Day 17 – The most hilarious book you’ve ever read.

One for the Money, Janet Evanovich.

No one else can be as hapless as Stephanie Plum and somehow be good at a job as dangerous as Bond Enforcement.

This is part of series. Go read them all. Number nineteen is coming out soon, so it might take a while, but it’s worth it.

Stephanie Plum loses her job, and is broke. She’s mooching dinner off her parents, her car’s been repossessed, and she needs a job before she loses her apartment.

She’s so desperate that she takes a job with her cousin Vinnie, working as a Bond Enforcement Agent, bringing in people who’ve failed to appear at their court dates. Of course, none of them want to go in, and Stephanie struggles horribly. She’s clumsy, and has terrible luck, returning home covered in garbage and having lost her handcuffs more than once.

But she keeps going, and somehow, despite the odds, she gets her man (or woman) when saner people would have given up.

*    *     *     *

“Joseph Morelli,” I said. “What a surprise.”

His expression narrowed. “Yeah. Almost as surprising as when you nailed me with your father’s car.”

In the interest of avoiding confrontation, I felt obliged to explain. I didn’t feel obliged to do it convincingly. “It was an accident. My foot slipped.”

“That was no accident. You jumped the curb and followed me down the sidewalk. You could have killed me.”

[…]

“You deserved to get run over. And besides, I barely tapped you. The only reason you broke your leg was because you panicked and tripped over your own feet.”

“You’re lucky I didn’t sue you.”

“You’re lucky I didn’t put the car into reverse and back over you three or four times.”

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

17 responses »

  1. Marcia says:

    There is nothing that makes my day happier than a new Stephanie Plum book arriving. I have talked about them on Bookin’ It before, and hope I steered some new fans Evanovich’s way. Some people complain that they are too formulaic, but as long as the formula keeps making me hoot with laughter, I don’t care. I think they are just about the funniest books I’ve ever read, and I love every single character in them. I do wish Stephanie would leave Ranger as a fantasy, and settle on Joe as her boyfriend, though. I’m not thrilled with the bed-hopping of recent books. Other than that, there’s not one thing I’d change. As they say around here, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

    Have you read the Lizzy and Diesel books? I love them, too. But nothing will ever top Stephanie Plum and the Burg for pure, crazy, fun. Love your quote, too. But then, there are SOOOO many wonderful ones to choose from, you can’t go wrong. Great post!

    • caitlinstern says:

      Sometimes people put far too much pressure on books. A book is what it is–some have the nutritional value of cotton candy, others an apple, some are spinach.
      Yep, I’ve read the Diesel books–as well as a bunch of Evanovich’s romances.

  2. Marcia says:

    I agree. Sometimes in the urban fantasy books I enjoy, a book will be what I call Urban Fantasy Lite. But now and then, a snack is all you want, right? I’ve never been able to get into the other Evanovich romances, but I purely love the Plum books, and the Plum Spooky books, and Lizzy and Diesel. But mostly, anything with Lula and Grandma Mazur and Connie, Vinnie, the never-ending funerals and parades of new black cars, and Ranger, and Morelli. Lots of Morelli. I don’t think I’ve ever read books that made me laugh so much as these. Even when I’m pretty sure I know what’s coming. Maybe especially because I do.

    • Marcia says:

      Ooooh, I see you are reading a Chicagoland book. This series turned out to be one of my very, very favorites, which surprised me. I think it is mostly Ethan. I do like Merit better than many UF heroines, but Ethan is a big draw for me. I’ve got the latest one waiting on my Kindle, but haven’t started it yet. I think I’m saving it for a special treat.

    • caitlinstern says:

      Some of her romances spoke to me more than others. 🙂 Have you read her Full series? (Full House, Full Tilt…)

      • Marcia says:

        No. I only tried 2 and ended up giving them to my mother. But I will check them out, because she is a good enough writer that I would enjoy something else by her that was strong enough to hold my attention. Even without the hilarity of Stehanie Plum. Thanks for the recommendation.

        • caitlinstern says:

          Not every book by a favorite author will be your cup of tea. Have you tried Metro Girl? Alex Barnaby is a bit more Plum-esque.

          • Marcia says:

            Nope, but I’m willing to give it a try. Overall I do think Evanovich is a good author, and I’m sure there are some of her romances that I would enjoy. As I say, I only tried two, and they didn’t work for me. Sure doesn’t mean there aren’t others I’d like better. I’m writing down the ones you’ve mentioned, for sure. I always try to keep an open mind, and I do believe that authors have hits and misses. Some of my very favorites have had books that just failed to pull me in.

  3. Marcia says:

    I love all the machinations of ruling Cadogan House, and love Merit being the Sentinel. It’s a fairly unusual take on vamps, I think, though they often are involved in some sort of politics. Still, the structure of their houses and the hierarchy is interesting. And the chemistry between Merit and Ethan is good. Get back to me at the end of Book 4. O.M.G.

    • caitlinstern says:

      I just finished 4, I think, and started 5 (Drink Deep). Unless I’ve miscounted.
      I’m glad I had both from the library, because that ending… 😮

      • Marcia says:

        You’re right. You’re on 5. I will tell you that I don’t know when a book has ever, EVER made me as angry as 4 did. I threw it all the way across the room and stomped around in a snit, and sniveled and whined, and otherwise acted like an idiot. OMG. I was so upset! Legions of fans were all but rioting in the streets, and she kept saying to trust her. But I couldn’t figure out any way to fix the problem without breaking the rules of her “world.” GAH. I wished at the time that I had stopped with 3. I loved the ending of THAT one, when he brought her the baseball, and you knew things would be okay with them. Man, I’m a sucker when I get invested in the characters. Hope you enjoy 5.

  4. I’ve never read a comedy that actually made me laugh. Maybe I’ll give it a go.

    • caitlinstern says:

      I’ve been told I have a weird sense of humor, so I can’t make any promises. But I hope you do chuckle once or twice–the world needs more books that make people laugh, and laughter in general.

      • Marcia says:

        I agree, Caitlin. And all I can say is, this is one series that makes me actually…dare I say it…GUFFAW. Out loud. I can’t help it. I find the one liners hilarious and the situations even more so. In the beginning, there were some really scary bits and characters that were juxtaposed against the humor, which was really weird, but it worked. And then the books just kept getting funnier and funnier. Jennifer M, you should give them a try. Nuthin’ much to lose, right? And maybe you’ll gain a whole new series to enjoy.

      • Yeah. I wish I could write comedy.

        • caitlinstern says:

          I bet at least one person has laughed at something you wrote.
          Intentional comedy’s difficult, but unintentional just happens… Like a shoe strap breaking and sending you down a flight of stairs.

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