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Sizzling Sixteen

(Stephanie Plum #16)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  71,416 ratings  ·  4,047 reviews
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
Paperback, Large Print, 371 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Random House (first published June 22nd 2009)
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Jun 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: upsettingly-bad
Why do I keep reading these? The Stephanie Plum series jumped the shark about ten years ago, after book six. Those first books are some of my favorites of all time, however, so I keep going even though I ought to know better.
It bothers me that Stephanie's never getting older, and she doesn't get wiser. And at this point, there's nothing "sizzling" about her attraction to Ranger. Ranger has weird, stilted dialogue, and all of their flirting is robotic and unnecessary. Morelli shows up just often
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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3 of 5 stars to Sizzling Sixteen, the 16th mystery in the Stephanie Plum series, published in 2009 and written by Janet Evanovich. I've come to expect laughs and kooky characters in these books, and this one is full of them. But other than that, it wasn't as good as the rest. I'd even say this is my least favorite of the bunch. The laughs are wonderful, but the substance is declining due to the rush to put them in the stores and on the market. That said, I won't focus on a
Jake Rideout
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haha I love how critical people are about these. They are what they are, people. Janet Evanovich is not going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here's what's going to happen: Stephanie is going to bungle some stuff, Lula is going to wear ridiculous outfits and get in everyone's way, Ranger is going to be sexy and mysterious, Morelli is going to be a frat boy, Grandma Mazur is going to cause a scene at a funeral home, at least one car is going to be destroyed, and a lot of Cluck-in-a-Bucket ...more
frankly, i don't know why i'm putting myself through this. masochistic urge to see if evanovich will finally put us out of our misery? i swear, if she goes all the way to 20 i'm going to start writing her hate mail.


turned out the audiobook gods didn't want me to put myself through this either, a few tracks in the 2nd disc squelched to a halt and i'm letting myself off the hook. here's what happened before i quit:

1. lula eats donuts
2. lula shoots at people for no reason
3. lula eats more donuts
Terry Weingart
Jul 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
Worse than the last book. Don't waste your time. Not that you'll spend a lot of time reading--the book was printed with large margins & big print to disguise the fact that there isn't much book. Took me 90 minutes to read it. Nor is there much of a plot. Vinnie's been kidnapped. Hard to believe anyone would want to save a sleazebag but Stephanie, Connie, & Lula do & it's the same-old, same-old. Ditto with Stephanie's relationships with Ranger & Morelli. Even the usual car crash is tired & old. A ...more
May 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I know I'll read this because I've read all of them, but I read the first 2 chapters online last weekend and I was not impressed. I've read so much better stuff from people who can't get published that this reheated mix from Evanovich seems especially unfair. Hopefully I'll feel differently after I've read the whole book.

Well, I didn't. Same ol' stuff. I know I used to like Stephanie and care about her. Now it just seems like nothing happens. There was a point where she was in a car, thinking th
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Much Better then the last book! I went and re-read the Plum series before starting this book. I wanted to go back and remember why I loved this series so much. This book was so much better then #15. It had the laughs the intense scenes with Ranger, and of course Morelli. But it's the Ranger that sells this book for me. It also makes me want to throw it at a wall too. It's been since Hard Eight and I've been biting my nails and starting to hate the series. I know many are Morelli fan's but there ...more
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I saw another reader use this word to describe the book and it's exactly how I felt after I finished it - meh. I do realize that the Stephanie books are supposed to be fun, easy, light reads, and maybe I’m too hard on this series and expect a lot more than I should, but the past few books have been big letdowns. The “mystery” of this book lacked any depth and left me not caring at all about how it would turn out. Comedic bits and circumstances Steph finds herself in are being repeated. How many ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I read the reviews on this before I picked it up, so I wasn't expecting much. I was thinking I would just get through it in order to know what's going on for the next book. And, I have to say that the negative reviews were right:
it was boring, with tired old jokes and a love triangle that is getting really old.

