The love handle growing happens over time. Thank God for small favors. The first guy I saw up close and personal was Joe Morelli. Morelli put an end to my virgin status and showed me a body that was masculine perfection.
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The Burg is often portrayed in the series as a close-knit community, from which people rarely leave. Stephanie often finds former classmates and neighbors still living in the Burg, only a few streets away from their childhood home. After graduation, Stephanie married Dickie Orr, then promptly divorced him after discovering him in their new home, cheating on her with rival Joyce Barnhardt on their brand new dining room table.
At the beginning of the first book, One for the Money , Stephanie has been laid off from her job as a lingerie buyer, she is being forced to sell off her appliances one by one in order to pay her rent, and her car is repossessed.
This last straw prompts her to turn to her cousin Vinnie, owner of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, for a job. She originally hopes to find a file clerk job at the Bail Bonds office but the position was taken, and the only position available is as an apprehension agent or bounty hunter.
Vinnie refuses to hire her, but she manages to convince him to give her a shot by threatening to blackmail him. When the series begins, Stephanie Plum is single and living with her hamster, Rex, in an apartment building with predominantly elderly neighbors.
She revisits her parents who live several miles away in the Burg for meals, "family time," and pineapple upside-down cake. While Stephanie finds her family stressful, they often give her tips or connections which assist in her job. Stephanie refers to her as a plus-sized black woman who attempts to shove a size 16 body into size 10 spandex.
She reappears in later books after she begins to work as a file clerk at the bail bonds office. The other file clerk quit after Vinnie attempted to sexually harass her.
Lula is a quick file clerk, and this frequently allows her the time to accompany Stephanie when she is going after bonded clients who have not shown up for their court appearance known colloquially as Failure to Appear, or FTAs.
By the 11th book, Lula has worked her way up into being a full-time bounty hunter and takes over for Stephanie after she quits working as a bounty hunter. Her ties to the Mafia are hinted at but never fully explored.
She is short and curvy with a hairy upper lip. Stephanie went to school with her little sister Tina. She is occasionally described as Betty Boop with a moustache.
In the One for the Money film, she is played by Ana Reeder. Married to Lenny Stankovic with children and a dog. Stephanie occasionally pays her a visit, usually to talk about Morelli.
Maiden name is Mary Lou Molnar. In the film he played by Patrick Fischler. She is a woman unwilling to grow old, ever. Stephanie relates to Grandma Mazur more than any other member of her family. Beginning in Two For the Dough, Grandma Mazur begins to tag along on cases with Stephanie, often pulling a gun out of her purse at inappropriate moments. Grandma Mazur also frequents the local funeral parlors because they are the social centers of the neighborhood.
She sometimes peeks underneath the casket lid to see the dead body, causing hysteria in the parlor. She moved in with Stephanie for a short period of time during Hot Six. For the first six books, Valerie lived in California. In Seven Up , Valerie moves back in with her parents after a failed marriage, her two daughters—Angie and Mary Alice—in tow.
Angie is much like Valerie was at her age, and Mary Alice has a vivid imagination more like her Aunt Stephanie. Her father gets served first in exchange for getting to pretend he controls the house, and to keep him from stabbing Grandma Mazur with his fork.
Her mother gets to cook and rule the house. Her mother thinks Stephanie should have a relationship like hers but Steph is skittish about marrying again. In the film they are played by Debra Monk and Louis Mustillo respectively. Bob[ edit ] Bob is a big golden retriever a policeman acquaintance conned Stephanie into dog-sitting for in Hot Six.
Bob has been described as a big, orange bottomless pit. Spends most of his time sleeping in his soup can or running on his wheel. Known to bite when scared or frightened. He is also known as Officer Hottie or the Italian Stallion. Her history with Morelli started with a "choo choo" incident when she was six.
A few years later in One for the Money Morelli was suspected of murder and was her first FTA, and Stephanie chased him around town, much to his annoyance. Eventually, she turns him in after locking him in a freezer truck with three bodies and clears his name.
After she asks him why, Morelli claims that "A man would have to be a total masochist to be interested in you", but by the end, he is interested in her again. Their relationship has since evolved into a romance that runs alternately passionately hot and ice cold. At various times, both Stephanie and Morelli have seriously considered marriage, but never at the same time.
They both know they are not ready for commitment, but often comment on the idea together and have lived together more than once. He has said that he does not even need to listen to the radio anymore; he knows she is always involved usually by some illegal means and that he always gets calls about her and the latest situation she is in.
By the later books, Morelli has resignedly accepted it to be almost normal, but it does not make him any less stressed or worried. She has been prone to sneaking around his house to spy when that happens. Later on, it appears that Morelli has finally accepted her job not so much the Ranger part , but it does not make him worry less or try less to protect her.
In the more recent books, he often tag-teams with Ranger for her protection, much to her extreme annoyance at being shuffled back and forth between the two men like luggage. Stephanie also often stays at his house, which he inherited from his Aunt Rose. She comments on how he is different from his infamous Morelli male relatives and has domesticated since his "wild-oat sowing days.
Maybe some day, but certainly not for several more books. He is the C. Ranger married her and gave the baby his name and financial support. The two were divorced when the baby was born, but he visits when invited.
Ranger says he loves Stephanie "in his own way" but is not the marrying type. Regardless of his rivalry with Morelli, he has said that "Morelli is a good man" and is the marrying type Stephanie wants. Ranger does high-dollar or high-risk recovery for Vinnie, and sometimes lends Stephanie a hand with some of the more dangerous or slippery FTAs. He often assigns employees to guard or track her when she is in serious danger. Ranger "bleeds money" every time Stephanie requires protection, which is frequently; she minds, but he does not so much—she actually appears as a line item in his budget where she is listed under "entertainment".
