Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich review

Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. . . .


Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.


Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.


Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie’s messing up Mooner’s vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger’s apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.


Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner’s Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin.


Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.


The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky---the only question is . . . with whom?

Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!

Reading a Stephanie Plum novel is always entertaining, and Janet Evanovich did not let readers down this time. With Vinnie missing, the "lucky bottle," and Mooner hosting a Hobbit convention, the action was never-ending. Although there wasn't much action in terms of Stephanie doing any bounty hunting, the book was still highly entertaining. This was the first time that the reader actually gets to spend some time with Vinnie, and I won't spoil it, but you are in for a ride upon reading. 

I would almost go as far as saying that the title leaves you feeling let down as you read the book. It isn't one of Evanovich's best Stephanie Plum's but it is still a great read. As always, Stephanie is still torn between Ranger and Morelli (I'm Team Morelli for those of you that are curious--I'm all for the settle-down type). Although Morelli doesn't make much of an appearance, I hope that Evanovich brings him in for more in the next novel. 

As far as the ending is concerned, I found it to be slightly unbelievable. Without giving anything away, I will say this: how? I'm still trying to comprehend how this ending could happen with the bad guy that Evanovich has envisioned throughout most of the novel. Is Stephanie just that lucky? 

The writing is masterfully done. Comedic-timing is Evanovich's trademark and she does not disappoint here. Lula's diets just keep getting more and more ridiculous. If only they worked then we would all be in much better shape. I think that my favorite line from this novel is problem this one: "Ranger sent us to check on you," Hal said. "We just got here, and we heard shots." "Some moron ate my jelly doughnut," Lula said. "So I shot him." 

As always, I recommend all of the Stephanie Plum series (starting with One for the Money). Also, don't miss the upcoming movie of the Stephanie Plum series due out this year (I think summer, but I'm not completely sure).


Book Stats:

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Hardback: 400 pages
Publisher: Random House
Language: English
ISBN: 0739377728


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