Finger Lickin’ Fifteen, by Janet Evanovich

Finger Lickin Fifteen
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen

I know this book only came out today, but all I did after I got home was read the latest installation of the Stephanie Plum series: Finger Lickin’ Fifteen. Almost three hours of reading and I was done. I haven’t laughed so hard while reading a book since the last Terry Pratchett novel. I laughed so hard when I hit page 243 that it took me a good five minutes to stop giggling enough that I could finish the page.

I don’t know how she does it, but Evanovich is one of the few authors I know who can pull off visual comedy in a book. For obvious reasons, humor in books is usually limited to word play or absurdity. But Evanovich can create such wacky situations for her outrageous characters, and describes them so vividly, that you can’t help but see the scenes in your head and laugh.

I know that one person who will read this post hasn’t read the book yet, so I don’t want to describe the plot. The thing about funny is that it’s so much better when you don’t know the punchline. Plus, I know it drives her crazy when I won’t tell her how it ends, or even much about the mystery. Also, there’s the fact that the purpose of this book is just to entertain. It’s brain candy and apart from the fact that I really, really enjoyed it, there’s not much else to say. If you need a good laugh and some fairly mindless entertainment, run, do not walk, to pick this one up.

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