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Fortune and Glory

By: Janet Evanovich

Series: Stephanie Plum Series #27

ISBN: 1982154837

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: 11/02/20

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars

The twenty-seventh entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series isn’t just the biggest case of Stephanie Plum’s career. It’s the adventure of a lifetime.

When Stephanie’s beloved Grandma Mazur's new husband died on their wedding night, the only thing he left her was a beat-up old easy chair…and the keys to a life-changing fortune.

But as Stephanie and Grandma Mazur search for Jimmy Rosolli’s treasure, they discover that they’re not the only ones on the hunt. Two dangerous enemies from the past stand in their way—along with a new adversary who’s even more formidable: Gabriela Rose, a dark-eyed beauty from Little Havana with a taste for designer clothes. She’s also a soldier of fortune, a gourmet cook, an expert in firearms and mixed martial arts—and someone who’s about to give Stephanie a real run for her money

Stephanie may be in over her head, but she’s got two things that Gabriela doesn’t: an unbreakable bond with her family and a stubborn streak that will never let her quit.

She’ll need both to survive because this search for “fortune and glory” will turn into a desperate race against time with more on the line than ever before. Because even as she searches for the treasure and fights to protect her Grandma Mazur, her own deepest feelings will be tested—as Stephanie could finally be forced to choose between Joe Morelli and Ranger.

Book Giveaway Contest

Congrats to the Winner:

Mick Addington

Aurora, CO

I liked his response to:

Which guy do you want Stephanie to choose

"Joe or Ranger?"

"NEITHER. It's Me."

Voting Results

"Favorite Stephanie Plum Book in Series?"

WINNER: One for the Money

Highest Other favorites by Book #:

5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 22, 25 and Plums.

"Favorite Character in the series?" WINNER: Grandma Mazur

A very close second: Lula

Third: Stephanie

"Which guy do you want Stephanie to choose:

Joe or Ranger?" WINNER: Joe

Very close: Joe 51% Ranger 49%

Great response from

Julia Richardson | Montgomery, AL

"Joe for Stephanie. Ranger for me."

Books in the

Stephanie Plum Series

(1995) One For the Money

(1996) Two For the Dough

(1997) Three to Get Deadly (1998) Four to Score

(1999) High Five (2000) Hot Six (2001) Seven-Up (2002). Hard Eight (2003) Visions of Sugar Plums

A short Christmas special

(2003) To the Nines (2004) Ten Big Ones (2005) Eleven on Top (2006) Twelve Sharp (2007) Plum Lovin'

(2008) Plum Lucky (2008) Fearless Fourteen (2009) Plum Spooky (2009) Finger-Lickin' Fifteen

(2010) Sizzling Sixteen (2011) Smokin' Seventeen (2011) Explosive Eighteen (2012) Notorious Nineteen (2013) Takedown Twenty (2014) Top Secret Twenty-one (2015) Tricky Twenty-two (2016) Turbo Twenty-three (2017) Hardcore Twenty-Four (2018) Look Alive Twenty-Five (2019) Twisted Twenty-Six (2020) Fortune and Glory

Stephanie's World

In the film adaptation movie One for the Money, played by:

  • Stephanie Plum (Protagonist- bounty hunter)

  • ​Played by Katherine Heigl

  • Lula (former hooker, file clerk, bounty hunter-Stephanie's partner)

  • Played by Sherri Shepherd.

  • Connie Rosolli (receptionist/office manager)

  • Played by Ana Reeder.

  • Mary Lou (best friend-husband Lenny)

  • Played by: Annie Parisse and Danny Mastrogiorgio.

  • Vinnie (cousin/owner of Vincent Plum's Bail Bonds)

  • Played by Patrick Fischler.

Stephanie's Family

  • Grandma Mazur (Stephanie's maternal grandmother)

  • Played by Debbie Reynolds.

  • Valerie (older sister)

  • Parents (Helen and Frank)

  • Played by Debra Monk and Louis Mustillo

  • Bob (Golden Retriever-lives with Joe. She inherited him. Shared custody)

  • Rex (Stephanie's roommate/hamster)

Romantic Relationships

  • Joseph (Joe) Morelli (Stephanie's on-and-off boyfriend, former bad boy turned vice cop. Known as Officer Hottie or the Italian Stallion). Stephanie also often stays at his house, which he inherited from his Aunt Rose

  • Played by Jason O'Mara

  • Rangeman, a high-end, under-the-radar security firm. a security company. Ranger's real name is Ricardo Carlos Manoso.Ranger (Stephanie's fellow bounty hunter and tutor. Known as "Batman" because of his mysterious ways. Cuban-American, and drives very expensive black cars. He owns

  • Played by Daniel Sunjata

  • Diesel (appears in the four-holiday novellas: Visions of Sugar Plums, Plum Lovin', Plum Lucky, and Plum Spooky, as well as in Hardcore Twenty-Four.) Although not nearly as significant as Morelli and Ranger, Diesel and Stephanie share a mild flirtation. He has special abilities and his job is to track down fugitives with supernatural abilities, called Unmentionables. Diesel is included in the spin-off series: The "Wicked" series, Wicked Appetite (2010), and Wicked Business (2012).


