Sizzling Sixteen

by Janet Evanovich

St. Martin's Press | June 22, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Sizzling Sixteen is rated 3.25 out of 5 by 4.

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. . . .


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.


GOOD LUCK:


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.


BAD LUCK:


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.


GOOD LUCK:


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.


BAD LUCK:


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.


GOOD LUCK:


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?



Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!


Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: June 22, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 142992098X

ISBN - 13: 9781429920988

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Courtesy of Lost for Words Stephanie Plum is back again, and this time, she needs to rescue her cousin, Vinnie, before things end badly. He has accrued a gambling debt and is being held in lieu of the money. If Stephanie wants to keep her job, and her cousin alive; she needs to come up with the money, fast. She still has a job to do, and with Vinnie missing, her hands are full. Luckily, she has Ranger and Morelli to rely on for help. This is the sixteenth installment in the Stephanie Plum series, and like it's predecessors, it does have several laugh out loud moments. Stephanie still gets into some pretty crazy predicaments, and Ranger is more often than not, running to her aid. It is a light-hearted, fun read, but Stephanie still hasn't decided what to do with her life, or whether or not she wants to be with Morelli or Ranger. Things just seem to be in stasis. Stephanie's character isn't progressing at all. I wish she'd choose one man, or the other, just to make a choice. I did find that the storyline was better in this book though when compared to some of the previous installments in the series. Overall it was a lighthearted, fun, and engaging read with many humourous moments, however it doesn't live up to the first books in the series. It is definitely worth a read, though long time fans of either Ranger or Morelli will probably not be impressed with Stephanie's continued indecisiveness.
Date published: 2010-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Same Plum, different Plumming This is a good read but if you've read the prior installments then you've read this one. The characters don't advance or grow...in fact, for a book entitled sizzle I found the personal relationships falling flat to non-existent. There was opportunity in the story for Stephanie to make serious in roads in her life and choices but instead she got stuck on the hamster wheel of every other Plum story. It's a good read. Light without a lot of meat that was easily finished in a single night.
Date published: 2010-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More Fizzle than Sizzle Sizzling Sixteen, the yeah, you guessed it, sixteenth Stephanie Plum novel by Evanovich fizzled more than sizzled. It had all of the usual elements, and that may be part of the problem. It seemed like a repeat rather than anything new. I know that other readers have complained that nothing changes in the Stephanie universe, Stephanie never grows or matures and her relationship(s) are always on again off again (lately seeming more off than on). I hadn't really minded because the books provided lots of laughs and a fun light read. Don't get me wrong, this installment was the usual fun, light, zany fare, it just seemed to be missing that extra zing. If it was a movie I was reviewing, I would say that Stephanie and the gang seemed to be phoning in their parts this time out. None of them, with maybe the exception of Lulu, seemed to be on their game. This time round Vinnie has been grabbed by the mobster he owes money to - a lot of money. The girls at the Bonds office have to come up with the cash or bye bye Vinnie. Since they don't have the cash, they decide to find Vinnie and steal him back. How hard can it be? After all, Stephanie finds people for a living. Lucky for Stephanie, she has her guardian angel (or is he the devil?) Ranger watching her back. Lulu provided the most laughs this time out while Mooner, reached new lows in stoner idiocy. Grandma Mazur and the rest of the Plum family seemed to be on autopilot and Morelli just seemed to pop by now and then to make a few sexually charged comments. Ranger was his usual mysterious self, popping in just on time to save the day whenever Stephanie seemed to be in over her head. The story itself wasn't as complicated and crazy as some, in fact, for Stephanie, it almost seemed straightforward. The one promising thing though is that it seemed like maybe Stephanie was actually showing a bit more maturity and beginning to question her life. Maybe the next installment will bring some changes for her? 2010-131
Date published: 2010-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected The last two books in this series were a huge disappointment but this one is back on form. The action is much more credible and there are some genuinely laugh out loud moments. It is nice to see Connie take more of a role in the action too. Vinnie is missing and being held hostage, tracking him down involves all the arsenal the three girls can muster along with Ranger's help. I am firmly in the Ranger camp I'm afraid, Morelli annoys the heck out of me and maybe I like this book because he's not in it much!
Date published: 2010-06-26

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Sizzling Sixteen

by Janet Evanovich

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: June 22, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 142992098X

ISBN - 13: 9781429920988

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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. . . .


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.


GOOD LUCK:


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.


BAD LUCK:


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.


GOOD LUCK:


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.


BAD LUCK:


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.


GOOD LUCK:


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?



Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!