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Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum Novels) Mass Market Paperback – June 22, 2010
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“Evanovich writes with flair in an absurdist vein that her imitators can only envy.” ―The New York Times
“Evanovich dishes up her usual mixture of shoot-'em-up action (numerous cars explode) and quirky characters (notably a neighborhood flasher with a devoted following).” ―Publishers Weekly
“The 15th chapter of Evanovich's long-running Stephanie Plum series still keeps the wacky factor hilariously high. Only Evanovich can make the shenanigans of this nutty crew seem almost reasonable.... There are giggles galore!” ―RT Book Reviews
“Read Finger Lickin' Fifteen for the laughs.” ―Omaha World-Herald
From the Back Cover
Unbuckle you belt and pull up a chair. It's the spiciest, sauciest, most rib-sticking Plum yet…
RECIPE FOR DISASTER
Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head―literally.
THROW IN SOME SPICE
Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she'll talk to is Trenton cop Joe Morelli.
PUMP UP THE HEAT
The reward for capturing Chipotle's killers: One million dollars.
STIR THE POT
Lula recruits bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to help her find the killers and collect the moolah.
ADD A SECRET INGREDIENT
Stephanie's Grandma Mazure. Enough said.
BRING TO A BOIL
Stephanie's working overtime tracking felons for the bonds office at night and snooping for security expert Carlos Manoso, aka Ranger, during the day. Can she hunt down two killers, a traitor, and five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, and solve Ranger's problems and not jump his bones?
Habanero hot. So good you'll want seconds.
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312383290
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312383299
- Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 22, 2010)
- Dimensions : 4.23 x 0.94 x 6.98 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #268,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephanie's cars (or Ranger's, as that's frequently the case) getting firebombed or blown up is totally old. Same goes for her apartment. All of the main characters are very stagnant, meaning there is never any growth or development (or change) among them. The whole love triangle thing between Stephanie, Ranger, and Morelli is beyond old. At the ages of these people, it just seems rather pathetic (even for escapist fiction).
In every book, Stephanie gets doused with something (paint, flour, swamp water, marinara sauce). The particular "something" doesn't matter anymore. It's going to happen and it's no longer amusing. I think it would be more interesting to make some changes here and there and throw some new stuff into the mix.
I've already got the next two books on my Kindle, so I'll get around to reading them. I keep hoping the author will decide to actually spice things up and step away from the cut and paste formula she has been following since the first book.
I would, however, really like it if JE would stop describing every house everyone lives in and changing a lot of details about things. Just as an example, Morelli's house came from his Aunt Rose. When he got it, the first time it was introduced, she gave all her furniture to his sister and he had to bring in his. Later in the series, some of the furniture was hers to begin with and he inherited it. HUH? I am also tired of reading how the houses are laid out. If you have read the ones leading up to 15, you've learned all that. If you haven't read 1-14, what are you doing with 15 in your hands? I do, however, always read curiously to know who lives in the house shared with the Plum family. Will it be Mrs. Ciak or Mable Markowitz? It changes. Why is that? Does no one edit these books? Does consistency not matter? Whoever she is, she always bakes and is very poor. That remains, but her name switches back and forth. Big Blue is in every book, so we already all know it steers like a refrigerator on wheels and Stephanie hates it.
The thing is that I know these people. I grew up with them. They lived in my neighborhood. They are true to life, according to my real life. I know the sexual tension between two men and one woman, and I know how difficult it is to know what to do. I know the big and beautiful black woman, although my friend was never a "ho". I know the Italian father just trying to cope with the women around him always doing something that makes no sense and him being out of the loop on everything but the fact that his dinner had better be on that table when the time comes!
I laughed out loud at many of the scenes. Lula cracks me up. She is on target with a lot of what she says, she plays her race card as a trump, she plays her big and beautiful card like the ace of trump. She's got it. She's intelligent and it comes out every once in a while, but she plays dumb in a lot of things, too. Stephanie is so hopelessly confused by the men in her life that she can't do much right. Ranger gets the cars from a mysterious source, but at some point, we did learn that he gets them for providing security for someone who has a dealership somewhere, so it's not all that much of a mystery, and he says Stephanie is entertainment for his men who bet on how long a car can last with her driving it. So yeah, I can see it being that way. The rich are not like me. I can totally understand when Ranger tells Stephanie that to his men, she is his property and I can totally see why she gets extremely upset with that. Both sides of that make sense to me. Morelli is in love with Stephanie and he can't commit because he's Italian, and Italian men want total control over their women (in stereotype, not in real life) and Stephanie cannot be controlled. Even his grandmother is a typical stereotype old woman with "the eye". All the characters make me laugh, but not all the time.
As a series, I love these books. This one was entertaining, although I never heard of anyone passing gas to the extent that Lula does in this book. I guess it happens. And I do know that no matter how old a man gets, a fart is funny to him. It never fails to get a smile. I'll even admit that Joyce getting shot was something I thought she deserved.
When I finished this book, I moved on to 16. I kept going. I will keep going, as long as the series runs. They make me laugh. If you're looking for great literature, seek it elsewhere. If you need to laugh, read these books. It's pretty much as simple as that.
I love these books better than anything else I have ever read. Many days, I need the humor and the romance, and yes the mystery too. Keep up the good work Ms. Evanovich, and thank you!
Although currently off men after a break-up with Morelli, the long-running battle for Stephanie's heart continues. Who will she choose, Morelli or Ranger? By book 15, it appears that Morelli is gaining ground. Lots of sexual tension, without anything really gross. I appreciate that.
Evanovich's work walks the tightrope between bawdy and innocent prose, and sometimes the humor seems a bit sophomoric. Still, she manages to keep everything fun. I would recommend this book.
Top reviews from other countries
She was so near making out with Ranger a few times in this story - and why not since she and Morelli were in an off phase? For me the story would have had much more of a satisfying buzz to it, if she had, just as she did once before.
Maybe she's near to settling down permanently with Morelli? But if so, I'll miss the sexual tension, funny as it is at times, with Ranger.
I also think it's time some of the earlier characters were brought back and further developed - and maybe a little bit more substance added to the mix along with the humour.
Overall, another winner but could have been better still, which is why I only gave 4 instead of 5 stars.
Let's move on with Stephanie and Morelli or Ranger. Let's give them some new challenges and domestic issues than the ones we've been through so many times. Something. Anything! I love the Plum novels and don't want to see them end, but they need something new to keep our interest.