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Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich (Book Review 2010-127)

Product Description

Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. . . .
Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.
Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.
Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie’s messing up Mooner’s vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger’s apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.
Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner’s Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin.
Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.
The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky---the only question is . . . with whom?
Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author. She lives in New Hampshire and Florida.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312383304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312383305


I always look forward to June and a new Stephanie Plum story.  It just wouldn't be summer without one.  They are pretty reliable for a few laughs, some good intrigue and a little bit of naughtiness.  There wasn't much naughtiness in this one.  I was expecting a little bit of steamy romance with either Ranger or Morelli, but instead I got Vinnie.  Ewwww.  There were some high points of laughter with a cow stampede and the Hobbits attacking and no, these didn't happen together, but I could imagine Evanovich would have made that work as well.  This isn't high literature, but it is a good beach book and does exactly what it is supposed to:  relieve boredom on a summer day.


    1. Oh, NOW the gloves come off, woman. I NEED this book. It's the same sort of crack as Charlaine Harris' Sookie books. And you're holding out on me???

      Some friend YOU are.

    2. I'm glad it sounds pretty good. I've been a little disappointed in the last couple, the jokes didn't seem as funny or fresh. But romance and Vinnie? Eww may be right!


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