Jeopardy! category: WOMEN AUTHORS (3-3-2015)
$1600 clue: She introduced bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in 1994’s “One for the Money”
The gist: To date, Stephanie’s been in 21 novels, with another scheduled for November 2015, and it’s easy to remember how many there are.
That’s because each of Janet Evanovich‘s Stephanie Plum novels have, in the vein of Sue Grafton‘s “alphabet series,” their number in the series right in the title: One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Ten Big Ones, and so on. Plum begins the series down on her luck, recently fired from her job at a lingerie store in the New Jersey capital of Trenton (Evanovich’s own hometown), who gets a job at her shifty cousin’s bail bondsman office. While the first Plum novel was met with general critical praise, her first Number 1 on the New York Times Bestesller List was Hot Six, and since then each Plum novel has, impressively, debuted in the position. In 2012 Katherine Heigl starred in the film adaptation of One for the Money, which currently holds an abysmal 2% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
While the Plum novels are by far the Evanovich’s most prolific body of work, she has written many other things as well. Her Wicked fantasy series, a spinoff based on a minor character from the Plum novels, is set in Salem, Massachusetts and follows a cupcake baker on a quest for the seven stones of power. She also has the Full and Fox & O’Hare series, as well as several romance novels published under the name Steffie Hall.
The clue: Another straightforward clue. Here’s her best-known creation – do you know who created it? If not, too bad.
In Jeopardy!: This is just Janet Evanovich’s fourth clue in the J!Archive. Three are about Stephanie Plum, and of those, two are about the numbered titling scheme she uses. The other one groups her with Sue Grafton and Lilian Jackson Braun as “mystery writers.” Certainly prolific in her writing; less so in her Jeopardy! appearances.