BOOK REVIEW: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Review by Ryder Islington

The latest Stephanie Plum escapade is filled with the required accidents, explosions, take downs by Stephanie and her robust friend Lula, and moments of indecision involving Joseph Morelli and Ranger. Stephanie has a “lucky” bottle, at least that’s what the will said when she inherited it from Uncle Pip. The question is how to make it work. 

Stephanie’s boss/cousin, Vinnie, is kidnapped for ransom after failing to pay gambling debts.  The ever inept Stephanie, bounty hunter not-so-extraordinaire, feels compelled to save her despicable cousin Vinnie because, after all, she is one of the good guys.

Her on-again-off-again relationship with detective Morelli complicates the plan, which must be kept secret not only because the kidnappers have made it clear that Vinnie will die if cops are involved, but also because Stephanie’s side kick, ex-prostitute Lula and the office manager, Connie, are constantly doing things that are not quite aboveboard. In fact, they are mostly down right criminal. 

As usual, Grandma Mazur causes a ruckus at Stiva’s Funeral Home, the local hang out for the over sixties crowd. She’s the only grandma I know who prefers a wheelchair to crutches, for the sympathy factor, and attends funerals to pick up guys and eat cookies. 

Throw in Mr. Jingles, the not so average protection trained pet, drug dealers, and the mysterious Ranger, a bounty hunter/security expert who manages to push every button Stephanie has, and often leaves her confused and breathing hard, and you have a funny, surprising, fast-paced story, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud in the wee hours of the morning when you should be sleeping. 

Ms. Evanovich has managed to turn out another hit, and boy, does it sizzle. 



I think an introduction is in order.  My name is Ryder Islington and I’m an author.  There are dozens of people running around in my head, doing things I’d never do. Some are killers and some are victims. Some are cops and some are criminals.  Some are children and some are adults.  My plan is to introduce you to each of them, to let you learn their back story, their dreams and their problems. I’m sure you will sympathize with some and hate others. None of them are perfect. Just like you and I, even the best of them have their faults.

 I also intend to post book reviews. Some of the books may not be new to the market, but that doesn’t mean you’ve read them. I hope that if you have a book you love, or if you’ve written a book that you’d like to have reviewed, you will contact me. I love to read, and my reviews are not just posted here. They also go to the local newspapers, not to mention the links, etc., on the net.

 My first book is coming out next spring.  I hope to have an approved title within a couple of weeks. I’d love to share the journey with you, especially if you are unpublished or newly published. There are thousands of writers out there just starting out, and even more who have been on the journey for a while but are not yet published. I want to build a community where we are all able to learn from each other.

 I happen to think we should stick together and help each other. I want you to buy my books. And I want to buy yours. I want your reviews on my website and/or blog, my books mentioned on yours, and your books mentioned on mine. I used to be a competitive person, but now I realize that writing puts you in competition only with yourself. 

I’m always open to questions. I believe in sharing knowledge. There’s enough room out there for all of us, and all of our books. There is not enough room for petty jealousies.  I want you to do well, to be published, to be successful. If I can help you, I will. If I can’t, maybe I know someone who can.

 So, let’s kick this sucker off and see what comes of it!  Stay tuned. This is gonna be fun.