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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum 2) by Janet Evanovich

BLURB:

  • Pub. Date: May 2007
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 352pp
  • Series: Stephanie Plum Series #2 
Where I got my copy? B&N

Now Stephanie's back, armed with attitude — not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights, and her trusty .38, Stephanie is after a new bail jumper, Kenny Mancuso, a boy from Trenton's burg. He's fresh out of the army, suspiciously wealthy, and he's just shot his best friend.

With her bounty hunter pal Ranger stepping in occasionally to advise her, Stephanie staggers knee deep in corpses and caskets as she traipses through back streets, dark alleys, and funeral parlors.

And nobody knows funeral parlors better than Stephanie's irrepressible Grandma Mazur, a lady whose favorite pastime is grabbing a front-row seat at a neighborhood wake. So Stephanie uses Grandma as a cover to follow leads, but loses control when Grandma warms to the action, packing a cool pistol. Much to the family's chagrin, Stephanie and Granny may soon have the elusive Kenny in their sights.

REVIEW:
I love Grandma Mazur! She is funny and a bad ass. Seriously who wants to go to a wake and wants front row seats all the time? And who do you know makes going to a funeral home as a hobby? Even the thought of it is hilarious and weird.

This next adventure's FTA is Kenny Mancuso, cousin of Joe Morelli, the new vice cop of the area. Mancuso shot his best friend on the knee claiming it was an accident, and he used a GI gun that was reported missing, then a few days later, Moogey was found dead. It all seems pretty straight forward right? For sure Kenny killed his best friend but then all of a sudden 24 caskets went missing from Stiva's mortuary and the guy running the place hired our resident blue eyed sleuth slash bounty hunter to find them. Grandma Mazur and her weird attraction to funeral was a perfect cover for Stephanie to do some investigation. But then things started to get heavy; she received death threats and mutilated body parts from said FTA.

If I were in Stephanie's shoes, I'll be crying all the time or I would have gotten out of town. I just don't have the tolerance for the stuff that she encounters. But I kind of get why she is so hard to faze; she lived there her whole life and she knows most of this people, plus Morelli is always tagging her, not in a romantic way because he has his own agenda but still. I love the ending, did I say that I love Grandma Mazur? She is tougher than Stephanie and is not afraid to use a gun. I am starting book 3 right away.

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