Book Review: Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich

threetoget Title: Three to Get Deadly
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First line: It was January in Trenton.

Three to Get Deadly is the third book in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie isn’t thrilled with her latest FTA – “failure to appear.” Her cousin Vinny has given her the assignment of bringing in Moses Bedemeir, otherwise known as Uncle Mo, The Burg’s favorite candy salesman. He was arrested for “carrying concealed” – which in Trenton is barely a crime. Stephanie takes the case, even though she knows it will make her extremely unpopular with residents of The Burg.

What she assumes to be a quick trace turns out to be a complicated case, in which dead drug dealers seem to turn up everywhere Stephanie turns. This doesn’t endear her to her old flame, vice cop Joe Morelli, who has reasons of his own to be interested in Uncle Mo – and Stephanie.

These books were really made to be experienced on audiobook. With a cast of characters that includes the likes of Grandma Mazur, Ranger, Lula, Vinny, and the always hot Joe Morelli, these books are hilarious. The reader, C.J. Critt, does a fantastic job of doing all the voices, making you see each character in your head as you’re listening. I drive my kids nuts when I listen to these books, because I’m continually laughing out loud, but unable to tell them at what, because more often than not, it’s one of Lula’s more colorful, profanity-laced exclamations that has me giggling. These books are the perfect light reads (or listens) to break up my Outlander series marathon. I’m planning to listen to Four to Score before I move on to Drums in Autumn.

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9 Responses to Book Review: Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich

  1. Mary
    Twitter: bookfanmb
    says:

    I’m going to start #9 in the next week or so. These books crack me up. I’d like to listen to one as I’ve heard they’re very good audiobooks. Nice review!

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    An audio of these is a good idea. I may load one or two on my iPod, in case of an emergency. I laugh out loud when I am reading the book, so I can only imagine the fun of hearing the voices!

  3. Andrea_R says:

    I know I said it before, but I LOVE THESE BOOKS.

    And I just read the print ones and snort in bed. :D

    They woudl make such a good tv series…

  4. Kathy says:

    These books are so much fun!

  5. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Mary – I love books that make me laugh. :)

    Sandy – the reader is fantastic!

    Andrea – yep, they would be awesome as a TV series!

  6. S. Krishna
    Twitter: skrishna
    says:

    I loved the early books in this series. I imagine they are very enjoyable on audio. Nice review!

  7. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    S. Krishna – they are perfect on audio. So much of this is depends on the reader – and C.J. Critt is perfect for these.

  8. Ladytink_534 says:

    This was a fun one. I’d like to re-read the entire series one day. :)

  9. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Ladytink – you should try them on audio.

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