Friday, January 23, 2009

Review - Two for the Dough

Title: Two for the Dough
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publishing Date: 1996
Genre: Mystery
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Kisses

Two for the Dough is book two of the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie is a bounty hunter for her cousin Vinnie. She teams up with Joe Morelli, a local vice cop to bring in Kenny Mancuso. Kenny shot his friend Moogy Bues in the knee and had the poor luck to do it in front of an off duty cop. Stephanie thinks this will be an easy job. Unfortunately, things turn complicated rather quickly. Caskets are missing, body parts start turning up and the more Stephanie learns about Kenny the more she wants to stay as far away from him as possible.

Two for the Dough is a quick, easy read and Stephanie is a fun character to ride along with. This case has her working closely with Joe Morelli. Stephanie is still uncertain what her feelings towards Joe are. The reader can tell that Joe and Stephanie are starting to care about each other. She is still attracted to him, but doesn't want to get involved with him for fear of getting hurt. She basically avoids dealing with these feelings and focuses on her job.

Stephanie is still new to the bounty hunter world and continually makes mistakes, but she is the type to learn from them. There are plenty of high-jinks and silly antics to keep the pages turning. Stephanie's jeep gets stolen and her Granny gives her a 1950s something Buick that is practically a character all on its own. Stephanie's Granny plays a significant role in this book as well and she sure is a hoot. Readers will either love her or hate her. I happened to love it.


Carolyn Jean said...

You're right - there isso much to keep the pages turning here! This was my first Stephanie Plum book. I love this series! I'm still only on like book #4.

Carolyn Jean said...

Oooh, you're reading the Vampire Queen's servant! I want to read that!

Marg said...

Loved these early Plum books.

Jill D. said...

I am really enjoying this series. I can't wait to dive into book 3. Guess what my next Series Sunday post will be on?

CJ - Vampire Queen's servant was good. It was my first book by Hill. Have you read anything by her?

Seneca said...

Yay! I'm glad you liked it :)
Awesome, awesome series.

Christine said...

I've always wanted to read this series, but am daunted by the serious backlist. Lo and behold, when my mailman started delivering my mail to my neighbor's house since mine was inaccessible (construction), I discovered my neighbor has all of the Stephanie Plum books on a shelf in her closed front porch/foyer! Score! She said I could borrow them whenever I want! Score! Now to find the time to read them.... HA!

I read Vampire Queen Servant when it first came out. Some of it pushed me out of my comfort zone... but I still really liked it. I'm looking forward to your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I thoroughly enjoy this series!

Jill D. said...

Christine, The nice thing about the books, even though there are so many of them, is that they are really quick reads. I read Two for the Dough in a day. I didn't want to put it down. I would definitely take advantage of your neighbor's books!

J. Kaye, Thanks for stopping by! I hope you visit often.