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From Publishers Weekly:
First novels this funny and self-assured come along rarely; dialogue this astute and raunchy is equally unusual. The gutsy heroine introduced here is Stephanie Plum of Trenton, N.J., a recently laid-off lingerie buyer who has no job, no car and no furniture. She does have a hamster, a deranged grandmother, two caring parents and several pairs of biking shorts and sports bras. Finding work with her cousin Vinnie, she becomes a bond hunter and scrounges money enough to buy a gun, a Chevy Nova and some Mace. Her first assignment is to locate a cop accused of murder. Joe Morelli grew up in Stephanie's neighborhood. Possessed of legendary charm, he relieved Stephanie of her virginity when she was 16 (she later ran over him with a car). In her search, Stephanie catches her prey, loses him and grills a psychotic prizefighter, the employer of the man Morelli shot. She steals Morelli's car and then installs an alarm so he can't steal it back. Resourceful and tough, Stephanie has less difficulty finding her man than deciding what she wants to do with him once she's got him. While the link between the fighter and the cop isn't clear until too late in the plot, Evanovich's debut is a delightful romp and Stephanie flaunts a rough-edged appeal. Mystery Guild alternate; author tour; film rights optioned to Tri-Star.
I chose this book to read for the Cupcake challenge and also because my friend who is a librarian has always been a fan of Janet Evanovich.
I never thought about a mystery being also funny but boy was I wrong! From the very beginning of the book, I knew that I was going to also become a fan of Evanovich and that I would have to read the other 17 books in the series. I have already purchased Two for the Dough and it is waiting patiently for its' turn from my to be read list!!
Sometimes I wish I actually had an extra set of eyes (maybe on the back of my head like I use to tell my kids) so I could read 2 books at once!
This book just from the character's names brought a smile to my face. They all were so Jersey! Not that there is anything wrong with Jersey. The part that I actually liked the most about the book is that I was able to relate to the character, Stephanie Plum. I don't know whether that is good or bad! I could just imagine in my mind the situations that she got herself into - totally hysterical.
I just thought every situation was funny from her having dinner at her mom's house and the mom trying to hook her up with that young guy to Stephanie sitting in Joe Morelli's car sweltering and all dressed up because she won't put down the windows because it is a bad neighborhood.
I cannot wait to see the movie. I think that it will be funny and I think that Katherine Heigl probably was perfect for the part.
I guess this summer I will be busy reading about the many adventures of Stephanie Plum - a not so great bounty hunter!!
Until next time, keep curling up with a good book....