Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich also writes as: Steffie Hall.

Upcoming Janet Evanovich Books

November 19th, 2024: Now or Never (Stephanie Plum, #31)

June 17th, 2025: The King's Ransom (Gabriella Rose, #2)

Dirty Thirty (Stephanie Plum, #30) was the most recently released book by Janet Evanovich, on October 31st, 2023.

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Janet Evanovich Stats: The highest rated book by Janet Evanovich on Book Notification is The Caper, the first novel in the Kate O'Hare & Nicolas Fox series. The second-highest rated book is Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum #13).

The most read book by Janet Evanovich on Book Notification is One for the Money, the first novel in the Stephanie Plum series. The second most read book is Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum #2).

Below is a complete list of Janet Evanovich books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by Janet Evanovich is the Stephanie Plum Series.

List of Stephanie Plum Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.81994
2
8.61996
3
8.71997
4
8.51998
5
8.71999
6
8.82000
7
8.52001
8
8.52002
9
7.32002
10
8.62003
11
92004
12
8.62005
13
9.12006
14
92007
15
8.22007
16
8.92008
17
7.72008
18
8.12009
19
8.72009
20
8.32009
21
8.42011
22
8.52011
23
82012
24
7.92013
25
7.92014
26
8.12015
27
7.62016
28
7.72017
29
7.42018
30
8.12019
31
7.82020
32
82021
33
8.32022
34
8.32023
35
2024

List of Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers/Holiday Novels in Publication Order

List of Alexandra Barnaby Books in Publication Order

List of Culhane Family Books in Publication Order

List of Elsie Hawkins Books in Publication Order

List of Full/Max Holt Books in Publication Order (with Charlotte Hughes)

List of Gabriella Rose Books in Publication Order

List of Hot/Cate Madigan Books in Publication Order

List of Lizzy & Diesel Books in Publication Order (with Phoef Sutton)

List of Kate O'Hare & Nicolas Fox Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
9.32013
2
6.92013
3
82013
4
82014
5
82014
6
8.42014
7
8.72015
8
8.52016
9
8.3
The Big Kahuna (With: Peter Evanovich)
2019
10
8.22021

The Shell Game is a prequel short story to the Kate O’Hare & Nicolas Fox series. The Caper is an online exclusive story.

List of Knight and Moon Books in Publication Order (with Phoef Sutton)

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Janet Evanovich Anthologies in Publication Order

Janet Evanovich: Biography

Janet Evanovich (Janet Evanovich (nee Schneider)) was born on April 22nd, 1943 and is currently 81 years old. Janet Evanovich was born in South River, New Jersey, USA. Evanovich attended Rutgers University where she studied art.

Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum series which currently consists of 35 novels. The Stephanie Plum series started in 1994 with the novel One for the Money. The most recently released novel in the Stephanie Plum series was Dirty Thirty which was released in 2023. There is an upcoming novel for the Stephanie Plum series entitled Now or Never which is being released on November 19th, 2024.

Janet Evanovich (Janet Evanovich (nee Schneider)) has also written the Kate O'Hare & Nicolas Fox series which has 10 books including The Caper and Pros and Cons.

Began her career writing short contemporary romance novels under the pen name Steffie Hall.

Twisted Twenty-Six was named one of the Best Mystery & Crime Thrillers of 2019 by The Real Book Spy adding that the novel is just the kind of wild, suspenseful, laugh-out-loud fun her readers have come to expect. was named among the top 15 Best Mysteries, Crime, & Thrillers of Psychological Suspense novels of 2022.

Janet Evanovich: Awards & Accolades

Janet Evanovich has won many awards including:

  • One for the Money won the Crime Writer's Association Award, New Blood Dagger Award, in 1995 as well as the Dilys Award - Best Mystery Novel in 1995.
  • Two for the Dough won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Last Laugh Dagger, in 1996.
  • Three to Get Deadly won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Silver Dagger Award, in 1997 as well as the Dilys Award - Best Mystery Novel in 1998, Lefty Award - Best Humorous Mystery Novel in 1998.
  • Four to Score won the Lefty Award, Best Humorous Mystery Novel, in 1999.
  • Smokin' Seventeen won the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2011.

