Monday, February 9, 2009
Two For The Dough by Janet Evanovich
Back of Book Description:
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum debuted in Janet Evanovich's award-winning One for the Money. Here, she's back, packing a whole lot of attitude--not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, and a .38 Smith & Wesson. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.
Aided by her tough bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and her funeral-happy Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's soon staggering knee-deep in corpses, try to shake Morelli...and stirring up a very nasty enemy.
My Rating: B+
Two For the Dough was a bit better than One for the Money. I found that it kept my interest but I still had some issues with Ms. Evanovich's writing. While the characters are awesome, and full of charisma, she has a tendency to leave the scenes open ended. Often I found that Stephanie starts a scene with another character with her, and then when the scene ends, you're not quite sure how she ended up by herself again.
Other than this little flaw, I really enjoyed the book. The mystery is always fun and the characters are so full of life, you can't help but read more. I was also pleased with the way that Joe Morelli acted in this one, he's a nice little road block for our Miss Plum.
I recommend this book to those who've read the first one, and to anyone looking for a light quick read.