Finished this last night. I can't believe I almost didn't continue with the series, after not being overimpressed with One For the Money! Stephanie, Lula, Morelli, Ranger, and the rest of the stellar cast feel like old friends now.
I do love that Evanovich puts some running jokes throughout the books, such as Stephanie's car woes, and the indestructible Buick! I think that there were some running jokes with language in this one also. "Hunh" (used as an exclamation, question, and so on) was uttered by many characters (including Stephanie's Father) in this book. "Damned Skippy" was another one, usually from Lula.
Lula displayed a tender and caring side in this book, putting her friend and previously fellow hooker Jackie into rehab. I noticed a few exchanges between Stephanie and Lula that were really quite serious. This book wasn't all slapstick comedy. Even Stephanie's strange relationship with cop Joe Morelli has been tempered a little. Morelli seems to be getting frighteningly close to settling down.
I also appreciated that there was not an over-the-top dangerous psychopath throughout the book (as in the previous two books), although the "men in ski-masks" came close.
I loved the book, but not this audiobook. Not only is it abridged, but listening to Lori Petty read makes me want to gouge my eyes out. She reads too fast and her accent makes me crazy. To each his/her own I suppose.
This is the funniest Stephanie Plum novel yet. I can't recall the last time a book made me laugh out loud not once but many times. And I'd laugh later when I would remember a certain passage from the book. Stephanie is up to her chin in trouble again, and what a fun ride to be along on!
She's got a new sidekick in Lula, the ex-hooker turned file clerk, and their banter is one for the record books. There is less of Grandma Mazur in this one, but the few appearances she makes are gut busters! She's at her funniest when Ranger joins the Plums for dinner one night. Things are getting interesting with Morelli, too!
The ending to this one was a bit murky. I was following along fine until Stephanie got a good lead, but while it was hinted at and you know what the end result is, you never know what the whole story is or why the lightbulb went on and how she figured it out. A lot of the details seemed to be pared down in the last chapter and I would rather have read them than assume what was going on. But aside from that, it's another fun adventure with Trenton's sassiest bounty hunter.
This is the 3rd in the series with Stephanie Plum, the inept bounty hunter, her two love interests - Joe and Ranger - and her eccentric family, including the infamous Grandma Mazur. Great reading and a surefire belly laugh in several places.
Trenton, N.J., bounty hunter and former lingerie buyer Stephanie Plum (last seen in Two for the Dough) becomes persona non grata when she tracks down a neighborhood saint who has failed to show up for his court appearance. No one wants to help Stephanie, who works for her bail-bondsman cousin, Vinnie. While questioning admirers of the man nicknamed Uncle Mo, Stephanie is attacked and knocked out as she cases his candy store. She comes to next to the dead body of her attacker, who turns out to be a well-known drug dealer. Suddenly, she can't avoid stumbling across the bodies of dead drug dealers: one in a dumpster, one in a closet and four in the candy store basement. Stephanie suspects that mild-mannered Mo has become a vigilante and is cleaning up the streets in a one-man killing spree. But when she's repeatedly threatened by men wearing ski masks, she wonders if Mo has company and just might be in over his head. Despite her new clownish orange hair job, Stephanie muddles through another case full of snappy one-liners as well as corpses. By turns buttressed and hobbled by her charmingly clueless family and various cohorts (including streetwise co-worker Lulu, detective and heartthrob Morelli and professional bounty hunter Ranger), the redoubtable Stephanie is a character crying out for a screen debut.
Stephanie and her cast of characters are always great fun. This is very abridged and was somewhat disappointed as there is a lot more depth to the story and character development in the book. Took a little bit to get used to Lori Petty's narration, but by the 2nd disk, I could live with it. Not to get too picky about a great fun read, but if I hadn't read the book first and the entire Plum series I don't think I would have kept reading them over and over just to laugh.
Stephanie Plum is back! Hold on to your cars - don't let her near them. Grandma is just too, well, too..........
She is an ex-lingerie buyer now working as a bail bondsman for her sleazy cousin Vinnie. The cast of characters just gets better and better. I have read all of the Plum books and they are all laugh out loud! Don't read these in public unless you are ready for "the looks". In this one Uncle Mo goes missing and Stephanie has to track him down.
