Sizzling Sixteen
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Because Sizzling Sixteen is a personal mission for Stephanie Plum, it is one of the more interesting books. This time, in addition to some of the wackiest FTAs she needs to capture in order to catch up on her rent, she now needs to find her missing cousin and boss; Vinnie.

Although being an expert in character assignation which is what makes him a good bail bondsman, according to Stephanie and those that know him, that’s his only good point. One of his unsavoury points is that he likes to gamble and now that his debt stands at $800,000 has been snatched. Unless his debt can be repaid by Stephanie, Lula and Connie, he dies. And if Vinnie is killed, that means no more bail bond office and no more job for any of them.

In typical fashion, there is one way of proceeding with an investigation which will probably yield results but in boring fashion and there Stephanie’s way which, to date, yields results more by luck than skill but there is so much fun to be had on the way.

This is even stated by the professionals (read: Ranger) with how she deals with a guard-alligator.

As is typical with this series, no prior knowledge of what’s happened in previous books is needed. In fact, series is the wrong word to use. Perhaps collection would be better. Newcomers could dive right in but would only miss the rich character history that has been built up to date.

Readers can expect the usual, or rather, unusual take downs, funeral parlour visits with Grandma Mazur, car hi-jinks, Cluck-in-a-bucket and a little romance.

As at time of writing, the film of One for the Money starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum is out at the end of the month and I can’t wait to see how it’s been translated to the big screen.

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