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149. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich...

September 7, 2009
finger lickin' fifteenAbout the book:
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, aka Ranger, during the day. Can Stephanie hunt down two killers, a traitor, and five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, and solve Ranger's problems and not jump his bones?

Warning: Habanero hot. So good you'll want seconds.

drey's thoughts:
Well, one thing's for sure. Not much changes in Stephanie's world. She's still a not-so-good bounty hunter--the skips still give her trouble. Actually, more than just trouble. Lola's still too-much-in-too-little. Grandma Mazur's still stir crazy. Joe Morelli's still kinda-sorta-in-the-picture. Ranger's still hot. *grin*

Comic relief in this book comes from Lola and Grandma Mazur entering a BBQ cook-off. Because, um, like they can cook... But they sign up anyway, because there's a chance the killers will show up, and hey! Who can't use a million-dollar reward? Wait'll you read about the cook-off. You'll laugh your head off.

Family: Grandma Mazur is hilarious, as always. I am so glad she's not actually MY grandmother, holy moly is this lady nuts. Stephanie's parents are still suffering from living-with-Grandma-Mazur. But at least she doesn't have to bunk with them. Even if Lola does... And Stephanie's apartment gets firebombed.

Wheels: How many cars does Steph toast? Let us count, shall we? 1. Her Escort goes up in flames. 2. Stephanie manages to toast not one, but TWO Porsche Cayennes (which brings her total to 3 so far). Within 24 hours. With fire. I'm amazed that Ranger keeps giving her keys. I want that man. Like, seriously. And if Steph's vehicles aren't enough, Lula's Firebird is home to bullet holes.

Action: Not much happening here, except for some smooches. You'll have to read it yourself to find out with whom. Heh.

All in all, another rollicking read from Janet Evanovich. And even though this is #15 in a series, I think it'll be fine as a stand-alone read. You'll just wish you'd read the rest for a bit more of Ranger. Actually, I probably wouldn't mind a lot more of Ranger... *grin*

Title: Finger Lickin' Fifteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
ISBN-10: 0312383282
ISBN-13: 978-0312383282
Hardcover: 308 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2009

Challenges: 100+, Series, Pub, Stephanie Plum, Support Your Local Library


Unknown said...

I have only read book one so far but I can safely say that grandma Mazur is the most hilarious of them all.

bermudaonion said...

These books certainly aren't great literature, but they sure are great fun!

drey said...

lilly & bermudaonion~ This series is like jello & ice cream on a hot summer day--lots of sweetness & fluff. =) And lots of laugh-out-loud moments.

Kelly said...

I love these books! I can't wait to get my fingers on this one! Great review, thanks!

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