Janet Evanovich

Sizzling Sixteen

"The outrageous storylines and way over-the-top characters just keep getting better, despite this being the 16th book in the series."


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?

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Evanovich is back with situations and characters that can only be found surrounding Stephanie Plum in Tenton. Plum and Lula are keeping the local fast food restaurants and bakeries in the black with their constant eating. Grandma Mazur is keeping busy visiting the funeral homes. And Ranger is keeping busy supplying Stephanie with vehicles. Rex, the longest living hamster in history, is still going strong and the general mayhem you expect to follow Stephanie and her cohorts is as evident in Sizzling Sixteen as in all her previous books. The outrageous storylines and way over-the-top characters just keep getting better, despite this being the 16th book in the series. And some of the regular characters from previous books, such as Connie, get a bigger look-in and larger part in this story. Plum is still a hapless bounty hunter, trying to capture her prey with an empty gun and a can of hairspray. Evanovich never fails to delivery a hilarious, fun-filled story. You know disaster is looming when Plum is on the case, and you are filled with dread at what might (and probably will happen! Simply brilliant.

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