Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum, #15)
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Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum #15)

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New Jersey bail-bonds office worker Lula is a witness to celebrity chef, Stanley Chipotle, losing his head, literally. Now Lula and Stephanie Plum, a bond enforcement officer, are on the hunt to identify the killers before Lula is next on the chopping block. Meantime, security expert Carlos Manoso, aka Ranger, has recruited Stephanie for a top secret mission. Someone on th...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published by St. Martin's Press (first published June 23rd 2009)
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Krystal
It's a compulsion. Though I'm no longer a huge fan, I seem unable to NOT read the books at this point. We'll see if that lasts.
I could almost write the same review here that I did for number 14. The irony I found in this one is that Stephanie herself is constantly lamenting in it that her life is at a standstill, that it doesn't appear that she has grown, that she still has the same crap apartment, job that she doesn't like but doesnt' hate, the same two men, the same back and forth between sai...more
Tammy
The barbecue sauce hits the ceiling - literally! - in this fifteenth installment of the Stephanie Plum series.

Lula witnesses the murder of a celebrity chef. She enters a cooking contest to catch the murderers and claim the $1 million reward. Ranger needs help solving a breach within his security company. He recruits Stephanie to work at Rangeman again. Ready. Set. Mystery!

***** SPOILER *****

NO ROMANCE in this one. Nothing. Nada. Zip. I needed my cupcake fix and am highly disappointed I didn't ge...more
Charlotte
I can't beleive I'm saying this, but I think I'm getting bored of Stephanie Plum and her dumb antics. How anyone as stupid as she gets not just one, but two wicked hot guys hot on her tail, and solves the crime (sorta) is beyond me. I think the books have become too Lula focused and frankly, almost too slapstick in the humor. I don't think the writing is as tight as it used to be, nor do I feel as if any of the characters have much depth anymore.

So, having said this, will I stop reading them? No...more
Kari
This series is fast going downhill. It's become very formulaic: every book, Stephanie will lose a car (most probably thru fire and/or explosion); every book, Stephanie's apartment will suffer some sort of damage; every book, Stephanie will end up in Ranger's bed (although it's usually fairly platonic) and yet she still has such "hot" feelings for Morelli; every book, Stephanie will end up losing a skip she's "this close" to apprehending, etc., etc., etc. The only variation from pattern that this...more
Kara
I didn't realize that I hadn't put these on my Goodreads so I just did. It has been so long that I can not individually review them. However, I did read a review on this one (to make sure I had read it) and found something interesting that I will comment on. Some reviewers are saying that they have lost interest because the plot is similar, the characters aren't growing, the romance is at a standstill, Stephanie is in the same crap job and same crap apartment (not the same crap car-she has blown...more
Patricia
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Jordan Castillo Price
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Michael
Finger Lickin' Fifteen is the latest book in the Stephanie Plum series. Personally, I did not feel it was one of the strong points. I felt there were too many separate storylines going on in this book to the point where all organization is lost. I was partially confused with keeping track of all of Stephanie's FTAs, Stanley Chipotle's murderers, and Ranger's robber situation. I also felt that the Chipotle murder (the main case of the novel) was wrapped up a little disjointedly.

Nonetheless, the...more
Robyn
I also was extremely disappointed in this book. I had re-read all of the Plum books this spring and summer in anticipation of this one, and you can definitely see the decline. One of my many complaints in this book was that I got the feeling the author was trying to make Lula seem so unpredictable and funny -- i.e., I like to eat; therefore I will probably be a great cook, etc. -- when it just made her seem really stupid. Going around trying to barbecue and ruining everyone's kitchens, HAHA. Not...more
Kelly
Pure fluff, and I LOVE IT!! I laughed the entire 3 1/2 hours it took me to read this. A whole lot of BBQ and Lula is the center of attention in this one after she witnesses a murder and the thugs spend the entire book trying to kill her off. This one is over the top (yes, I know they all are, but this one seems more so than others.).