And, is Stephanie actually getting dumber? I know Lula has, but I swear that Stephanie is regressing.

But, on the good side, there were a few good moments towards the end of the book, and
Vanessa Fox
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
Yes, I just gave all 16 of these books 3 stars. No, I didn't just read them all in a row. I just read the 16th one while on a plane (er, I forget which one, I've been on a lot of planes this week - 8, including one transcon). It took me about an hour. I really like these books even though they all have exactly the same plot:

-Stephanie is super cute and hot (despite eating only donuts and fried chicken) and all the guys want her, even though she thinks she is mostly average
-Although she is the wo
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I will continue to love this series, silly love triangle (of sorts) or not because it never ceases to make me laugh out loud and have a good time.
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This one was a little weirder than usual. It was like we traveled to some alternate universe where Lula's Firebird somehow survived a bomb from previous book, Stephanie/Lula/Connie somehow made a decent burglars, and Lula actualy had something wise to say. Weird! Not bad weird but weird all the same. Maybe it was the lucky bottle.
So, we finally found out why Stephanie and Joe broke up.
"Do you remember why we broke up?" Morelli asked.
"You needed space."
"I needed toast. You ate the last piece of b
Just awful. I didn't care for even a moment about what was going on. The story is so shallow, there's no emotion, no suspense, nothing interesting. The women wander around, describing every building, street, turn, and calorie (eaten or craved). Lula's diet covers more words in the book than the search for Vinnie. She's the real star of the book, but it's all one liners. If Evanovich has realized that Lula is the draw, write a story that showcases her in a substantive way instead of just a barrag ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
The last time I read this book, I wasn't all that keen on it, but, this time, I loved it!! How many writers get the fun of saying Hobbits are related to Munchkins?
And, Connie, who gets some of the best lines in this book, "I want to rescue Vinnie so I can kick his perverted ass all the way from the bond's office to the hospital." Hilarious! Then there's Mooner back, and this time with Hobbits, add a yard sale with dynamite and pot brownies, it's one ridiculously funny thing after another. Oh, a
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
I don't know why I keep reading this series. I loved it when it first started, but now, at 16 books strong (they're bestsellers), I am getting tired of the SAMENESS of them all.

Stephanie Plum is crappy at her job as a bonds agent. She usually finds of her targets, often captures them with the help of Ranger, a hot security consultant, and even more regularly ends up in some kind of embarrassing escapade. She is torn between Joe Morelli, her cop boyfriend, and super-sexy mystery man Ranger. She w
Elle's Book Blog
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This whole series is fantastic and I can't get enough of it. For me, it never gets old!
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I loved this book so much. I have read books from this series before but I think I love this one the best. The characters were so sidesplitting funny. It was so easy to imagine them. Like Lulu with her tightfitting clothes and ample bosom, with sequins or glitter on her shoes.

The dialogue was priceless with every character having their own style of talking that went right along with their unique style of dressing.

The situations were so crazy too, I won't tell you about that because it would spoi
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Every time I finish a Stephanie Plum book, I tell myself I'll never read another one, but here I am, with the newest one. At least it's a quick read.
Giovanni Gelati
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really don’t know where to begin this one. I enjoy these novels for so many different reasons. It is hard for me to narrow down a specific piece or element of Janet Evanovich’s work with the Stephanie Plum series that I can start with as my number one. So I am going to be bold and different today and just list the top 16 reasons why I, Giovanni Gelati of Gelati’s Scoops, don’t just enjoy, but love Sizzling Sixteen and Janet Evanovich’s style: ( without including spoilers)
Number 16: The ending,
A.J. Llewellyn
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Dear Stephanie Plum,

