Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich

This is the third book in the Stephanie Plum series.  If you aren't familiar with the series, Stephanie lost her job in book one and started working for her cousin, Vinnie, as a bounty hunter.  She had NO skills, but she did have good intuition, a lot of luck, and friends in the right places.

She is definitely better equipped for her job as a bounty hunter by the start of this book, but she still has a long way to go.  She couldn't even apprehend a kid working at a hot dog stand who went FTA. (Failed to Appear).  Now she is after Uncle Mo, who was picked up for carrying a concealed weapon when stopped for a routine traffic violation.  Mo owns the local candy shop and is a sort of celebrity in town.  Nobody believes he is responsible for any wrong doing.  When Stephanie needs to find Mo to "reschedule his court date", the entire town turns on her and she becomes the target of the violence.

Drug dealers keep turning up dead and Stephanie and Lula, the filing clerk at Vinnie's Bail Bonds, keep stumbling upon them.  The situations these two put themselves into are sometimes dangerous, but always hilarious.  When Mo takes off with Ranger's BMV, he becomes involved in the apprehension.  Ranger is the "real" bounty hunter for Vinnie.  He takes all of the difficult/dangerous jobs.  He decides Stephanie needs to get serious, so he starts making her run with him VERY early every morning.  Stephanie was not happy about this, but became a willing participant as the attacks on her personal safety began to increase.

Joe Morelli, the local cop Stephanie has had a love/hate relationship with since they were kids, is still a main character in this book.  He is working in homicide and Stephanie and Joe use each other to help with their investigations.  Their relationship does heat up at times in this book, but they certainly aren't a couple.  They have developed a friendship and seem to genuinely care about each other by the end of this book.

If you are looking for an entertaining, humorous, murder mystery...this is the series for you.  These books are very quick reads, but I must worn you...There are a TON of books in the series.  I will definitely continue on with the series, but at the current rate I don't know if I will ever catch up.

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