Janet Evanovich's One for the Money marks the beginning of her Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie has been out of work for six months, has sold nearly everything she own, and has no job prospects in the near future. In desperation she turns to her cousin Vinnie hoping for a filing job. By the time she arrives the position is filled, but the secretary suggests that she could be one of their bounty hunters instead. When her cousin tries to refuse because she has zero experience, she blackmails him into hiring her and is given one week to track down and acquire a former cop named Joe Morelli who is wanted for murder. For starters, the secretary sets her up with one of their best bounty hunters named Ranger for a crash course on what she needs to do. After two failed attempts (at acquiring not finding) Stephanie and Joe make a deal. She helps him find the missing witness that can prove his innocence, and he will protect her in the field and allow her to turn him in. Given the crazy boxer that is now stalking her and her complete lack of skills, it's really a no-brainer if she wants to survive.
I chose this book off of Overdrive because it claimed to be humorous, the plot sounded intriguing, and there are plenty of books in the series available through Overdrive at my library. Stephanie was completely clueless at the beginning of the book, and her survival is close to miraculous but oddly still believable. I was glad to see that she finally took the dangers of her job seriously enough to start jogging, spend time at the firing range learning to shoot properly, and consider martial arts training once she had sufficient money. It gives me hope that her competence will slowly improve over time. Grandma was hilarious, and her crazy comments and actions were probably my favorite part of the book. Overall an entertaining enough read for me to continue in the series. 3 stars.