(Stephanie Plum Novels)
16th in Series
Published by St. Martin’s Press (June 22, 2010)
Hardcover: 320 pages
E-Book File Size: 331 KB
Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck….
Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster
Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.
Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.
Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie’s messing up local stoner Walter “Moon Man” Dunphy’s vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in security expert Ranger’s apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.
Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner’s Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip’s mysterious bottle, they just might raise enough money to save Vinnie and the business from ruin.
Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a Turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.
The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky—the only question is . . . with whom?
After book 15 I needed a little break from Stephanie Plum. The movie was o.k. but didn’t really entertain me as much as the first books did. But this month I needed to chose a book to read for the Just For Fun Challenge and this one just called out to me. I read it on a Sunday afternoon and found myself laughing out loud at Lula and Grandma’s antics. It’s funny since the movie when I read about Lula my mind pictures Sherry Shepherd but none of the other actors from the movie fill my mind the way she does. She wasn’t my first choice of an actress to play that role but she pulled it off.
This story featured Vinnie getting kidnapped and all three girls Stephanie, Connie and Lula tracking him down and rescuing him. These girls pull out all the stops using stink bombs and fried chicken to get their man, and they just kept getting into a whole heap of trouble. Morelli or Ranger and his men seem to always show up just in the nick of time to save them.
After this many books the ending is pretty predictable but the story is always crazy, fun and entertaining. Books 17, 18 and 19 are waiting patiently on my TO-BE-READ Shelf. They may pop up in future Just For Fun Reads.