One For The Money- Janet Evanovich

An oldie but goodie. Ironically I didn’t read any of hers for the longest time because I found the covers a little too frothy, but this proved to be well worth a read! Stephanie Plum has lost her job as a lingerie buyer and is in dire financial straits. However family connections and a little harmless blackmail land her a job as a bounty hunter, where she soon finds that her first potential catch is an old flame. Who she hasn’t spoken to since she intentionally ran him over and broke his leg. It’s essentially a crime/mystery story, and the narrative occasionally has the punchy feel of a 70s detective novel, but it’s undoubtedly aimed at women.

Nookie for your Nook?– Not too steamy at all, but it’s foreshadowed for future books.

Kooks for your Kindle?– Most of the characters are larger than life, some hugely so (Granny Mazur!). They would seem over the top in real life, but they work well here and there is a large variety.

The Bella-Swan-Pitifully-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Pleasantly absent here, the heroine is strong, resourceful, brave and optimistic. Even in desperate situations she is able to pick herself up and make the best of it, without being annoyingly chirpy. While Stephanie does require some rescuing when she first begins, she relies on the men less as she progresses and soon finds her calling.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– A vivid image of New Jersey is skillfully conveyed, by someone who clearly loves the area despite its industrial, polluted environment.

Evaluation of your eBook?– It’s classed as absolute froth here, certainly well written and unputdownable froth. A thoroughly enjoyable easy read and quite short. We already know it’s the beginning of a series, the crime story is wrapped up within this book, but the personal stories promise to roll along. I’ll get to the sequels soon!

Frothy Ranking: 5/5 cocktails.

UK: Ebook available at WHSmith for £5.39. Currently not available in Kindle form at Amazon (only hard copies), also at Waterstones on paperback for £5.59

US: For $8.99 at both Amazon.com and eBooks.com.  Also Kobobooks US or Kobo Canada for $17.39.

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