I've devoted a number of years to your exploits. I have come to love you as a real woman in my life so it pains me to say that after reading this, your sixteenth tale of er...adventure, I feel our relationship is coming to an end.
Let me explain a few facts of life to you.
Something needs to happen in a story apart from witty dialogue and a lot of driving around.
After sixteen books, I'd just like to see you apprehend a felon once. Just once will do.
As for the two men in your li
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephanie-plum
Stephanie Plum, Lula, Grandma Mazur, and the rest of the gang are back in a brand new adventure. When Vinnie is captured by some mobsters who he owes money to, it is up to Stephanie, Lula, Connie, and Ranger's team to track him down and save him. Can they raise the money to get him out and will their attempts be successful or will it all go up in flames? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a great installment of the Stephanie Plum series. Though there were no exploding cars this book, the
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible, fiction, humor
Yes, it's a little embarrassing to admit that I've read all of the SP series (but not the between the numbers books). They make me laugh and it reminds me of reading a comic book when I was a kid, without the pictures. The new book comes out every year around June 21 which is my wedding anniversary and coincides with a trip we take each year at that time that cries out for summer reading. SP is a guilty pleasure.

After reading: this is my last investment in this series. Each one keeps getting wor
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
I hate so say this more than you know, but I was SOO disappointed in "Sizzling Sixteen." If you read the liner notes, Vinnie was supposedly staying with Ranger, but got kicked out due to "overextending" himself on pay-per-view porn, and that didn't happen in the book. If it had, that had a lot of potential to be really funny. But sadly, there wasn't anything too funny in the whole book.

Also, I am over Stephanie being such a dolt at being a bounty hunter. Given so many screw-ups, you'd think she'
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want a laugh out loud good time the Stephani Plum series can't be beat. A quick read full of action and characters. I can't wait for the movie to come out.

Grandma Mazur is a kick and the men in Stephani's life are to die for. One caveat. . .don't read in bed as your partner will get angry because you are keeping them awake with your burst of giggles that shake the bed!
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: evanovich
Stephanie trying to save Vinnie? Bombs, Hobbits and a lucky bottle. It’s all thrown together in a funny adventure.
Erin Carver
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have been a Stephanie Plum fan ever since I can remember. They are fabulous quick reads that never let me down for a good laugh. I have to say that while this was not my absolute favorite (Hard eight for the record), it was definitely a step up from book 14 and 15, Which were severely disappointing. Like many other fans have mentioned, these books have become pretty predictable and have been relying on the love triangle and the laughs to keep propelling this series. I'm no writer, but I'm sure ...more
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Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Yes I'm reviewing the book before I'm finished but that's only because I accidentally saw some of the negative reviews and feel I have to say something. When reading these types of books you have to expect that it's not going to be Jane Austen literature. Books like these are meant for pure watching a sitcom instead of a drama. Lighten up. If you're looking for Stephanie to finally make a committment to Morelli or Ranger than you are missing the point of the books and you sh ...more
Tammy Doherty
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful Stephanie Plum novel. It's amazing that Janet Evanovich can keep all the same characters going over this many books, keeping them fresh and true-to-themselves. Although, I'm starting to see that Lula and Grandma Mazur have a lot in common .

In "Sizzling Sixteen", Stephanie and Lula are up to their usual "barely getting the job done" tricks, with all sorts of twists in the plot. That there will be twists is expected - nothing ever seems to go smoothly for poor Stephanie. The way
Mrs. Missive
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Although this book started out really slow and had me rolling my eyes at the cartoony fashion of the characters, after I got about a third of the way through I found I was finally back to the Evanovich books I love reading.

There was finally some Ranger tension. No Ranger Nookie....dammit...but at least a shirt came off.

After about halfway through the book, you get some real conflict for a change and Vinnie's slimy ways get him into some serious trouble with a mobster. I can finally see some rea
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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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“Ranger sent us to check on you," Hal said. "We just got here, and we heard shots."
"Some moron ate my jelly doughnut," Lula said. "So I shot him.”
“Ranger clicked his penlight on. "Hang onto me if you can't see."
I curled my hand into the back of his cargo pants just above his gun belt. "I'm good to go."
He was still for a beat. "You could have held on to my jacket," he said.
"Would you rather I do that?"
"No. Not even a little.”
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