Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum Series #2)

Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum Series #2)

by Janet Evanovich

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Overview

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich's wildly entertaining Stephanie Plum series is top of the charts!

#1 New York Times * #1 Wall Street Journal

#1 Los Angeles Times * #1 Entertainment Weekly

#1 Publishers Weekly * #1 Dallas Morning News

#1 USA Today * #1 Booksense

THIS ONE'S DOUBLE THE FUN

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie's bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso—a suspiciously wealthy, working-class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend—the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli—who is trying to beat Stephanie to the punch—only makes the hunt more thrilling. . . .

Taking pointers from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and using her pistol-packing Grandma Mazur as a decoy, Stephanie is soon closing in on her mark. But Morelli and his libido are worthy foes. And a more sinister kind of enemy has made his first move . . . and his next move might be Stephanie's last ...in Two for the Dough.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312675066
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Series: Stephanie Plum Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 62,908
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.66(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the coauthored Fox and O’Hare series, the Knight and Moon series, and the Lizzy and Diesel series as well as twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and Troublemaker graphic novel.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey

Education:

B.A., Douglass College, 1965

Read an Excerpt

...Kitty and Eugene lived in a narrow row house at the corner of Baker and Rose, across from the old Milped Button Factory. The front door sat flush to the sidewalk without benefit of yard or porch. The exterior was maroon asphalt shingle with weathered white trim. Curtains were drawn in the front room. Upstairs windows were dark.

I had pepper spray easily accessible in my jacket pocket, and my cuffs and stun gun stuck into my Levis. I knocked on the door and heard scrambling going on inside. I knocked again, and a man's voice shouted something incoherent. Again, more shuffling sounds, and then the door opened.

A young woman peered out at me from behind a security chain. "Yes?"

"Are you Kitty Petras?"

"What do you want?"

"I'm looking for your husband, Eugene. Is he at home?"

"No."

"I heard a man's voice in there. I thought it sounded like Eugene."

Kitty Petras was rail thin with a pinched face and large brown eyes. She wore no makeup. Her brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail at the nape of her neck. She wasn't pretty, but she wasn't unattractive either. Mostly, she was nothing. She had forgettable features that abused women get after years of trying to make themselves invisible.

She gave me a wary look. "You know Eugene?"

"I work for his bonding agent. Eugene missed his court date yesterday, and we'd like him to reschedule." Not so much a lie as a half-truth. First we'd reschedule him, and then we'd lock him up in a dingy, smelly cell until his new date came around.

"I don't know..."

Eugene reeled into my line of sight through the crack in the door. "What's going on?"

Kitty stepped away. "This woman would like you to reschedule your court date."

Eugene shoved his face up close. All nose and chin and squinty red eyes and 100-proof breath. "What?"

I repeated the baloney about rescheduling and moved to the side so he would be forced to open the door if he wanted to see me.

The chain slid free and clanked against the jamb. "You're shitting me, right?" Eugene said.

I positioned myself halfway into the door, adjusted my pocketbook on my shoulder, and lied my little heart out. "This will only take a few minutes. We need you to stop in at the courthouse and register for a new date."

"Yeah, well, you know what I have to say to that?" He turned his back to me, dropped his pants and bent over. "Kiss my hairy white ass."

He was facing in the wrong direction to give him a snootful of pepper spray, so I reached into my Levi's and pulled out the stun gun. I'd never used it, but it didn't seem complicated. I leaned foward, firmly pressed the gadget against Eugene's butt, and hit the go button. Eugene gave a short squeak and crumpled to the floor like a sack of flour.

"My God," Kitty cried, "what have you done?"

I looked down at Eugene, who was lying motionless, eyes glazed, drawers at his knees. He was breathing a little shallowly, but I thought this was to be expected from a man who'd just taked enough juice to light up a small room. His color was pasty white, so nothing had changed there. "Stun gun," I said. "According to the brochure it leaves no lasting damage."

"Too bad. I was hoping you'd killed him."

"Maybe you should fix his pants," I said to Kitty. There was already too much ugliness in this world without having to look at Eugene's Mr. Droopy.

Copyright © 1995 by Evanovich, Inc.

