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Meet Stephanie Plum

Updated on April 6, 2014

Who is Stephanie Plum?

Stephanie Plum is the spunky, accident-prone main character in author Janet Evanovich's series of hilarious "female bounty hunter" books.

In the series centered around Trenton, New Jersey, Stephanie Plum starts out the series as a recently unemployed person who takes a temporary job at her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds company as a bond enforcement agent.

From that moment on the fun begins. Stephanie seems to attract trouble, is clumsy and accident prone in a "Lucille Ball" kind of way and still somehow seems to luck into solving every case.

Surrounded by a cast of colorful and crazy characters, Stephanie Plum is a fictional character that all women can relate to.

Stephanie is Infamous For Having "Bad Luck" with Vehicles!

Uncle Sandor's 1953 Powder Blue Buick Roadmaster

Stephanie Plum seems to attract vehicular mishaps, leading her to be constantly "borrowing" the powder blue Buick that Uncle Sandor left to Grandma Mazur when he died.

The Buick (which of course Stephanie hates) seems to be the only vehicle immune to her bad luck. In fact the Buick seems to be nearly indestructible, much to Stephanie's chagrin.

Some how Stephanie manages to destroy every car, truck or even the hilarious "Rollswagon" a Volkswagen/Rolls Royce nightmare creation. Stephanie's vehicles seem particularly prone to being blown up, bombed or set on fire.

Plum Boxed Set 1

Plum Boxed Set 1, Books 1-3 (One for the Money / Two for the Dough / Three to Get Deadly) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Plum Boxed Set 1, Books 1-3 (One for the Money / Two for the Dough / Three to Get Deadly) (Stephanie Plum Novels)

1, 2, 3: Contains One for the Money, Two for the Dough and Three to Get Deadly(Stephanie Plum Novels)


Peanut Butter & Green Olive Sandwiches

Fun Stephanie Plum Food & Recipes!

Stephanie Plum loves her "comfort food," and topping the list is her infamous peanut butter and green olive sandwiches. Here is the recipe:

Peanut Butter & Green Olive Sandwich

2 slices of junky white bread

Smooth Peanut Butter

Sliced Green Olives ~ with or without the pimento

For many more "Plum Good Recipes" including Stephanie's favorite Pineapple Upside-down cake, just Click Here!

Plum Boxed Set 2 - Janet Evanovich

Plum Boxed Set 2, Books 4-6 (Four to Score / High Five / Hot Six) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Plum Boxed Set 2, Books 4-6 (Four to Score / High Five / Hot Six) (Stephanie Plum Novels)

4, 5, 6: Contains Four to Score, High Five and Hot Six (Stephanie Plum Novels)


Talk About Love Triangles!

And Diesel Makes 3

Stephanie already had her hands full trying to balance her affections between Italian Stallion, Joe Morelli and Latino Stud muffin Ricardo Carlos "Ranger" Manoso, when suddenly a third option, Diesel a Hunky Blond Bad boy with a heart of gold and supernatural powers, appears in her life in the "between the numbers" books.

We're all on the edge of our seats wondering who Stephanie will eventually end up with.

Who are these men?

Joe Morelli

This Italian stallion, known around the bail bonds office as "officer hottie" is Stephanie's on again, off again boyfriend. Stephanie has been infatuated with Morelli ever since he tricked her into playing "choo-choo" with him when she was just 6 years old. She has another brief encounter with him during his bad boy teen years, where she loses her virginity to him behind the counter, on the floor of the tasty bakery where she worked at age 16.

A few years later she sees him walking down the street, and in a rage runs him over with her father's Buick, breaking his leg. During her first case as a bounty hunter, she is sent to hunt down Joe Morelli who is now a vice cop wanted for murder. Stephanie eventually clears his name and they reconnect beginning a more grown-up on again, off again relationship.

Ricardo Carlos "Ranger" Manoso

Ranger is the mysterious Cuban, bad-ass bounty hunter that trains Stephanie and becomes her mentor. Ranger makes his attraction to Stephanie known at every opportunity. To Stephanie, Ranger is like that forbidden piece of chocolate, you just can't help taking a little taste of.

Stephanie's inept attempts at being a bounty hunter, land her in enough constant danger, where both men (who both admittedly love her) end up forming a partnership where they are forced grudgingly to work together often in their attempts to keep her safe.


Diesel only appears in the "between the numbers" books, where he and Stephanie share fun flirtations, yet never cross that invisible line.

Morelli vs. Ranger - Which man should Stephanie choose?

Who do you think Stephanie will end up with?

If you were Stephanie who would you choose?

Morelli or Ranger, which man is best for Stephanie?

