4 of 5 stars to Finger Lickin’ Fifteen, the 15th book in the Stephanie Plum mystery series, written by Janet Evanovich and published in 2009. Evanovich packed a lot of action into this installment, covering more than usual in Stephanie’s crazy life. To start off, she’s moonlighting for Ranger to help him figure out who’s stealing from his business. Not for nothing, and though she may be getting better a bounty hunter and detective, how can Ranger not solve this on his own? And who would seriously take the risk of his punishment, if ever caught. It’s certainly just a plot device to bring Ranger and Stephanie closer, building the sexual tension and pushing her towards him and away from Morelli in this book.
But then again, her momma is still setting up blind dates for Stephanie, so she’s got more than enough men to go around, even if some of them are scarier than the criminals she’s chasing. And in this one, Lula asks her to help find the two killers she saw decapitate a celebrity chef. All because she wants the $1M finders fee. But we know that ain’t gonna happen because there’d be no story if Stephanie collected half of that fee. She’d not need to work again, at least as a bounty hunter.
The fun part is the cooking concepts baked into this book… and the spice of all the zany characters. The mysteries got stronger, in part because there were a few going around in this installment. And you’ve got the normal shenanigans with Stephanie’s family and friends. All in all, this is one of the better ones and when I was thinking of putting the series down for a bit, this convinced me to give it a few more books before I decided.
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