The following novels by Janet Evanovich were nominated for these awards:

  • One for the Money: Agatha Award, Best First Novel (1994). Edgar Award, Best First Novel (1995). Crime Writer's Association Award, Last Laugh Dagger (1995). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (1995). Macavity Award, Best First Mystery (1995). Shamus Award, Best First P.I. Novel (1995).
  • Two for the Dough: Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (1997).
  • High Five: Lefty Award, Best Humorous Mystery Novel (2000). Barry Award, Best Novel (2000). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2000).
  • Hot Six: Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (2001).
  • Hard Eight: Lefty Award, Best Humorous Mystery Novel (2003).
  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2009).
  • Smokin' Seventeen: Goodreads Awards, Best Goodreads Author (2011).
  • Wicked Business: Goodreads Awards, Best Paranormal Fantasy (2012).
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2014).

Janet Evanovich: Lists & Other Mentions

  • Hot Six was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2000.
  • Seven Up was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2001.
  • Hard Eight was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2002.
  • Ten Big Ones was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2004.
  • Eleven on Top was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2005.
  • Twelve Sharp was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2006.
  • Plum Lovin' was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2007.
  • Plum Lucky was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2008.
  • Fearless Fourteen was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2008.
  • Plum Spooky was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2009.
  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2009.
  • Sizzling Sixteen was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2010.
  • Smokin' Seventeen was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2011.
  • Explosive Eighteen was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2011.
  • Notorious Nineteen was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2012.
  • Takedown Twenty was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2013.
  • Top Secret Twenty-One was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2014.
  • Tricky Twenty-Two was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2015.
  • Turbo Twenty-Three was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2016.
  • Hardcore Twenty-Four was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2017.
  • Look Alive Twenty-Five was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2018.
  • Twisted Twenty-Six was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2019.
  • Fortune and Glory was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2020.
  • Game On was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2021.
  • Dirty Thirty was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2023.

Janet Evanovich: F.A.Q

When was Janet Evanovich Born? How old is Janet Evanovich?

Janet Evanovich was born on April 22nd, 1943. Janet Evanovich is currently 81 years old.

Where was Janet Evanovich Born?

Janet Evanovich was born in South River, New Jersey, USA and is American.

What book awards has Janet Evanovich won?

One for the Money: Crime Writer's Association Award New Blood Dagger Award (1995), Dilys Award Best Mystery Novel (1995).
Two for the Dough: Crime Writer's Association Award Last Laugh Dagger (1996).
Three to Get Deadly: Crime Writer's Association Award Silver Dagger Award (1997), Dilys Award Best Mystery Novel (1998), Lefty Award Best Humorous Mystery Novel (1998).
Four to Score: Lefty Award Best Humorous Mystery Novel (1999).
Smokin' Seventeen: Goodreads Awards Best Mystery and Thriller (2011).

What was the first book Janet Evanovich wrote?

The first novel written by Janet Evanovich was Full House, published in 1981.

What was the most recent book Janet Evanovich wrote?

Her most recently released work was Dirty Thirty on October 31st, 2023.

Will there be any more books by Janet Evanovich?

Janet Evanovich has two new books coming out: Now or Never will be released on November 19th, 2024. The King's Ransom will be released on June 17th, 2025.

How many books has Janet Evanovich written?

Janet Evanovich has written 77 books across 16 series.
  • 35 books in the Stephanie Plum Series
  • 4 books in the Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers/Holiday Novels Series
  • 4 books in the Alexandra Barnaby Series
  • 2 books in the Culhane Family Series
  • 4 books in the Elsie Hawkins Series
  • 6 books in the Full/Max Holt Series
  • 2 books in the Gabriella Rose Series
  • 1 book in the Hot/Cate Madigan Series
  • 3 books in the Lizzy & Diesel Series
  • 10 books in the Kate O'Hare & Nicolas Fox Series
  • 2 books in the Knight and Moon Series
  • 7 Standalone Novels
  • 1 Non-Fiction Books

What's the deal with The Caper?

The Caper is a very short story. Initially, you could only find it in hardcover editions of The Heist, and even then only at Barnes & Noble. However Janet has since published the story online. It can be found at her website.

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    Janet’s work is hilarious, and constantly makes me laugh out loud, and the character Granny is fantastic and one of the best of the entire “Stephanie Plum” series. It gets bad though when it’s really late at night and the laughing happens when everybody is asleep.

