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Finger lickin' fifteen
Janet Evanovich
Adult Fiction EVANOVI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Veteran Evanovich narrator Lorelei King seems perfectly at home when in command of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her colorful Garden State band of relatives and colleagues. The action here centers on the mysterious death of a prominent cable television barbecue master. As a witness to the crime, Plum's larger than life office assistant Lula lands in the center of the drama, and King delivers a deliciously over the top performance of her antics, especially the reformed prostitute's convoluted plot to solve the case by entering a barbecue cook-off. The abridgment seems a bit choppy, as the details surrounding the motives and methods of the cast of villains seem lost in the shuffle. Yet King's talent and Evanovich's beloved characters still make for an entertaining summer escape. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, May 25). (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Like someone I'm lucky enough to call my girlfriend, Stephanie Plum is pretty freakin' hot. Also like my girlfriend, Stephanie is completely unqualified to have a job as a bounty hunter, but she is anyway (Stephanie, not my girlfriend). The series, inspired by the awesomeness of Midnight Run, began in 1994 and focuses on Plum, who sucks at her job and is as a result perpetually broke (she might hock her toaster oven at one point). Much unlike the actual New Jersey, Stephanie's Garden State is filled with a cast of asshats who bumble around until a happy ending finds them. Two are her pal Lula, a huge ex-hooker interested in donuts and sex, and her dirty-minded septuagenarian Grandma Mazer, who peeps at funerals. Stephanie alternates between two love interests, one a hot, sweet cop and the other a hot mercenary. In all, Fifteen is no better or worse than any of the earlier 14 and, on the predict-O-meter, is set to autopilot (think: Three's Company). Antics always include a wacky accident (in this case Lula witnesses a celebrity murder), then a cockamamie attempt to solve the crime (here, Lula and Grandma Mazur enter a barbeque contest to find the criminals). One man wins Stephanie's attention, and this leaves the other yearning (Ranger and Morelli, respectively); one (in this case, Ranger) enlists Stephanie's help solving something bigger. The R-rated subtext also qualifies it for series goodness. If it's not a description of Stephanie's erotic longings, it's Lula describing what she's going to do to some dope after she finishes this pizza.-Douglas Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Middletown (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Stephanie Plum
Female
Age: 30
Works at her cousin's bail-bond recovery job; in love with both Joe and Ranger.
Bounty hunter

Joe Morelli
Male
Unethical; dating Stephanie.
Police detective

Ricardo Carlo "Ranger" Manoso
Male
Cuban American
Stephanie's mentor.
Bounty hunter



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