(56) Never a dull moment in NJ

Title: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Publisher: St. Martins Press
352 pages
Genre: Mystery

Synopsis: A personal case distracts the Trenton, N.J., bondswoman from tracking the usual group of eccentric skips--the kidnapping of her cousin, Vinnie, who's being held for ransom in the high six figures. As Stephanie, sidekick Lula, and office manager Connie soon realize, Vincent Plum Bail Bonds is seriously in the red due to Vinnie's gambling. Vinnie's also gotten caught up with local mobster Bobby Sunflower in a complicated scheme. Even though her sleazy cousin isn't her favorite person and chasing oddball felons isn't her ideal career, Stephanie knows family loyalty counts for something, plus she owes him for giving her a job all those years ago. So with Lula and Connie in tow--and romantic interests Morelli and Ranger lurking in the background-- Stephanie must save the day once again.

Review: I always consider Stephanie Plum novels as mind candy. I don't read too much into them and I don't expect depth just entertainment.  While this one fell a little short of its normal fun I did enjoy it.  Stephanie always seems to get herself into some kind of trouble especially with the help of her sidekick Lula.  I love Lula's diet adventures and her love of tight spandex clothing.  What more could I ask for on a 4th of July weekend.  Fun, witty, with some laugh out loud scenes.