Two for the Dough

Two for the Dough

Large Print - 2004
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That Jersey girl is Stephanie Plum, New Jersey's fugitive apprehension agent (aka bounty hunter), introduced to the world by Janet Evanovich in the award-winning novel One for the Money.Now Stephanie's back, armed with attitude -- plus stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights, and her trusty .38. She is after Kenny Mancuso, a hometown boy who is fresh out of the army and suspiciously wealthy, and has just shot his best friend.With her pal Ranger advising her occasionally, Stephanie staggers knee-deep in corpses and caskets in back alleys and funeral parlors. Fortunately -- or unfortunately -- nobody knows funeral parlors better than Stephanie's irrepressible Grandma Mazur, whose favorite pastime is grabbing a front-row seat at a neighborhood wake. So Stephanie uses her as a cover, but loses control when Grandma starts packing a cool pistol.Vice cop Joe Morelli joins in the case too, since the prey happens to be his young cousin. And if the assignment calls for a stakeout with a woman who puts his libido in overdrive, Morelli's not one to object.But despite help from family and friends, Stephanie faces danger alone when embalmed body parts arrive on her doorstep and she's targeted by her most loathsome adversary yet. Another case like this and she'll be a real pro.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2004, c1996.
Edition: Scribner edition, large print edition
ISBN: 9780743267724
0743267729
Branch Call Number: FIC Evano 3701wd 1
Characteristics: 435 pages

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

PLOT OR PREMISE:
This is the second book in the Stephanie Plum series, new bounty hunter. This time around first love's distant cousin, Kenny Mancuso, is supposed to be a relatively easy pickup. Sure, he shot a guy, his best friend, but he's not all that bright. Except that he's fresh out of the army and suddenly wealthy.

WHAT I LIKED:
I liked the expansion of the role by Plum's grandmother, even though I thought she was over the top in the first one. Here, it's funny, as she is out of control. She goes to a funeral with a closed coffin for a guy who was shot, and she opens the coffin to see what he looks like. Another dead guy has a strange looking ring so she touches the hand and the finger comes off. Don't even ask about her shooting a gun. The love story with Morelli moves along a bit until he screws up (as all men do) and the brakes come on hard. Add in the sub-plot of 24 missing coffins, and the read is a riot. An improvement over the first book, and further expansion of some nice supporting characters.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There are a few too many guys running around with no real explanation, and the major baddie Kenny does a pretty good job of going wherever he wants to despite a large number of people looking for him (remembering that he wasn't too bright to begin with).

BOTTOM-LINE:
Another great one in the series

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shelbysmom1996
Jun 06, 2016

2nd book in the series. You get a lot of the back history of the people in the books. This book had more suspense and less humor than I hoped for.

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Dreamstime
Nov 24, 2015

"Pistol-packing Grandma Mazur" is very distracting and certainly not a hoot. I have been told she is a part of all the books in the series. The stupid humor is not worth my time. "Hilarious" this book is not.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 07, 2015

This book was very entertaining. Almost all of the characters were hysterical and the plot was great. Stephanie Plum is one of my favorite protagonists: funny, attractive, tough, smart, insecure, full of chutzpah-- in other words, quite human and likable. Janet Evanovich is very funny, and her books are practically a laugh a page, even when she writes about violence and gore. This is the second book that I have read in the Stephanie Plum series, and I plan to read the rest of the series.

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HELEN M. ZSUTTY
Feb 14, 2013

Another fun, fast read in the Stephanie Plum series. Love Morelli and Stephanie's grandma!

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sonicscrewdriver
Jun 20, 2012

Laugh out loud funny.

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fooktai
Jun 02, 2012

good book but i liked the 1st one more but her grandma mauzur is a hoot.

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kendrabain
Feb 04, 2011

Good book. Not as good as the first one, though. Not as laugh-out-loud funny, although I loved Grandma Mazur in this one!

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