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Two for the Dough

Author: Janet Evanovitch
Originally Published: 2007
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Two for the DoughAfter my attempt at Lovecraft, I decided that I needed some fluff. So, instead of reading one of the numerous books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet, I borrowed the second Stephanie Plum novel from my grandmother.

In this installation, Stephanie is attempting to find Kenny Mancuso, a man who shot his friend in the knee and then skipped out on his court date. Kenny is somehow tied in with a bunch of stollen coffins and army guns, and Stephanie has to deal with the “help” of Morelli.

I’m completely torn between loving and loathing Stephanie. On one hand, she is a complete flake, and I really, really dislike flakey main characters. It’s the main reason I stopped reading the Shopaholic series, and why I won’t read any more of Kinsella’s stuff. It’s the reason I don’t read a lot of chick lit. Bridget Jones is probably the only main exception, and that’s because Bridget is a snarky Brit, and that automatically makes her enjoyable.

On the other hand, she sometimes seems more realistic than a lot of the characters in books I like. I mean, who wouldn’t freak out if there was a severed foot in her refridgerator? I know I certainly would.

Still, the other characters might be enough to keep me going in these books. I love Grandma Mazur and Lula, and honestly have such a soft spot for characters like Morelli.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:33 pm January 6, 2006.
Category: Mystery
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  • http://www.faustisbookquest.b-logging.com jmfausti

    I can’t stand the Kinsella books and most of the books in the chick lit genre. I’m not a fan of the normal story line. However, I love Stephanie Plum. I see Stephanie as a screw up version of Kinsey Milhone in the Sue Grafton alphabet series. I like that Stephanie is a small town Jersey girl. I love that she’s a screw up and the books don’t wind up with her in some dream job and engaged to the most handsome, richest, most perfect man in the whole wide world. She seems more real to me than her contemporaries. I love that Stephanie is a girl I can sort of identify with, getting into scrapes that I can’t begin to fathom happening in my life. She’s my guilty pleasure and my favorite escape.