Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by J. Evanovich

A small warning…I have to admit to some bias when it comes to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.  From the very first line of the very first book in this series, I was completely and totally hooked.  It is by far one of my all time favorites and I have a hard time understanding why anyone wouldn’t like it.  The only thing I will admit to is being disappointed in To The Nines.  Yes some might complain that they can be goofy and lack some creativity.  I mean how many cars can one person destroy?  However, I love to suspend reality and go along for the ride.  There is not a single book that hasn’t caused me to literally laugh out loud several times.  Plus, the cast of new and reoccurring characters that show up in each book are simply priceless.  To me these books are a pure guilty pleasure and a fun read.  So with that being said…

Stephanie’s working overtime tracking felons for the bonds office at night and snooping for security expert Carlos Manoso, aka Ranger, during the day. Can she hunt down two killers, a traitor, and five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, and solve Ranger’s problems and not jump his bones?

Janet Evanovich has a knack for starting each Stephanie Plum book with an attention grabbing and often amusing opening line and I’m happy to say that Finger Lickin’ Fifteen was no different.  My two favorite characters in the Stephanie Plum series are hands down Lula and Grandma Mazur, so I was excited to see them pairing up again in Finger Lickin’ Fifteen.  Their mishaps alone could keep me entertained for hours.  From creating a BBQ sauce that gives everyone who eats it “the runs” to wanting to name their BBQ cook off team the “Flaming Assholes”, these two are priceless.

So first you have the awesomeness that is Lula and Grandma Mazur and then you throw in a skip that goes around the neighborhood flashing old women, a cross dressing fire fighter who moonlights as Mr. Clucky in his spare time, a few appears by Joyce Barnhardt and a murder that has a meat cleaver and a high-pitched giggle.  How can you go wrong with that?  Evanovich has a knack for creating characters that are unique and entertaining.

On top of everything else we must not forget one of fiction’s all time great love triangles.  The chemistry between Stephanie and her men Joe Morelli and Ranger is as evident as ever.  The fact that Stephanie is helping Ranger out throws a wrench into her hot and cold relationship with Morelli and ups the heat factor between her and Ranger.  I honestly can’t blame her for being somewhat torn between both men.  Deep down she’s obviously in love with Morelli and she in lust with Ranger, but who cares?  They both sound sexy as hell to me, so why not let her have both? ;)  Normally I find love triangles to be overdone and boring, but for some reason not this one.  I can see the appeal of both men and while I ultimately want her with Morelli, I’m enjoying the “who will she end up with?” ride while it lasts.

All in all I definitely recommend Finger Lickin’ Fifteen to fans of the Stephanie Plum series.  I doubt fans will be disappointed in Janet Evanovich’s latest installment.  In fact it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed one of the Plum books quite this much.  Over 15 books later and Evanovich still has the ability to create a story that keeps me wanting more!

Read Order:
Normally I would include this, but the read order is pretty obvious.

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  1. I haven’t read the last two Plum books :( I used to glom them as soon as they came out. I wonder if Evanovich will get the $50 million she wants for the next 4 Plum books?

  2. I love her books. I am kind of behind on these though. I just love Grandma Mazur. She cracks me up. I read on her email they were making the first movie to these books. I hope they do the books justice. Thanks for the review. I haven’t really seen her books reviewed much on blogs. Seems like she gets skipped.

  3. katiebabs: I was the same way for the longest time. Obviously, since book 16 is already out, I’m behind too. Don’t get me wrong, these books are still my favorite guilty pleasure, but they aren’t quite as good as they used to be. That being said Finger Licken’ Fifteen was reminiscent of Evanovich’s earlier books. They dynamic between Lula and Grandma Mazur will definitely keep you entertained. Plus, I loved getting to see Stephanie help Ranger out for once, since he always seems to be the one helping her out. I think if you give it a try you’ll really enjoy!

    sue brandes: This book is worth catching up for, especially if you love Grandma Mazur!!! Yes they are making a movie out of the first book and it stars Katherine Heigel as Stephanie. If you look it up on IMDB you can also see who they’ve cast for Ranger, Joe and Vinnie. No Grandma Mazur or Lula yet. I’m personally crossing my fingers for Betty White as Grandma Mazur. I certainly hope they can do these books justice! I loved the books for so long it’d be a shame to see the movie handled badly!

  4. Ahh I am ashamed to say I haven’t gotten to read the Plum series, but I really want to. This only serves as a reminder as to what I am missing!

    Thanks so much for a great review, and the unintentional nudge ;)!

  5. LOL Pam! I’m glad I could unintentionally nudge you to read the series. They truly are a lot of fun, I bet you’d be glad you read them. If you do decide to come back and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear! :)

  6. Becky: Good luck! When you do read this book, please come back and tell me what you think? I’d love to hear if you liked it as much as I did! :)

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