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Three to get Deadly

Stephanie Plum, #3
by Janet Evanovich

genre: mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads

A “saintly” old candy-store owner is on the lam-and bounty hunter extraordinaire Stephanie Plum is on the case. As the body count rises, Stephanie finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life. And with the help of eccentric friends and family, Steph must see to it that this case doesn’t end up being her last…


Stephanie Plum is amazing.  In other books, I’ve considered her emotionally dysfunctional, but I take it all back over this one paragraph.  (Loc. 3559 on Kindle)

There’s a limit to how far a woman can be pushed.  I’d been gassed, attacked, stalked by masked men, lied to… swindled by my mechanic.  And I’d stayed pretty damn calm through it all.  Threatening my hamster brought out a whole new set of rules.  Threatening my hamster made me Godzilla.  I had no intentions of saying goodbye to my hamster.

Don’t get me wrong, Stephanie is a walking disaster who has no business being a bounty hunter, and in real life she would be a menace to society and dangerous, but in literature she’s amazing.

As much as I love strong heroins, sometimes it makes me feel better about my life to read about someone dysfunctional.  She’s jealous of an imaginary woman who might be dating a man she tried to run over with her father’s Buick, two of her cars have been blown up since she started working as a bounty hunter, and she comes from a family seeped in eccentricity and familiar guilt.  She has this disturbing ability to stumble upon dead bodies, something I hope no one will ever be able to say to me.

While the language level isn’t difficult, the content of this book is not suitable for young readers.  It’s not as violent as the first book, but the sexual content is much higher.  Basically no Janet Evanovich novel is suitable for young readers.

There was nothing that WOWed me about this book.  There was a time when I would give 5 stars to all of Janet Evanovich’s novels, but I’ve been reading so many good books lately that the bar was raised.  It kinda hurts, but…

4 out of 5 stars.

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Other books reviewed in this series:
One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Ten Big Ones
Plum Lucky