Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich


Title:  Sizzling Sixteen
Author:  Janet Evanovich
Genre:  Crime/Mistery
Publisher:  Headline Review
Publication Date: 24 June 2010
ISBN:  978-0-7553-5280-7
Stand alone or series:  Series
Pages: 309
Book Received from:  Bought
First Lines:  My Uncle Pip died and left me his lucky bottle.  I suppose I''m fortunate, because he left my Gradma Mazur his false teeth.

Possible Spoilers if you haven't read the other books.


Synopsis
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....
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.
GOOD LUCK:
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.
BAD LUCK:
Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie’s messing up local stoner Walter “Moon Man” Dunphy's vibe and making Stephanie question genetics.
GOOD LUCK:
Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, a plan that makes Mooner’s Hobbit-Con look sane, and Uncle Pip’s mysterious bottle, they just might raise enough money to save Vinnie and the business from ruin.
BAD LUCK:
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.
GOOD LUCK:
The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous, 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! 

My Thoughts

Janet Evanovich has done it again with yet another great Stephanie Plum novel.  This time it's up to Stephanie, Lula and Connie to try and find Vinnie and bail him out of a very big hole he has dug himself into.

If you haven't read this series, you're missing out on a good laugh!  With a cast of characters like Stephanie a terrible Bounty Hunter, Lula who's Stephanie's sidekick and sometimes file clerk for the bailsbonds office and Connie, office manager with a family connected with the mafia you will be laughing out loud at the trouble they get themselves into.

While the main plotline is kind of lacking, I still enjoyed the antics these characters get up to.  AND if there is a diet like Lula's out there that actually works.  Sign me up :)

One question on my mind though.  Who Stephanie will eventually pick..  Joe Morelli or Ranger?  I prefer the man of mystery with the never ending supply of Black Cars. 

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