Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum Series #3)

Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum Series #3)

by Janet Evanovich

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Stephanie Plum, the brassy babe in the powder blue Buick is back and she's having a bad hair day — for the whole month of January. She's been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemier, Trenton's most beloved citizen, arrested for carrying concealed, gone no-show for his court appearance.

And to make matters worse, she's got Lula, a former hooker turned file clerk — now a wannabe bounty hunter — at her side, sticking like glue. Lula's big and blonde and black and itching to get the chance to lock up a crook in the trunk of her car.

Morelli, the New Jersey vice cop with the slow-burning smile that undermines a girl's strongest resolve is being polite. So what does this mean? Has he found a new love? Or is he manipulating Steph, using her in his police investigation, counting on her unmanageable curiosity and competitive Jersey attitude?

Once again, the entire One for the Money crew is in action, including Ranger and Grandma Mazur, searching for Mo, tripping down a trail littered with dead drug dealers, leading Stephanie to suspect Mo has traded his ice-cream scoop for a vigilante gun.

Cursed with a disastrous new hair color and an increasing sense that it's really time to get a new job, Stephanie spirals and tumbles through Three to Get Deadly with all the wisecracks and pace her fans have come to expect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312966096
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/15/1998
Series: Stephanie Plum Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 41,679
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the coauthored Fox and O’Hare series, the Knight and Moon series, and the Lizzy and Diesel series as well as twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and Troublemaker graphic novel.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey


B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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...Mo had bound the package to the roof of the car by lacing what looked like clothesline through the windows. He changed lanes and the lumpy object swung side to side under the ropes.
"He don't watch out, he's gonna lose that sucker," Lula said. She beeped her horn at him. "Pull over, Peckernose!" She gave the Firebird some gas and tapped Mo's rear bumper.

I was braced against the dash, and began chanting under my breath. Holy Mary, mother of God . . .please don't let me die on Route 1 with my hair looking like this.

Lula gave Mo's bumper another whack. The impact snapped my head and caused Mo to fishtail out of control. He swerved in front of us, a cord snapped loose and a garbage bag whipped off and sailed over our car.

Lula moved in one last time, but before she could make contact the second cord broke, another garbage bag flew away and a body catapulted off Mo's roof and onto the hood of Lula's Firebird, landing with a loud WUMP!

"EEEEEEEEEEH!" Lula and I screamed in unison.

The body bounced once on the hood, and then smacked into the windshield and stuck like a squashed bug, staring at us, mouth agape, eyes unseeing.

"I got a body stuck to my windshield!" Lula yelled. "I can't drive like this! I can't get my wipers to work. How am I supposed to drive with a dead guy on my wipers?"

The car rocked from lane to lane; the body vaulted off the hood, did a half flip and landed faceup at the side of the road. Lula stomped on the brake and skidded to a stop on the shoulder. We sat there for a moment, hands to our hearts, unable to talk. We turned and looked out the back window.

"Dang," Lula said.

I thought that summed it up.

We looked at each other and did a double grimmace. Lula put the Firebird in reverse and cautiously inched back, staying to the shoulder, out of the traffic lane. She stopped and parked a couple feet from the body. We got out of the car and crept closer.

"At least he's got his clothes on," Lula said.

"Is it Harp?"

"That would be my guess. Hard to tell with that big hole where his nose used to be."

The drizzle had turned to a driving rain. I pushed wet hair out of my eyes and blinked at Lula. "We should call the police."

"Yeah," Lula said. "That's a good idea. You call the police, and I'll cover the body. I got a blanket in the back."

I ran back to the car and retrieved my pocketbook. I rummaged around some, found my cell phone, flipped it open and punched the on button. A dim light flashed a low battery message and cut off.

"No juice," I said to Lula. "I must have left the phone on last night. We'll have to flag someone down."

A dozen cars zoomed past us, spraying water.

"Plan two?" Lula asked.

"We drive to the nearest exit and call the police."

"You gonna leave the body all by itself?"

"I suppose one of us should stay."

"That would be you," Lula said.

An eighteen-wheeler roared by, almost sideswiping us.

"Ditch staying," I told her.

