Stephanie Plum Books

Stephanie Plum is the central character featured in the “Stephanie Plum” book series by Janet Evanovich. The first novel in the series that features Stephanie Plum was first published in the United States of America in 1994 and is called One for the Money. The book series belongs to the crime and thriller genre.

Order of Stephanie Plum Series

# Read Title Published
1 One for the Money 1994
2 Two for the Dough 1996
3 Three to Get Deadly 1997
4 Four to Score 1998
5 High Five 1999
6 Hot Six 2000
7 Seven Up 2001
8 Hard Eight 2002
9 Visions of Sugar Plums (Short Story) 2002
10 To the Nines 2003
11 Ten Big Ones 2004
12 Eleven on Top 2005
13 Twelve Sharp 2006
14 Lean Mean Thirteen 2007
15 Plum Lovin' 2007
16 Fearless Fourteen 2008
17 Plum Spooky 2009
18 Finger Lickin' Fifteen 2009
19 Sizzling Sixteen 2009
20 Smokin' Seventeen 2011
21 Explosive Eighteen 2011
22 Notorious Nineteen 2012
23 Takedown Twenty 2013
24 Top Secret Twenty-One 2014
25 Tricky Twenty-Two 2015
26 Turbo Twenty-Three 2016
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Order of Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers/Holiday Novels Series

# Read Title Published
1 Visions of Sugar Plums 2002
2 Plum Lovin' 2007
3 Plum Lucky 2008
4 Plum Spooky 2009
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Stephanie plies her trade as a bounty hunter with an attitude. She hails from Trenton, New Jersey. Trenton is a typically middle-class American neighborhood, with its American houses, narrowly attached houses with clean windows. Dinner in this neighborhood is served at six o’clock in the evening.

Stephanie finds living in New Jersey a roller coaster adventure. However, she has been unemployed for months. Her car has been repossessed and her refrigerator food stock has run dry. Stephanie arm twists her cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman to give her a chance to work as an n apprehension agent in his company. What happens next is a series of exciting adventures for Stephanie on the trail of fugitives from the law.

The first novel in the series, One For The Money begins with Stephanie offering to catch her high school crush, Joe Morelli, a vice cop turned bail jumper for her cousin’s bails bond company.

To find the missing girlfriend of Benito Ramirez, a vicious and feared prizefighter, she interrogates a couple of “working girls”. As she seeks to solve the mystery, Joe secretly keeps an eye on her. Ranger mentors her and provides her with a vehicle after her car gets destroyed in a mysterious explosion.


The Stephanie Plum book series has won several awards. The first novel in the series, One For The Money, won the Dily’s Award and New Blood Dagger Award in 1995. The second novel in the series, Two For The Dough also bagged the Last Dagger Award in 1996. Several other books in the crime thriller series have won many awards over the years.

Many other books in the series have been nominated for several awards.


The Stephanie Plum book series makes an excellent basis for crime thriller movies or TV series. The first book in the series, One For The Money, was made into a Hollywood movie in 2012.

In the movie, Hollywood A-list actress, Katherine Heigl plays the starring role as recovery agent Stephanie Plum. He cousin Vinnie Plum, played by Patrick Fischer, owns a bails bond company where Stephanie works.

The plot revolves around Plum’s efforts to bring in Joe Morelli, her cousin’s biggest bail-jumper. Morelli was a former vice cop in New Jersey and is the prime suspect in a murder case. Incidentally, Morelli broke Stephanie’s heart while they were in high school.

The movie is rated PG-13 and is 1 hour and 32 minutes long.


The sixth book in the series aptly named Hot Six is another great read. The plot revolves around Trenton vice cop Morelli who joins forces with Plum to track down a psychotic killer. Apparently, the killer gunned down and roasted the youngest son of Alex Ramos, an international black market weapons dealer.

Carlos Manoso, also known as Ranger, happens to have been caught on camera near the crime scene, minutes before the crime was committed. He is the prime suspect in the murder. Manoso is a former special ops agent and was involved with Stephanie as her mentor in the past. To Stephanie, Ranger is much more than a friend.

Ranger is currently a soldier of fortune. As the plot thickens, it seems that the time has come for Stephanie to test her skills as a sleuth against her master.

Another great book in the series is Three To Get Deadly, the third installment in the series. In the novel, Mo Bodemier, the most loved citizen in Trenton is arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. He does not show up for court and Stephanie Plum is tasked with locating him. Once again, she works with Morelli, her high school crush to solve the mystery.


Apart from the Stephanie Plum book series, there are other great novel series penned by Janet Evanovich. They include the “Knight and Moon” and “Fox and O’Hare” book series.

The Knight and Moon book series have two novels that belong to the thriller genre. Book one in the series is Curious Minds which introduces readers to the main characters, Riley Moon, a go-getter and the eccentric Emerson Knight. The second book, Dangerous Minds, is expected to be published in 2017.

In the Fox and O’Hare book series, FBI special agent Kate O’Hare works side by side with a handsome conman working for the Agency named Nicholas Fox.