How much is Janet Evanovich worth?
|Net Worth:||$125 Million
|Date of Birth:||April 22, 1943|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich is best known for her numbered series of thrillers, starting with One for the Money and starring Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum. Evanovich is one of the bestselling authors alive today, releasing several books every year. Who is the woman behind the books? Find out in this biography.
Janet Evanovich was born Janet Schneider on April 22, 1943 in South River, New Jersey. She grew up in South River. After high school, she attended art school.
Janet Evanovich is Steffie Hall
Evanovich was first published under the pseudonym Steffie Hall. She published 12 romance novels using this name, most of which have been re-released under her real name. Evanovich dropped the pseudonym when she stopped writing romance.
Janet Evanovich has published more than 45 books, but shhe is best known for her Stephanie Plum books. Stephanie Plum, like Evanovich, is a Jersey girl.
- Here is a complete list of Evanovich’s books by year.
- Wondering when the next Stephanie Plum book will be released? Check out this calendar of new & upcoming releases.
Evanovich’s first Stephanie Plum book, One for the Money, was released as a movie starring Katherine Heigl in January 2012.
Evanovich lives in New Hampshire. She is married and has one son and one daughter, both grown. Both her children work for Evanovich, Inc. Her daughter runs her Web site, and her son handles the financial side of her life as an author. She has a dog and a parrot.
In a scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally, Marie (Carrie Fisher) ponders some potential dating candidates for her friend Sally (Meg Ryan). Of one man she says, “I don’t happen to find him attractive, but you might.” Reviewing Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich, I feel much like Marie; I don’t happen to like this book, but others might, if they don’t expect a lot from it.
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum sets out on her latest rounds to haul in bonds-jumping “skips.” She soon finds herself followed by a strange woman looking for Carlos “Ranger” Manoso, a bounty hunter of the dark and mysterious persuasion. Stephanie does happen to find him attractive, much to the chagrin of her pseudo-boyfriend, cop Joe Morelli. Their romantic triangle sets the stage for a story of light action, quirky (if clichéd) characters, and a little bit of intrigue.
For the Fans
Evanovich has a substantial following, and fans of earlier books in the series will probably enjoy this one. The series characters are in place (with a potential addition), the plot is straightforward, the dialogue is well paced, and the romantic tension between Stephanie and each of her love interests is strong.For Evanovich fans who may be looking for books with a similarly accessible style but more developed plots and characters: Check out series by Sue Grafton or, for a comparable minimum of gore, Diane Mott Davidson. If you’re looking for especially quirky characters and grittier plot development, Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen are good bets.
This book does what it presumably sets out to do, but is it enough? It wasn’t for me. I’ve read a number of interviews the author, who often comments that she doesn’t want to bog down her readers with a lot of narrative or “big words.” She wants to keep it simple, and this includes her writing, her characters, and her plot. Why mess with what sells? From a business perspective, she’s brilliant, and both she and her family’s marketing operation seem to have the drill down to a science.From my perspective as a mystery reader, Twelve Sharp is a disappointing book. And this is a shame; the everyday world of bounty hunters is a promising setting, even more so given Stephanie’s admission that she’s not very good at the job. Unfortunately, the plot is predictable, the characters are superficial, and, while mystery books don’t need to be intense to be enjoyable, this book has no sense of danger or suspense even when vulnerable characters are kidnapped. I wasn’t compelled to care about their fate. Even a book intended solely as a fun, beach-read story should give readers a reason to invest their imaginations in some of its characters. Crazy Grandma Mazur, for example, should be lovable but just doesn’t transcend stock character status. (And wacky grandmas can certainly be well crafted; witness Granny Next in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series.)
So if you’re looking for a solid mystery with characters of any depth, this isn’t it. But You Might
If, however, you want to give Twelve Sharp a try, keep reading past the opening section. These first five or six pages give a dutiful recap of the basics of the series thus far: Stephanie’s job, coworkers, archrivals, lovers, car problems, pet hamster, broken toaster, and so forth. It catches you up quickly if you haven’t read any of the earlier books, though the writing here is more obligatory than engaging.
Twelve Sharp works a little better as a (very light) romance than as a mystery, even without a specific resolution of either relationship–the series is ongoing, after all–and perhaps this is due to Evanovich’s previous experience writing romance novels. The book might also be an appropriate choice if you don’t want to get too involved with the characters and simply want a frothy distraction for a few hours. But check it out from the library or wait for the paperback.
Janet Evanovich is one of America’s foremost authors of The Good Read, having earned a solid reputation as a writer of pithy dialogue and edge-of-the-seat mystery plots that end up fully resolved…and often in bed. Her latest novel, Metro Girl, is no exception. It combines everything a reader wants for a great reading escape: terrific dialogue, sexy characters, and enough humor to evoke steady laughter.
Alexandra Barnaby (Barney to her friends) is a down-to-earth and charming twenty-something who leaves the safety of her Baltimore existence to travel to the seedier back alleys of Miami in search of “Wild” Bill, her rebellious brother who has more sex appeal than sense. Following her scant leads-she learns that that Brother Bill skippers a luxury boat (aka The Happy Hooker) owned by a race car driver-she stumbles onto that driver, the very confident and attractive Sam Hooker. Sam’s not just a driver, but a star on the NASCAR circuit who’s as accustomed to women throwing themselves at him, to him, and onto him as he is to winning. In fact, the poor guy can barely appear in public without being accosted and suffocated by female flesh (much of which he gladly signs with the marker pen that magically appears). It’s charming all around, with more than a touch of sexual tension between Sam and the take-no-prisoners Barney.
Will he bed her or won’t he? There are 304 pages in this perky novel, with more than 300 of them dedicated to Barney telling Sam No and the reader thinking Why in the hell not!
By the time Barney and NASCAR Guy decide to work together, brother Bill, the boat, and a young woman being sought by the bad guys have disappeared. Desperate to find her brother-Sam’s equally as desperate to find his boat-the sparring couple find themselves lurking around cigar factories, sneaking into assorted dives and cheap motels around Little Cuba, and finally diving for Cuban gold and an explosive device left behind during the Cold War. We never actually meet Fidel Castro, but there’s a delightful serving of ghouls and murdering thugs who show up at those exact moments when Barney lets down her guard and figures she’s got everything under control. Which she never does.
Metro Girl gives us an energetic plot that thickens, stretches, and manages to be resolved just before it wears thin.
Evanovich is at her best when she takes us on wild rides through the night life of South Beach and the laid back dangers of Key West. As for the characters in this novel, they are likeable and interesting, and that includes some of the bad guys.
Metro Girl is a quick read and great fun. As for the beginning-to-end cat and mouse game, you just know that the animal will win out.
For those readers who have followed the exploits of Evanovich’s internationally known character, Stephanie Plum, through a dozen best-selling novels, you just might have found your next best friend. Barney is funny, humble, yet at the same time that brand of in-your-face young woman you just know will never take the bullet and die…at least not until the author gives us a new series of books.