Lula cut her eyes back to Harp. "We could take him with us. We could ram him into the trunk. And then we could drive him to a funeral parlor or something. You know, do a drop-off."

"That would be altering the scene of a crime."

"Altering, hell. This dead motherf___ fell out of the sky onto the hood of my car! And anyway, he could get run over by a truck if he stays here."

She had a point. Elliot Harp had been in transit when he bounced off the Firebird. And he wouldn't look good with tire tracks across his chest.

"Okay," I said. "We'll take him with us."

We looked down at Elliot. Both of us swallowing hard.

"Guess you should put him in the trunk," Lula said.


"You don't expect me to do it, do you? I'm not touching no dead man. I've still got the creeps from Leroy Watkins."

"He's big. I can't get him in the trunk by myself."

"This whole thing is giving me the runs," Lula said. "I vote we pretend this never happened, and we get our butts out of here."

"It won't be so bad," I said to her, making an effort at convincing myself. "How about your blanket? We could wrap him in the blanket. Then we could pick him up without actually touching him."

"I suppose that would be all right," Lula said. "We could give it a try."

I spread the blanket on the ground beside Elliot Harp, took a deep breath, hooked my fingers around his belt and rolled him onto the blanket. I jumped back, squeezed my eyes closed tight and exhaled. No matter how much violent death I saw, i would never get used to it.

"I'm gonna definitely have the runs, Lula said. "I can feel it coming on."

"Forget about the runs and help me with this body!"

Lula grabbed hold of the head of the blanket, and I grabbed hold of the foot end. Harp had full rigor and wouldn't bend, so we put him in the trunk headfirst with his legs sticking out. We carefully closed the lid on Harp's knees and secured the lid with a piece of rope Lula had in her trunk.

"Hold on," Lula said, pulling a red flowered scarf from her coat pocket, tying the scarf on Harp's foot like a flag. "Don't want to get a ticket. I hear the police are real picky about having things sticking out of your trunk."

Especially dead guys.

Copyright 1997 by Evanovich, Inc.

