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One for the Money (1994)

by Janet Evanovich

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Series: Stephanie Plum (1)

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Out-of-work Stephanie Plum blackmails her bail bondsman cousin into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Her first case involves tracking down a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one, a man who also happens to be her former lover.
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    First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (SunnySD)
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    The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (KingRat, Candice_oxo)
    KingRat: Lisa Lutz' Spellman files has many of the same kind of "zany" characters and plot elements, but with a harder edge.
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    Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie (Aula)
    Aula: The same kind of quick, witty banter between the hero and heroine; same light reading; similiar mystery storyline; good secondary characters that add to the love interest rather than detract.
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    Bubbles A Broad by Sarah Strohmeyer (glade1)
    glade1: Similar, working-class heroines with humor and zany adventures
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    Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding (JessiAdams)
    JessiAdams: Ok, so the genre isn't really the same, but I feel like people who enjoy Evanovich's characters and their interaction with each other will enjoy those same qualities in Wooding's series. Both are very funny books about a set of characters who are trying to achieve things that are really beyond them.… (more)
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    Body Movers by Stephanie Bond (sjmccreary)
    sjmccreary: Both these series feature slightly ditzy fashion-focused women trying to solve mysteries that are really beyond their abilities. Funny, with wacky cast of characters.
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    Whiskey Sour by J. A. Konrath (Scottneumann)
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    B Is for Burglar by Sue Grafton (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Strong female main characters with a bit of humor.
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    Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Several of the characters from "Wife for Hire" seem to be earlier versions of Stephanie Plum series characters.
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    Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba (magelet87)
    magelet87: Both have the same flirty, carefree-but-still-a-mystery book vibe going on.
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    Peepshow by Leigh Redhead (Maid_Marian)
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    Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie (leahsimone)
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    Knock Off by Rhonda Pollero (marschaaahhh)
    marschaaahhh: Similar humour and odd characters.

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On the recommendation of a friend, I started this series.

Start with a likeable character who needs work after being laid off her job as a lingerie buyer. Give her a distant relative who is a bail bondsman in need of of apprehension agents. Send her after her first bail jumper, who happens to be her first sexual encounter in her high school days and is now a cop accused of murder. Add in a psycho boxer who wants to teach her refusing him is not an option. The mystery unfolds well when mixed with humorous antics as the reader follows the main character through solving it.

Stephanie Plum could not be a less likely bounty hunter, but somehow she manages. Her interactions with family and friends in the New Jersey township where she grew up are exactly what you might expect.

I will be following her progress in this new career field and chuckling throughout. ( )
  AMKitty | Sep 10, 2021 |
One of the better Stephanie Plum novels. This one sort of surprised me in the end. I'm also glad that Ranger became a little smoother in later novels, but I would like to know more about his "mysterious" past. ( )
  SomeSwimmer | Jul 22, 2021 |
out of work lingerie buyer becomes recovery agent for her cousin Vinnie
  ritaer | Jul 10, 2021 |
I thought it was a weak story line and a waste of time ( )
  Jeff_Simms | Jun 9, 2021 |
I think I'd go with 3 1/2 stars. Loved the humor but there were a few places where I had to call BS, even taking lack of technology into consideration. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Evanovich, Janetprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Critt, C. J.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Csáki, JuditTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Wit, J.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drews, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estevez, HermanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
King, LoreleiReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kukulišová, BlaženaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Loubat-Delranc, PhilippeTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Massaron, StefanoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLoughlin, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moëll, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pagès, CristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Petty, LoriNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rawlinson, ReginaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tarkka, Hanna(KÄÄnt.)secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This book is for my husband, Peter--with love
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Out-of-work Stephanie Plum blackmails her bail bondsman cousin into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Her first case involves tracking down a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one, a man who also happens to be her former lover.

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