Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum
Number in Series: 2
Time: 2 hrs. and 44 mins.
Narrator: Lori Petty
Release Date: January 10, 1996 (audiobook: July 1, 2004)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Synopsis from Indie Bound
THIS ONE’S DOUBLE THE FUN
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso—a suspiciously wealthy, working-class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend—the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli—who is trying to beat Stephanie to the punch—only makes the hunt more thrilling. . . .
Taking pointers from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and using her pistol-packing Grandma Mazur as a decoy, Stephanie is soon closing in on her mark. But Morelli and his libido are worthy foes. And a more sinister kind of enemy has made his first move . . . and his next move might be Stephanie’s last.
What happens when you are offered $10000 to search for coffins? Well you take it, duh! This is exactly what happens to our great Plum in the second installment of the Stephanie Plum series, Two for the Dough. Plum is still getting the hang of the bounty hunting thing searching for a man who shot a friend of his. But by chance, due to crazy Grandma Mazur’s obsession with funerals, Plum is offered a job to find 24 missing coffins. But it comes to Plum’s attention that the man she was already looking for might be involved with the coffins and he just happens to be related to Joe Morelli, fellow cop and Plum’s old fling.
I actually think I like this book more than the first one. I ended up with the abridged version yet again which means I missed plenty but the basics. Still doesn’t mean this was any less amazing. It was funnier and the plot was a little more action packed and fast paced. Evanovich did such a great job, yet again. Plum is still unlearned, but she is getting things done with help from friends and non-friends. I like that even though Plum seems to attract trouble, she pulls through things like you wouldn’t believe. I love that she isn’t an absolute expert at it yet. It is nice to follow her through her experience. The way she goes about things is a bit unconventional, but she gets things done.
As much as I love Plum though; Grandma Mazur stole the show for me in this book. Even when a scene is supposed to be sad or awful even, the things she does and say had me in tears from laughing so hard. For instance, as I mentioned, she has a thing for going to funerals. She follows the obituaries in the newspapers like no one’s business. It is her weird form of entertainment. Now as you can guess there are rules at these viewings, but she always manages to break them. For example, there was a closed casket viewing of a man who was shot, but Grandma Mazur wanted to see the bullet holes. So she just happened to trip on the rug, hit the lid of the coffin and it just happened to pop open. Then there was the scene with the mailed penis. Don’t even get me started on the Jewish penis. I know this is weird, but trust me, it was funny. Grandma Mazur is a relentless, conniving, gun-slinging old lady. And you are going to love her for it.
The bad guy Kenny was creepy as hell and I couldn’t believe he was related to Joe. I think Plum handled him well even though I think was silly trying to take him down on her own. But she had help in some unlikely places. I like Joe sometimes, but like Plum, you can’t get over the feeling he always has an agenda. He always seems to know where Plum is on her stakeouts, what she is doing. When she found out how, I love the way she took her revenge. Worst way for any man, funny as hell to any woman.
Overall, don’t miss this book. Actually, don’t miss this series. Like I said, this was better than One for the Money which I completely loved. We get to know more of our characters. We get more action. We get more laughs. Also anything that involves an old lady pulling a gun out of her purse during a chase is pure gold as far as I am concerned.