Another good one, less Gramda Mazur, wish there was more, but the action keeps on coming and the humor is still there. I cannot imagine that there are so many of these books, seems like a sleepy town for so much action, but I guess that is why it is fiction! Get into the series, you will never get out, but you will love it all the same.
Third in the Stephanie Plum series. As usual, Stephanie gets in over her head when she tries to track down Mo Bedemeir, the beloved owner of the local candy store, who has gone AWOL on his bond and a no-show for his court date. People keep ending up dead and Stephanie always seems to be on the scene when it happens. If you enjoy a quick and entertaining read, you'll enjoy this series.
A saintly old candy-store owner is on the lam and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on the case. As her body count rises, Stephanie finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life.
Janet Evanovich's screwball thrillers offer up a wonderful heroine. Many laughs..always picks just the right detail and makes "the burg" come alive.
Fast-paced and funny.
The third romp in the Stephanie Plum -- Bounty Hunter Extraordinaire series by Janet Evanovich finds Stephanie living on the edge of danger...this time to her own life. I love these books! Just wanted to share them with others, too.
You just can't get enough of Stephanie Plum. But I definitely recommend starting with One for the Money and working your way up. If you start in the middle of the series, you may not understand the characters as well.
Another great story in the Plum series! This time Stephanie gets herself in a whole lot more trouble than she ever expected! Exciting, funny, and this time the ending is very interesting, sort of a 'to be continued' and leaves you hanging and wanting more!
A saintly old candy-store owner is on the lam-& bounty hunter extraordinaire Stephanie Plum is on the case. Stephanie finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life. And with the help of eccentric friends and family, Steph must see to it that this case does not become her last..............I love Janet Evanovich humor and phraseology!
This was the best one yet! The first two Plum books were good, but this one was great. I was constantly laughing out loud.... Lula's character gets further developed in this book and the funniest out of the bunch.
As usual, Stephanie Plum is way over her head. Untrained, uncoordinated, dysfunctional and disorganized, she is the world's most unlikely bounty hunter.
This time her assignment is simply to track down the town saint, a well-loved candy man with a devoted following. Suddenly people are shooting at her, drug dealers are turning up dead and her new sidekick is a former hooker with an attitude and a craving for action, at least until it becomes too dangerous.
Acknowledging her limitations, she calls on professional bounty hunter Ranger and police detective Morelli, her primary romantic weakness.
After all the expected and unexpected twists and turns, this turns out to be a wildly funny and entertaining read.
Sue W. (weins) reviewed Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum, Bk 3) on
I love the Stephanie Plum series. The books are easy to read and very entertaining. It relaxes me and takes my mind off things at the end of a long day. They are relatively short and easy to get through. I read them quickly even with just some short bedtime reading. That can be either a good or a bad thing.
Janet Evanovich is SUCH a good author. Hearing the stories is even more fun than reading them because the readers are good at using different voices for different characters. Lori Petty's not the best reader I've heard, but she's pretty good.
Stephanie Plum is at it again in the third installment of the series. Chasing bad guys, bumbling her way through her new life as a bounty hunter. This time, she's after a much-loved candy-store owner, so she gets no help from people in town--even as the body count rises. Spark continue between Morelli and Stephanie in this fast-paced page turner.
Kathrine D. reviewed Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum, Bk 3) on
My daughter recently read this book, and she read it in 2 days! Once she was finished she told me everything about this series. "Three To Get Deadly" is the third book in the Stephanie Plum series, and so far,of what my daughter has told me, it has been a hilarious, action packed novel that never slows down. Stephanie Plum just started working for her her very pervy cousin ,Vinnie Plum, as a bounty hunter and ever since she started she has been shot at, stalked, several of her cars have been blown up, and she even made a friend along the way,Lula a former hooker turned file clerk who works with Stephanie and for Vinnie. Along the way of kicking butt and bringing in bonds Stephanie ran into Joe Morelli. This former cop ,who Stephanie has had many "encounters" with in not only her childhood but also highschool on several occations. I recommend that you start with the first book in the series and work yourself through this super funny series of 18 books of awkward situations,nonstop action, drama, and even romance.(the first book is One for the Money)
Thanks and i hope you consider this crazy series!,
Kathrine and mostly her daughter Kaitlyn
This series is "laugh out loud" funny. I had to look up on the internet what a 1952 powder blue Buick looked like and I found a picture! Grandma Mazur is the best character in this series and Evanovich just keeps getting better right along. I am always looking forward to her next book and am eager to find out what Stephanie Plum is up to! A good read, for sure, that lightens your spirits!
