Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Genre: Adult comedy/mystery
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 308 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by St. Martin’s Press
Series: Stephanie Plum #15
Source: Audiobook from library
Unbuckle your belt and pull up a chair. It’s the spiciest, sauciest, most rib-sticking Plum yet.
Receipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipolte 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: Chipotle’s sponsor is offering a million-dollar reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture of the killers.
Stir the pot: Lula recruits bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to help find he killer and collect the moolah.
Add a secret ingredient: Stephanie Plum’s Grandma Mazur. Enough said.
Bring to a boil: Stephanie Plum is working overtime tracking felons for the bonds office at night and snooping for security expert Carlos Manoso, aka Ranger, during the day. Can Stephanie hunt down two killers, a traitor, and five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, and solve Ranger’s problems and not jump his bones?
Warning: Habenero hot. So good you’ll want seconds.
The Stephanie Plum series is so much fun. It is one of those super long series that I know I can just pick up at any time, and I know that I will enjoy the story. The mystery is always interesting and the characters are a riot. I listened to this book on audio cd. It is the first book in the series that I have listened to the audiobook version of the story. I thought the narrator was great. I loved her voice of Lula, who is pretty much the star of this book. She never fails to crack me up.
The murder mystery in Finger Lickin’ Fifteen is the death of Stanley Chipotle, a famous chef. So Lula and Stephanie go undercover (ha! yea right, like anyone in Trenton doesn’t know who the two of them are by now)to enter the BBQ cook-off to try and solve the mystery. All of your favorite characters are back in this story and they are just as great as ever. I love the consistency in this series. You don’t need to read each any every book to know what is going on. Each book is a contained mystery, but there are character subplots that flow throughout the series, so it is always a good idea to read them all in order.
Lula is hilarious in this story. I loved watching her try out different rib recipes. And seeing her with Stephanie’s grandma is always a hoot and a half. This book made me laugh more times than I can count. Stephanie and Ranger, Lula and Joe Morelli are just such a winning combination. If you have not read this series yet, what are you waiting for? The romance and the mystery is a great combination. I listened to this book on a car trip with my boyfriend and his family and everyone loved it. His mom and dad, and his brother all thought it was funny. I don’t think anyone in the car fell asleep, everyone was so interested in the story. Great addition to the series.
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.
You can visit Janet at her website: http://www.evanovich.com/ or on Twitter @janetevanovich
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