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Book 1 - 2016

Book 1: Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich – 301 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie's bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso a suspiciously wealthy, working class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli who is trying to beat Stephanie to the punch only makes the hunt more thrilling. Taking pointers from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and using her pistol-packing Grandma Mazur as a decoy, Stephanie is soon closing in on her mark. But Morelli and his libido are worthy foes. And a more sinister kind of enemy has made his first move and his next move might be Stephanie's last.

I read this book on a flight home from San Francisco (via Hawaii – a good 14 hours in the air!) having read the first one the previous year. Stephanie is a hopeless bounty hunter from the gun-wiping side of things, but a reasonable detective, and her cast of friends are pretty entertaining. Joe Morelli is a fun love interest, though I already fear that their relationship is going to go the way of Tempe Brennan/Andrew Ryan in the Bones books. Ranger is enigmatic in a way that doesn’t feel too contrived, though why he puts up with someone as inept as Stephanie is beyond me. The mysteries so far don’t feel particularly too high brow, though I do wonder how Evanovich can maintain them in a town as small as Trenton (really, there’s that many bad/dodgy people?). All in all, the series has promise (probably exemplified by the 20-something books that have been published) but I’m not sure how its going to maintain itself that long; we shall see!

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301 / 15000 pages. 2% done!

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