    Her books are fantastic to binge read, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the first time or third time through them all. It’s great to get new adventures from her to dive into and read over a couple of sleepless nights.

    Ranger and Stephanie are incredible characters, and it is just the best seeing them be with each other.

    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    Janet Evanovic is an author known for for the adventure, romance and humor in her novels.

    Over the years, I feel that she has changed from being a purely romance author to a romantic suspense writer that tells her stories in the first person.

    Many of Evanovic’s novels now have heroes and heroines and a strong sense of community and family. What she now writes is something closer to Seinfeld where she has a central character around which she builds the plot and supporting cast.

    While she has published so many novels and characters over the years, One for the Money the novel that introduced Stephanie Plum the barely competent bounty hunter is the work I found most interesting.

    This is a light hearted and funny novel with a likable lead who goes on a quest to track an ex lover so that she can win the $10,000 dollar reward offered to anyone that could bring him in.

    I was hooked by the hilarity of the lead character and the compelling plotlines and have now read most of the other Stephanie plum novels that have been just as good as the first.

    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    I just discovered Jane Evanovich recently, all thanks to this list of books.
    I began reading the Stephanie Plum series, and I now realize what I’ve been missing.
    The debut novel, One for the Money, is a fun and light read if you want a break from heavy books.
    Stephanie Plum is divorced and unemployed, and she is desperately looking for a job.
    When she finds out there is a bounty set on Joe Morelli, her ex-husband, she becomes the bounty hunter.
    Plum is an interesting character with great humor and determination, and she is unable to know her limits.
    The 2012 One for the Money movie starring Katherine Heigl is very entertaining, just like the book.
    I also found the Kate O’Hare & Nicolas Fox Series series thrilling and entertaining.

    Kyler F
    Kyler F
    2 years ago

    After a half decade of writing romance titles, Jane Evanovich turned to writing comic/romance adventures with the Stephanie Plum series, which is up to its 26th volume today. I started on the sixth book in the series and read the next couple, and then went back and read the start of the series. The series is light-hearted and comic in tone, and the romance and adventures move along at a nice pace and are realistic for the setting, making sure the comic misadventures of Ms. Plum continue to entertain. Another of Evanovich’s series, one that she co-writes with Lee Goldberg, called Fox & O’Hare, had been a nice surprise as well, and although the co-author has changed the series looks to keep going for now. 

    Teddy B.
    Teddy B.
    2 years ago

    I am a big fan of Janet Evanovich’s contemporary romance and mystery stories. She is a writer of great caliber, which is seen in her work. What excites me a lot about Janet is that her novels appeal to the masses and force them to become her fan.

    Over the years, I have become addicted to her Stephanie Plum series. Janet’s comic tone, light-hearted description, funny settings, hilarious dialogues, and mind-blowing characters often keep me hooked to her books for hours. Her books have featured in the bestseller lists of Amazon, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc., and have been translated into more than forty languages.

    Just like many other readers across the globe, I also look forward to enjoying a lot more of her funny, adventurous novels.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    The Stephanie Plum books are not quite what I expected. For the longest time, I thought Janet Evanovich wrote YA paranormal romance. It isn’t that difficult to understand where that assumption came from.

    I kept hearing Plum’s name in YA circles. Also, the character is a bounty hunter. How many female bounty hunters have you encountered in the YA paranormal romance genre? Probably thousands.

    If I hadn’t discovered ‘Two for the Dough’ in my dentist’s waiting room, I don’t think I would have bothered with this author. I don’t like YA paranormal romance.

    But the Plum books are something else entirely. Or, at the very least, ‘Two for the Dough’ subverted my expectations. Plum was a funny, charming character, and I enjoyed watching her as she slowly learned the ropes of the bounty hunting business.

    spmilsky
    spmilsky
    1 year ago

    The Stephanie Plum books are great – always a fun, quick read, and sure to put me in a good mood!

    Cindy
    Cindy
    8 months ago

    I have enjoyed the Stephanie Plum books but needed to take a break because they were just too much similar to each o be in the series.

    norma
    norma
    8 months ago

    Stephanie Plum’s antics with Hot Ranger + equally Hot Morelli are not for bedtime reading. The sudden bursts of outright laughter are definitely not conducive for gently drifting off to asleep. Stephanie’s stomping grounds sound exactly like the neighborhood I grew up around as are the description of the houses, the businesses, the people.
    Great escapism reading; something we all need in these Times.