Visions of Sugar Plums - A Stephanie Plum Holiday Between-the-Numbers Novel

Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum Holiday Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum Holiday Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels)

It's four days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for fugitive apprehension agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn't got a tree. She hasn't bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering shoppers. There's not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her apartment, and there's a strange man in her kitchen.

Sure, this has happened to Stephanie Plum before. Strangers, weirdos, felons, creeps, and lunatics are always finding their way to her front door. But this guy is different. This guy is mysterious, sexy--and he has his own agenda. His name is Diesel and he is a man on a mission. Diesel is unlike anyone Stephanie has ever met before in her life. The question is, What does he want with her? Can he help her find a little old toy maker who has skipped out on his bail right before Christmas? Can he survive the Plum family holiday dinner? Can he get Stephanie a tree that doesn't look like it was grown next to a nuclear power plant? These questions and more are keeping Stephanie awake at night. Not to mention the fact that she needs to find a bunch of nasty elves, her sister Valerie has a Christmas "surprise" for the Plums, her niece Mary Alice doesn't believe in Santa anymore, and Grandma Mazur has a new stud muffin. So bring out the plastic reindeer, strap on your jingle bells, and get ready to celebrate the holidays--Jersey style. Visions of Sugar Plums--the world of Plum has never been merrier! ~~ Janet Evanovich site review


Plum Boxed Set 3

Plum Boxed Set 3, Books 7-9 (Seven Up / Hard Eight / To the Nines) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Plum Boxed Set 3, Books 7-9 (Seven Up / Hard Eight / To the Nines) (Stephanie Plum Novels)

7, 8, 9: Contains Seven Up, Hard Eight and To The Nines (Stephanie Plum Novels)


The Wacky World Of Plum

Half of the fun of the Stephanie Plum Series is all of her little idiosycrasies and her outrageous cast of wacky sidekicks, odd-ball family members, and nemeses we all love to hate.

Stephanie's Pets

Rex the hampster who sleeps in a soup can and is a nice quiet room-mate.

Bob the Dog, a big Golden retriever that she shares custody of with Joe Morelli. Bob's favorite activities are: eating everything, including furniture, rolls of toilet paper and underwear, puking up odd things he's eaten & taking big dumps on Joyce Barnhardt's yard.

Stephanie's favorite Foods

Birthday cake ~ Pineapple upside-down cake ~ Boston Cream Donuts

Tasty cakes ~ PB & Olive sandwiches ~ Pizza from Pino's

Stephanie's hangover cure

Large Fries & a coke from MacDonalds

Stephanie's Family

Grandma Mazur

Lives with Stephanie's parents now that Grandpa Mazur is purchasing lottery tickets directly from God. Grandma Mazur is a teenager in an old lady's body that carries a big gun in her purse, wears innapropriate clothes, thinks wakes at the local funueral parlour are social affairs and loves to pretend she's "bounty huntering" with her grand-daughter.


Stephanie's perfect older sister, who moved to California with her perfect husband and gave birth to 2 perfect daughters. In book 7 Valerie moves into her parents house after her marriage fails, along with her 2 daughters, the youngest thinks she's a horse. She tries out being a lesbian, then ends up pregnant by a chubby store front lawyer named Albert Klough who faints a lot.

Stephanie's Parents

Frank and Helen Plum have the perfect relationship, she cooks and he eats. He wishes everyone would move out of his house so he can hear the TV and she tipples in the kitchen to deal with her daughters antics.


Stephanie's cousin and boss at the bail bonds office. Vinnie is a slimey little pervert that is rumored to have had sex with a duck. He spends most of his time locked in his office viewing internet porn or talking to his bookie

Plum Boxed Set 4

Janet Evanovich Boxed Set 4 (10, 11, 12): Ten Big Ones, Eleven on Top, and Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Janet Evanovich Boxed Set 4 (10, 11, 12): Ten Big Ones, Eleven on Top, and Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum Novels)

10, 11, 12: Contains Ten Big Ones, Eleven on Top, and Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum Novels)


Stephanie's Colorful Friends & Enemies


Mary Lou Stankovic

Stephanie's childhood best friend who is now married with children, but occasionally helps Stephanie spy on Joe Morelli.


Lula is a plus size former "Ho" who wears outrageous outfits that are 5 times too small. She is a reluctant fileclerck at the bail bonds office that prefers to ride shotgun whenever Stephanie picks up a FTA. Lula is sex-crazed, wild and hilarious.

Connie Rossoli

Is the big haired wide as she is tall receptionist at the bail bonds office. With family members in the mafia, connie is street tough and tons of fun.

Walter "Moon-Man" Dumphy

Moon-Man went to high school with Stephanie, and never really grew up. He was a stoner in school and is still a really mellow, spaced out sweetie-pie.

Salvatore "Sally" Sweet

Is a cross-dressing Rocker, who sometimes gets in the mix by solving puzzles, planning weddings and driving a school bus.


