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Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

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It may be time to put this series to bed...

  • Aug 22, 2010

I think I'm getting to the end of the trail with my enjoyment of the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich.  The latest installment, Sizzling Sixteen, hit me the same way that Finger Lickin' Fifteen did.  It covers the same ground we've covered in the last fifteen installments, nothing really new happens, and the characters don't have the spark that used to make each new Plum novel a joy to read.  Unless Evanovich takes Plum in a whole new direction (I understand she's moved to a new publisher), I'll probably end up putting this series on my "to read when I run out of other material" list.  

The main storyline here is that Vinnie, the guy who runs the bail bond service that Stephanie works for, goes missing.  Turns out he's over his head with a local loan shark for betting losses, *and* he's been cooking the books to try and get his way out of it.  If Stephanie, Connie, and Lula can't find Vinnie or come up with a million dollars to pay off his loan, then Vinnie goes on a one-way trip to visit the fishes.  If it weren't for the fact that it would also mean that the three of them would be out of a job, they might actually find that a preferable outcome.  What follows are the typical plans and operations that go haywire in ways that only Stephanie can have happen.  Add in the normal relationship tension between her, Morelli, and Ranger, and you pretty much have the entire story.

I know this is a huge moneymaker for her and the publisher, so I doubt that ending the series is in the works (although it'd probably be best).  But this really needs an injection of something... new characters, new job, something...  It's getting stale, and it's sad to see the Plum novels slide like this.

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review by . July 05, 2010
Stephanie Plum is back in the latest Janet Evanovich novel, sure to make you laugh out loud.  Along with office manager Connie and the fabulous former ho Lula, Stephanie sets out to rescue Vinny, her bail bonds employer and sleazy cousin, who is being held hostage until someone will pay his six figure gambling debt to the local mobster.  The three women hatch outlandish plots to raise the cash, including stink bombing the local mortuary and hosting a fire sale at the bail bonds office.  …
review by . October 29, 2010
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review by . July 28, 2010
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review by . July 14, 2010
Few books are as eagerly awaited as the next in the Stephanie Plum series, and here 'tis - SIZZLING SIXTEEN. Of course, it wouldn't really be Stephanie unless her voice is that of Lorelei King who seems to not only be more at home but better and better with each successive narration of the Plum stories (this is the 14th to be read by the award-winning voice performer.)      As Publishers Weekly once said of King's Plum readings, "King enhances the humor of this …
review by . July 01, 2010
Pros: Amusing     Cons: A bit too ridiclous, got kind of boring.     The Bottom Line: This book is the one that will make you wonder – is Janet Evanovich going to wrap up the series sometime soon to move on to other things?     As usual, if you don’t know anything about this series, scroll to the end and click on the first book. This is #16 in the series so you’re better starting at the beginning.    Stephanie …
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In this tepid Stephanie Plum adventure from Evanovich (Finger Lickin' Fifteen, etc.), a personal case distracts the Trenton, N.J., bondswoman from tracking the usual group of eccentric skips--the kidnapping of her cousin, Vinnie, who's being held for ransom in the high six figures. As Stephanie, sidekick Lula, and office manager Connie soon realize, Vincent Plum Bail Bonds is seriously in the red due to Vinnie's gambling. Vinnie's also gotten caught up with local mobster Bobby Sunflower in a complicated scheme. Even though her sleazy cousin isn't her favorite person and chasing oddball felons isn't her ideal career, Stephanie knows family loyalty counts for something, plus she owes him for giving her a job all those years ago. So with Lula and Connie in tow--and romantic interests Morelli and Ranger lurking in the background-- Stephanie must save the day once again. Evanovich is at her best spinning the bizarre subplots involving Stephanie's bail jumpers, but the larger story simply recycles elements from previous installments.
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ISBN-10: 0312383304
ISBN-13: 978-0312383305
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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