Wicked Business: Lizzy and Diesel, Book 2 (Unabridged)
by Janet Evanovich
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Whether it's monkey business, funny business, or getting down to business, Janet Evanovich's Lizzy and Diesel series proves that there's no business like Wicked Business.... 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 20-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 19th-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.
This is the best ever . I love this book , I love Lizzie
Sloppily Written, Poorly Developed Imitation of Plum novels
I'm only giving this travesty of a novel the one star which I've awarded it because of the laughs. As always, when it comes to Evanovich books, it IS laugh-out-loud funny, but only for minute periods of time between the 'stupid pet tricks,' 'stupid human tricks,' the ridiculous condescension toward women (which is an unfortunate staple in the more poorly written of the Evanovich books), the poor character development, the lazy and lackluster plot and the bad copies (literally--exact copies, only with different names) of the characters and settings within the series, which could easily have been taken directly from any one of the Plum novels. I overlooked the whole anti-heroine/anti-feminism/anti-equality/women need 'big, strong, serious men to sweep in and rescue them from their silliness' thing with the Plum books. I figured that Stephanie Plum was deliberately written to over-exaggerate and point out the ridiculousness of the notions that we hold regarding women and their roles in society. Stephanie is a clumsy, perpetual damsel in distress. I really thought that was purposeful and not indicative of an oversight or ignorance of women's actual roles in society on the author's part as I read my way through the Plum books. Now however, I am revising my opinion. I feel that Evanovich, although talented, is exhibiting extreme laziness and a deplorable desire to cash in on her established [Plum] brand as well as an attempt to cash in on harmful stereotypes, ignorance and bigotry that are so dangerous throughout the world we live in today. I truly believe that Evanovich is smarter, cannier and much more talented than this, which is why she has truly disappointed me and turned me off, even after having been a longtime fan of hers. And let's not even get started on the terrible narration, which has been exhibited in many a "Plum" book (by the narrator, Lorelei King). Seriously, can she even pronounce the letter "L"? Ffs (this really bothered me throughout Wicked Appetite more so than it ever has in any of the Plum books, which can only be due to inconsistent performance where narration is concerned)! Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy! That assessment goes for all involved with this ridiculous production.