Stephanie Plum is down on her luck. She's lost her job at New Jersey's most down-market lingerie store, her car's on the brink of repossession, and ...Show synopsisStephanie Plum is down on her luck. She's lost her job at New Jersey's most down-market lingerie store, her car's on the brink of repossession, and her apartment is fast becoming furniture-free. Enter Cousin Vinnie, a low-life who runs a bail-bond company. If Stephanie can bring in vice cop turned outlaw Joe Morelli, she stands to pick up $10,000. But tracking down a cop wanted for murder isn't easy. And suddenly Stephanie has another problem on her hands. Benito Ramirez, a prize-fighter with more menace than mentality, wants her to be his friend - and he won't take no for an answer. Soon Stephanie begins to know exactly what it feels like to be pursued - and the best person to protect her just happens to be on the run...Hide synopsis
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Wanted to really like this book. I know she has written tons and they are supposed to be good and funny, it just didn't quite make it for me. Yes, it's funny at times, and the writing is lively, but I found it predictable and trite.
I think this is okay for a summer read, but I am not compelled to read the rest of her books.
This is the book where we get introduced to female-sleuth Stephanie Plum, her mom & dad, Grandma Mazur, Joe Morelli, Ranger, Cousin Vinnie and Lula.
Stephanie had been working in Newark as a discount lingerie buyer but got laid off from her job. Her mother mentions Cousin Vinnie has a filing job at his bail bonds company. So Stephanie goes to check it out, only to find that job has been filled.
However there is an opening doing 'skip tracing': AKA bounty hunting. The job involves finding people that don't show up for their scheduled court appearance. If she succeeds, she can earn 10% of the posted bond amount.
So off Stephanie goes into one madcap adventure after another. This is a great first novel for a great series!
I love this series! Grandma Mazur is absoeffinlutely too real to be fictitious. The Jersey attitude, the sexy female Clousseau and her "which guy?" quandary, the mother drowning in de nile, and so on. Zany, yes, but a good (scary, at times) thriller thrown in each time.
It's Laverne and Shirley meets The Bounty Hunter meets Monk. Like I said, The Sopranos on estrogen.
Get it and be prepared to laugh out loud while being kept on the edge of your seat.
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