Saturday, October 20, 2007

“One for the Money”, by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money”, by Janet Evanovich
1994, Charles Scribner's Sons
ISBN: 0-684-19639-5

Finally, finally I got to read, "One for the Money" by Janet Evanovich. She didn’t let me down. See, I’ve gotten hooked on the series. This is Stephanie Plum, once a lackluster buyer of underware for a local department store, laid off and without funds any longer. She is forced to start pawning all of her furniture and major appliances as she looks for work. Someone suggests she touch up her cousin Vinnie for a job as a bailbonds person. And, that’s how it started.

Involved through the years as she grew up in Trenton, New Jersey with Joe Morelli, now a cop on the run, he becomes her first assignment. She’s still got feelings for him. He convinces her he is not a bad guy and gets her to agree to help him. In exchange for her being able to get the bounty (she could never catch him…he’s going to let her turn him in) she will help him to clear his name.

It’s scary. It’s hilarious. My husband walked past the bathroom last night (my favorite place in the house to read) and said, “What’s all that laughing going on?” You won’t be able to put it down.

I have wanted to read this first in the series ever since I got started. I think I’ve read close to six of them so far, but I kept having this hankering to see how it all began. I’ve had a hold on this book from my library for months and they finally came through. You won’t be disappointed. This is the book introducing all the major characters in the series, all the characters who continue throughout. This isn’t like what I did with my book where I killed off too many of them in the beginning and had to introduce more supporters to make the story move along. Well, hey, I was new at it.

Janet Evanovich is an absolute master story teller. She’s written a boatload of books, but it’s this series where I first began to read her and I’m telling you I just can’t stop. What will happen when I run out of Stephanie Plum books? I’ll start in on the other ones Janet has written or, being as how I’m getting old I can just read them over again. See, I forget a lot. I enjoy the heck out of them as I’m reading them, but I tend to be more forgetful now. Instead of that being a bad thing, I get to enjoy more books than ever.


Anonymous said...

I so agree! It's one of the best I have read in 2007.

Lanny said...

The humor is through out the book. Evanovich has a simple way to look at the funny side of life with a good mystery that holds ones interest. I have read several of her books and Stephanie is the best character. Lanny