Joyce Barnhardt, Dickie Orr, Grandma Bella, Benito Ramirez, Terry Gilman

Supporting Characters

Moon-man, Sally Sweet, Eddie Gazarra, Tank, Randy Briggs, Joe Juniak, Mrs. Bestler, Mrs. Bestler, Constantine Stiva.


My Review

A treasure awaits!

There is a new gal in town, so watch out everyone! (especially Stephanie).

Grandma Mazur gets plenty of action this time around and some new characters in the latest Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich—Fortune and Glory. 5 STARS.

Grandma Mazur has two dead husbands. The custom is to move your wedding band from your left to your right hand. Now she has two rings. But she thinks it is not right to have both of them so close together.

Then she notices the dates inside the band from Jimmy, her latest mob husband who died. A clue?

Jimmy Roselli was the Keeper of the Keys—Grandma Mazur's mob hubby. Died and left behind 3 keys in a La-Z-Boy chair. There are also, of course, the wedding rings (which may contain a clue or two).

Two clues are inside a safe at the Mole Hole (strip club with good burgers). Ace it #1 and Philadelphia #3. If you tried to open the safe without the keys, it's Hiroshima. The keys are needed to open a safe that contains something valuable.

Jimmy, a south Jersey guy. He liked the shore. Wildwood, Cape May, and Atlantic City. He liked the slots and poker. So where?

Grandma must find the secret treasure with Stephanie's help. It is a dangerous proposition. A safe. Diamonds, money, bodies, or what and where? What did Jimmy leave her?

Jimmy's mob friends (6 of them) La-Z-Boys are after the treasure; however, Stephanie and Grandma Mazur are right behind them.

Stephanie— has some competition this go around for Morelli and Ranger's attention. As always, she is loyal to her family and her cupcakes. But she is a bounty hunter and surely she can help Grandma find the treasure. But little does she know all the others on the trail.

Morelli is kind of out of the picture—at the moment, and it is "game on" for Ranger.

Gabriela Rose—A new kick-ass character. A Latina Wonder woman beauty, Rachel Ray, and GI Ninja rolled into one. (who will star in June 2021 novel And best of all: you get a sneak peek)!

George Potts — Stephanie's new bodyguard, geeky sidekick, wingman. Age 37. Unemployed. He is allergic to everything, has PTSD, and lives at home, and plays video games in his PJs.

More action and adventure— than ever. With Gabriela, Morelli, and Ranger.

La-Z-Boys' Tunnels and the Mole Hole. Comic books—Superman and Uncle Scrooge.

Even more cars: blowing up and buildings— (signature). Plus, it wouldn't be Stephanie Plum without some funeral home, caskets, viewings, and cemetery action.

Lula is always up for an adventure as long as there is food around, especially chicken and donuts. Love her!

Stephanie's Mom— threatening to put Grandam Mazur in an assisted living. (Now that would be a killer series)! HINT.

Stephanie is feeling down. About her love life. Her job. Her apartment. Her inability to cook, shoot, figure out streaming, understand the cloud, or complete any of the books

recommended by Oprah. She still has Rex her pet hamster and shared custody with Bob, the golden retriever with on and off again Joe Morelli.

But now there is Gabriela. Stephanie thinks she has her hooks into her ex-boyfriend, and now she thinks she is trying to steal her family's treasure.

Always the conflict between Ranger vs. Morelli. Plenty of action from Rangers SWAT team: Rangemen. As always, plenty of bad boys on the trail.

La-Z-Boy(s) —Who knew a chair and good ole boy mob buddies could get so much action?

When the journey is as exciting as the destination! Join in the fun. Want some laughs and entertainment? (Don't we all need a double dose especially today). Find it here, better than ever! Janet Evanovich always has some surprises up her sleeve. Her BEST yet!

A special thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy.

Q&A with Janet Evanovich

Q&A with #1 New York Times Bestselling

Praise for Fortune and Glory


About the Author

Janet Evanovich

Over the last twenty-five years, Janet Evanovich has written a staggering twenty-three #1 New York Times bestsellers in the Stephanie Plum series. In addition to the Plum novels, Janet has coauthored the New York Times bestselling Fox and O’Hare series (including The Big Kahuna with her son, Peter Evanovich), the Knight and Moon series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and the graphic novel, Troublemaker (with her daughter, Alex Evanovich). Read More






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