In some of the later novels, Stephanie moonlights for RangeMan during safety or financial dilemmas. As a result of him often coming to her aid or rescue, she has built up quite a tab with him and he has said that one day, he will collect.
Later on in the series after their one night as lovers Ranger amends his statement; saying there was no tab for what they give each other. She also has a key to his seventh-floor apartment and sometimes goes there when she feels threatened. To him and his Merry Men, Stephanie is considered his "personal property" and he often tag-teams with Morelli for her protection. Originally born Swiss, he is described as "over six feet of gorgeous, hard-muscled, slightly tanned male" with brown eyes and thick, unruly sandy blond hair with a dangerous set of dimples.
Although not nearly as significant as Morelli and Ranger, Diesel and Stephanie share a mild flirtation. But like Morelli and Ranger, he also has affectionate nicknames for her and is just as every bit amused at the situations she finds herself in. He has special abilities and his job is to track down fugitives with supernatural abilities, called Unmentionables.
Stephanie has made it clear that she is not looking for a relationship already possessing a boyfriend, to whom she is "practically married" Twelve Sharp , and another, even more mysterious man in her life, whom she has admitted she also loves , but it hardly stops Diesel from making moves—sleeping on top of her in bed, somehow stealing her bra while she is still wearing it , etc.
In Plum Spooky , Stephanie and Diesel babysit Carl the monkey and get stuck caring for other monkeys they pick up as well. When Ranger finds out that Diesel has been carting the monkeys around, he "looked like he might burst out laughing again. He thinks it is amusing that she is so gullible about his paranormal abilities.
Despite her ongoing romantic entanglements with two men already, Diesel does not mind trying to get her into bed as well and he constantly flirts with her. Carl the monkey is present, the villain, Gerwulf Grimoire Wulf , and a new Diesel love interest, Lizzie Tucker, a preternatural cupcake baker. Joyce also occasionally sleeps with Vinnie, who likes to spank her and make her bark like a dog.
In turn Vinnie gives her a few cases to capture. Despite their mutual dislike, on several occasions, Joyce actually helps Stephanie out of bad situations, with the reason she would rather humiliate Stephanie than let a bad guy get her. Marrying him was known as one of her stupid choices. Not even a year after they got married, Stephanie divorced him after finding him cheating on her with Joyce Barnhardt on her dining room table.
The divorce was not at all friendly, and they stopped talking to each other. Dickie appears occasionally in the books and is a featured character in Lean Mean Thirteen when he vanishes after a public argument with Stephanie, making her a suspect in his disappearance. Grandma Bella[ edit ] First appeared in Four to Score. She tends to be a little kooky at best.
Though her visions are normally morbid, there have been times, specifically in To the Nines , when Grandma Bella has been kind to Stephanie in her visions, telling her that she would not die until she was very old.
A boxer and homicidal rapist who brutalizes and sometimes kills women. Refers to himself in the third person as "The Champ. He returns in the fifth book, High Five out on parole and proclaims to follow Jesus. He returns to finish what he started by stalking Stephanie again and is killed in her apartment by and during her confrontation with Allen Shempsky.
Terry Gilman[ edit ] First appeared in Four to Score. After a brief career as a cheerleader for the New York Giants , and an equally brief marriage from which she retains her married name , she has gone to work for her Mafia uncle Vito Grizoli as a "female wise guy. In Hot Six, the Mooner lives with another man named Dougie, who sells hijacked goods to people. He is a known " Trekkie ", and he hosts a Star Trek party which is ruined when Stephanie tries to arrest a man dressed as Captain Kirk.
By then, he has also cleaned up his act and no longer does drugs.
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The Burg is often portrayed in the series as a close-knit community, from which people rarely leave. Stephanie often finds former classmates and neighbors still living in the Burg, only a few streets away from their childhood home. After graduation, Stephanie married Dickie Orr, then promptly divorced him after discovering him in their new home, cheating on her with rival Joyce Barnhardt on their brand new dining room table. At the beginning of the first book, One for the Money , Stephanie has been laid off from her job as a lingerie buyer, she is being forced to sell off her appliances one by one in order to pay her rent, and her car is repossessed. This last straw prompts her to turn to her cousin Vinnie, owner of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, for a job.
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The love handle growing happens over time. Thank God for small favors. The first guy I saw up close and personal was Joe Morelli. Morelli put an end to my virgin status and showed me a body that was masculine perfection. Back then Morelli thought a long-term commitment was twenty minutes. Punky Balog had an ass like Winnie the Pooh. Sad to say, that was where the similarity ended because, unlike Pooh Bear, there was nothing endearing or cuddly about Punky Balog.
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It was so freaking obvious Maybe it s the New Jersey water or something If you re born in Jersey, you know how to rise to a challenge Bring on the Mob Bring on bad air Bring on taxes and obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and macaroni at every meal Nothing defeats us in Jersey. Except for the most obvious serial killer in Jersey I mean, this guy practically yelled It s ME at the top of his lungs and they still didn t get it Maybe it s all the macaroni All those carbs will make you lethargic Too bad they don t help you understand how to get a clue So, Stephanie has to find a guy who skipped out on his bond, alo I have to say that this was one of my favourite Stephanie Plum novels I find as the story progresses, these novels are very character driven I have become incredibly invested in these characters Reread May Still can only find a few clues as to the Web Master along the way But the main thing I got out of this reread relistening was the new status of Steph s apartment Three kids, two adultsone bedroom and bathroom Baby screaming, kid galloping The neighbors may beg Steph to come back even with the crazed killers and fire bombs.
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