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Review: Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

02 Jul

Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum, #15)rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a typical Stephanie Plum book. I really enjoy these, to the point of buying it in hardcover, the day it came out, so that isn’t a bad thing!

There have been an awful lot of them at this point, and this one doesn’t necessarily have anything to recommend it over the others, however. In the end, I wasn’t left feeling satisfied, but rather like I’d just enjoyed a snack of yummy junk food.

From Janet Evanovich’s web site:

UNBUCKLE YOUR BELT AND PULL UP A CHAIR. IT’S THE SPICIEST, SAUCIEST, MOST RIB-STICKING PLUM YET.

Recipe for disaster:

Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head –literally.

Throw in some spice:

Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she’ll talk to is Trenton cop, Joe Morelli.

Pump up the heat:

Chipotle’s sponsor is offering a million dollar reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture of the killers.

Stir the pot:

Lula recruits bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to help her find the killers and collect the moolah.

Add a secret ingredient:

Stephanie Plum’s Grandma Mazur. Enough said.

Bring to a boil:

Stephanie Plum is working overtime tracking felons for the bonds office at night and snooping for security expert Carlos Manoso, A.K.A. Ranger, during the day. Can Stephanie hunt down two killers, a traitor, five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, solve Ranger’s problems and not jump his bones?

Warning:

Habanero hot. So good you’ll want seconds.

As usual, the strength of this book is in the zany characters, and the relatively normal Stephanie making her way through the craziness. Cars explode, skips (those failing to show in court) are brought in, and so on. The mystery (as usual) was relatively forgettable.

This time, it is Lula that has the crazy guys trying (ineffectively) to kill her. Unlike Stephanie, she shoots back, but she’s as bad of a shot as those shooting at her. Grandma Mazur and Lula also are into mischief of their own. Both of them are a hoot, as is Lula’s new “friend”.

This book was great for me as a Ranger fan! Ranger showed signs of being something short of superman in this book, while still being his sexy self. I loved the interaction between Ranger and Stephanie.

There were actually signs of growth on the Stephanie/Morelli front, which is probably a good thing. In fact, Stephanie shows some signs of introspection in her perspective towards relationships in general. We’ll see if this sticks– I’m not sure if the books will work with a more mature Stephanie, but I know they will get old soon without one.

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Posted by on July 2, 2009 in books, reviews

 

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4 responses to “Review: Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

  1. sdechantal

    July 3, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I know what you mean with Evanovich… I enjoyed the first books… then as she got deeper into her series there were a couple I could have lived with out. I kind of have drifted away from her books. however I have a t least two in my book club that read everything she writes and find her amazing! 🙂

    One Persons Journey Through a World of books

     
  2. Belle

    July 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    It’s only because I discovered the audio version of the Stephanie Plum series that I’ve gotten right back on track with the books. Lorelei King is a great narrator – she does a great Lulu and her Grandma Mazur is just wonderful. I’m with you when it comes to Ranger, too 🙂

     
  3. margo

    July 22, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I think that she should end up with Morelli in the end but for right now I think that having Ranger makes the book hotter! I find it interesting that when we first meet him – he speaks ‘street’ and then within like the 2nd book he could have a conversation with an English major. I do agree with that Steph needs to start and get her act together – the dance is starting to get old. I’ll miss the series when it ends. Good review though 🙂

     
  4. Marie Burton

    September 19, 2009 at 9:07 am

    She’s always a fun distraction from the longer reads I tend to enjoy. But she was awesome in the beginning when i discovered her.. I was pregnant and needed a laugh and she succeeded very much with that!

     

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