Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum Series #15) by Janet Evanovich: Book CoverFinished 8-6-09, rating 3/5, fiction, pub. 2009

Book 15 in the Stephanie Plum series

I’d been hoping to find my apartment dark and deserted.  I loved Ranger’s apartment, but it wasn’t home.  Looking up  at my windows, I wasn’t sure that was home, either.  I’m in limbo, I thought.  My whole friggin’ life is in limbo.

Chapter 12

Stephanie Plum is back for another round as a Trenton bounty hunter.  She is single again, after having a fight with Morelli about peanut butter and Ranger is looking as yummy as ever.  Lula witnesses a beheading and is being hunted by murderers, albeit bad ones.  Lula and Grandma Mazur are entering a cooking contest and many mishaps ensue.  And Stephanie’s mom has decided to fix her up with men she meets in the supermarket.

I’ll start with the things I liked.  Evanovich knows how to write funny books.  The scene with Stephanie in the hot dog costume had me laughing out loud.  And even though the book does not wrap it up with a bow it does seem like Stephanie has made a choice between her two hot men.  Of course, that does not mean that she will do anything about it, which moves us right into my dislikes.

I chose the quote from the book because that is how I feel about this series.  I’m all for zany and funny and ridiculous things that would never happen in real life, but after 15+ books there needs to be some growth.  Stephanie has lost some appeal for me because she complains about her lot in life, seems unhappy with her job, apartment… but she never actually does anything about it.  She never seems to make any choices. 

As for the actual story itself, I did find it funny in parts, but the emphasis on juvenile humor -farts, big penises, diarrhea- did get a little tiresome. 

I know I’ve read lots of good reviews for this one, but it was just more of the same for me and I want something new and fresh or some growth for Stephanie.  So, I’m really going to do it this time, I’m taking my name off the Stephanie Plum holds at the library.