Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cagney and Lacey

Re: “Two for the Dough” by Janet Evanovich

This book re-introduces us to Lula. We first meet her in “One for the Money” as a self-described ‘ho’. She is attacked and injured in that book and now has decided to give up her former profession to work at Cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds office as a file clerk. Lula still has a lot of street-smarts left, a fact that Stephanie uses to her advantage.

Lula is so good at doing the filing that she wants to help Stephanie out and become an assistant bounty hunter. Connie, Vinnie’s secretary and Stephanie agree to the plan, and Lula is so thrilled she refers to herself and Stephanie as Cagney and Lacey.

Stephanie says she wants to be Cagney. But then Lula says she wants to be Cagney. They go around and around about it. Finally they go off in Stephanie’s big blue Buick on the first of many screwball adventures together.

In my opinion they are the Lucy and Ethyl of the female-sleuth world!


Book Bird Dog said...

I've been a Nancy Drew fan since grammar school. She got me hooked on mysteries, too, especially those by savvy females. Evanovich is fun too!

LadyPI said...

Yes, I totally agree with you. As a kid I used to spend summers sitting outside reading my Nancy Drew books and getting a tan. That was before all the warnings about how we should not sit in the sun!

Stephanie Plum's personality is a lot different than Nancy's, but those books still make for a good summertime read!

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