This is one of the best in the Stephanie Plum series. (I've only read through 5 so far, though!) If you want a mystery that is laugh-out-loud funny, this series delivers. My husband asked to read them after hearing me laugh so often. Now HE'S hooked! (And that's saying a lot!)
I'm very happy that it took me so long to find Stephanie Plum. Now I can zoom through the next ten or so books since they've already been published! This one has the brash, rash Trenton, NJ bounty hunter tangling with undertakers and arms dealers with the help of Grandma Mazur and sexy Joe Morelli.
I love Stephanie! I think Lula, thr "Ho" turned file clerk who always wants to put a cap up someone's ass, is hilarious. I love the fact that you can almost taste the New Jersey smog. I love the daft granny! Sometimes books you can read in a day - just for a laugh are worth as much as pulitzer winners.
The 2nd in the Stephanie Plum series, it just gets better. Evanovich writes rich, full characters that grab you by the collar and jerk you into the story. Be ready to laugh out loud when Stephanie's Grandma Mazur decides to "help out" with her current case.
Hanging out with Stephanie in Trenton is like driving around my own city. I can almost see the old guys hanging around in front of the stores, and the kids on the streetcorners. The descriptions are top notch and you really feel like you are riding shotgun with the sassiest bounty hunter around.
This is the 2nd 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.
Another good one by Evanovich. I enjoy how she keeps you on your toes and the sexual tension between Stephanie Plum and Joe Morelli. I also like how she intertwines the books yet you can still read them stand alone if you like.
GREAT!!! I am very excited I started reading this series. Bk1 was great and this one was even better. It has suspense, a little flirtation thrown in and a crazy grandmother! You couldn't ask for more!
Very excited to read Bk3 in the series!
I absolutly loved this!! I liked the fact that the story begins right where "one for the money" left off, b/c although you arent really left hanging at the end of One for the $$ you still have a longing to see what happens next in Stephanie's action packed life... I listened to this audio cd on a long car ride and it really made the trip go quickly as i was on the edge of my seat the whole time! First of all, i would like to say hats off to the woman who read the book!!! She "played" the part of stephanie (and all the other characters) very well and sounded just as i would imagine her... And, being that i am a new jersey native (lived there pretty much my whole life) i think she captured the "true new jersey accent" perfectly when she read Stephanie's mom's lines in the book!!! All in all i must say that Two for the dough definitly does not dissapoint! Its full of guns, thugs, laughs, mystery, suspense, along with a little peppering of a possible budding romance between Stephanie & Morelli... In end she catches her bad guy and can finally sleep safe and sound in her apartment again (that is of course only until she is on the hunt again in "three to get deadly"-which i will definitly be reading very soon!!)
The first book thrilled me and I wondered if the story would be consistently entertaining through book Two. Well, doubt no more. It just keeps getting better. I am loving these characters. Grandma Mazur is a prize. Even more fun than the first.
I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first one. I'm not sure why. It was funny, but the story didn't really grab me this time. I like Stephanie Plum and her crazy family, especially the hilarious Grandma Mazur, who was, without a doubt, the star in this book. A quick, entertaining read, quirky characters, I look forward to reading the rest of this Stephanie Plum series!
The second in the series about the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum continues her adventures through the streets of Trenton and other (infamous) areas of New Jersey. Ms. Evanovich's humorous descriptions are right on the money.
Keep goin' - this is the second of the Stephanie Plum series, and it is just as funny, if not funnier, than the first. A young woman tries tries her hand at being a bounty hunter, and gets the job done, though not in traditional "Dawg the Bounty Hunter" ways - and with a family to rival any we might have. Two handsome suiters vie for her attention, while she is just trying to make a living bringing the strangest of characters to justice. I loved it! It isn't a deep-thinker, but I read it when my daughter was in the hospital and I really needed a laugh.
Two for the Dough is book two of the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie is a bounty hunter for her cousin Vinnie. She teams up with Joe Morelli, a local vice cop to bring in Kenny Mancuso. Kenny shot his friend Moogy Bues in the knee and had the poor luck to do it in front of an off duty cop. Stephanie thinks this will be an easy job. Unfortunately, things turn complicated rather quickly. Caskets are missing, body parts start turning up and the more Stephanie learns about Kenny the more she wants to stay as far away from him as possible.
