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Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum 03) Paperback – 6 Nov 1997


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (6 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140256083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140256086
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No. 1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial, Last Laugh and Silver Dagger awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award.
She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure.

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About the Author

Janet Evanovich, originally from South River, New Jersey, lives in New Hampshire. Her two previous novels, ONE FOR THE MONEY and TWO FOR THE DOUGH, were both published by Hamish Hamilton and Penguin.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 8 April 2005
Format: Paperback
One of the good things about this series is that you don't have to read them in order. After book one, I jumped right to this one (because I didn't have a copy of book two).
Stephanie Plum is, as usual, way over her head in her unchosen profession. Untrained, uncoordinated, dysfunctional and disorganized, she's the world's most unlikely bounty hunter - a definite Sandra Bullock role if they decide to make the movie.
This time her main task is simply to track down the town saint, a well-loved candy man with a devoted following of little old ladies, and a stable of nasty goons on the side.
Suddenly people are shooting at her, drug dealers are turning up dead, her vehicles don't work, and her new sidekick is a former hooker with an attitude and a craving for action - once it's not too dangerous.
Acknowledging her limitations, she calls on professional bounty hunter Ranger (part to be offered to Sam Elliot if I have a say in casting) and police officer Morelli (think Colin Farrell), her primary weakness in the romantic department.
After all the expected twists and turns, and the unexpected twists and turns, this turns out to be a wildly funny and entertaining read.
Amanda Richards
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2000
Format: Paperback
I've read all the Stephanie Plum books and I've already advance ordered the latest one from the States, which shows how good they are. This, in my humble opinion, is the best of the lot. It made me laugh until I cried. I was devastated when I finished it. Now I've read it myself I'm buying a copy for everyone I know. A top read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
Out of the whole Stephanie Plum series, this one is my favourite. But don't just buy this one, buy the whole lot, starting with One For The Money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ever since Stephanie kicked out her husband for doing something unmentionable with a high school classmate on the dining room table, she has been trying to find her own way. It's tough out there in the real world. Being a lingerie buyer didn't work out, so she's put pressure on a relative to let her be a bounty hunter for his bail bond business. This has given her a new set of friends, including Lula (the toughest ex-streetlady turned bounty hunter in training) and Ranger (her tough-as-nails bounty hunter mentor). But Stephanie is still new to bounty hunting, and things go wrong.
In this installment of the continuing Stephanie Plum sage, Stephanie has three men to bring in. One runs a candy store, another is a kid who works in fast food, and the third is a pusher who's armed and dangerous. Naturally, it's the elderly man with the candy store who's the main problem. She can't find him, no one wants her to find him because he is beloved by the community, and pretty soon dead bodies are stacking up like cord wood wherever Stephanie goes. Three times in one day, she is shot at, and her nerve starts to go. Pretty soon, her normal solo act is being backed up by both Lula and Ranger.
Then, too, Joe Morelli (exboy friend in this story) starts acting strange, Stephanie finds him more attractive. He also moves into a house, and Stephanie starts to wonder if he's ready to settle down. With her guard down after more and more dangerous encounters, Stephanie almost succumbs but is saved by her weak stomach.
The mystery isn't the thing in a Stephanie Plum novel. It's just there to give Stephanie something to do. She's the real focus. Characterization in this fine novel is outstanding. That's the strength of the book. The humor is fine, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Woodruffe on 5 Jan. 2011
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Evanovic is easy to read. The plots are fairly innocuous and contribute little to the general story. This book follows the general script, Stephane Plum, bounty hunter extraordinaire, has numerous difficult and dangerous adventures in the course of earning her keep. Her romantic exploits add to the general picture. The writing style is humorous and the language colourful. This is the type of book one reads as a break between more intellectual offerings. I quite enjoy an occasional sojourn into Evanovic.
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It’s several months after TWO FOR THE DOUGH. Stephanie’s been working as a bounty hunter for 5 months and prides herself on having never turned down a job. Then Vinnie asks her to bring in Moses Bedemier, better known as Uncle Mo, who’s skipped bail after being arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. Uncle Mo is an institution in Trenton – his ice cream and candy store has been open for 50 years - everyone goes there and everyone loves him. Stephanie knows that bringing him in won’t make her popular but the case will earn her $500 and she’s desperate to get rid of the old Buick and buy a new car. But bringing him in isn’t going to be easy and as Stephanie tries to find out where he’s hiding, the body count begins to rise …

The third in Janet Evanovich’s STEPHANIE PLUM SERIES has some great humorous scenes in it but the plot meanders and Stephanie is slow to make obvious connections while the Plum/Morelli romance leaves me cold. This is a shame because the characters are great, particularly Lula who wants to discover more about Ranger and has an idea that she might join Stephanie in the bounty hunter game – a scene involving Lula, a car chase and a dead body literally had me in stitches. I also love Grandma Mazur, the Plum family dinners remain a gem of observation and it was good to see more of Ranger in the book and get a glimpse of Stephanie’s ex-husband. However Morelli’s alpha male antics leave me stone cold and although I’m supposed to root for him and Stephanie, I really don’t. Ultimately, this was an okay read and there’s still enough here for me to continue reading the series.

Lula gets a lot more page time in this book, which I enjoyed although it did seem to come at the expense of Grandma Mazur, who nonetheless gets all the best lines.
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