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Janet Evanovich
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10 Jun 2010 Stephanie Plum 15
Sunday Times bestseller, JANET EVANOVICH, author of PLUM SPOOKY and SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN, delights with yet another Stephanie Plum adventure.

Recipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head - literally. Throw in some spice: Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she'll talk to is Trenton cop Joe Morelli. Pump up the heat: Chipolte's sponsor is offering a million-dollar reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture of the killers. Stir the pot: Lula recruits bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to help her find the killers and collect the moolah. Add a secret ingredient: Stephanie Plum's Grandma Mazur. Enough said. Bring to a boil: Stephanie Plum is working overtime tracking felons for the bonds office at night and snooping for security expert Carlos Manoso, a.k.a. Ranger, during the day. Can Stephanie 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?

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (10 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755352750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755352753
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No. 1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial, Last Laugh and Silver Dagger awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award.
She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure.

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Lesley Eames in WOMAN'S WEEKLY listed FEARLESS FOURTEEN by Janet Evanovich as the best book she has read all year, calling it 'A laugh a minute against a background of dastardly crime with a ditzy heroine and two - yes TWO - of the hottest heroes ever created'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

JANET EVANOVICH is the No. 1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, including ONE FOR THE MONEY, and the Lizzy and Diesel series. She has won major crime fiction awards including the CWA John Creasey Award, Dilys Award and Silver Dagger.

Janet Evanovich now lives in New Hampshire but, like Stephanie Plum, grew up in New Jersey. She has won major crime fiction awards for her Stephanie Plum novels: ONE FOR THE MONEY was presented with the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Award and the Dilys Award, TWO FOR THE DOUGH won the CWA Last Laugh Award and THREE TO GET DEADLY was awarded the CWA Silver Dagger for 1997.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Plum but she does need to move on... 30 Jun 2009
This is the fifteenth in the Stephanie Plum series and if you like the books and want more of the same (which I do) then this is definitely one for you. On the other hand, the other reviews I have read are correct, there is NO forward momentum here and the plot is far too thin. The first book was quite dark, although funny, and that mix worked. But even though all the usual characters are here and as funny and charismatic as ever, this is the fifteenth book and Stephanie's story needs to move on. What's the point of having all the shooting and exploding cars if there is no real feeling of threat? This series would usually be a no-brainer 5 stars for me but this one only got a fourth star instead of three because some of the passages involving Lula had me laughing out loud (despite my usual dislike of playground humour), and deserved a star all of their own. I hope Evanovich reads reviews and takes the comments on board, because it would be such a shame if Stephanie Plum was a victim of her own success.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, funny but not enough Morelli 21 Jun 2009
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Number 15 in the series and it's the usual mix of chaos, murder, burning cars, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket chicken. The story is light and fun and there are some laugh-out-loud moments, with the 'mystery' element taking a back-seat to the general story which revolves around Lula's adventures with barbecue sauce and Ranger's problems with RangeMan (which see Stephanie back in his 300 thread-count sheets).

BUT there are some complaints: 1. it's short and the story feels underdeveloped compared with books in the middle of the series, 2. not enough Morelli in particular (Stephanie and Joe are in an 'off' phase) 3. there's very little sexual tension at all, even with Ranger. However, the biggest problem for the fans however is that it is simply another 'same-old' book; there is no character development nor any moving forward with Stephanie's life (love life or anything else). I love this series, adore the characters and thoroughly enjoy the fast-paced chaos, but I really think it's time for Ms Evanovich to make a decision and take a definite step forward in Stephanie's life - even that means ending the series.

