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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, it might spontaneously combust!
Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.
©2010 Evanovich, Inc (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
I am probably in the minority but here goes. I am starting to think that Ms Plum and her antics are predictable and tedious. I mean, this is a grown woman and she can't decide between two men in her life. She endangers her grandmother's life on a regular basis and she is just immature! The reason I gave this book 3 out of 5 is we weren't subjected to her ever changing mind switches between the two handsome men. There were a few times when she had enteractions with them but it wasn't as sappy as other books and I liked that for the most part, she was an independent' woman. High time, too, I mean, what is she? Twenty-seven and not from an affluent family. I laughed a lot and shook my head at other times but it was a book that I enjoyed for the 5 plus hours of listening.
I would add more tension to the mystery.
In this book, Ranger.
Lorelei's voices are very distinctive, but she and the stories are feeling a little tired.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Honestly, The story arc is the same. Stephanie torn between two guys, no decision made. Entirely too much Lulah, in fact I didn't finish the book because I just couldn't handle Lulah.
The first books were good because of the novelty, but nothing has changed, Stephanie hasn't grown, is still doing the same idiotic things. IF I was Ranger I'd dump her, she is too wishy washy and immature.
Needs more light
I really love the Stephanie Plum books. She reminds me of an everyday person you would meet in real life. I enjoy the caharacters Stephanie hangs out with and for some reason she always seems to get the job done however messy it is to get there. I love the interaction between the characters in these books.
This is one of the best by far! The many characters and plot lines that come together in the end make this a very fun, if slightly absurd, book. You always know who is speaking because of King's excellent vocal characterizations. I have found that many age groups (late teens through 70s) can take an interest in SIZZLIN SIXTEEN because it includes several themes with which the listeners may relate. I thought the Hobbit theme was woven into the story to make it a really fun ride! The serious things that occur are offset by absurd happenings courtesy of such eccentric characters as Mooner and his Middle Earth cohort. I could imagine this book being made into a movie because it offers the opportunity for comedic scenes on scales both small and epic larger-than-life. There might be Stephanie Plum fans who do not like this one. But I ride around in an aging Honda Civic with a Rangeman magnetic sticker on the back of it so when I come out of work everyday, and see the sticker, I will smile. Sometimes, when I see it, I laugh out loud, as some of the extremely funny and wacky moments spring to mind from Evanovich's various novels. This is definitely one of her wackiest, yet it still makes you worry about how everything will get resolved and it still inspires the listener's concern for Stephanie's well-being. Great for a road trip!
I've listened to every book, including all 16 in this series, from Janet Evanovich. Lorelei King did a fabulous job, again. No one else can read the characters as Lorelei does; just stop the series if she couldn't read anymore.
Sizzling Sixteen is a great comeback from the 15th book in the series. Janet brought great mystery with their personal business in the story - intrigue and suspence mixed with a little humor blended into another fantastic Stephanie Plum adventure. This bounty hunter promisses not to dissapoint. I had a smile on my face and giggled from beginning to end.
The Sisters Review
No surprises in this book... Stephanie is surrounded by wacky characters carrying guns, some of the gun toters are friends and some are bad guys.
All of the Stephanie Plum novels are intricately woven in details but still are entertaining and an easy listen.
I highly recommend the Stephani Plum Series I am a true fan of this comedic mystery series and fully intend on attending a book signing next year!!
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