I thought this book did not really become worth reading until about 75 pages into it. It became very suspenseful about half way through it, and I enjoyed reading the rest of it. I obtained much satisfaction and found a sense of resolution in Stephanie's crazy and chaotic relationships and life in this book. I plan to wait a little while before I read the next Stephanie Plum mystery; I think there are more enriching books for me to read now!
Book 3 and Stephanie still has me busting out laughing. Her and her grandmother are the funniest people ever without even knowing it. They are so crazy, and kooky. I love them. I also love the back and forth banter between Stephanie and Morrelli, and Stephanie and Ranger. These books are so funny.
Stephanie Plum, that sexy, sassy bounty hunter from Trenton, returns in this book to join forces with Lula, a former "ho" turned file clerk, to search for beloved ice cream store owner Mo Bedemier, who has been accused of carrying concealed. When Stephanie gets knocked out and wakes up next to a very dead guy who is in violation of a bond agreement for Stephanie's cousin and employer, VincentPlum, Stephanie looks bad in the "homicide motive" department. Head homicide investigator Joe Morelli wants Stephanie for questioning--and maybe more. This book is fast, it's funny, it's fabulous entertainment.
It will keep you laughing and reading!!!
I resisted the Evanovich series thinking it was silly. Instead I found the characters to be realistic & likable but the books are still suspenseful & interesting. I will be reading the rest of the series, I'm hooked!
The best one yet!! Stephanie Plum is at it again. And with each dead body, you can't help but laugh out loud as she stumbles around death threats, drug dealers, bullets, and death threats. Who would have thought Uncle Mo, the burb's outstanding citizen and icecream man could be so much trouble?
And if that's not enough for you, let me tell you about the flavors of the month... Yummy bad ass Ranger is as mysterous as ever, And lickable Morelli is still melt in your mouth hmmmm mmmm good!
Shana reviewed Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum, Bk 3) on
There were some very funny parts. I figured I would give this series a try since I've heard so many wonderful things about it. I think the books are okay and have some great laughs, but I most likely won't continue with this series.
This one was funnier then One or Two - I am fond of black comedy and with the dead bodies showing up everywhere, this book had me laughing. When Lulu and Stephanie had to transport the body they encountered with the windshield of thier car, I giggled through several pages of the hilarious chain of events before the stiff was turned over to the authorities.. I had a hard time taking it seriously as a murder mystery though, you must really suspend disbelief to go along with some of it. Very enjoyable read!
Another quick and funny read by Evanovich in the Stephanie Plum series. Though I still think, maybe moreso in this book than the previous two, that Stephanie is such an idiot at times and more than half the trouble she gets into is of her own making. Nonetheless, she's still pretty funny, and the stuff she gets into while on the hunt for Uncle Mo, along with Lula and Morelli, brought a chuckle more than once. I'd so like to see Stephanie wind up with Morelli eventually, and there were hints of this coming in this book. :)
Some of the best mental candy I've come across in a while. Even though I know she's blonde, I always end up with Marissa Tomei from "My Cousin Vinnie" as my mental image of Stephanie Plum. Fun to read and wonderful relaxation!
A "saintly" old candy-store owner is on the lam -- and bounty hunter extraordinaire Stephanie Plum is on the case. As the body count rises, Stephanie finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life. And with the help of eccentric friends and family, Steph must see to it that this case doesn't end up being her last.
