Stephanie Plum is in a fix. She lost her job, had her car repossessed and was running out of furniture to hock. When she hears her low-life cousin Vinnie is looking for someone to do filing at his bail bond company, she goes to see him but since the position already got filled, persuades Vinnie to let her try her hand at bounty hunting. Setting her sights on bringing in Joe Morelli – a cop accused of murder who went on the run, if she can catch him, she could earn herself enough to stave off the debt collecters. Morelli though, isn’t that eager to be found.
I’d not come across Janet Evanovich before and found a couple of the later books in the Stephanie Plum series in a charity shop. I bought them, putting them aside until I could get the previous ones. My friend Jody said they were very good so I kept an eye out and finally got started on this series.
I love the character of Stephanie Plum. She starts out bounty hunting with no skills other than being gutsy and in need of money. She isn’t a superhero or a kick ass martial arts expert, just an ordinary girl trying to make a living. She’s real, makes mistakes, has a knack for getting herself into trouble but manages to come through in the end. She has history with Joe Morelli and their interactions are very amusing and often very sweet. Her family are also hilarious, especially her grandma who is larger than life. I was entertained throughout and the pace of the book worked very well and by the time I was finished, I definitely wanted more.