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Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 672 reviews.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
A Sassy Romp - Funny and Thrilling! Ever since I read "One for the Money" I have been addicted to the Stephanie Plum series. With eveybook, the series gets better and better. "Three to Get Deadly" tells of yet another bounty hunting session with the famous Stephanie Plum, and her hilarious counterparts. I found the search for Mo to be thrilling, and the scenes with Morelli to be sizzling. Yet another GREAT story by Evanovich- keep em coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Husband out of town, unable to sleep so I lay in bed at 3 am with my Glowlite Nook reading this fun book and found myself laughing out loud in the dark room. Loved it. ~~smile~~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best in the series so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny & a quick read. Cant wait to read the rest!
ImKat More than 1 year ago
I started from the 1st book in the series, liked it, second one was pretty good "three to get deadly" is where the real fun starts! Hilarious, suspenseful, even romantic. I am on book #9 and I am seriously addicted to thus series!
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Didn't care for this one. Too many characters thrown in with no real development. It was confusing and boring at times. Lots of repetition throughout: Stephanie asked her mom again about left over spice cake when in the prior paragraph, her mother said she gave the whole thing to Joe Morelli. Not sure about this series. While parts are very funny, how many times does she have to make the same mistakes over and over. Stephanie is one of the most inept bounty hunters imaginable. Disturbs crime scenes, forgets her gun, etc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am almost finished with book six in the series. I have been reading them in order. This is my favorite book ever. If u only read one of the stephanie plum books I suggest #3!
kaitlynlenhart More than 1 year ago
So addicted to this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To begin withi ambit much of a reader and I never have been but a couple years ago a coworker of mine introduced me to Janet Evanovich and the Stephanie Plum novels. She had given me Lean Mean Thirteen to read and said you could start out reading any book from the series. I started to read it and just loves it, comedy and action all packed in one. Once I saw there was a movie coming out to theatres for One For The Money (first book of the series) starring Katherine Heigl (LOVE her) I knew I had to start reading the series beginning with book one.Within 4 weeks I had finished reading the first 3 books to the series. Not only are the books packed with action that just keeps you in the edge of your seat but they are packed with comedy and some romance. I would recommend these books to anyone who loves to read and also anyone who isn't much of a reader because you will not want to put these books down you will want to keep reading until your finished and then run off to the store to buy the next book in line for the series because I know I did! I can't wait to finish the entire series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not laughed this hard at the screw ups of a character.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest Plum novel yet, and that's saying a lot! A suspenseful plot combined with lovable, hilarious characters makes for great entertainment. The book has its flaws, but reading about Stephanie's bounty hunting misadventures was such a wonderful, fun-filled riot that I can't possibly complain.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephanie is the pariah of the neighborhood as she tries to track down everyone's favorite "Uncle Mo." In her usual way, she soon stumbles into more than she had bargained for. More violence, "People keep shooting at me!" More confusion, Morelli is treating her like a sister, and more pain, Ranger has her up and running every morning to get in shape. Full of fun and charm, not the most difficult mystery to solve, but fun to read anyway. More explicit language and graphic sex than I'm comfortable with, I put up with them because Stephanie feels very real and I like being around her.
bastet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These all start blending together to me, but I eat up the Stephanie Plum novels like candy.
MsBeautiful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, fasting moving book with interesting characters and story lines
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a bit surprised by the number of reviews and the number of owners of this book, as I casually grabbed it off the shelf of a local bookstore because it was remaindered for three bucks. It's certainly worth the money, as all the other reviews have said; fun and filled with quirky energy. This is the only Evanovich I've read - I'll be happy to read more if they're as cheap - but my favorite character hasn't been mentioned by any of the other reviewers: Ranger, the supertough bounty hunter who carries on the Saint or Batman traditions of an ordinary human who's made himself stronger and smarter than everyone else by dint of hard work. There's no hint of a love affair in this book, but I'd be curious to know if more goes on in the overall story arc. Hmm. Maybe I'll have to pick up a few more after all.
bellalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Evanovich's third book of Stephanie Plum's adventures, the bounty hunter is faced with having to chase down Mo, the candy store owner; and everyone loves Mo, making Stephanie the instant bad guy. I can't wait to read number four!
markatread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Too much Lula, not enough Grandma Mazur, and just the right amount of Stephanie. Very funny, well paced story.
robindejarnett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let's try this again - got the books mixed up the first time!This one has quite the twist at the end which leads Stephanie to get her man. I do like the fact that she always seems to pull it out at the end, though not without plenty of fireworks.The juxtaposition of Stephanie's bounty hunter side and her 'I'm a Jersey woman' side is the best part. And Lula - she's definitely a keeper.Morelli...Ranger...Stephanie has such a tough life.
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was more of the same good fun you can generally expect a Stephanie Plum book to deliver in spades.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Plum, female bounty hunter. Or, bona-fide crazy woman. She's got a new easy FA charge - an old neighborhood candy store owner who missed a court date, and easy pickup, a guy who would never get into trouble, who everyone calls Uncle Mo,and residents for the bug, young and old, stick up for and admire. But when he skips bail and goes missing, the simple FTA pickup for Stephanie turns into a lot more. Bodies start turning up everywhere, even IN the candy store. And Mo's lawyer? Stephanie's ex-husband. Mix in her ex, her lust for Joe Morelli, a truck from hell, Lula the bounty-hunter-wannabe, training from Ranger, and the candy store owner who has a VERY interesting side business, this one is a real page turner.
caklr650 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me by a client a sold a furnace to. I really hated this at first because it felt like a "chick" book.After about 60 pages I was ready to give it up but felt compelled to finish it because I promised the person who gave it to me that I would read it. Really grew on me. Funny. Ended up really liking it.
bleached on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another knock-out for Janet Evanovich! This time Stephanie finds herself after a neighborhood saint who becomes FTA after a charge everyone finds unnecessary. Of course, as always, things get crazy and complicated as Stephanie begins stumbling upon the corpses of drug dealers everywhere. The characters are perfectly hilarious and feisty but still believable and this adventure is a page-turner.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephanie tries to find Uncle Mo - lots of dead drug dealers.
DGrivetto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So funny. Grandma Mauzer needs her own storyline. Stephanie is great.