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Two for the Dough 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 928 reviews.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
I love this series. It's fantastic. One of my favorites
joylaw More than 1 year ago
This series is wonderful! This is book two of the series, which I highly recommend. Great mystery! Lots of Laughs! The characters are sooo real! Just when you think you have an odd ball family, in comes Stephanie Plum! I love, Grama! I love all the characters! In this world of ever unemployment and stepping out of your comfort zone, it goes to show you that you can recreate yourself to keep a roof over your head, while the bullets fly over too! Start with One for the Money if you can! But be sure and buy the next two or three books because you will get done with one and want the next book! Of course, You can jump in anytime with these books because Ms E. catches you up in ever book. She does it differently each time and so when you are reading the series you don't get bored with the reintroductions. This is great for the gals, but I find the guys are laughing and enjoying it too! Just start reading 'em. Soon you will want to read and collect them all!!! I am!!! lol Let the fun begin!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author keeps you guessing from beginning to end. You will find yourself laughing at the antics between the character, Stephanie Plum and her surrounding various supporting friends/cops. Enjoy!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just discovered Evonavich a month ago with number 13. Then read 14 and now am going back to the begining. The later ones are better. The early ones are rougher around the edges and somewhat more coarse. This one was better than 1.
mailgal More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first books of the series, It was good, but the series does get better as she goes into them more. And it's easy to read later books ahead and go back to early ones. Over all the Series is very good, funny, and silly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well after reading one for the money i thought i was going to enjoy this one alot more. but i didnt . all of her books are the same and if you are the type of person that likes the same author and same writing style in every book then you will enjoy this. I however, Like diversity in books and feel that the only thing she does different in each book is find a different criminal but with the same exact plot. I found this one boring and will not be purchasing the rest of the series.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first in the series. Plot was very similar. Too many characters with similar names and it got very boring and rather confusing in the middle. The ending did pick up the pace. Lots of repetitive details throughout. Quite funny in places and I love the character, Grandma Mazur. The main character, Stephanie seems really stupid at times and totally unsuited to being a bounty hunter. Maybe her mother is right - get out of that business and become a secretary or file clerk. OK but just not great. I hope the rest of the series is better.
Tanesha Dixon More than 1 year ago
After reading One I was on the edge of my seat. Two is good but not great still worth reading though.
RaeRG More than 1 year ago
I love Janet Evanovich work. The Stephanie Plum series are all great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich writes with imagination, humor and her descriptions make you feel as though you belong to the Plum family. Everyone has their own destinctive personality and style, yet they manage to jell together and the result is a wonderfully entertaining book that I don't want to put down until the last page is turned.
CheapAndLazy More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this one even more than the first, maybe because the stage is set in the Burg and previously introduced characters get more development. Things heat up between Stephanie and Joe Morelli, too. I don't usually read mysteries. This one, like the first, has enough to keep the plot going, but I read these for the laughs and I laughed out loud numerous times while reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you've read "One for the Money" you pretty much have the formula for all following books in the Stephanie Plum series. They are funny and will make you giggle. I like the audio books. I play them in my car and laugh all the way to school.
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jlparent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Light, easy to read, Grandma Mazur is always worth a chuckle...
bellalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying this series. Newly-minted bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum returns in Evanovich's second book to track down more FTAs (Failure to Appear). In addition to the many humorous situations surrounding Plum, she is also joined by some familiar faces from the first book. I love these!
mrgreg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This author needs to include a box of Depends with the sale of each book. You pee yourself laughing at the antics of Stephanie Plum and her cohorts!
MonicaLynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great addition to the Stephanie Plum series, with a growing relationship between Stephanie and Joe, missing body parts from the funeral home. Vehicle accidents and of course Grandma Mazur in the mix makes this another exciting and interesting 2nd book to the series.
mybooksmylove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second in this wonderfully funny series!
kymmayfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the stephanie plum series. I had read the first one some time back so i got this one to see what all the hype was about. It was great!!!!!! I hear all this talk about Ranger in my groups but noooooooo id have to say morelli is more my speed :) and grandma mazur is just toooo funny. Stephanie couldnt get herself in more predictaments if she tried. I loved this book and love this series
Neverwithoutabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another fun read from Janet Evanovich and now I'm liking this series more. I didn't find the first book all that humorous, but did find myself laughing out loud during this one. If you haven't read any of the Stephanie Plum books, give it a try. Light, fun, a little mystery, a little romance, and just a great quick read!
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is both the best Evanovich I've read and the best I've read of this genre - this installment doesn't disappoint. I absolutely love Grandma Mazur!
Jthierer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm reading along in this funny, if not terribly clever novel and I encounter this line: "By one o'clock Mrs. Mayer would be alone, wondering what she was going to do rattling around in the family home by herself for the rest of her life." I don't go to Evanovich for moving, profound reading, but I have a feeling that line will stay with me awhile.
celticstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read. Grandma Mazur made me laugh out loud a couple of times :)
Alera on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I officially love these books. I read through them in less than a day. They are easy yet I get sucked in while reading. I laugh throughout. And I honestly think the writing is good. It twists, it turns...if Harry Dresden were female...a bounty hunter...and had no magical skill....he would be Stephanie. Because both of them...just seem to like trouble. Though admittedly Harry can more often than not get out of his own messes. Stephanie calls in Morelli who I love even more. LOVE!!!!