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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!

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Order of Stephanie Plum Series

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1 One for the Money 1994 Description / Buy
2 Two for the Dough 1996 Description / Buy
3 Three to Get Deadly 1997 Description / Buy
4 Four to Score 1998 Description / Buy
5 High Five 1999 Description / Buy
6 Hot Six 2000 Description / Buy
7 Seven Up 2001 Description / Buy
8 Hard Eight 2002 Description / Buy
9 Visions of Sugar Plums 2002 Description / Buy
10 To the Nines 2003 Description / Buy
11 Ten Big Ones 2004 Description / Buy
12 Eleven on Top 2005 Description / Buy
13 Twelve Sharp 2006 Description / Buy
14 Lean Mean Thirteen 2007 Description / Buy
15 Plum Lovin' 2007 Description / Buy
16 Fearless Fourteen 2008 Description / Buy
17 Plum Lucky 2008 Description / Buy
18 Plum Spooky 2009 Description / Buy
19 Finger Lickin' Fifteen 2009 Description / Buy
20 Sizzling Sixteen 2009 Description / Buy
21 Smokin' Seventeen 2011 Description / Buy
22 Explosive Eighteen 2011 Description / Buy
23 Notorious Nineteen 2012 Description / Buy
24 Takedown Twenty 2013 Description / Buy
25 Top Secret Twenty-One 2014 Description / Buy
26 Tricky Twenty-Two 2015 Description / Buy
27 Turbo Twenty-Three 2016 Description / Buy
28 Hardcore Twenty-Four 2017 Description / Buy
29 Look Alive Twenty-Five 2018 Description / Buy
30 Twisted Twenty-Six 2019 Description / Buy
31 Fortune and Glory 2020 Description / Buy
32 Game On 2021 Description / Buy
33 Going Rogue 2022 Description / Buy
34 Dirty Thirty 2023 Description / Buy
35 Now or Never 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers/Holiday Novels Series

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

Order of Alexandra Barnaby Series

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

Order of Culhane Family Series

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

Order of Elsie Hawkins Series

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

Order of Full/Max Holt Series with Charlotte Hughes

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

Order of Gabriella Rose Series

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1 The Recovery Agent 2022 Description / Buy
2 The King's Ransom 2025 Description / Buy

Order of Hot/Cate Madigan Series

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1 Hot Stuff 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Lizzy & Diesel Series with Phoef Sutton

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

Order of Kate O'Hare & Nicolas Fox Series

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

Order of Knight and Moon Series with Phoef Sutton

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

Order of Janet Evanovich Standalone Novels

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

Order of Janet Evanovich Non-Fiction Books

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

Janet Evanovich Anthologies

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1 The Plot Thickens 1997 Description / Buy
2 First Cases, Volume 3 1999 Description / 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 Now or Never and will be released on November, 19th 2024. It is the newest book in the Stephanie Plum Series.


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