BOOK REVIEW: #One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

#Review by Ryder Islington

Reading this book was so much fun! Mind you, I read it when it first came out, but
One For The Money is a keeper and worth reading anytime you’re having a bad week. Ms. Evanovich has a wicked sense of #humor and it shows in this first novel in the #Stephanie Plum series.

Welcome to Trenton, where Stephanie, a young woman with some major problems, is about to do something crazy. Her love life sucks. Her car sucks. Her life sucks. But Stephanie is not one to give up. She worms her way into a job as a Fugitive Recovery Agent, also known as a bounty hunter. With no experience, and no self-defense training, she is pitted against a cop wanted for murder. And not just any cop. Detective Morelli was her first…well…let’s just leave it at that.

And no one can review this book without mentioning #Grandma Mazur, Stephanie’s spandex-wearing, man-chasing, gossip-mongering granny. This woman can get in trouble going to a funeral, which is where she goes to chase men, and collect gossip. She’s the only woman I know who shoots the chicken after it’s cooked!

For any reader of , #mysteries, comedies, romance, or just Plum crazy writing, you’ll love this book!

Crime of Passion, Opportunity, or Premeditation?

This article is part of the Mystery Writer’s Rolling Blog Tours Ink. Other bloggers involved in this roll are listed below my article and will be blogging on the same topic.

And now for my article on Crime of Passion, Opportunity, or Premeditation?

This is such a fun topic! I don’t know that I’ve ever written a story involving a crime of opportunity. Crimes of passion fit into my writing well, because I like to write about the psychological aspects of crimes and criminals. I like to get into the heads of crazy people, evil people, strong people, weak people, killers, cops,good guys, bad guys, and nutzos.

But I enjoy reading all kinds of mystery, from cozies and comedies to thrillers. From Janet Evanovich to Stephen King. I truly enjoy reading something where I get to try to work out the puzzle. I’m the same way with movies and TV series. I don’t enjoy the open format where the reader/viewer knows more than the protagonist. I have more than 400 novels in these sub-genres.

I’m always open to reading and viewing suggestions, so please feel free to leave comments with your favorite mystery/suspense/thriller/cozy/mystery/police procedural, your favorite authors, shows, movies, etc.


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BOOK REVIEW: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Review by Ryder Islington

The latest Stephanie Plum escapade is filled with the required accidents, explosions, take downs by Stephanie and her robust friend Lula, and moments of indecision involving Joseph Morelli and Ranger. Stephanie has a “lucky” bottle, at least that’s what the will said when she inherited it from Uncle Pip. The question is how to make it work. 

Stephanie’s boss/cousin, Vinnie, is kidnapped for ransom after failing to pay gambling debts.  The ever inept Stephanie, bounty hunter not-so-extraordinaire, feels compelled to save her despicable cousin Vinnie because, after all, she is one of the good guys.

Her on-again-off-again relationship with detective Morelli complicates the plan, which must be kept secret not only because the kidnappers have made it clear that Vinnie will die if cops are involved, but also because Stephanie’s side kick, ex-prostitute Lula and the office manager, Connie, are constantly doing things that are not quite aboveboard. In fact, they are mostly down right criminal. 

As usual, Grandma Mazur causes a ruckus at Stiva’s Funeral Home, the local hang out for the over sixties crowd. She’s the only grandma I know who prefers a wheelchair to crutches, for the sympathy factor, and attends funerals to pick up guys and eat cookies. 

Throw in Mr. Jingles, the not so average protection trained pet, drug dealers, and the mysterious Ranger, a bounty hunter/security expert who manages to push every button Stephanie has, and often leaves her confused and breathing hard, and you have a funny, surprising, fast-paced story, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud in the wee hours of the morning when you should be sleeping. 

Ms. Evanovich has managed to turn out another hit, and boy, does it sizzle.