Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Book Review for Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich #bookreview #stephanieplum #janetevanovich

Book Review for: Sizzling Sixteen
Written by: Janet Evanovich
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 978-0-312-38330-5
I read: the hardback

4 Stars

A Plum Full o' Trouble!

Evanovich pens a rousing, entertaining installment of the Stephanie Plum series with "Sizzling Sixteen." Cousin Vinnie has put the bail bonds office in danger. His gambling debts are high and he's been writing bad bonds to cover them. Now Vinnie's missing and if Connie, Stephanie, and Lula can't come up with the ransom in time, Vinnie will be toast and the bonds office will have to shut down for good. What's a Plum to do?

Things are more complicated than they appear. Vinnie's debt has landed him in the middle of a gang war. Stephanie has to step up her game to find him. With help from Connie and her stink bombs along with Ranger's security team, can she get her cousin out of his pickle?

Evanovich's writing style is witty and easy to read. The pacing is well balanced, allowing the reader to catch their breath before accelerating again. The plot highlights the strengths and weaknesses of Stephanie's character. She's a loyal friend and determined, but also indecisive when it comes to the men in her life.

The supporting cast adds laughter and levity to the story. A Plum novel always has surprises, like Vinnie's rescue, which I didn't expect when it came, however the suspense and tension fell a bit flat due to the remoteness of the bad guys to the characters.

"Sizzling Sixteen" is a cozy mystery. The plot is engaging and will keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. I recommend this story for 14 years on up. This novel is a fun read!

Question: Who is your favorite Stephanie Plum character? 

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