious.

WHAT I LIKED:
Stephanie is supposed to find an elusive man -- Joe Morelli! Yep, her cop foil and first-love is wanted for allegedly shooting an unarmed suspect. Morelli claims there were other guys in the apartment, and there was a gun, but that doesn't change the fact that Plum needs to bring him in to get the money. And she isn't experienced enough to match wits with him for most of the book. But she has help from a lot of extra support characters -- Ranger, the experienced bounty-hunter; Vincent, the bail bondsman; and Plum's family.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Her grandmother is a little over the top but so are Lulu and Jackie, hookers in the downtown neighborhood; and one seriously disturbed boxer, with a passion for hurting women.

BOTTOM-LINE:
Excellent first in the series

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prlange22
May 25, 2017

I borrowed this book because the series was so highly rated on the Internet. I was looking forward to finding another author to read. However I only read the first 10 pages of this book. Stephanie is molested at age 6 by an 8 yr old boy. This same boy takes advantage of her as a teenager. In retaliation, she hits him with her car. This is all supposed to be funny, but I found it terribly sad. There was far too much profane language and ugly concepts even in the first 10 pages. I crossed Evanovich off my list of authors to read.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

The first book in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, and my first Janet Evanovich read. This was a pretty decent book; it's a mystery, but for the most part, it doesn't read like a formulaic mystery: murder, clues, resolution. It reads more like a book about Stephanie's life, and her new job as a bounty hunter and all the dangers that go along with that.
No, it's not "classical literature", but it was a fun read and I'll probably read at least a couple more from the series.

ArapahoeAlice Sep 03, 2016

I laughed so hard reading this that I had an asthma attack--and it was worth it. This is the novel that made Janet Evanovich a best-selling author. Stephanie Plum, having lost her job buying lingerie, takes a job as a bounty hunter. She is incompetent, but lucky and spunky. Cop Joe Morelli is one of the world's hottest heroes. Dinners with Stephanie's family are bizarrely funny, Enjoy!

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shelbysmom1996
Jun 01, 2016

saw the movie - decided to read the book. It's a good mystery, with enough physical chemistry between the 2 main characters to keep the mystery from getting too serious. I look forward to reading more of this series of books.

SFPL_ExcelsiorLib May 05, 2016

If you are looking for a light and funny beach read, this series about the (mis)adventures of novice bounty hunter Stephanie Plum may be just the thing for you.

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Genericus
Feb 23, 2016

Saw the movie first, thought it was pretty funny and well done, the book seems to be the same. More details in the book, more 'cases' and you can see the growth of Plum a bit better.
Get the next one too!

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ShannanwithanA
Sep 26, 2015

Totally fun, light easy reading. First in Stephanie Plum series. Fashion is a little dated since book first published in 1994 but plot whisks along and romantic tension with old flame Joe Morelli is adorable.

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ebbalytle
Feb 24, 2015

This is a bit of an unusual series in that the heroine is not the most intelligent or brave or fast person you could meet. She's normal... in an abnormal sort of way. LOL Her family are funny, although they don't think so, and she gets frustrated with them very often. Her cop "love interest" is not someone you'd want your daughter to be dating, unless you didn't know his past history with said daughter. She's someone I could like and befriend in real life... just quirky enough to be fun.

siammarino Aug 25, 2014

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum tries to bring in ex-cop Morelli with whom she was once involved romantically. Got to like Stephanie's courage and the humorous situations she finds herself in. However it's hard to believe that she can't nab this guy who she keeps running into.

crystal_dark Jul 10, 2014

This book was a lot of fun to read. I have already seen the movie several times so I had an idea of what was supposed to happen but reading the book definitely gives you more character background than the movie does. I am glad that I saw the movie first though because it was cast really well. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

libbyo4 Jun 11, 2014

All the Stephanie Plum based books are very similar in plot with some unusual characters thrown in,but for some reason I am addicted. This series is like a soap opera that you can't get enough of.

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emmadragons
Mar 22, 2014

Reading this book i was laughing yet i was disturbed mildly.Anyway youll get a good laugh. Granmother Mazur is quite a character

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ScorchingSun
Feb 11, 2014

The author writes with great style and sassy humour but her heroine's brassy, wisecracking personality jars with her endless bumblings at her new job. It's like Batman, dark and scary but constantly getting his cape caught on doors. Uncomfortably embarrassing.

shahnozas Dec 25, 2013

I LOVE THE BOOK SO MUCH!!! I caught myself laughing out loud in the train!!!! (which was embarrassing).

Vincent T Lombardo Jul 14, 2013

Very funny and entertaining. Occasionally I had to suspend my disbelief, but Evanovich kept me turning the pages. I plan to read other books in the series.


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