Two for the Dough is a quick, easy read and Stephanie is a fun character to ride along with. This case has her working closely with Joe Morelli. Stephanie is still uncertain what her feelings towards Joe are. The reader can tell that Joe and Stephanie are starting to care about each other. She is still attracted to him, but doesn't want to get involved with him for fear of getting hurt. She basically avoids dealing with these feelings and focuses on her job.
Stephanie is still new to the bounty hunter world and continually makes mistakes, but she is the type to learn from them. There are plenty of high-jinks and silly antics to keep the pages turning. Stephanie's jeep gets stolen and her Granny gives her a 1950s something Buick that is practically a character all on its own. Stephanie's Granny plays a significant role in this book as well and she sure is a hoot. Readers will either love her or hate her. I happened to love it.
Stephanie Plum is at it again, trying to do her job as a bounty hunter and getting in over her head in typical Plum fashion. She has to depend on Ranger [her bounty-hunter hunk co-worker] and her friend, cop Joe Morelli, to help her catch her man. Throw in her off-the-wall Grandma Mazur and a mixture of other hilarious characters and you've got a book that will keep you laughing while you read to see how she catches her man this time. This is a great series, read all of them!!
LOL funny!!! I couldn't stop laughing! I even read parts of this book outloud to my DH. He was impressed that it wasn't just a mushy romance. Stephanie's grandmother is a hoot. She made the whole book for me.
I loved the book, but not this audio version. Stick with C.J. Critt. Listening to Lori Petty is like nails on a chalkboard. She makes Ranger sound like a Mexican drug runner instead of a sexy Cuban. And the book is abridged (which in this case is good, I suppose).
Not as hilarious as the first or third which are the only ones I've read to date but definitely worth the read. It's still funny and has some awesome banter. You will fall in love with Grandma Mazur who almost steals the show in this one!
I'm hooked on the Stephanie Plum series. The books are easy, fast, trashy and absolutely funny! Stephanie is such a dork, it's adorable and so naive you just want to protect her. I can't wait to finish the whole series.
This time Stephanie is after Kenny Mancuso, a cousin of Joe Morelli's. It was good. Not quite as hilarious as the first, but definitely good. I like the character and her attitude. Grandma Mazur is getting more involved and lots of fun stuff happened. They spend so much time at funeral homes that Stephanie is NOT looking forward to ever going back to another one again! :)
I thought that this book was better and funnier than One for the Money. After reading the first book, I was not sure I wanted to continue. Sure, the book was a quick, undemanding read, but I wasn't sure that was enough to engage me for a long series. Now I'm hooked!
While still completely inept as a bounty-hunter, Stephanie is getting better. Cop (and childhood fondler) Joe Morelli is back, as is Ranger (although his involvement is much less in this book than the first). Lula the hooker is back, this time as a filing-clerk, turned "assistant bounty-hunter", and her brief scene is quite hilarious. Stephanie's batty Grandma Mazur is more involved in this story too, and that's a great thing. All in all, we're getting to know the characters much better, and that's a really good thing in a series.
There is some quite graphic violence described, and just like the first book, Stephanie is dealing with a dangerous psychopath. But even the violence has its funny side. Like a hilarious scene with a severed finger; two pages with the phrase "give the finger" sprinkled liberally throughout, and you're just waiting for that snappy one-liner, but it doesn't come - and I think that was both quite deliberate, and quite laudable!
Well, lets see... . .Now I have read the first 2 in the series, to see if I wanted to keep on going with this author. Might be a little too much of a female writers view of a woman sleuth for men to read (maybe, just sayin). I did laff a few times and the plots are OK (3 stars) I guess they are "light reading" books. I do plan on reading a few more, shes no Lisa Gardner,or Tess Gerritsen, tho.
Stephanie Plum is my new bff!! I can't believe how much hilarious and how much edge of the seat action in one little book. Grandma Mazur stole the show her crazy actions had me in stiches!
Getting to see more Ranger action is cool and he's another hot and cool character. Bring on book three!!
Terrell C. (tari) reviewed Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, Bk 2) on
I absolutely loved it. This was the first book I have read by this author. It was funny yet the story line was riveting. Had all that you want in a mystery, with a charasmatic heroi9ne, but the prose was humorous. Will see k out this authors books.
