I love this series and always look forward to the newest installment. However, since these books can generally be read in one sitting and they run somewhere around $28.00, I always get it from the library. It was finally my turn to read it, and I really enjoyed it. I give it a B+.
Recipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipolte comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head- literally. Throw in some spice- Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she'll talk to is Trenton cop Joe Morelli. Pump up the heat: Chipolte's sponsor is offering a million-dollar reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture of the killers. Stir the pot: Lula recruits bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to help her find the killers and collect the moolah. Add a secret ingredient: Stephanie Plum's Grandma Mazur. Enough said. Bring to a boil: Stephanie Plum is working overtime tracking felons for the bonds office and night and snooping for security expert Carlos Manoso, aka Ranger, during the day. Can Stephanie hunt down two killers, a traitor, and five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, and solve Ranger's problems and not jump his bones? Warning: Habanero hot. So good you'll want seconds.
This is your usual Stephanie Plum book. Cars exploding, firebombs being thrown, and crazy funny fugitives for Stephanie to catch. Of course there's the usual Morelli vs. Ranger thing going on, and of course I am a HUGE Morelli fan. I think he would provide Stephanie with some much needed stability and they just seem to be a better match. My two favorite characters, Grandma Mazur and Lula, have quite a presence in the story and that really makes the book extra better. I love them. I admit some laugh out loud moments and it was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon and early this morning. I'm glad I read it, but even more glad that I didn't buy the book.
I am not sure what I am going to read next. I have several library books I picked up Friday when the mood for shopping struck me, but should read one of my own books. I can't believe how close to the end of the year it is, and I really want to meet all of my challenges. I'm not sure if I will be able to get much reading time in today as I'm leaving for my mom's right now to go out to breakfast and then have a party to go to at 2:00. Then hubby comes home tonight, so I imagine we will spend some time catching up. I hope everyone is having a great weekend and Happy Reading!