Friday, July 19, 2013

Review: Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (audio)

Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum, #15
Read by Lorelei King
Macmillan Audio
Length: 7 hours
Source: Library

The spiciest, sauciest, most rib-sticking Plum yet.

Recipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipolte comes to Trenton in a barbecue cookoff 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 find he killer and collect the moolah.

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

Bring to a boil: Stephanie Plum is working overtime tracking felons for the bonds office at night and snooping for security expert Carlos Manoso, aka Ranger, during the day. Can Stephanie hunt down two killers, a traitor, and five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, and solve Ranger's problems and not jump his bones?

Warning: Habenero hot. So good you'll want seconds.

My thoughts: I am having so much fun listening to these Stephanie Plum books on audio - they are so funny that I constantly find myself laughing out loud. 

I've said before that Lula is one of my favorite characters and she's got a big part in this story. She ends up witnessing a murder and decides that she is going to catch the bad guys by stepping in for the deceased in a cook-off. The only problem is that she really doesn't cook, so she enlists the help of Grandma Mazur - what a combination!!! I don't know who's crazier Lula or Grandma Mazur. 

Then there's the guy that Lula sometimes dates - a hot firefighter who happens to enjoy dressing in women's clothes in his downtime. Really?!? I kid you not, and Lula is definitely not above using this to her advantage when things get a little messy at Stephanie's apartment...did I mention he's also a neatfreak?

If ever I wanted a book to have pictures, it would be this one. Between the cross-dressing firefighter to Lula walking around in a Kevlar vest and helmet so she doesn't get shot by the murderers to Stephanie walking around the barbeque cook-off in a hot-dog costume, I don't think the pictures in my mind even begin to do it justice.

The only disappointment in this installment is that there's not too much going on in the romance department. Stephanie and Morelli are on a break and while there's some flirting going on with Ranger, nothing comes of it. Will this ever be solved? I really want it to, but I'm not sure who I want to see her with...

Have you ever read or listened to a book and wished there were pictures included just so you could see what was in the author's mind when they were writing a scene?

Audio Thoughts: Lorelei King has really mastered these voices. It's amazing that book after book, she's able to maintain the same voice for each of the normal characters and yet still find new voices for the new characters. I don't know how she does it but she does it very well!

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Books in this series:

     1.  One for the Money                         12.  Twelve Sharp
     2.  Two for the Dough                         12.5  Plum Lovin'
     3.  Three to Get Deadly                      13.  Lean Mean Thirteen
     4.  Four to Score                                   13.5  Plum Lucky
     5.  High Five                                           14.  Fearless Fourteen
     6.  Hot Six                                                14.5  Plum Spooky
     7.  Seven Up                                           15.  Finger Lickin' Fifteen
     8.  Hard Eight                                         16.  Sizzling Sixteen
     8.5  Visions of Sugar Plums              17.  Smokin' Seventeen
     9.  To the Nines                                      18.  Explosive Eighteen
    10.  Ten Big Ones                                    19.  Notorious Nineteen
    11.  Eleven on Top

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