February 18th, 2020

Book 17 - 2018

Book 17: Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich - 373 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Recipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off 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 her find the killers and collect the moolah.

Add a secret ingredient: Stephanie's Grandma Mazur. Enough said.

Bring to a boil: Can Stephanie hunt down two killers, a traitor, five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, solve Ranger's problems and not jump his bones?

Warning: Janet Evanovich's Finger Lickin' Fifteen is habanero hot. So good you'll want seconds.

Another Stephanie Plum book, another 300+ pages of little character progression, but an enjoyable enough read anyway. This one benefits from lots of Ranger, but gets there by way of a random breakup between Stephanie and Morelli that is hardly explained and certainly not alluded to in the previous book. Just when it seemed that Steph and Morelli's relationship was reaching a level of maturity, Evanovich pulls it out from underneath us! Two other things pained me about this book. The first was the Lula fart jokes that I found to be ridiculously juvenile (have we really sunk to fart jokes? Really?). The second was the resolution to the two mysteries in this book. The mysteries were good, and had a reasonable amount of build up. And then Boom! Over. In two chapters, everything is resolved. It felt almost as if Evanovich had been writing away, and then had got the old hurry up from her publisher, and had just wrapped them up as quick as she could. Rather disappointing, because I was actually quite intrigued, particularly regarding the Ranger one (the resolution of which just made Ranger look like an idiot, to be honest). Still the dialogue heavy nature of these books, and the repetitiveness makes them a quick read that requires very little brain power - exactly what I needed!

17 / 50 books. 34% done!

5472 / 15000 pages. 36% done!

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