    EllenG
    EllenG
    7 months ago

    I have read EVERY book with Stephanie Plum since the first one came out and am anxiously awaiting the next one for this year…..Her other books don’t ‘do’ it for me but I do like Stephanie Plum…..

    azangie
    azangie
    7 months ago

    Dirty Thirty comes out today!!! HOORAY!! I love her Stephanie Plum books. Her characters are wild – especially her grandmother!!

    cindymill91@aol.com
    cindymill91@aol.com
    5 months ago

    Wow, I just finished #30 of her series staring Stephanie Plum. It did not disappoint. I enjoy the love triangle she has with Joe and Ranger. look forward to the next one.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    5 months ago

    I have read all the Stephanie Plum books, 1-30. This is a series I read for fun and those laugh-out-loud segments. I thought this one started out rather lame but it picked up. If I was not familiar with the characters and content from previous books, I might not have stuck with it but if nothing else, I’m loyal so I kept on reading. Glad I did cuz it got better and the end left everyone hanging a bit. What now?!

    stalsma
    stalsma
    5 months ago

    My daughter just drove me to AZ from MI for the next 3 months and on the final day, we listened to Notorious Nineteen. We have both read all of the Stephanie Plum books but listening to an audio book while going down the road and having some laughs helped to pass a bunch of hours on the drive and we could both participate.

    Graeme
    Graeme
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    Reply to  stalsma
    5 months ago

    I love stories like that 🙂

    cindymill91@aol.com
    cindymill91@aol.com
    4 months ago

    Just finished Going Rogue and can’t wait to read Dirty Thirty

    waterburg72
    waterburg72
    4 months ago

    One For The Money – My daughter (who likes to read too) told me a co-worker recommended a series of books to read by Janet Evanovich. So, I took it upon myself to start reading the series with book #1 from 1994 (I’ve got a lot of catching up to do).

    To my surprise I enjoyed the book! It’s got humor and it’s got action. And I just found out there is a movie (2012) made from this book. Now I’ll have to see it. The trailer to the movie shows it sticks to some of the plot in the book.

    It was a good read. Take the time to read it. Some of the reviews poo pooed on it, but it won’t keep me from reading the next book.

    msdelisle
    msdelisle
    2 months ago

    Stephanie Plum was my introduction to audiobooks and I always listen to books while I am walking. She is Laugh Out Loud funny and I never held back my laughter. I’m sure people used to wonder I was a little bit nutty or something because I walked around the small town I live in. Around book number 14, the books weren’t so funny anymore and I almost quit the series. Curiosity kept me going back and I am glad I did because the LOL humor returned somewhere in the twenties. I just finished Dirty Thirty and am eagerly waiting for the next book.

    Donna
    Donna
    1 month ago

    I have listened to all of the Stephanie Plum audiobooks, and for me a lot of the charm and entertainment is due to Lorelei King who reads these. Evanovich creates an array of quirky characters and King brings each one to life with her voice interpretations. I always anticipate the laugh out loud scene/moment which is bound to occur. Lula is a great sidekick; Grandma Mazur who keeps an open mind and is always quite willing to try new things is always on Stephanie’s side no matter what; and of course there is always the anticipation of how we should interpret Ranger’s “Babe” responses. Honestly, who cares too much about the plot. For me, the fun is all in the characters that Janet Evanovich has created and Lorelei King who absolutely brings them to life with her voice(s). Dirty Thirty certainly left us hanging with anticipation and wondering exactly how she will resolve the dilemma in her next book. Looking forward to it.

    PeachTree
    PeachTree
    6 days ago

    I really enjoy the Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich, which is just a classic nineties work that is perfect to throw in a beach bag and read while you’re sunning with your sunglasses on.

    Stephanie Plum is now working as a bail agent and has to track an old flame down as her first client. But trouble pops up that she did not expect when a dangerous boxer starts to tune into her radar. It’s some really light and entertaining reading and there are plenty of books in this series if you want to continue going along on the adventure!

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