Janet Evanovich Books

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Born in 1943 in New Jersey, Janet Evanovich is an award winning author. The genre that she is most known for is romance writing. Many of her romances were published under the pen name of Steffie Hall. However, there is more to Evanovich’s work than just romance. As well as featuring romantic plots, her novels deal with crime and adventure. One of her romantic heroines is a bounty hunter to pay the bills, for instance. Evanovich’s romance oeuvre grew out of her own love of romance novels. In short, she read some romance novels on a friend’s recommendation, realized that she loved them, and decided to write her own!

Order of Stephanie Plum Series

1One for the Money 1994Description / Buy
2Two for the Dough 1996Description / Buy
3Three to Get Deadly 1997Description / Buy
4Four to Score 1998Description / Buy
5High Five 1999Description / Buy
6Hot Six 2000Description / Buy
7Seven Up 2001Description / Buy
8Hard Eight 2002Description / Buy
9To the Nines 2003Description / Buy
10Ten Big Ones 2004Description / Buy
11Eleven on Top 2005Description / Buy
12Twelve Sharp 2006Description / Buy
13Lean Mean Thirteen 2007Description / Buy
14Fearless Fourteen 2008Description / Buy
15Finger Lickin' Fifteen 2009Description / Buy
16Sizzling Sixteen 2009Description / Buy
17Smokin' Seventeen 2011Description / Buy
18Explosive Eighteen 2011Description / Buy
19Notorious Nineteen 2012Description / Buy
20Takedown Twenty 2013Description / Buy
21Top Secret Twenty-One 2014Description / Buy
22Tricky Twenty-Two 2015Description / Buy
23Turbo Twenty-Three 2016Description / Buy
24Hardcore Twenty-Four 2017Description / Buy
25Look Alive Twenty-Five 2018Description / Buy
26Twisted Twenty-Six 2019Description / Buy
27Fortune and Glory 2020Description / Buy
28Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight 2021Description / Buy

Order of Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers/Holiday Novels Series

1Visions of Sugar Plums 2002Description / Buy
2Plum Lovin' 2007Description / Buy
3Plum Lucky 2008Description / Buy
4Plum Spooky 2009Description / Buy

Order of Elsie Hawkins Series

1Back to the Bedroom 1989Description / Buy
2Smitten 1990Description / Buy
3Wife for Hire 1990Description / Buy
4The Rocky Road to Romance 1991Description / Buy

Order of Full/Max Holt Series with Charlotte Hughes

1Full House 1981Description / Buy
2Full Tilt 2002Description / Buy
3Full Speed 2003Description / Buy
4Full Blast 2004Description / Buy
5Full Bloom 2005Description / Buy
6Full Scoop 2006Description / Buy

Order of Alexandra Barnaby Series

1Metro Girl 2004Description / Buy
2Motor Mouth 2006Description / Buy
3Troublemaker 2007Description / Buy
4Troublemaker 2 2010Description / Buy

Order of Hot/Cate Madigan Series

1Hot Stuff 2007Description / Buy

Order of Lizzy & Diesel Series with Phoef Sutton

1Wicked Appetite 2009Description / Buy
2Wicked Business 2012Description / Buy
3Wicked Charms ( With: Phoef Sutton) 2015Description / Buy

Order of Culhane Family Series

1Love in a Nutshell 2012Description / Buy
2The Husband List 2012Description / Buy

Order of Kate O'Hare & Nicolas Fox Series

1Pros and Cons (Short Story) ( With: Lee Goldberg) 2013Description / Buy
2The Heist ( With: Lee Goldberg) 2013Description / Buy
3The Chase ( With: Lee Goldberg) 2014Description / Buy
4The Shell Game ( With: Lee Goldberg) 2014Description / Buy
5The Job ( With: Lee Goldberg) 2014Description / Buy
6The Scam ( With: Lee Goldberg) 2015Description / Buy
7The Pursuit ( With: Lee Goldberg) 2016Description / Buy
8The Big Kahuna ( With: Peter Evanovich) 2019Description / Buy
9The Bounty ( With: Steve Hamilton) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Knight and Moon Series with Phoef Sutton

1Curious Minds ( With: Phoef Sutton) 2016Description / Buy
2Dangerous Minds 2017Description / Buy

