Stephanie Plum, the brassy babe in the powder blue Buick is back and she’s having a bad hair day — for the whole month of January. She’s been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemier, Trenton’s most beloved citizen, arrested for carrying concealed, gone no-show for his court appearance.
And to make matters worse, she’s got Lula, a former hooker turned file clerk — now a wannabe bounty hunter — at her side, sticking like glue. Lula’s big and blonde and black and itching to get the chance to lock up a crook in the trunk of her car.
Morelli, the New Jersey vice cop with the slow-burning smile that undermines a girl’s strongest resolve is being polite. So what does this mean? Has he found a new love? Or is he manipulating Steph, using her in his police investigation, counting on her unmanageable curiosity and competitive Jersey attitude?
Once again, the entire One for the Money crew is in action, including Ranger and Grandma Mazur, searching for Mo, tripping down a trail littered with dead drug dealers, leading Stephanie to suspect Mo has traded his ice-cream scoop for a vigilante gun.
Cursed with a disastrous new hair color and an increasing sense that it’s really time to get a new job, Stephanie spirals and tumbles through Three to Get Deadly with all the wisecracks and pace her fans have come to expect.
Three to Get Deadly is very well written. Starting innocently, it leads into a slow, steady build and a very satisfying conclusion. It was nice not to have all the details out on the table, leaving a bit of surprise for the end.
There was enough side action with both Ranger and Morelli without taking away from the main narrative. Add in Lula acting as bounty hunter sidekick and Grandma Mazur’s boyfriend search, and the whole cast is well represented in this one.
Does anyone else get hungry reading these books, though? With the constant pizza, fried chicken, and doughnuts, I always crave the worst foods while reading. I’d love to have Stephanie’s metabolism.
I’m totally with Lula on this one, though: Ranger is a sexy superhero.