Things are pretty much the same in Trenton New Jersey for Stephanie Plum. She is still a bail bondsman at her cousin Vinnie’s place. She is still hanging around with Lulu, the over sized woman in the undersized clothes, and she is still attracted to two men – Morelli the cop, and Ranger the dark and mysterious bounty hunter who runs Rangeman Inc. And of course, cars in her care tend to blow up.
In Finger Lickin’ Fifteen Lulu is witness to a beheading and subsequently becomes the murderer’s targeted witness. As Stephanie does what she can to protect her friend Lulu, even letting her take over her own apartment therefore forcing her to stay at Ranger’s (is it forced? Even Stephanie is unsure…).
When Lulu decides the best way to catch the killers is by drawing them out in the open at a barbecue Competition that the victim was supposed to be promoting – things get spicy and sticky. Lulu with the help of Stephanie’s Granda Muzur decide to try their hand at making a winning barbecue sauce that proves to be more than anyone could have anticipated.
many years ago I discovered Janet Evanovich with One For The Money. The story was funny, quirky and for the most part I liked the characters. I proceeded to follow this series, anxiously awaiting the next book along with a few members of my book club. We devoured these books all the way up to Twelve Sharp. At that point, the story line took a turn for the worse (in my opinion) and at that point I stopped reading the series.
Recently while I was in my local library I found this audio on the shelves and I had a twinge of the things I remember liking about the series. Errr….. mainly Morelli and Ranger.
I scooped up this audio and brought it home.
The Stephanie Plum books could be compared to a soap opera. You could miss a few years of episodes (in this case books) and see a new one and fall right back in where you left off. Stephanie is as I remember her. Lulu and Grandma Muzur too. Her parents? The same. Her office? The same. Even the two leading men have not changed nor has their relationship with Stephanie.
While I did enjoy a few chuckles throughout this audio, and a few scowls as well as sometimes the language annoys me…. I did not get the felling I was missing much by letting this series go. This book was much like all the others just a different crime to solve.
It was a nice series to revisit, I enjoyed catching up… but now I am ready to move on.
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
This is an audio borrowed from my local library