One For the Money is the very first of the 80 bajillion books in the Stephanie Plum series. I really needed to read something that required as little concentration as possible and this was the ticket. I already saw the movie so it made it that much easier.
Our heroine, Stephanie, has no job, no money, no car, and no love life. Things are worse for her as the rent is due soon. Through the family grapevine, she hears that her cousin Vinnie, owner of a bond agency, has a job opening for a receptionist. Stephanie figures this is better than nothing so she checks it out. Unfortunately, that job is taken but there is an opportunity for her to try her hand at bond recovery.
And the job is a doozy: bring in a cop on the run, who just happens to be the guy who took her virginity, Joe Morelli. Stephanie’s got a bit of an axe to grind, plus the big pay out will keep her afloat for awhile. Morelli isn’t going to come along quietly and Stephanie has no idea what’s she’s doing. Will she get her man?
So okay, this was fun. I had to suspend any disbelief I had about this lady who is afraid of guns chasing after criminals, but…you know. I enjoyed Stephanie’s inner monologue and the cast of wacky characters. Since this is the first in the series, there is a feeling that Evanovich is finding her sea legs and hopefully the series will get better.
One for the Money was published in 1994 and it is all kinds of dated. That was my biggest issue with it but since I don’t have a time machine, I guess I can live with it.