Sizzling Sixteen

Sizzling Sixteen

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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. . . .

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 get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.

GOOD LUCK:

Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.

BAD LUCK:

Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie's messing up Mooner's vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger's apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.

GOOD LUCK:

Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner's Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip's lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin.

BAD LUCK:

Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.

GOOD LUCK:

The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip's lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky---the only question is . . . with whom?

Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780312383305
0312383304
Characteristics: 309 p. --

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PolyWogg
Sep 29, 2017

PLOT OR PREMISE:
Vinnie has gambling debts, and if he doesn't cough up $800K, he's toast. Which would put Connie, Lulu and Stephanie out of work, so they pitch in to help. If they can keep him safe that long.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The various options to get money to save Vinnie were varied, fun and creative. And the plot involving the Bulgarian was decent.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
It takes a LONG time to get to the solution, and the Hobbit ending was a bit over the top.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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darladoodles
Jul 06, 2017

I found this to be a solid installment in the Stephanie Plum series. We do see many of the same plot points as the other books i.e. bungling attempts to apprehend criminals, destroyed vehicles, bombed buildings, etc.

What I also noticed is the solid contribution of Connie in all the action -- more so than any previous book. The relationship between Ranger and Stephanie continues to grow and become more defined while her hold on Morrelli also stays strong. I don't know how Evanovich keeps the tension going through so many books. Bravo!

Grandma Mazur, Lulu and Mooner (he's back) along with other supporting characters continue to add their own flavor to the story. Looking forward to seeing what happens in #17 after reading thru to the end of this one.

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shelbysmom1996
Jul 18, 2016

Hobbits saved the day - that's right! I said hobbits!

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SherryD_0
Nov 11, 2015

Stephanie Plum & Janet Evanovich always make me laugh out loud!

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loreenemlane
Jun 12, 2014

all of her books are good

mommom1012 Aug 10, 2011

This was funny as all of her books. A quick read and entertaining

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jupitor
Jan 06, 2011

Pretty boring read.

I feel like I am reading the same book over and over again.

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scorpio21
Dec 09, 2010

Not as good as the previous S Plums novels,Though I still had a good laugh.

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Ubalstecha
Dec 05, 2010

Stephanie Plum is an icon of modern chicklit. With Janet Evanovich's humourous writing, she has legions of fans who snap up the latest edition as soon as it hits the shelves. These same fans are also divided into team Ranger and Team Morelli, a reference to which impossibly handsome bad boy Stephanie will finally choose.

The problem with Evanovich's work is, like many long running series, it is starting to get a bit stale. You know that Lulu is going to be on some crazy diet while wearing some crazy outfit, Vinnie is going to be doing something illegal or immoral with something animal, vegetable or mineral, Grandma Mazuer is going to try to open a casket at a viewing and that Stephanie will not have improved as a bounty hunter. And given that the series has at time become a literary paint by number, you just want Stephanie to pick a guy and move on.

You almost don't want to go back, but you remember the laughs that Evanovich is able to deliver each volume, and you go back like a junkie wanting more.

So it was with some shame and trepidation that I turned to the sixteenth instalment of the series. And I was pleasantly surprised. It seems that Evanovich decided that Stephanie`s world needed a bit of a shake-up. So Vinnie has been kidnapped by his bookie and if the ransom isn`t paid, he will be killed. This leads Stephanie, Lulu and Connie on a series of misadventures trying to capture enough FTAs to raise the money. When they realize that isn`t enough, they turn to crime and hold a large garage sale in the bail bonds office.

And this choice makes the story seem fresh and new, like a wind blew through cleaned out the old, dated parts of the story. I was in such a good mood at the end that I almost forgave her for ending the story with everything having returned to normal. I would like it better if she finds a way to have Connie running the bale bonds office from now on, with Vinnie relegated to FTA retrieval or figurehead status. Or maybe Ranger as the silent investor. Something, anything, so that volume seventeen wouldn`t be more of the same.

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Swede52
Dec 02, 2010

A witty, fun series about the zany escapdes of a lingerie merchandise assistant turned bounty hunter. I go back to this series (now up to #16) for some lighter reading. Laugh out loud moments.

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loreenemlane
Jun 12, 2014

Vinnie is in trouble. Stephanie needs to help to keep her job.

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