Stephanie Plum is in a pickle. Her cousin and the head of the bail bonds company for which she works has been snatched due to gambling debt, and the pay-off is $786,000 and mounting.
So what is a girl to do? With sidekicks Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie tries to find Vinnie and snatch him back, since the odds of gathering this amount of money are zero to none.
Much hilarity follows, as the somewhat klutzy Stephanie tries various shenanigans to find her cousin and save the day. Meanwhile, she tries to capture a few FTAs along the way.
What or who is really behind Vinny’s kidnapping? How are all the various mobsters somehow connected to the event, making it almost impossible to either satisfy the debt or save Vinny? And how do stink bombs, fire bombs, and a group of Hobbits figure into the complex thrill ride that ends with Stephanie alone in her apartment with one of the hotties she dreams about. But will it be Ranger or will it be Morrelli?
Predictable, a little nutsy, and a page turner, Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum Novels) was also fun. But I think the most fun of all is how much trouble Stephanie gets into and yet somehow manages to get out of…with help from the hotties, of course. But shouldn’t she be developing a few more skills along the way? Or would that make her capers seem boring? 3.5 stars.