Overall it's a light-hearted, good read which will leave you smiling, but if you were hoping for more, you're going to be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new; same old, same old 16 Aug 2009
I love the Stephanie Plum series, and have eagerly awaited the new releases in the past. However, 15 was a huge disappointment. How much longer can Evanovich draw out the increasingly boring sexual tension between Morelli and Stephanie, and Ranger and Stephanie? Overall, the plot was awful, and an appallingly hurried ending. This book needn't have had a plot at all, as the story was dull, and never engaged me at all. The ending was rushed, and nowhere near as fresh and humourous as earlier books in the series. I hate to be disappointed, as Evanovich was unique, daring, and alot darker in the first few books. I can't help feeling the series should have been wound up by book 10, as there are no new characters, no new ideas, and this book feels as if you have read it all in previous books in the series. Is Evanovich now a victim of the need to publish a new novel on an annual basis even if she has no new ideas? Go back and read books 1-5, then you will have already covered what happens in this dullfest anyway, but will enjoy a much more enjoyable read!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time for a change.... 25 Jun 2009
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I love the Stephanie Plum series. Janet Evanovitch is brilliant at creating believable, vivid characters. I definitely feel I know them and some I would like to know even better - Morelli/ Ranger...The plot had all the usual ingredients, all the laughs, all the action, all the trashed cars, all the eye rolls and fast food. But yes I have to agree that it is time for Stephanie to move on with her life, it's just too same old same old to have her on an off patch with Morelli and being tempted by Ranger [and who wouldn't] which is why it is a three star from me and not a five, even though I am an ardent fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Slopping it out 18 Nov 2009
"Just shoot me now" - Stephanie's Dad in FINGER LICKIN' FIFTEEN

I hear ya, Mr. Plum! I share your pain.

Ok, ok. I understand that author Janet Evanovich and her publisher have a cash cow in the continuing Plum saga. At worst, the series will gain new adherents at the same rate that old ones fall away disillusioned and the money stream will continue at a steady flow. But, does the slopping out of a new book any old way in the act of whoring for the consumers' dollars have to be so obvious? At some point, doesn't it become a cheeky affront to the fan base even as the author skips off to the bank to deposit the funds enticed out of the readers' piggy banks?

I used to be a big Stephanie enthusiast when the concept was fresh. But, after the fourteenth installment, I swore I wouldn't buy another - even a second-hand copy for pennies. And I didn't. FINGER LICKIN' FIFTEEN was a cast-off freebie tossed my way that I read in a single sitting in a jury pool assembly room waiting for the clarion call to exalted civic duty. I should have stuck with the tattered and dog-eared ancient copies of the National Geographic and People magazines, which at least had pictures to arrest my glazed-over eyesight.

FINGER LICKIN' FIFTEEN is a repetitive, unimaginative, stagnant rehash of every mental sight gag in the repertoires of Stephanie, Lula and Grandma Mazur. At times, I thought that Evanovich was trying to win a bet over how many of such she could cram between the covers. The continuing Plum-Ranger relationship, which the author presumably includes to supply her concept of sexual tension, has degenerated into complete nonsense; no police board of inquiry would fault Morelli for shooting both with his service revolver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great instalment
Another great instalment following the exploits of Stephanie Plumb. If you enjoyed any of the other books in the series you'll like this one. A nice easy read, full of laughs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Debi Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
absolutely fantastic how each book in the series Stephanie Plum ,very well written,interesting and fun.already can not wait for the next part
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4.0 out of 5 stars laugh aloud stuff
I am a fan of the whole Stephanie Plum series and this one was well up to standard. I had read it in paperback before but it still made me laugh. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bookwormpip
5.0 out of 5 stars good book to read
I have read all the series as i am a great fan of Janet Evanovich. its nice to see what Stephanie and her friends get up to.
Published 12 months ago by Bejam
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard Evanovich
Good easy read. The humour that was missing from recent books of the series has returned. The characters we familiar - like putting on a favourite tee shirt.
Published 12 months ago by Susan Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich simply has to be the greatest work of fiction ever written!! Just can't get enough!!!!
Published 13 months ago by andyvibs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I just love this series and you never know what Stephanie Plum and her friends will do next!! Keep them coming.
Published 15 months ago by J. Wymer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Stephanie Plum
Brilliantly written and very funny, very happy with the books condition. Also recieved well within the time stated. Thank you
Published 15 months ago by breken98
2.0 out of 5 stars Less good than earlier books in this series
I love these characters and have enjoyed the series very much. They are, perhaps, becoming increasingly formulaeic and are increasingly disappointing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JK
3.0 out of 5 stars pure slapstick
Finger Lickin' Fifteen is the fifteenth full-length novel in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Read more
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