Published in: 2009
Edition read: E-Book
Book #: Book 16 in the Stephanie Plum series
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?
Well, the crazy keeps on coming. Steph inherits a lucky bottle from a dead uncle, and Vinnie ends up kidnapped by some mean people he owes a lot of money to. So instead of hunting down FTA’s, Steph spends her time tracking down Vinnie and then trying to stash him places. So far Morelli, Ranger, and now Vinnie have all been on the run in this series (I’m waiting for the book where Steph herself ends up on the run) and it’s kinda interesting to read about these central characters having to be on the wrong side of the law/bail bonds thing. Vinnie is significantly less interesting than Morelli and Ranger.
I particularly liked the addition of the Hobbits and Mooner in this book, it added that extra WTF hilarity element. I can always count on these books for the extra dose of whacky and the unexpected.
Sizzling Sixteen rating: 7/10.
Would I re-read it? This series is still full of books I will re-read. I just need to get better copies on my e-reader that don’t cut out sentences at the end of each chapter, and I need to get paper copies of at least half the series. Then I’ll read them all over again!!!
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, fans of cosy mysteries, murder mysteries, chick lit. And whacky humour.
Author’s website: http://www.evanovich.com/novels/plum-series/sizzling-sixteen/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sizzling-sixteen-janet-evanovich/1100041662?ean=9780312383312