Another great read in the Stephanie Plum series -- I laughed out loud again several times. This author has such a great way of describing the characters that I feel I can see right into the neighborhood where everything is happening. I carried this one around with me everywhere I went as I wanted to know what was happening with Stephanie every chance I got. It was like following a twitter! I read this one also in record time and am moving right on to #3!
I absolutely love the Stephanie Plum series! Janet Evanovich continues her series about the adventures of a regular, everyday, donut-eating, shoe-shopping girl, and she makes it hysterically funny! If you like reading the bboks, try out the audio series with CJ Critt as the reader - she really nails this one!
This is an abridgement of Book 2 in the Stephanie Plum Series. There are two audiocassettes running approx. 3 hours. Janet Evanovich is a witty and humorous author. Her characters are so well defined you can picture what each one looks like in your head. A warning when reading or listening to any book of this series: Do not read or listen to audiobooks while on an airplane! The laughter will have you choking to be quiet and the dirty looks from your fellow passengers will shame you into either putting it away or sharing with the group.
"Two for the Dough" is book two in the Stephanie Plum series, and the sheen has not yet worn off the adventures of the world's luckiest inept bounty hunter.
Stephanie has the uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time and still have everything go wrong. The simplest assignments turn into life threatening situations when she's around and when paired with her pistol packing Grandma, it's mayhem.
She is suppose to track down Kenny Mancuso, who happens to be related to Joe Morelli, her love/hate acquaintance since childhood. Kenny has allegedly shot his pal Moogey in the kneecap, and failed to appear in court, so it's up to the bounty hunter to get her man before cousin Vinnie pulls the case.
Of course, nothing is as simple as it seems, and soon she's coffin hunting, visiting funeral parlors and just to make life interesting, body parts keep turning up in inconvenient and unexpected places.
This is her most dangerous case to date and this time Grandma Mazur's life is also in danger. It's up to Stephanie to track down a psychotic killer before he gets to her.
Funny and fast moving, this one is a quick, enjoyable read.
"You have a knack for running into people you're looking for, though completely inept at taking them down."
I just finished reading Two for theDough by Janet Evanovich, and let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed!
What a great second edition to the Stephanie Plum series! Stephanie is back and still doing her best as a bounty hunter in Trenton, New Jersey. She's got her tough guy pal, Ranger, a total pro at the job, and super sexy Joe Morelli, helping her out whether she wants it or not!
Plum has a new case, Kenny Mancuso, who seems to have lost his marbles! Never on police radar before, Mancuso is now hacking off fingers, feet and Johnsons!
Stephanie is still learning the whole apprehension agent gig, so she's not going to be perfect at it immediately, right? Right! So, of course she's going to make some " oopses ". She's got a huge, blue Buick (very visible, not that great on stake outs), still pretty terrible with her .38 S&W, and now has this weird twitch in her eye!
Not only that, Stephanie's also got Morelli muscling his way in on supper! Her mother is fussing over her all the time and her dad has his nose buried in a paper to escape it all.
This book is hilarious! The dialog, the witty antics and especially the laugh out loud humor her Grandma Mazur offers to the plot, makes Two for the Dough, hysterical, thrilling, and suspenseful! Two for the Dough NEEDS to be on your bookshelves!
Check out my review on One for the Money, book one, in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, at book2buzz.blogspot.com!
Check out the interview between Book2Buzz and Janet Evanovich there too! If you haven't got Two for the Dough yet, what are you waiting for?
Janet Evanovich always manages to have fun while spinning a plot full of twists and turns, with just the right amount of sexual tension. Having read some of the more recent Stephanie Plum books, it's interesting to see how she was more tentative and insecure in the early episodes, contrasted with the confidence of the newer ones. Character development is especially good. The men in the book aren't strictly good guys or bad guys-- they're just guys that struggle with decisions, and sometimes make bad choices. I highly recommend this book to any mystery lover, and especially to fans of Janet's work.
If you haven't read any of the Stephanie Plum novels - what have you been waiting for? She is one of the funniest, most appealing heroines to walk the mean streets in a long while. In this book Stephanie is on the trail of crazy Kenny Mancuso, aided by her tough bounty hunting pal, Ranger and her funeral hopping Grandma Mazur and knee deep in corpses.
