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An excellent addition to the Stephanie Plum saga
on December 4, 2015
So, celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle winds up headless on a Trenton side street and through a weird set of circumstances bounty hunter Stephanie Plum gets involved in trying to find his killer.
Written with her trademark humor, Janet Evanovich has crafted another winner in her Stephanie Plum series of mysteries with "Finger Lickin' Fifteen." As do all of her Plum novels, this one has not one but a couple of mysteries, some steamy scenes with the bounty hunter's two resident hunks, some hilarious side adventures as Stephanie tries rounding up people who have skipped their court dates, and some nicely written blue-collar family get-togethers.
Evanovich, who once upon a time made her bones as a romance writer, has populated her Plum novels with a fine stable of secondary characters. There's Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been Stephanie's on-again, off-again love interest since they were in grade school; the mysterious Ranger, a dark-skinned Latino with more secrets than the CIA; former hooker Lula, who is Plum's more-or-less partner; Grandma Mazur, whose social life includes attending visiting hours at funeral parlors; Stephanie's mom and dad; bail bonds office manager Connie and Plum's cousin Vinnie, a not-so-nice guy who owns the bail bond business. This cast of characters has served Evanovich well in the past and it continues to do so in this novel.
What's most notable about "Finger Lickin' Fifteen," at least in my opinion, is the fact that in this novel Ranger turns to Stephanie for help in trying to stop a string of burglaries in houses that he is providing security for. Generally, Ranger rides to Stephanie's rescue and it is a nice touch to have her helping him for a change.
An excellent addition to the Stephanie Plum saga.