Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

This series is about Stephanie Plum. After losing her job, she decides to go to her cousin Vinnie’s bond company and try to make some quick cash catching fugitives, or FTAs (Failed to Appear). She gets her FTAs from Connie, the office manager for Vinnie, who has big hair, big boobs, and a big, Italian mouth.

Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2)

In this novel, Stephanie is looking for Joe Morelli’s cousin, Kenny Mancuso. He recently shot his friend in the knee. Shortly after that, his friend winds up dead. Morelli ‘helps’ after being reinstated into vice, though he is running his own investigation and is hesitant to share information with Stephanie.

Things get crazy when a possible conspiracy starts unraveling, and it is a blast to go along for the ride. Stephanie also has to deal with a psycho  who is sending her body parts. Two for the Dough is probably one of the creepier of the Stephanie Plum novels.

My favorite part of this novel was getting to learn more about the Burg, where Stephanie grew up. This had to do with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur enjoying going to funeral viewings to see how well the funeral parlor does the deceased’s makeup. The head of the parlor had a back injury, and his step-son Spiro has been running the place. Stephanie has to deal with him, and I’ll be the first to admit he gave me the creeps.

I liked Two for the Dough almost as much as One for the Money. If you liked the first book, you’ll probably enjoy this one, too. The writing is still nice and snappy. Now that Morelli is a bigger character, we’re getting closer to the romance, which may or may not be a good thing. Let’s read and find out.

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