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Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2) (Stephanie Plum Novels) Hardcover – January 10, 1996
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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.
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I didn't enjoy Evanovich's second Plum novel as much as the first. The writing is fine, but it doesn't sparkle as frequently as Evanovich's prose did in book one. Stephanie's bounty-hunting mentor Ranger, a character I've come to like, doesn't feature as prominently in this book. Instead, we get more than anyone could want of Stephanie's Grandma Mazur. She's one of those little old ladies who says and does things that aren't appropriate for little old ladies. Think Ruth Gordon with a firearm. We're supposed to find them cute, just like we're supposed to find precocious sitcom children cute, when in fact they're all just annoying. I'm hoping Grandma bites the dust early on in the series.
Otherwise, a decent read with a decent mystery to unravel. I'm particularly enjoying watching the lust-hate relationship between Stephanie and Morelli develop.
-- Debra Hamel
So I don't know. The plot was good, but it wasn't a fun-times read because of the constant waves of disgusting imagery.