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Finger Lickin’ Good (apologies to Kentucky Fried Chicken)
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen, the 15th offering from author Janet Evanovich that features the less-than-proficient bond enforcement officer Stephanie Plum, is laugh-out-loud funny!
All of the familiars are back: Ranger, Lula, Grandma Mazer, Morelli, Connie, and Uncle Vinnie, plus the usual collection of parents, dogs, and others that make up the whirlwind around Stephanie Plum. Evanovich adds more characters, unique to this novel. Stanley Chipotle, of the Chipotle Barbecue Sauce fame, is the first of the unfortunate newbies to lose something important…his head! As in decapitated! Lula witnesses the deed, and becomes a target, a problem that plagues her throughout the story.
With Stanley out of commission, Grandma Mazer, Lula, and Connie band together to “create” their own prize-winning barbecue sauce so that they can enter the contest and WIN a lot of money! Expect the expected: disastrous results with the sauce experiment. Picture ribs cooked to within an inch of their “lives,” chicken broiled beyond recognition, even to someone with Cajun blackened cooking skills; a blown up barbecue grill…the list goes on!
Some of the review journals think that Evanovich has run her Stephanie Plum character way past her prime. I don’t happen to think so. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen is one of the best Plum tales so far. Be prepared to laugh long and hard at the antics in this one!
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen