Sunday, December 12, 2010
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Sizzling Sixteen is (obviously!) the sixteenth installment of the famed and hilarious Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. If you've never read any book in this series then you're in for a real treat! Even better, you're not necessarily required to begin with the first book because Evanovich provides the perfect introduction in each one that gives you a brief background on the characters and series in general.
In Sizzling Sixteen, our awkward, hilarious, and lovable bounty hunter Stephanie Plum goes on the ultimate manhunt to find her bail-bonds employer Vinnie. Accompanying her this time around of course is the ever-present loud-mouthed, ex-prostitute Lula and foxy front-desk lady Connie.
As the women search for Vinnie, we're treated to more random episodes and adventures involving fried-chicken-eating alligators, an elderly bigamist on the run, and more racy chemistry between the Stephanie, Ranger, and Joe love triangle.
While Sizzling Sixteen is an enjoyable, fast read, it's not Evanovich's most hilarious novel in the Stephanie Plum series. The laugh-out-loud moments are few and far between, and I missed out on getting my fill of crazy Plum family dinners! Although Stephanie's nemesis Joyce Barnhardt is briefly mentioned, there is no face-to-face confrontation with her in Sizzling Sixteen. I really look forward to the torturing of Joyce Barnhardt.
All in all, Sizzling Sixteen is a fun experience, but not the best in the series. The series begins with One For the Money (1994), Two For the Dough (1995), and Three to Get Deadly (1997).
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