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.
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?
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.