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Suppose for a moment you'd given up on the Stephanie Plum series, or hadn't been reading them in order for awhile. Suppose all of the books after the third one, including the between-the-numbers books, were on sale for $2.99. What would you do? If you're me, you buy and gift the crap out of a ton of them and spend about $15 total.

You can see the entire list of on-sale books on the Amazon Evanovich page. Most of the series is $2.99.

Plus, if you're asking yourself, But, which one is the best? Which one should I buy? The answer is WHICHEVER you WANT!

Because they're relentlessly the same, most of them – and they have moments of gut-breaking humor. Say “gumpy” to me and I'll still break in half laughing. So, know a mystery fan? Someone who likes humor? Someone who is in law enforcement in Jersey? (True story, I talked a cop in Jersey City into buying these for his family. Later he found me in Journal Square and said that not only did his wife love them, but that he thought they were terrific, too.)

So — WOO! Here we go! 


Book Four to Score Four to Score is… wait for it… the fourth in the series and is $2.99.  

Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly, scores big with Four to Score, her most thrilling Stephanie Plum adventure yet. Working for her bail bondsman cousin Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude never wavers– even when aided by crazy Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet– and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with a vice cop Joe Morelli. RATED PG35 for licentious wit and libidinous cohabitation. 

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Book High FiveHigh Five is $2.99, and features the standard Plum canon: car wreckage, humor, silliness, junkfood, hamsters and blueberries. This one has a 4+ star average on GR, and seems to be a bit of a fan favorite.  

What’s Stephanie up to now?

Her Uncle Fred has disappeared. A body turns up in a garbage bag. She’s got a nasty bookie following her around town. Grandma Mazur has her hands on the stun gun. Stephanie can’t keep a car for more than forty-eight hours. Two men are trying to get her into bed. She has nothing to wear to the Mafia wedding. And there’s an angry little man (don’t call him a dwarf!) who won’t leave her apartment.

Bail jumping in Trenton is down to small potatoes. Stephanie’s only open case is a small bond for a small violation, committed by a small person who raises Stephanie’s frustration level in big ways. So short of money and long on bills, Stephanie comes up with a plan-–diversify! Signing on as an intern with entrepreneurial Super Bounty Hunter Ranger, Stephanie ventures into Ranger’s mostly morally correct and marginally legal operations.

None of this makes vice cop Joe Morelli a happy man. The cop in him can’t help but wonder as to the source of Stephanie’s expensive new cars. And the rest of him, the man who’s been friend and lover to Stephanie, can’t help but wonder if there’s more to the partnership than meets the eye.

The internship is downgraded to second priority when Uncle Fred goes missing. Even though Grandma Mazur is sure he was abducted by aliens, Stephanie sets out to look for Fred. He’s a perfectly average senior citizen, and he’s disappeared without a trace while running errands. He’s left his ten-year-old Pontiac station wagon locked up nice and neat in the Grand Union parking lot, the cleaning is carefully arranged on the back seat, and his wife is at home, waiting for him to return with the bread and the milk and the olive loaf bologna. Locked in the top drawer of his desk are photos of a body, dismembered and stuffed into a garbage bag. And locked away in the computer files of a another average citizen are the clues that will lead Stephanie to Fred. 

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Book Hot SixHot Six still rides the 4+ average, and fans love the humor. And it's $2.99 – clicky click buy!  

Low-rent bounty hunter Stephanie Plum reaches depths of personal experience that other women detectives never quite do. In Hot Six, for example, a sequence of new and hideous cars bite the dust; she finds herself lumbered with a policeman's multiply incontinent dog; and she has several bad skin days. All this when she is trying to prove her distinctly more competent colleague and occasional boyfriend Ranger innocent of a mob hit; avoid the heavies trailing her in the hope of finding him; and cope with a wife-abusing bail defaulter with nasty habits, such as setting Stephanie on fire.

The peculiar joy of this series is the comic sense of place; Plum's New Jersey is one where everyone you meet, even the most dangerous of criminals, was at school with you, or stole your mother's first boyfriend, or gave your great-aunt a middling good recipe for meatloaf. Evanovich has built up an attractive cast of comic characters with Stephanie's extended family and those of her two boyfriends, the dashing and sinister Ranger and Joe Morelli (the cop whose family are only too keen on his marrying Stephanie). Hot Six will not disappoint either her fans or newcomers. 

