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Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
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Aug 24, 09

Read in August, 2009

Stephanie Plum’s on again/off again relationship with Joe Morelli is currently off but luckily she has a lot to occupy her mind. Friend and fellow bounty hunter Lula has witnessed a murder and the killers are now after her. Undaunted, Lula wants to capture the killers to collect the reward money and has entered a barbeque cook off in order to do so. When Stephanie is not helping Lula and doing her bounty hunter work, she is helping Ranger solve a series of break-ins at homes and businesses protected by Rangeman Security. None of this would be easy for the ordinary person, but there is nothing ordinary about Stephanie and the people in her life.

While not nearly as good as the early books in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, “Finger Lickin’ Fifteen” is a bit better than the last couple of books in the series. The series biggest asset is the outlandish sense of humor which had gotten stale in the last few books. Evanovich tends to repeat the jokes from book to book and while it was funny at first, it’s gotten to be a bit tiring reading about exploding cars (and there are several in this book). Evanovich does manage to inject some fresh humor in this book – notably when Stephanie drives her father’s cab – but she then comes close to ruining the freshness by repeating the joke over and over again. Many times you can see the joke coming from a mile away and while sometimes it is still funny even though you see it coming, many times it is not. Mixed in with the humor there are some genuinely tense moments – most notably a scene with Stephanie, her grandmother, and two armed men - and I wish the book had more moments like that. The series has always been filled with over the top characters, but at this point they’re all starting to feel the same. As for the two major plot lines – Lula’s encounter with killers and Ranger needing Stephanie’s help – Lula’s is the stronger one. It’s hard to believe that Ranger, with all his resources, would need Stephanie’s help, and while I thought Evanovich would actually move the series up a notch with the identity of the thieves, she ends up taking the easy way out and the solution comes out of nowhere and is a let down.

“Finger Lickin’ Fifteen” has some genuinely funny moments but in the end is the same old same old.
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