I don't want the series to end, but how long can Evanovich sustain the Stephanie/Morelli/Ranger triangle before we get sick of it. I'd rather the series end on a hi...more
LizH
I am not sure I will continue with this series. Nothing original in the last 5 or 6 years. Stephanie still doesn't have her act together, she still can't commit, she still has her cars blown up. It is getting VERY tiring. Too much of a formula story. Very disappointing.
Liza Gilbert
Ugh. I really enjoyed the first several books in the Stephanie Plum series. When One for the Money came out I remember how so many people found Evanovich's balls-to-the-walls humor to be innovative not only in the mystery genre but also in genre fiction as a whole.
The story in Finger Lickin' Fifteen is not only old and stale, it has patches of that nasty, black, moldy fungus on it. Half way through the book the reader is still not sure what the mystery is, exactly, since there has been no build-...more
Anushka
This book was more about Lula than Stephanie but it's fine by me 'coz it did not lack anything in the humor department. The storyline, though...can't say the same for it. It seemed too haphazard and oddly paced most of the times.
These books are highly entertaining nonetheless and I shall read the next one soon. :D
Julie
Big waste of money! I've read all the books in the series and it's gone down hill for the last few books. I think it's time to stick a fork in Stephanie Plum, she's lost all the fun. The great things about the series that made it last so long are far behind. It's grown extremely repetitive and boring. I had high hopes in this book bringing back some of the great characters and spark of laughter it once had but for me it's gone and as lame as this book was it's probably never coming back. Maybe I...more
Cathy
I'm getting this from the library first. I've enjoyed the last few, but they were double spaced with lots of blank pages. Just not enough substance for me to pre-order, as I used to do.
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Much better than the last few on the above issue, thank goodness. I will probably buy it at some point to keep my collection updated.
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It was a perfect Stephanie Plum book. I laughed out loud more times than I can count. More cars were destroyed than ever. The Lula-Grandma Mazur action continues to...more
Katherine
This book was lacking all away around. The same plots, there just is no substance. Stephanie needs to be growing, and she just is a mess. I'm sorry Ranger would not put up with that, he would be finding some other company to keep. I was expecting to much from this book, so I was deeply disappointed. Wait for the paperback or check it out at the library.
Jamie
It's typical of the last few Plum books: funny in spots, too silly in others. I was excited about the Ranger plot, but that turned out to be very unsatisfying in the end. As usual, I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second half.
Laurie
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Diane
Another June has rolled around, and that means another New Jersey bounter hunter Stephanie Plum adventure from author Janet Evanovich. Finger Lickin' Fifteen is one of the more humorous entries in the series.

This book focuses on my favorite characters- Lula, the larger-than-life (in every way) hooker-turned-office assistant, Grandma Mazur, and Stephanie's protector and sometime employer, sexy Ranger.

The crime/mystery storylines (Lula is being chased by bad guys after she witnesses the decapitati...more
Lindsey
I would give this book 0 stars if I could.
Unlike many of the reviewers, this is the first book I've read in the Stephanie Plum series. I will never read another.
I was hoping for a breezy "beach read" that I could enjoy without much thought. What i found was an infuriating read that I considered ripping up and throwing in the trash several times.
I had a huge problem with Stephanie Plum and the rest of the female characters in the book. Evanovich seems to glorify their stupidity and reliance on me...more
Leslie
Lula (my favoritely named person) is having a bad day. She witnesses the murder of a barbecue king by some decapitating-happy psychopaths and wants deep-fried chicken with a side of doughnuts but can't find any. Now the killers are looking to put her in a similar headless position.