Wonderful serie!!! A neighbor gave me all 12 books to read and I'm glad I started with the first, I'm hooked! Already I'm at the third! ;-)
Stephanie is just a very funny, likeable character, her family amuses me (mostly the granny!) and the interaction with Joe Morelli is just great to follow. ;-)
I've come to the Stephanie Plum series a bit late in life. These books have been around for years but I only decided to give them a try a few months back. I really enjoy them! If you enjoy Sue Grafton, chances are that you will like this series as well. "Two for the Dough" is perfect for light, beach reading. Great comedic mystery.
I'm a new Evanovich reader, and others will have more thorough reviews, so I will just say that I enjoyed this book, the grandmother is hee-haw funny, but I'd put it at PG-13 at least for some ugly violence.
Stephanie is quickly learning what not to do in order to become bounty hunter extrodinar. With crazy Grandma in tow, They are out for the next paycheck. But they have to hang with the dead to find thier man.
Stephanie Plum is back packing a whole lot of attitude not to mention stun huns desfense sprays and a .38 Smith & Wesson. she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso a boy from the working class burg of Trenton New Jersey who has just shot his best friend.
Loved it! I received books 1-6 (I think) for Christmas, so have no need to hold onto Two For the Dough any longer.
This is the book where Grandma Mazur comes to the forefront, where she and Stephanie Plum go around to different funerals. Some reviews I've read didn't like bringing Grandma into the main cast of characters, but I didn't mind it at all; she's cranky and funny. Stephanie is as funny and confused as ever!
Stephanie makes me laugh out loud. I'm a mystery/thriller girl but the Plum books have really got me hooked. Stephanie should not be able to own a gun or a car. She is so clumsy and is such a klutz. These books are wrote very well with all the humor and a touch of sweet, kooky romance. I laugh all the way thru and immediately pick up the next in the series.
Carolyn C. reviewed Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, Bk 2) on
I resisted these books for a while but when the movie came out I figured I'd better read at least the first one beforehand. The fact that I read the second one is testimony to the fact that I thoroughly enjoy reading these books. They are perfect beach reads - sharp, funny and light. "Two for the Dough" did not disappoint me.
Stephanie is back and I think I am falling in love with her. I think I will stay away though because her grandmother sounds like an accident waiting to happen. And besides that, Stephanie is an accident that has happened! This book and series is hilarious.
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum debuted in Janet Evanovich's award-winning One For The Money. Now she's back, packing a whole lot of attitude -- not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights, and a .38 Smith & Wesson - on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, who has just shot his best friend. Mancuso's fresh out of the army and suspiciously wealthy. He's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with ethics that lean toward the gray zone, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.
Aided by her tough bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and her funeral-happy Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's soon staggering knee-deep in corpses and caskets, trying to shake Morelli...and stirring up a very nasty enemy....
If you haven't discovered Stephanie Plum yet, it's not too late! Definitely the most humorous detective series you'll ever read!
Another good and funny one. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. I'm hoping Stephanie will hook up with Joe Morelli soon, and according to the Plumography at the back of book 1, I think this happens around book 4, or maybe that's when he asks Stephanie to marry him. In any case, though I wouldn't consider this a romance, I like the little element of romance that is there, the burgeoning relationship between Stephanie and Joe.
Oh my! Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is at it again. This was another wacky and wild ride through the burbs of Trenton as Steph tries to find a killer, crack a case, and keep herself alive in the process.
Her delicious pair of hotties, Ranger and Morelli, make an appearance, along with the hilarious Grandma Mazur and ex-prostitute Lula.
Second in the Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, series continues her adventures with the usual cast of characters -- including the sleazy cousin, the hot and mysterious Ranger, and the hot cop hunk from her past/present/future.
