Wicked Business

Wicked Business
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: Bantam/June 2012
Series: Lizzy & Diesel #2
Genre: Mystery/Cozy/Supernatural/Comedy

Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel.

When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences. On their way they’ll leave behind a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and general mayhem.

Diesel’s black sheep cousin, Gerwulf Grimoire, also wants the Stone. His motives are far from pure, and what he plans on doing with the treasure, no one knows . . . but Lizzy Tucker fears she’s in his crosshairs. Never far and always watching, Grimoire has a growing, vested interest in the cupcake-baker-turned-finder-of-lost-things. As does another dangerous and dark opponent in the hunt—a devotee of lawlessness and chaos, known only as Anarchy.

Treasures will be sought, and the power of lust will be unmistakable as Lizzy and Diesel attempt to stay ahead of Anarchy, Grimoire, and his medieval minion, Hatchet, in this ancient game of twisted riddles and high-stakes hide-and-seek. {goodreads.com}


Ms. Evanovich has done it again! I could not contain my laughter, which led to some embarrassing blushing by me in the waiting area of the Jiffy Lube. But this is EXACTLY why I  love this type of novel, pure slap-stick. Ms. Evanovich is completely capable at making me laugh at pure silly boy humor.  

This novel picks up right where Wicked Appetite left off: Lizzy is working hand-in-hand (and sometimes hand-on-bum) with Diesel in finding the SALIGIA stones. The stones represent the seven deadly sins (superbia, avaritia, luxuria, invidia, gula, ira, acedia). According to Diesel, those whoever possess the stones have the ability to encompass the powers of the stone (i.e. the person possessing the stone of pride will exhibit extreme pride). 

Unlike, the previous novel, Lizzy and Diesel encounter more danger to their persons. Or more specifically, danger to Lizzy’s person. Lizzy becomes the target of some cooky characters who wish to do her harm. The story line definitely grows in this addition to the series and only leaves promise for the future additions. 

Anyone who enjoys an easy, good read, with absolutely no nutritional value, should read this novel. You will not be disappointed. And once again it’s fun and fancy free tone along with the story’s growth left me with no option but to love it.  



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