Joyce Barnhardt

Stephanie's arch rival since grade school, who she caught her ex-husband doing it with on the dining room table right after they got married. Joyce cons Vinnie into letting her be a sometimes bounty hunter, by doing naughty things in his office that involve her barking like a dog.

Dickie Orr

Stephanie's sleezy ex-husband. A lawyer who is on the shady side of the law.

Grandma Bella

Joe Morelli's grandmother who claims to have visions (usually predicting doom for stephanie) and claims to be able to curse people by giving them the "eye."

Who is Your Favorite Wacky Sidekick?

Which Plum Character do you like best?

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Plum Lovin' - A Between-the-Numbers Novel

Plum Lovin' (A Between-the-Numbers Novel) (Stephanie Plum: Between the Numbers)
Plum Lovin' (A Between-the-Numbers Novel) (Stephanie Plum: Between the Numbers)

Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie-and he's not taking no for an answer. Annie Hart is a "relationship expert" who is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie needs to find her, fast. Diesel knows where she is.

So they make a deal: he'll help her get Annie if Stephanie plays matchmaker to several of Annie's most difficult clients. But someone wants to find Annie even more than Diesel and Stephanie. Someone with a nasty temper. And someone with "unmentionable" skills.

Does Diesel know more than he's saying about Annie Hart? Does Diesel have secrets he's keeping about Stephanie and the two men in her life-Ranger and Morelli? With Stephanie Plum in over her head, things are sure to get a little dicey and a little explosive, Jersey style!


Plum Lucky - A Between-the-Numbers Novel

Plum Lucky (Stephanie Plum: Between the Numbers)
Plum Lucky (Stephanie Plum: Between the Numbers)

Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck... and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He's back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who's lost a giant bag of money. Problem is the money isn't exactly lost. Stephanie's Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen she's high-tailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots.

With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home. But the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone. Lula's found a job modeling plus size lingerie. Connie's found a guy. Diesel's found Stephanie. And Stephanie has found herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase and a bad case of hives. PLUM LUCKY is an all-you-can-eat buffet of thrills, chills, shrimp cocktail, plus-size underwear and scorching hot men.


Plum Spooky - A Between-the-Numbers Novel

Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum: Between the Numbers)
Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum: Between the Numbers)

According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys.

Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He's chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he's chosen the Barrens as his new playground.

Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He's now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasn't made it out of the boys' department at Macy's. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasn't met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel.

Diesel pops in and out of Plum's life like birthday cake - delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He's an uber bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He's after Grimoire, and now he's also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn't mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs.

Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.


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      6 years ago

      HUGE Stephanie Plum fan here. I have read and re-read the books a million times -- enjoying them every time!

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      I keep hearing about Stephanie Plum and after visiting this impressive tribute to her I know I have got to get hold of this series of books. I have a feeling I'd love them.

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      Paula Morgan 

      8 years ago from Sydney Australia

      I have not read any of these yet... Are they like A is for Alibi - the Sue Grafton series? anyway fantastic review page... blessed by an angel

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      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Stephanie Plum is the BEST CHARACTER of ALL TIME! This is one of the few characters who has me laughing out loud while reading (even the book's flyleaf). 5 stars and Favorite. Thanks for the giggles. :D

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      9 years ago

      Now I know how to do a really great book review - just pattern after this one. Five Stars. I'm a Stephanie Plum fan too.

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      9 years ago

      Love it, love it, love it. I'm 1 behind but I'll get caught up soon!

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      I've never read it but you've presented it sooo well, I'll have to. In mean time, leaving you with blessing for your effort!

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      9 years ago

      Good fun books to read if you want to take a break from... very fast reading. Grandma Mazur is a hoot. 5*

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      Paula Atwell 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I am totally in love with this series of books. Not too many books make me laugh out loud. These make me laugh so hard that tears run down my face. And they just keep getting better. Excellent lens. Squid Angel blessings.

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      9 years ago

      Excellent lens, well deserving of 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      MikeMoore LM 

      9 years ago

      Now go cat go, but don't you, step on blue...Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      A really good lens - it has got my attention on a series of books I had never heard of before. Well done. Strange taste in food and men...

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      This is such a great lens that next time I go to the library, I'll borrow one of the books in this series. I've always resisted reading them because I didn't think I'd like them but now I can't wait to get one. 5*

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      This is such a great lens that next time I go to the library, I'll borrow one of the books in this series. I've always resisted reading them because I didn't think I'd like them but now I can't wait to get one. 5*

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      9 years ago

      Another great blessed lens :)

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to Ramkitten]

      We actually tried it to take the photo...and it was actually pretty good.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, what a thorough, well-done lens! But, um, peanut butter and olives? Ugh! Ick. Gag. :) Still, definitely 5-star worthy.


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