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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.

August 11, 2009 - Posted by | 3 Star Books | ,


  1. I read the first two or three in this series before I gave up on it. The Plum books never did click with me the same way as they did with pretty much everybody else.

    Comment by Beth F | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. I’m so sorry to hear your final verdict on the series. I lime the quote you used at the beginning. I remember reading that and thinking that the author was looking for a way to go with this series also. I think she feels stuck in a series that is so popular but isn’t very creative to write.

    Comment by Margot | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’ve decided to listen to this series on audio. They are fun, but I really don’t think I would enjoy actually reading them.

    Comment by Jo-Jo | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  4. I think the Plum series is not one that I’d read from start to finish, but I may read one as a stand-alone someday.

    Comment by Michael | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  5. I hear ya Stacy!!!!! Great thoughts!

    Comment by Staci | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  6. A lot of people seem to be growing tired of this series, but it still entertains me, so I’ll be sticking with it still.

    Comment by bermudaonion | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  7. I would imagine after 15 you’d be tired of the same old stuff. Great honest review.

    Comment by CeeCee | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  8. I stopped reading these books because I got sick of Stephanie not making a decision on which guy she wanted to be with. I’m going to have to pick them up again and read this one! Thanks for the review!

    Comment by S. Krishna | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  9. I love this series and enjoy knowing that there will be a new one each summer. Sometimes I need that mindless laugh out loud story. I haven’t read this one yet but I’ve heard other reviews like yours. I will keep reading them and I’d hate for them to end but I totally agree with what you’ve said. There needs to be some growth and change. Great review!

    Comment by Wrighty | August 15, 2009 | Reply

  10. I’ve read a couple of these, but just didn’t enjoy them as much as most of the people I know.

    Comment by Carol | August 17, 2009 | Reply

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