Two for the Dough

Two for the Dough

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Pursuing Kenny Mancuso, who fled after inadvertently shooting his best friend, New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum becomes involved in an all-out manhunt for gunrunners and illegal weapons and is pursued by vice cop Joe Morelli. 75,000 first printing. Tour.

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It's Stephanie Plum, New Jersey's "fugitive apprehension" agent (aka bounty hunter), introduced to the world by Janet Evanovich in the award-winning and bestselling novel One for the Money.

Now Stephanie's back, armed with attitude -- not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights, and her trusty .38, Stephanie is after a new bail jumper, Kenny Mancuso, a boy from Trenton's burg. He's fresh out of the army, suspiciously wealthy, and he's just shot his best friend.

With her bounty hunter pal Ranger stepping in occasionally to advise her, Stephanie staggers kneedeep in corpses and caskets as she traipses through back streets, dark alleys, and funeral parlors.

And nobody knows funeral parlors better than Stephanie's irrepressible Grandma Mazur, a lady whose favorite pastime is grabbing a front-row seat at a neighborhood wake. So Stephanie uses Grandma as a cover to follow leads, but loses control when Grandma warms to the action, packing a cool pistol. Much to the family's chagrin, Stephanie and Granny may soon have the elusive Kenny in their sights.
Fast-talking, slow-handed vice cop Joe Morelli joins in the case, since the prey happens to be his young cousin. And if the assignment calls for an automobile stakeout for two with the woman who puts his libido in overdrive, Morelli's not one to object.

Low on expertise but learning fast, high on resilience, and despite the help she gets from friends and relatives, Stephanie eventually must face the danger alone when embalmed body parts begin to arrive on her doorstep and she's targeted for a nasty death by the most loathsome adversary she's ever encountered. Another case like this and she'll be a real pro.

Two for the Dough is irresistible fun and powerful suspense entertainment from an acclaimed author who is already a national star.

Baker
& Taylor

Pursuing Kenny Mancuso, who fled after inadvertently shooting his best friend, New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum becomes involved in an all-out manhunt for gunrunners and illegal weapons and is pursued by vice cop Joe Morelli

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 1996
ISBN: 9780684196381
0684196387
Characteristics: 301 p. ; 25 cm

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LoganLib_Aavishka Jan 04, 2018

Two for the Dough, the second installment in the Stephanie Plum series was funny and witty, filled with action, laughter and serious moments. It was a nice light read.

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

PLOT OR PREMISE:
This is the second book in the Stephanie Plum series, new bounty hunter. This time around first love's distant cousin, Kenny Mancuso, is supposed to be a relatively easy pickup. Sure, he shot a guy, his best friend, but he's not all that bright. Except that he's fresh out of the army and suddenly wealthy.

WHAT I LIKED:
I liked the expansion of the role by Plum's grandmother, even though I thought she was over the top in the first one. Here, it's funny, as she is out of control. She goes to a funeral with a closed coffin for a guy who was shot, and she opens the coffin to see what he looks like. Another dead guy has a strange looking ring so she touches the hand and the finger comes off. Don't even ask about her shooting a gun. The love story with Morelli moves along a bit until he screws up (as all men do) and the brakes come on hard. Add in the sub-plot of 24 missing coffins, and the read is a riot. An improvement over the first book, and further expansion of some nice supporting characters.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There are a few too many guys running around with no real explanation, and the major baddie Kenny does a pretty good job of going wherever he wants to despite a large number of people looking for him (remembering that he wasn't too bright to begin with).

BOTTOM-LINE:
Another great one in the series

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shelbysmom1996
Jun 06, 2016

2nd book in the series. You get a lot of the back history of the people in the books. This book had more suspense and less humor than I hoped for.

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jo7catz
Jun 05, 2016

A light-and-breezy, fun read...if taking your grandma to funeral parlors and being 'outgunned' by the ladies in the beauty saloon are your idea of a typical outing. A perfect way to learn to be a bounty hunter. Go, Stephanie Plum and Grandma Mazur!

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sherrydye
May 31, 2016

I listened to this author's 1st book in the series and it was ok, so I tried #2. The bad language just escalated in Two for the Dough to a point that I couldn't enjoy the book. So much of the cursing added nothing to the story, so I have quit this author.

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Dreamstime
Nov 24, 2015

"Pistol-packing Grandma Mazur" is very distracting and certainly not a hoot. I have been told she is a part of all the books in the series. The stupid humor is not worth my time. "Hilarious" this book is not.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 07, 2015

This book was very entertaining. Almost all of the characters were hysterical and the plot was great. Stephanie Plum is one of my favorite protagonists: funny, attractive, tough, smart, insecure, full of chutzpah-- in other words, quite human and likable. Janet Evanovich is very funny, and her books are practically a laugh a page, even when she writes about violence and gore. This is the second book that I have read in the Stephanie Plum series, and I plan to read the rest of the series.

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HELEN M. ZSUTTY
Feb 14, 2013

Another fun, fast read in the Stephanie Plum series. Love Morelli and Stephanie's grandma!

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sonicscrewdriver
Jun 20, 2012

Laugh out loud funny.

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fooktai
Jun 02, 2012

good book but i liked the 1st one more but her grandma mauzur is a hoot.

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