Title: Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Lorelei King
First line: When I was a kid, I was afraid of spiders and vegetables.
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen is the latest title in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I have listened to so many of these books on audio lately, that I’m kind of at a loss when it comes to reviewing them.
There are some things that all of the Stephanie Plum “numbers” titles have – and they’re the things that make them so darned funny and entertaining:
~ Ranger and Joe Morelli both flirting unashamedly with Stephanie
~ Grandma Mazur getting wrapped up in a crazy scheme – this time entering a barbecue cook-off with Lula
~ Lula doing a lot of stress eating
~ Stephanie’s car getting stolen/blown up/burned down – or all of the above.
Then there are the things that were particular to this book:
~ Lula’s beloved Firebird gets blown up
~ Lula gets stuck in the window of Stephanie’s car
~ Lula witnesses a decapitation
~ Stephanie dresses up as a dancing hot dog
~ Lula dates a cross-dressing fireman, aka Mr. Clucky
~ Stephanie is “off” men, which results in her mother trying to fix her up with a guy named Peter Pecker
For the first time since starting this series, I have jumped the Morelli ship and am now firmly in the Ranger camp. In the past few titles, Morelli’s obsession with sex and playful flirting have gotten a bit over the top. Not that Ranger doesn’t flirt – but he’s more mysterious about it, and it seems he understands Stephanie better. He may be protective, but he doesn’t try to get her to quit her job or lock her up when she’s in danger. When Stephanie is ready to settle down, Joe is probably the man for the job, but until then, I wish Evanovich would give Ranger and Stephanie more than a few stolen kisses.
I only have two Stephanie Plum titles left – and they’re both “between-the-numbers” books. They are fun, and Diesel is an entertaining character, but I missed Joe and Ranger in Plum Lucky and Plum Lovin’. I have Plum Spooky loaded on my MP3 player to listen to soon, and then I’ll have to read the print version of Visions of Sugar Plums, since my library doesn’t have it on audio. Then I’ll be in the same boat with the rest of you Stephanie Plum fans – waiting for the next book to come out!
To those of you who are fans of this series on audio: stay tuned. I have a very exciting interview post coming up soon.