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Book Seven UpSeven Up? $2.99, y'all!  

All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch. For an old man he's still got a knack for slipping out of sight–and raising hell. How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie's garden?

Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie's friends suddenly vanished? For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger. The deal? He'll give Stephanie all the help she needs–if she gives him everything he wants…

As if things weren't complicated enough, Stephanie's just discovered her Grandma Mazur's own unmentionable alliance with Eddie. Add a series of unnerving break-ins, not to mention the bombshell revelation leveled by Stephanie's estranged sister, and Stephanie's ready for some good news. Unfortunately, a marriage proposal from Joe Morelli, the love of her life, isn't quite cutting it.

And now–murder, a randy paramour, a wily mobster, death threats, extortion, and a triple kidnapping aside–Stephanie's really got the urge to run for her life… 

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So, if you read this series and stopped, where did you leave off? Do you recommend all of them, or should folks stop at a certain point? What's your Plum recommended title? 


General Bitching...

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  1. 1
    Amy says:

    I know that she keeps writing the same book, but I still keep reading them. They always make me laugh so much-sometimes crying from laughing.

  2. 2
    Miranda says:

    I still like the books. I have 20 all set for a trip next month.

    In the sale category, my favorite would be 11. That’s the one where she gives up bounty hunting. My all-time favorite is 3, though.

  3. 3
    Faellie says:

    I liked these at the time, then gave up once Stephanie had happily settled with Morelli but then left him for inexplicable non-reasons – ie the plot need to have UST to keep the number of books creeping up.  About 10 or 11, I think?

    Is Ranger the most unconvincing contemporary romance “hero” of modern times?

    The series I like are the ones where each book can be separately remembered.  There are far too many series where the books end up essentially indistinguishable.

  4. 4
    Dread Pirate Rachel says:

    This is one series that I just couldn’t get into. I couldn’t even finish the first book. It wasn’t that I found it offensive or bad or anything; I was just bored, so I put it down and never picked it up again. It’s still sitting on my Kindle, waiting for me to finish it.

  5. 5
    Blossom says:

    I own them all! In ebook and Audio. I love this series to pieces. It’s my most favorite series of all times! It’s always a fun read and there’s always Ranger in it who is my most favorite book hero to read about. You’re not suppose to take these books serious they are slapstick comedy stories. I find them a good escape when life gets too stressed because they always make me laugh.

    Also these are not romances they are hard to categorize because there always a little romantic element in them but they are about Stephanie Plum and her job as a Bounty Hunter and the crazy messes she gets into. Luckily she has Ranger to always bail her out or she would be in some serious trouble!

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    Chelsea says:

    I enjoyed reading these books up until after Twelve Sharp, I think it was, and the shift away from Ranger started.  I still read them – they’re nice light reads, but I never enjoyed them quite as much. I find Morelli a little obnoxious and the lack character growth disappointing. BUT definitely light reads and sometimes that’s all I want – a chance to check-out.

    Plus, I think I always hold out hope that there’ll be a glimmer of the rom-com gold I remember from those earlier books

  7. 7
    nabpaw says:

    Has anybody seen the movie with Katherine heigl?  what was wrong with it?

  8. 8
    Miranda says:

    I’ve seen the movie. It’s not as good as book 1. Ramirez is toned way down so the threat is less, and I wasn’t crazy about the casting on Morelli. I don’t worry about casting Ranger. NOBODY is as good-looking as BookRanger, but Morelli could have been better.

    Still, it was cute and fluffy. I enjoyed it.

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    Vicki says:

    Spouse and I love the first several; whoever was reading the book would spout snippets to the other. But he wore out and stopped somewhere around 5 and I gave somewhere around 10 when the boyfriend stuff got too crazy. But, yes, some very funny stuff in there.

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    Jewel says:

    My Mother-in-Law and I used to read them; I’d buy the hardcover as soon as it came out and give it to her, then when she finished she’d give it back to me to read. I was travelling a lot for business back then, so I wanted her to get it before I wandered off with it. She passed in 2001, and that’s about when I stopped reading them. I have lovely memories of going to book stores with her; miss her all the time.

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