FINGER LICKIN' FIFTEEN
The 15th chapter of Evanovich's long-running Stephanie Plum series still keeps the wacky factor hilariously high. Only Evanovich can make the shenanigans of this nutty crew seem almost reasonable. With Stephanie taking a hiatus from men, this tale spotlights the girls club. There are giggles galore!
For once Stephanie is an innocent bystander rather than a trouble magnet. After Lula witnesses the decapitation of a famed BBQ chef, the deadly but somewhat incompetent killers are on her tail. To claim the million-dollar reward for catching the killer, Lula and Grandma Mazur decide to enter the BBQ cook- off competition, dragging a reluctant Stephanie along. Ranger is also having problems. Someone is bypassing his electronic systems and burglarizing his clients. Ranger hires Stephanie to see if it's an inside job. Between gunfire, fire-bombings and disastrous BBQ experiments, Stephanie's car and apartment are on the critical list. Just another day in the ‘burbs! (ST. MARTIN'S, Jul., 320 pp., $27.95)