Order of Janet Evanovich Standalone Novels

1Hero at Large 1987Description / Buy
2Thanksgiving 1988Description / Buy
3The Grand Finale 1988Description / Buy
4Manhunt 1988Description / Buy
5Foul Play 1989Description / Buy
6Love Overboard / Ivan Takes A Wife 1989Description / Buy
7Naughty Neighbor 1992Description / Buy

Order of Janet Evanovich Non-Fiction Books

1How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author 2006Description / Buy

Order of Fearless Jones Series with Lawrence Block, Linda Fairstein, Nelson DeMille, Donald E Westlake, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Nancy Pickard, Walter Mosley, Edna Buchanan, Ann Rule

1The Plot Thickens ( With: Lawrence Block, Linda Fairstein, Nelson DeMille, Donald E Westlake, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Nancy Pickard, Walter Mosley, Edna Buchanan, Ann Rule) 1997Description / Buy
2Fearless Jones ( By: Walter Mosley) 2001Description / Buy
3Fear Itself ( By: Walter Mosley) 2003Description / Buy
4Fear of the Dark ( By: Walter Mosley) 2006Description / Buy

Order of Gabriella Rose Series

1The Recovery Agent 2021Description / Buy

Janet Evanovich Anthologies

1 The Plot Thickens1997Description / Buy
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Evanovich’s first novel was published in 1987 and it is a romance entitled ‘Hero at Large’. She wrote several traditional romance novels for the publisher ‘Loveswept’. This series of novels is sometimes called the ‘Second Chance’ series, and it was written under the pen name Steffie Hall.

Later, Evanovich decided to move away from the traditional format of the romance novel. She decided to write a series of adventure romances, written in the first person (rather than the third person as is more conventional for the romance genre). These new novels focused on a rather incompetent bounty hunter named Stephanie Plum. As a result, they are known as the ‘Stephanie Plum Series’.

The Stephanie Plum Series began in 1994 with a book entitled ‘One for the Money’. Evanovich continued writing right through to ‘Turbo Twenty Three’ (2016). Other titles in this series include ‘All About Romance’ and ‘Hot Six’ – the latter is, appropriately enough, the sixth book in the series.

Evanovich has also written the Wicked series, which she started off in 2010. The Wicked series is set in a supernatural world, with heroines in search of magical artefacts .

Starting in 2004, Evanovich began a series of novels called the Metroman series. This series is notable because it contains some graphic novels as well as some regular print romances.

As well as these three distinct single authored series of novels, Evanovich’s oeuvre includes some further series that she wrote collaboratively with other novelists. The ‘Full’ series is co written with Charlotte Holt.

By contrast the Fox and O’Hare series of novels (begun in 2013) is a crime-romance crossover featuring a dynamic duo from the FBI hot on the trail of criminals. This series is co written with Lee Goldberg.

Evanovich has also collaborated with Stephen J Cannell and Phoef Sutton. With Stephen J Cannell, she intended to write a new series of novels which she intended to begin in 2007 with a book entitled ‘No Chance’. However, the series idea was ended by Cannell’s death in 2010.

Evanovich has also written some standalone romance novels about a heroine called Elsie Hawkins. Though she has written several books about Hawkins, Evanovich has not organized them into a series (as she did with her other books) in which each book follows chronologically on from the next in the manner of a TV sitcom.


Evanovich has won a Dilys Award. She has also been recognized in more informal ways, for instance by having her novels selected as New York Times Notable Books or recommended titles in Publisher’s Weekly.


‘One for the Money’ was turned into a movie by LionsGate Entertainment in 2012. It was directed by Julie Anne Robinson.


Evanovich’s two best books have to be ‘One for the Money’ and ‘Hot Six’. Both of these books have a considerable fan following – though of course individual fans may disagree and cite two other novels as the best books by this author.

The popularity of One for the Money is demonstrated by the fact that this book was quickly snapped up by a film company. In addition, this is the book that has gained Evanovich most recognition in publications such as The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly. These publications features ‘One for the Money’ in their lists of recommended books to read. USA Today also recommended this book as one of its ‘Best Bets’.

Hot Six was also recognized by publishers and publications. It was actually the first novel by Evanovich to reach number one in the best sellers’ list in the New York Times. Though it was already popular, the appearance of this book at number one helped to add to its fame.

When Does The Next Janet Evanovich book come out?

The next book by Janet Evanovich is Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight and will be released on November, 2nd 2021. It is the newest book in the Stephanie Plum Series.


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