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book review: Sizzling Sixteen

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I took a break from reading research papers long enough to read Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich. I had to. I placed a hold on it at the library, and it finally came in. I had to! The alternative was grading research papers! I had to! I didn’t want to keep the next person in line waiting.

Of course, I really don’t know why they’re all excited. (And I don’t know why I was all excited.)

When I first started reading the Stephanie Plum series, it was fresh and fun. If you haven’t met Stephanie, she is a bounty hunter for her cousin Vinnie’s company, and she almost always bungles the case… until she catches her skip. Characters in tow include her lively Grandma Mazur, Lula-the-former-‘ho, and office-manager-and-stink-bomb-maker Connie. Oh, and sometimes boyfriend Joe Morelli and hot fellow bounty hunter (though that title seems so inadequate) Ranger.

The characters are wonderful. But, I think they’ve outlived their usefulness.

This story followed the same trend as the others. Stephanie has to handle a particularly difficult case (this time Vinnie’s kidnapping), she bungles it, wrecking many cars in the process, and Ranger rescues her. She also struggles to decide whether she’ll settle down with Joe or shack up with Ranger. And all the while she and Lula stop for fried chicken and/or doughnuts.

Don’t get me wrong. When #17 comes out this summer, I’ll probably read it, but again… I’ll probably have the same complaint. I need something new. Make a decision, Stephanie… or learn some mad bounty-hunting skills. I’m bored. But you make me laugh.

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