Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Janet Evanovich

Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum)
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1)I read Sizzling Sixteen for the simple reason that I had read the other 15.  I started reading this series as the library had all of them and the library near my work doesn't have a large selection.  They are a good consistent read that never disappoints but doesn't exactly excite either.  I would not be surprised if she had a staff that turned these out every year.  The premise of this book and the series is interesting but it gets a little tired after a bit. Obviously, other people do not agree with me as every single one is a bestseller. The main character, Stephanie Plum is a mediocre bounty hunter that works for her sleazy cousin in New Jersey.  I actually think the first few in the series are good and would suggest reading them as a lazy, no brain power needed book.  I am assuming that you could pick up the paperbacks on the cheap.

From Publishers Weekly
 
In this tepid Stephanie Plum adventure from Evanovich (Finger Lickin' Fifteen, etc.), a personal case distracts the Trenton, N.J., bondswoman from tracking the usual group of eccentric skips--the kidnapping of her cousin, Vinnie, who's being held for ransom in the high six figures. As Stephanie, sidekick Lula, and office manager Connie soon realize, Vincent Plum Bail Bonds is seriously in the red due to Vinnie's gambling. Vinnie's also gotten caught up with local mobster Bobby Sunflower in a complicated scheme. Even though her sleazy cousin isn't her favorite person and chasing oddball felons isn't her ideal career, Stephanie knows family loyalty counts for something, plus she owes him for giving her a job all those years ago. So with Lula and Connie in tow--and romantic interests Morelli and Ranger lurking in the background-- Stephanie must save the day once again. Evanovich is at her best spinning the bizarre subplots involving Stephanie's bail jumpers, but the larger story simply recycles elements from previous installments. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

2 out of 5 Stars