Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2010
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Genre: Humorous Mystery, #15 Stephanie Plum mystery
Source: Purchased at Barnes & Noble.
First Line: When I was a kid, I was afraid of spiders and vegetables.
Lula witnesses the beheading of a popular TV chef and finds that she's being followed by two of the most inept hitmen in the business. She and Grandma Masur then get the bright idea to enter the barbecue sauce contest that the dead chef was in town to promote. On the Stephanie front, she's behind in rounding up her skips, she and Morelli are on the outs, and she's moonlighting for Ranger trying to solve a series of break-ins at properties under the protection of Rangeman Security.
I think I've finally hit the wall. I thought this series was brilliant through the first six or seven books, but since then it's been limping along like a woman with a pebble in one of her stilettos. Evanovich's recycling has truly angered me for the first time. It would be heaven to read a Stephanie Plum mystery and not have her blow up a car, have her apartment set on fire, have her get something icky in her hair, or need help with all her skips. If I worked with this woman, either I'd be gone... or she would be. Everyone should be a sort of Peter Pan in some of their outlook on life, but not to the extent that they never learn, they never grow, they never change.
The only part of this book that was relatively humorous for me was Lula and Grandma Masur trying to make barbecue sauce. That plot line did have its moments, but for the most part, Finger Lickin' Fifteen is just Evanovich going to the barn to milk the cash cow again. If she'd only put that milking stool by the bull, perhaps we'd be treated to something new, fresh and truly hilarious.
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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