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Book Review – Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich

27 Jul

Stephanie Plum Novels

Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum #3)

3 to get deadly

Book Description

Original Publication Date: June 1997
Stephanie Plum, the brassy babe in the powder blue Buick is back and she’s having a bad hair day — for the whole month of January.She’s been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemier, Trenton’s most beloved citizen, arrested for carrying concealed, gone no-show for his court appearance.And to make matters worse, she’s got Lula, a former hooker turned file clerk — now a wannabe bounty hunter — at her side, sticking like glue. Lula’s big and blonde and black and itching to get the chance to lock up a crook in the trunk of her car.

Morelli, the New Jersey vice cop with the slow-burning smile that undermines a girl’s strongest resolve is being polite. So what does this mean? Has he found a new love? Or is he manipulating Steph, using her in his police investigation, counting on her unmanageable curiosity and competitive Jersey attitude?

Once again, the entire One for the Money crew is in action, including Ranger and Grandma Mazur, searching for Mo, tripping down a trail littered with dead drug dealers, leading Stephanie to suspect Mo has traded his ice-cream scoop for a vigilante gun.

Cursed with a disastrous new hair color and an increasing sense that it’s really time to get a new job, Stephanie spirals and tumbles through Three to Get Deadly with all the wisecracks and pace her fans have come to expect.

My Review


Audio Format: (UNabridged)
Compact disk — 9 CDs, 1o 1/2 hrs.
ISBN: 978-1-4025-9313-0
Read by C. J. Critt
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC

Though this is the 3rd installment to the Stephanie Plum novels I think it could be read on its own. Evanovich writes in a way that you wouldn’t be terribly lost, she provides a small background to the previous books. I do however highly suggest, to one interested, read the first two. And why do you ask?  Well because they are HILARIOUS! I actually listened to these books in my car. I would purposely drive slowly so that I got more time to listen to the story. There wasn’t a moment while listening that I wasn’t laughing like a maniac. I can only imagine what the citizen’s of Miami, FL thought as they passed my vehicle! LOL

Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store. She has money problems and in desperate need for ANY work to pay her bills. She blackmails her cousin Vinny the owner of a bond agency, into giving her a job as a bounty hunter. It can’t be that hard to find people, right? Wrong! Every case that is given to Stephanie turns into trouble. She is a magnet for all things to go wrong. In Three to Get Deadly Stephanie needs to pick up Unlce Mo. And everyone is giving her a hard time because “he has never done anything wrong”! Stephanie gets shot at A LOT; she gets threatening call and even got burned with a cigarette. She might even be charged herself for a crime she didn’t commit. Finding out what’s going on with uncle Mo is the only way to clear her name and at the same time find out who’s behind the black ski masks.

I love the character development. Evanovich provides the right amount of details that leaves you thinking what’s going to happen next and the scenarios and dialogue are relate-able and not extremely far fetched. Im not sure who i think is hotter Morelli of Ranger. Ranger is a mysterious. No one knows anything about him and that’s how he likes it.  Lula is a reformed hooker now working as the file clerk for Vinny. She is a wannabe bounty hunter and decides to tag along with Stephanie. Joe Morelli, a cop and old school mate of Stephanie’s is no longer hitting on her. He is being polite and Stephanie can’t contain her curiosity. What’s going on here? Is he no longer interested? She goes to extremes to make him notice her and of course like anything Stephanie does or touches it goes horribly wrong. I enjoy the back and forth banter between them and I’d like them to get together.

A few quotes from the book that made me laugh or smile:

“I checked my pocketbook to make sure I had the essentials… beeper, tissues, hair spray, flashlight, cuffs, lipstick, gun with bullets, recharged cell phone, recharged stun gun, hairbrush, gum, pepper spray, nail file. Was I a kick-ass bounty hunter, or what?”(Three to get deadly)Janet evanovich” 

“…I blink back the threat of tears, swiped at my nose and narrowed my eyes. “Listen to me, you two bags of monkey shit, “I yelled. “I am not in a good mood. My car keeps stalling. The day before yesterday I threw up on Joe Morelli. I was called a fat cow by my ex-husband. And if that isn’t enough…my hair is ORANGE! ORANGE, FOR CHRISSAKE! And now you have the gall to force yourself into my home and threaten my hamster. Well, you have gone too far. You have crossed the line!”

“My sex life is okay.” “Yeah,” Morelli said. “But sometimes it’s fun to have a partner.” 

These books are funny and entertaining and I highly recommend them!

Other books in the Stephanie Plum Novels:

1. One for the Money (1994)
2. Two for the Dough (1996)
3. Three to Get Deadly (1997)
4. Four to Score (1998)
5. High Five (1999)
6. Hot Six (2000)
7. Seven Up (2001)
8. Hard Eight (2002)
9. To the Nines (2003)
10. Ten Big Ones (2004)
11. Eleven on Top (2005)
12. Twelve Sharp (2006)
13. Lean Mean Thirteen (2007)
14. Fearless Fourteen (2008)
15. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen (2009)
16. Sizzling Sixteen (2010)
17. Smokin’ Seventeen (2011)
18. Explosive Eighteen (2011)
19. Notorious Nineteen (2012)
20. Takedown Twenty (2013)

To purchase books by Evanovich from Amazon click HERE and from Barnes and Noble HERE!

Find out more about New York Times Bestselling author Janet Evanovich HERE!


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