Book Review: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

The Heart of Applebutter Hill author Donna Hill & Hunter walk along a path in California Redwoods: photo by Rich Hill

Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16)Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had no intention of reviewing all of the Stephanie Plum books. I don’t have time to review most of the non-Plum books I read or read all of the non-Plum books I’d like to read. Suffice it to say that all the Plum books are 5s — even the one’s I haven’t read yet. Some, however, qualify as more of a 5 than others, and this one’s a super-5.

This is the Plum novel with the hobbits. It’s the one with the ever-delightful Mooner returning to the spotlight. It’s the one where we get to see Vinnie out of his office and wearing Stephanie’s underwear. It’s the one where Stephanie explains why Trenton’s senior citizens are like the mob and the difference between how men and women behave when they’ve achieved something great. There’s plenty of food, plenty of Lula, plenty of fire and some real sweetness between Stephanie and the two men in her life.

It’s also the first Stephanie Plum novel my husband read. He doesn’t share my need to read things in order.

“It doesn’t matter what order you read them in.”

It matters, but that’s a battle for another day. At least he’s reading and enjoying them. After 16, he read 1-3 in order, skipped to 15, 17 and now he’s reading 12.

You readers who don’t have print disabilities and can’t listen to Annie Wauters read Stephanie Plum for the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped are really missing something spectacular. I can’t wait to re-read 12, and I won’t wait to start any later than this evening. The other books I’ve started will just have to wait till I’m feeling less like I’ll crack up from stress if I don’t let myself crack up from Plum.

What I really, really want is a “Rangeman” pouch for my guide dog’s harness handle; he is, after all, in the security and protection industry, and he’s already dressed in black. The heck with the “Ignore working dog” sign; no one notices it anyway.

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About Donna W. Hill

Donna W. Hill is a writer, speaker, animal lover and avid knitter from Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains. Her first novel, The Heart of Applebutter Hill, is an adventure-mystery with excursions into fantasy for general audiences. Professionals in the fields of education and the arts have endorsed it as a diversity, inclusion and anti-bullying resource for junior high through college. A songwriter with three albums, Hill provided educational and motivational programs in the Greater Philadelphia area for fifteen years before moving to the mountains. Her essay, "Satori Green" appears in Richard Singer's Now, Embracing the Present Moment (2010, O-Books), and her cancer-survivor story is in Dawn Colclasure’s On the Wings of Pink Angels (2012). From 2009 through 2013, Hill was an online journalist for numerous publications, covering topics ranging from nature, health care and accessibility to music, knitting and chocolate. She is an experienced talk show guest and guest blogger and presents workshops about writing and her novel for school, university, community and business groups. The Heart of Applebutter Hill is available in print and e-versions at Amazon, B&N, Apple, Sony, Smashwords, Create Space and other outlets. It is also available through Bookshare for readers with print disabilities.
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3 Responses to Book Review: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

  1. I remember starting the series when I could still read text and when I got to the point I could no longer read print I was so irritated. Then I tried Audible.com and things changed. I originally thought the first one or two narrators from books 1 through 6 were good and then Lorelei King entered and wow what a wonderful change. I’m sure Annie does the same with getting so into the characters it’s like a performance. It’s interesting going back to the beginning from where we are today and how the technology has evolved from answering machines and landlines to cell phones. Janet Evanovich also does a great job in engaging the readers for suggestions on future books.

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  2. I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Audible’s Lorelei King, the narrator from books #7 on up is spectacular. I’m going to have to re-read 16, oh heck I’ll probably re-read from 10 onward because the characters are fun, lovable people and Stephanie’s antics are hilarious oh and I love grandma (she’s a real hoot).

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    • I’m stuck on NLS’s Annie Wauters as my favorite reader, though she stopped reading a few books ago when they started using the commercial audio. I’ve read them all at least twice. I’m doing 10 now — Stephanie finds Ranger’s 7th floor apartment & thinks no one knows she hiding out there. Sally Sweet is driving school bus & employing a rubber band around his wrist to snap every time he swears … for the little dudes.

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