Stephanie's new case was supposed to be simple. Kenny Mancuso had shot his friend, not fatally, and then skipped out on his bond. Should be real simple, right? Of course, first she has to find Kenny. Then his friend is murdered. Trying to track down any leads, she joins Grandma Mazur at a funeral home run by Spiro, another of Kenny's childhood friends. But Spiro has a case of his own. 24 caskets have been stolen, and he wants Stephanie to hunt them down. Is there a connection? With Ranger to advise and Joe Morelli to shadow, will Stephanie put all the pieces in place and catch Kenny before he turns on her?
hysterically funny - I keep seeing Sandra Bullock as Stephanie Plum and wish they'd make this series into movies beofre she is too old for the role! Very funny stuff - read this on an airplane and watch teh other passengers wonder what you are laughing about!
I laughed my ass off reading this book! Holy Stephanie Plum! Grandma Mazur! Gotta watch her! She's a pistol! Not sure what Joe Morelli is thinking? Stephanie should plan on figuring out how to be a better bounty hunter... but she did get her man!
Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum debuted in Janet Evanovich's award-winning One for the Money. Here, she's back, packing a whole lot of attitdue - not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, and a .38 Smith and Wesson. This time around, shes on the trail of Kenny ancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend.
Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude, not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights and a .38 Smith & Wesson--on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, who's just shot his best friend. Mancuso's fresh out of the army and suspicisously wealthy. Then there's Joe Morelli, a vice cop that keeps getting involved in Stephanie's investigations.
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum debuted in Janet Evanovich's award-winning One For The Money. Here, she's back, packing a whole lot of attitude...not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, and a .38 Smith and Wesson. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend.Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations. Aided by her tough bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and her funeral-happy Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's soon staggering knee-deep in corpses, trying to shake Morelli and stirring up a very nasty enemy. FUNNY!!!
Number 2 in the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie Plum debuted in One For The Money. A bounty hunter packing a whole lot of attitude, a stun gun, defense spray and a .38 Smith & Wesson, none of which she seems to use very often, even when she should. There is a love/hate relationship with Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations. Great fun read!!!
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice copy with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations. Aided by her tough bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and her funeral-happy Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's soon staggering knee-deep in corpses, trying to shake Morelli...and stirring up a very nasty enemy.
Stephanie Plum continues her career as a bounty hunter, finding herself in situations out of her league. Luckily, she has the help of Morelli and Ranger. Just like the first book in the series, Two for the Dough is filled with suspense as well as comedy. If you have not given this series a chance, you are truely missing out.
Stephanie Plum is at it again! Just as she did in the first novel, Stephanie finds herself in a sticky situation far out of her league. Luckily, she still has the help of Morelli and Ranger. This book is as packed with suspense and comedy as the first. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
Stephanie is after a new bail jumper, Kenny Mancuso, a boy from Trenton's burg. He's fresh out of the army, suspiciously wealthy, and he's just shot his best friend. With her bounty hunter pal Ranger stepping in occasionally to advise her, Stephanie staggers knee-deep in corpses and caskets as she traipses through back streets, dark alleys, and funeral parlors. And nobody knows funeral parlors better than Stephanie's irrepressible Grandma Mazur, a lady whose favorite pastime is grabbing a front-row seat at a neighborhood wake. So Stephanie uses Grandma as a cover to follow leads, but loses control when Grandma warms to the action, packing a cool pistol. Much to the family's chagrin, Stephanie and Granny may soon have the elusive Kenny in their sights. Low on expertise but learning fast, high on resilience, and despite the help she gets from friends and relatives, Stephanie eventually must face the danger alone when embalmed body parts begin to arrive on her doorstep and she's targeted for a nasty death by the most loathsome adversary she's ever encountered. Another case like this and she'll be a real pro.
Janet, Evanovich really does keep s you from wanting to put the book down. There are like 19 books about Stephanie Plum the main character in this series and this was the hardest book to get a hold of, but I am loving it. The humor is great.:-)
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum debuted in Janet Evanovich's award-winning One for the Money. Here, she's back, packing a whole lot of attitude--not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, and a .38 Smith & Wesson. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.
Aided by her tough bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and her funeral-happy Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's soon staggering knee-deep in corpses, trying to shake Morelli...and stirring up a very nasty enemy.
"Ooh-la-la! What a woman! One of the funniest, most applealing new heroines to stroll down the mean streats in a long while." ~Booklist
"[Stephanie Plum] is a Jersey girl with Bette Midler's mouth and Cher's fashion sense...Who could resist this doll?" ~The New York Time Book Review.