So what's a girl to do? Recruit her good friend Stephanie Plum, of course, and with the super-duper help of Grandma Mazur, enter a national barbecue sauce contest to track down her would be axe murderers. But Stephani...more
Jenny
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Dorothy
So what's with Evanonvich's sudden obsession with farts? And why is it that only one of her characters performs this most human of functions? It seems like on every third page of this book Lula lets go another big one. Always Lula. Obviously, it is supposed to be hilarious. Now if RANGER let go a big one, that would be truly hilarious! Oh, I forgot. Ranger is perfect. He doesn't fart.

And herein lies my problem with this book. Yes, it is another quick, funny trip through the whacked-out landscape...more
Alexia561
As much as I've enjoyed Stephanie and her various adventures over the years, they've become old hat. Feel like she's on Rex's hamster wheel, spinning her wheels, going nowhere. After all this time, you'd think she would have gotten better at this whole bond enforcement agent stuff. But no, she's still the Lucille Ball of Trenton. And the Joe vs Ranger love triangle has gotten stale as well. Yes, they are both incredibly hot, sexy men who lust after that wacky Jersey girl. Ho hum. Same old, same...more
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
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Dammit Janet!

Another forgettable addition to the Stephanie Plum franchise.

Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the series, but let's be honest with each other here. It's been going on for a while now and functions solely on the same Plumy formula. I wish Janet would mix it up a bit, give it some new element to keep it going. I will still keep reading the series, it's just not as good as it once was. I almost feel like I'm readin...more
Brenda
I'll start off by saying this isn't great fiction. It's formulaic, has very little character growth, and is repetitive of earlier novels. But this is comfort reading for me. That's why it gets such a grade. There's not a lot to the story--it's the same old stuff, and even Stephanie (the main character) realizes that she's stuck and not going anywhere. It was fun, though. I laughed out loud a few times, and I'm not really a LOLer.

I would really like to see some resolution to this series, and mayb...more
Kaye
I hate to say it, but I think it's high time to put Stephanie Plum out to pasture. She sets cars on fire (funny the first 10 times it happened, but no longer), Lula eats too much (but honestly, since when does my chick-lit fiction include FART jokes?) and Morelli and Ranger are still hot after Stephanie, for some undisclosed reason. Another thing? Why does Ranger always say "Babe."? That, in this series these days, seems to pass for dialogue. Honestly, I haven't heard "babe" so much, well, since...more
Jaime
I have to admit, I was a little surprised to find Stephanie and Morelli on the outs when this novel begins, since they’d been getting pretty cozy in the last couple of books. However, you won’t find me complaining, because less Morelli meant more Ranger, and I’m a Ranger girl through and through. I thought this was the best out of the last few Plum novels. It wasn’t quite as zany as some (after all, there are no monkeys in this one), but Stephanie still manages to destroy several vehicles, get s...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen is a hoot and another winner for Janet Evanovich!

Incompetent bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her sidekick Lulu, who use to be a ho, are up to their usual antics chasing bail bond skips. In this installment Ranger is losing clients because his security firm is not keeping clients from being robbed, and Ranger hires Stephanie Plum to help him find the culprits. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen is a fun read and the introduction of the cross-dresser fireman is a great addition to the...more
Eric_W
What can I say? Brain candy: Lula gets stuck in Ranger's Porsche Cayenne window, Stephanie and Lula learn what the red zone means on a pressure cooker, Grandma is still waving around her .45, the competition between Ranger and Morelli continues (they will all be in a nursing home before that's resolved, see "Where's my Dentures Four-Hundred and Twenty Eight,) and Stephanie destroys several more very expensive cars. I so identify with Stephanie's father, it's scary. Pass the mashed potatoes.
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.
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“You think I'm gonna feel better eatin' a carrot? Get a grip. There's two idiots out there trying to kill me, and you think I'm gonna waste my last breath on a vegetable? (Lula)” 58 likes
“There were two doors that opened off the hallway. The doors were labeled PUSSY and MOTHERFUCKERS.
"I'm taking the Motherfuckers door," I said to Ranger.
"No way. That's my door."
"Well, I'm sure as hell not taking the Pussy door.”
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