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Sassy, brassy Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter from Trenton, N.J., introduced to acclaim in last year's One for the Money, returns to track a bond jumper through her blue-collar neighborhood known as the "burg." A local funeral home, a slimy undertaker and mutilated corpses figure large in the search for Kenny Mancuso, who, having shot an old high-school friend in the knee, posted bail with Stephanie's boss, her cousin, and then disappeared. When the old friend is shot again, fatally, Stephanie reluctantly joins forces with her sexy enemy and love interest, Trenton homicide cop Joe Morelli. While looking for Kenny, Stephanie also searches for 24 caskets stolen from Spiro Stiva, heir apparent of Stiva's Mortuary and also a high-school buddy of Kenny's. As body parts, cut from "clients" on view at Stiva's, are used to warn people off the case, Stephanie and Morelli spar in a lively if expected fashion and Stephanie's feisty gun-toting Grandma Mazur forsakes her usual routine of talk-show TV and attending wakes to join the fight against crime. Readers will likely stay a few steps ahead of the sleuths, but the sharp repartee and Stephanie's slightly cynical but still fond relationship with her family and the burg hold a treasury of urban-style charms. $100,000 ad/promo; Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour.
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Evanovich's first novel, One for the Money (Macmillan, 1994), introduced Stephanie Plum, a gutsy heroine who wormed her way into a job with her bond-agent cousin Vinnie. With the aid of vice cop Joe and her Grandma Mazur, Stephanie pursues a bail jumper and knows that a vice cop wants them both. A winning adventure.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stephanie Plum Novels (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312948964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312948962
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (785 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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?
Stephanie Plum is an appealing heroine. She acts tough, but in reality she's all too human. The plot is complicated enough to keep the reader engaged, and the action never lets up. There were several parts I thought I had figured out only to learn later I was wrong. And Grandma Mazur is a riot as she gets more involved in the story.
It's easy to see why these books are so popular - an appealing main character and fun stories. If you're looking for purely escapist fiction, this is the series for you.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on July 9, 2001
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This is a very funny book! Two for the Dough, the second book in the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie , bounty hunter gets a new case to find Kenny Mancuso who is accused of killing his best friend and jumping bail. Stephanie still is getting help from bounty hunter Ranger and cop Joe Morelli. Kenny is Joe's cousin and he is also looking for him . Grandma Mazur who is a trip helps Stephanie search the funeral homes for Kenny. Grandma Mazur is very funny and she loves going to funeral home's already. Stephanie also agrees to find missing coffins while she is in search of Kenny. This book was funnier then the first it will have you laughing out loud. The pages just seem to fly; it is very fast paced. I can't wait to read the next one, and I would recommend this series to everybody.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1996
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Stephanie Plum is back in this fast paced book that won't let you stop until you're done. This time Stephanie's teamed up with Joe Morelli in order to find his cousin who is accused of killing his best friend. Stephanie, along with Grandma Mazur, searches funeral homes for the allusive Kenny Mancusco. Two For the Dough, although not as funny as the first, has many hilarious moments . Joe Morelli and Grandma Mazur have just as much depth as supporting characters as Stephanie does as the main. Grandma Mazur's adventures in the funeral home are quite humorous, although the mortuary theme was a little too morbid and played too great a part. Janet Evanovich's great sense of humor is reflected in both One For the Money and in Two For the Dough- I laughed so hard I cried! Stephanie Plum is a hip and spunky heroine whose attitude endears herself to her readers. I highly recommend reading Two For the Dough - I can hardly wait to read the next one
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on July 24, 2001
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I would have been carted away. The divine tough-talking, impossibly inept bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, along with her entire cast of totally loony characters. Speaking of whom...let me just get a word of appreciation in for the long-suffering man of few words, Mr. Plum, Stephanie's father. His eloquent sighs, one-word epithets, and vain attempts to hide in front of a blasting TV are priceless. The plot is much the same as the first book: Stephanie seeks bad guy, aided by the sexy Morelli. Not as much of Ranger in this book, but Morelli makes up for it. A great deal of the action transpires in a slimy (the only word I could think of) funeral parlor run by an equally slimy rat-like creature named Spiro. He has managed to misplace two dozen caskets...along with various body parts of those in his...um....eternal care. You MUST read this book!!!! Hilarious, outrageous, fast-paced, delightful--what more do you want? Well, if you were Stephanie, you could go for a greasy cheeseburger and fries just about now...
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on June 7, 2000
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Two for the Dough begins as Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter from hell, is hired to find neighborhood bad boy, Kenny Mancuso, who's accused of killing his best friend and jumping bail. With the help of her mentor, Ranger and vice cop, Joe Morelli, Stephanie's hot on the case, finding a lot more than she expected, including lost army coffins, gunrunners and murderers. This is a fast paced, funny, very witty novel with scenes that will have you laughing out loud. Ms Evanovich brings back her quirky, wacky supporting cast and we get to spend a lot more time with Plum family. The writing is wonderful, down to earth and the irreverent dialogue is unrivaled. In the end Stephanie gets her man, in more ways than one. All of the books in this series are a real treat. Do yourself a favor...start with One for the Money and read them all.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MOVIE MAVEN on October 21, 1999
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Start with "One For the Money" and meet all the major characters in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Then go on to "Two for the Dough" which is even better, faster, more clever. These are truly interesting mystery yarns with funny situations and even funnier characters. Everytime Stephanie, a divorcee, has to go back to her family home (even for a simply, short meal) the reader knows he/she is in for laughs. I wish that the solution and wrap-up of this adventure were not so totally pat & predictable, but that said, I recommend the book highly.
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