Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16)by Janet Evanovich Published 29 Jun 2010
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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. . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16)" Reviews
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 all the negatives... if you love the series, stick with it... you know what to expect. But I would like things to step up more. This one revolved around getting money in order for cousin Vinny to stay in business. Vinny's not my favorite character either. I read one more after this one and then took a hiatus from the series around 2011. I'll go back later this year, only because they do make me laugh.
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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, and did I mention the alligator? (Tee hee) Excuse me while I go check out some yard sales. I'm looking for 'baked' goods.
Reread May 2018 — still loving this book and still looking for a yard sale with Mooner brownies! 😎
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 I made my way through it pretty quickly.
Ranger will always keep me coming back. I have to keep up hope for him.
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 worst bond agent ever, keeps her gun in her cookie jar, and loses every skip she goes after, she somehow manages to always save the day and only sometimes has to call one of her two boyfriends to help her
-Her two boyfriends are both dreamy but totally different from each other. Whatever will she do?
-Lula is very sassy. And is no longer a prostitute. Grandma Plum is also very sassy. She totally wishes she had a checkered prostitute past.
When I just want a fast, escapist read, I know exactly what I'll be getting into. I won't look for some light comedy to distract me from the stress and the being 40k feet in the air and end up with a Confederacy of Dunces. Sort of like seeing a Starbucks early in the morning in a foreign country. You do in fact want to try all of the random and exotic coffees, but mostly you need some guaranteed caffeine first.
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 is going to be consumed. Yes, the series is very formulaic. But if you're reading it for something other than that formula, then you're an idiot. By number sixteen you probably should have figured this out on your own.
Now, back to tradition. In lieu of a review, here's one of my favorite passages, in which Lula is speculating about what Vinnie (who has been kidnapped) is up to:
"He could be in the morgue."
Connie shook her head. "All the cops know Vinnie. He'd get ID'd if he showed up dead."
"Then they must have shot Vinnie full of holes like Swiss cheese and weighted him down with cement boots and thrown him off the bridge into the Delaware. Or they could have taken him to a butcher shop and chopped him up into little pieces and put him into the meat grinder," Lula said. "I'm gonna eat this jelly doughnut next. I love jelly doughnuts."
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 enough to let you know he's still there. Lula is fun, but why does Stephanie listen to her? Why does Stephanie do anything she does? I keep hoping one of these years Janet Evanovich will announce the series is ending. I know Stephanie's been good to you, Janet, but move on with your life. So I can move on with mine.