Stephanie Plum, the brassy babe in the powder blue Buick, is back, and she's having a bad hair day - for the whole month of January. She's been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemier Trenton's most beloved citizen, arrested for carrying concealed, gone no-show for his court appearance. And to make matters worse, she's got Lula, a former hooker turned file clerk - now a wannabe bounty hunter - at her side, sticking like glue. Lula's big and blonde and black, and itching to get the chance to lock up a crook in the trunk of her car. Morelli, the New Jersey vice cop with the slow-burning smile that undermines a girl's stronger resolve is being polite. So what does this mean? Has he found a new love? Or is he manipulating Steph, using her in his police investigation, counting on her unmanageable curiosity and competitive Jersey attitude? Once again, the entire One for the Money crew is in action, including Ranger and Grandma Mazur, searching for Mo, tripping down a trail littered with dead drug dealers, leading Stephanie to suspect Mo has traded his ice-cream scoop for a vigilante gun. Cursed with a disastrous new hair color and an increasing sense that it's really time to get a new job, Stephanie spirals and tumbles through Three to Get Deadly with all the wisecracks and pace her fans have come to expect.
Evanovich has a wonderful style of writing a good story that is entertaining and humerous. I couldn't put it down. Read the whole book in one sitting, laughing all the way through at Lulu's antics and Stephanie's predicaments.
I loved this book. Of the three Plum books this one is the funniest so far. I LOL so much! The relationships between the characters really grow in this book. Ranger is around more, Morelli *really* gets in on the "action" and Lula is just too much! GREAT FUN, quick read.
Stephanie is after Uncle Mo, a beloved figure in the community that every one feels can do no wrong. Drug dealers are turning up dead all over town and Stephanie thinks Uncle Mo might be involved. Another good Plum novel that I read in 2 nights. The ending felt a little off because the author kept us in the dark a little too long about some of the details. Overall, though, quite enjoyable and a fast read.
The tired book in the terrific Stephanie Plum, Bounty hunter extraordinaire (in messing up her captures and her personal life). This involves a evil candy store owner and a mortician. It is a hoot from the first to the last page.
Stephanie Plum keeps finding bodies while she is trying to find one of her fail to appears. I like the character and especially her family and friends. They are hilariously disfunctional.Very good book
Besides having this awesome ability to create page turning books, and cool characters that are right out of my own family tree, I am always entertained by Stephanie Plum! Crazy cast of characters that just make you shake your head in disbelief! Ranger as a possible bf, hmmm? So Morelli backs off and still she's hooked by Joe. The plot is thickening! Of course her mother wants to know why shes not getting married again, or getting a different job. Oi!
Elizabeth J. reviewed Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum, Bk 3) on
This is a fun book I enjoyed it very much. I had ordered this from a member and want to let anyone who wants it that this is a book that once belonged to a library so it is in good shape but has the library markings on it.
A Stephanie Plum novel. A quick read!
A "saintly" old candy-store owner is on the lam---and bounty hunter estraordinaire is on the case! As they body count rises, Stephanie finds herself ealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life. And with the help of eccentric friends and family, Stephanie must see to it that this case doesn't end up being her last. Gotta love LuLu and Gramdma Mazur. Hilariously funny!
A saintly old candy store owner is on the lam - and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on the case. As the body count rises, Steph finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life.
A "saintly"old candy-store owner is on the lam--and bounty hunter extraordinaire Stephanie Plum is on the case. As the body count rises, Stephanie finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life. And with the help of eccentric friends and family, Steph must see to it that this case doesn't being her last...
Trenton, N.J., bounty hunter and former lingerie buyer Stephanie Plum becomes persona non grata when she tracks down a neighborhood saint who has failed to show up for his court appearance. No one wants to help Stephanie, who works for her bail-bondsman cousin, Vinnie. While questioning admirers of the man nicknamed Uncle Mo, Stephanie is attacked and knocked out as she cases his candy store. She comes to next to the dead body of her attacker, who turns out to be a well-known drug dealer. Suddenly, she can't avoid stumbling across the bodies of dead drug dealers: one in a dumpster, one in a closet and four in the candy store basement. Stephanie suspects that mild-mannered Mo has become a vigilante and is cleaning up the streets in a one-man killing spree. But when she's repeatedly threatened by men wearing ski masks, she wonders if Mo has company and just might be in over his head. Despite her new clownish orange hair job, Stephanie muddles through another case full of snappy one-liners as well as corpses. By turns buttressed and hobbled by her charmingly clueless family and various cohorts (including streetwise co-worker Lulu, detective and heartthrob Morelli and professional bounty hunter Ranger), the redoubtable Stephanie is a character crying out for a screen debut.