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Subject: Stephanie Plum wannabes
Date Posted: 6/29/2008 7:01 PM ET
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My wife has gotten hooked on Janet Evanivich's Stepanie Plum series.  She's read them all, even Fearless Fourteen.  She's read some of the other Evanovich books, but they really don't appeal to her the same as the Plum series.  Anyone have a suggestion for books that might tide her over until the fifteenth book gets published?  She'd be most interested in an established series, but I'm sure some free standing titles would be good, too.  We'll be glad to look into any suggestions, and if one you suggest is on your own shelf, we'll pull it from threre, so you'll get a trade credit.  Thanks!!!

Date Posted: 6/29/2008 7:28 PM ET
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The Sophie Metropolis books are pretty similar to the Stephanie Plum series.  Tori Carrington (husband and wife team) write the books.  I have the first two.  Sophie Metropolis is on my shelf, and I have a copy of Dirty Laundry (wishlisted) that I haven't listed yet, so PM me if you want them, since I'd prefer to send both in the same package to save postage.

Date Posted: 6/29/2008 7:51 PM ET
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If you go here http://www.stopyourekillingme.com and look at the left side of the screen you'll see an "If you like this author" type link. There you will find all sorts of similar authors.

Last Edited on: 6/29/08 7:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/29/2008 7:52 PM ET
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Actually the link is called "Read Alikes". You probably would have figured it out. :)
Date Posted: 6/30/2008 8:02 AM ET
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I have heard British author "Liz Evans" writes a series which is the equivelent to Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum".

If anyone can verify that- let me know. :-)


Date Posted: 6/30/2008 10:32 AM ET
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Whenever anyone asks this question, I always recommend the "Strip" series by Nancy Bartholomew: http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/B_Authors/Bartholomew_Nancy.html

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 2:26 PM ET
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Another suggestion is the Izzy Spellman series by Lisa Lutz.  There are two books out now (I think both may be WL), with a third due out next year.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 2:42 PM ET
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Oooh, the Lisa Lutz books are funny! I read the first one and I have the second sitting here in a pile waiting to be read.
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 9:45 PM ET
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There's a 'bubbles' series that I got because someone said they were similar but I haven't read them yet so I can't say for sure...Bubbles Abroad I think is one title.

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 1:25 PM ET
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The Jack Daniels series by J.A. Konrath is outstanding!

  • Whiskey Sour
  • Bloody Mary
  • Rusty Nail
  • Dirty Martini
  • Fuzzy Navel

The Dixie Flannigan series by Chris Rogers is also pretty good:

  • Bitch Factor
  • Rage Factor
  • Chill Factor

I've also heard that the Casey Jones series by Katy Munger is good, though I can't vouch for it personally. I have the first in the series, Legwork, but have not read it yet.

Subject: likes Stephanie Plum
Date Posted: 7/9/2008 11:14 PM ET
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I like the Stephani Plum series as well.  I find she is a little like detective Kinsey Millhone in the Sue Grafton alphabet series, starts with "A is for Alibi".  She should try one, they're good.

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 3:56 PM ET
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I would agree with whoever mentioned Bubbles...I liked the early Plum books and read through the seventh one, and quit halfway through Hard Eight and haven't looked back. I tried reading the first Bubbles book, and it was such an obvious case of being a Plum wannabe that I stopped after about page 50. But I would say if you like Plum, you'll probably like Bubbles too.


Date Posted: 7/10/2008 6:26 PM ET
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I ditto for Kinsey Milhone (Author: Sue Grafton) and Jack Daniels (Author: JA Konrath)  It will be harder to get Konrath books because the series is much newer.

I also have enjoyed the Plum series (except for the "Between-the-Numbers" books.

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 4:33 PM ET
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Thanks for all the leads, we're gonna look into all the suggestions and try a couple of the series.  (Personally I kinda hope the wife likes the Sue Grafton series, 'cause it's already up to "T", which should keep her busy for a while.)