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Finger Lickin' Fifteen

(Stephanie Plum #15)

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Unbuckle your 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 in a barbecue cookoff 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: Chi
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 308 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4 of 5 stars to Finger Lickin' Fifteen, the 15th book in the Stephanie Plum mystery series, written by Janet Evanovich and published in 2009. Evanovich packed a lot of action into this installment, covering more than usual in Stephanie's crazy life. To start off, she's moonlighting for Ranger to help him figure out who's stealing from his business. Not for nothing, and though she may be getting better a bounty hunter and detective, how can Ranger not solve this on his own?
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
You know your book is not going to win the Booker prize, if it has multiple fart jokes in it. The rest of the jokes were simply feeble and dull twists in a relatively tepid affair.

Altogether I've read three books in this series, the first (2 stars), the 26th, (5 stars), and this one. My only plus from book 15 is that there is no sex scene to pad out the book.

But I couldn't overlook the repetitiveness of this thing. I don't inherently think it as a bad book, it's just that the formula wasn't for
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was boring. And, not only that but for some reason Janet Evanovich decided that the funny and zany antics of Stephanie Plum needed a new crucial ingredient: fart jokes.

no, not so much

Seriously? Does she think her reading audience is a group of ten year old boys? Because, last I heard, grown ass women aren't real fans of the fart jokes. I know I'm not. I just feel like she is either really out-of-touch with her audience, or she's just plain old out of ideas.
Probably both.

just like Hollywood
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I seriously love this series. It is always so much fun, makes me smile, makes me laugh out loud, and never lets me down with the shenanigans that happen to Stephanie and her rag tag bunch of friends and family. A must read series, truly for anyone that likes a whole lot of humor, a bit of mystery, and a dash of romance.
Kara Peterson
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

In this 15th novel in the 'Stephanie Plum' series, the bounty hunter and her cohorts serve up the usual zany fun. The book can be read as a standalone.


Stephanie Plum's friend and co-worker Lula arrives at work in a frazzle, having just seen two thugs chop off a man's head.

At Lula's urging, Stephanie calls her sometimes boyfriend, Detective Joe Morelli, to investigate.

When the head turns up, the victim is identified as Stanley Chipotle, a well-known celebrity chef.

Chipotle was in town to
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally I got me some dose of Ranger. Not nearly as much as I wanted (can I please have a Ranger-centered book without Morelli?), but I admit I can live off of one "babe" for an embarrassingly long amount of time. So, anyway. Ranger got himself in a bit of a pickle - someone's messing with his business, and he needs Stephanie to help figure out the culprit. Personally, I think he employs her just for kicks, not like he reeeeeeaaaaaaaaly needs her "expertise". I mean the man is as close to a supe ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I think this is one of the funniest Plum books. Even though no one is trying to kill Stephanie lots of stuff catches fire and blows up. Word of warning, though, if you read this in the company of others, they will look at you strange when you laugh out loud in a quiet room. Unless you're like me and people are used to it.

Re read June 2016. I'm thinking someone made a bet with Janet on how many fart jokes she could make. Hope she won. Never the less, still lovin' it, and thinking it's hilarious.
Jul 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Aug 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Nola Arganbright
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Stephanie Plum is after the bad guys again. Lulu is a witness to a decapitation and the killers are after her. Stephanie and Joe Morelli are not together. Ranger has asked Stephanie for help on a case.
There are cars blown up, all sorts of fires and the usual.mayhem that makes this series so wonderful!
Stephanie Plum is back in a brand new adventure. When a bunch of bad people try to kill Stephanie's friend Lula, it is up to Stephanie to try to stop them all while trying to avoid the radar of Morelli and Ranger. Will she succeed? Read on for yourself and find out.

This was a great installment of the Stephanie Plum series. It is full of action, comedy and more. If you like these types of stories, be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books and ebooks are sold.
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody: rated R for language and sexual situations.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all the Stephanie Plum stories.
Stephanie Plum strikes again! She should have a fire truck permanently assigned to follow her to put out all the burning cars, apartments, and even friends.

All the usual cast of bond enforcement people, cops and crooks (especially deviants) are included for a very funny tale punctuated by madcap killers, trips to Cluck-in-a-Bucket and our very own cross dressing fireman Mr. Clucky, the dancing chicken.

Stephanie's adventures with Ranger, Lula and Grandma make for a fun read. I can just imagine th
Elle's Book Blog
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one just as much as the other books in the series. They are all a guilty pleasure of mine and I can always guarantee that I will have a good laugh whenever I read a Stephanie Plum novel. Highly recommended of course!
Jordan Price
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Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audiobooks

Lorelei King's excellent narration, especially the voices of Lula and Ranger, gained this book an extra star. Evanovich's book was a reminder of why I stopped reading this series -- none of the characters grow or change. Instead, this 15th book in the series has Stephanie Plum still relying on her male friends/lovers to bail her out and help her do her job (and Lula doesn't seem to do any work at all!) and still unable to choose between Ranger and Morelli. The various incidents with her "ski
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, mystery-cozy
Steph has another car, or two, or three blown up. Honestly, I lost count. I know that Ranger lost at least two, or was it three? Huh, guess I need to pay closer attention, but the Ranger - Steph interactions kept distracting me. The mystery was great and the Ranger - Steph thing, hot, hot, hot.

Lulu has a guy lose his head right in front of her. Literally, this guy got his head chopped off in front of her. The baddies were kinda sloppy to let Lulu get away, but they tracked her down fairly easily
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
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
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Jamie Collins
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor, romance, mystery
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. ...more
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 6hrs and 18mins
Genre: Mystery

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: eh
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
Worst Part: No sexual tension!
Thoughts Had: eh!; NAKED!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: NAKED RANGER. AND FIRES! That's sums up this whole book. Ra
Liza Gilbert
Jul 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-fiction
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-
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