Friday, 10 May 2013

Review: Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich (Lizzy and Diesel #2)

Publisher - Headline
Publication Date - 20th November 2012
Paperback - 352 pages
Genre - Paranormal/Mystery

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 3 out of 5: I liked it.

Book Info - After the mysterious death of Harvard University English professor and hopeless romantic, Gilbert Reedy, Lizzy Tucker's once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts is turned upside down. Following in Reedy's footsteps, Lizzy and her very attractive - but very unobtainable - partner, Diesel, take up his twenty-year quest to find the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust.

But soon Lizzy and Diesel discover they are not alone in their search for the stone. Diesel's cousin, Gerwulf Grimoir, also wants to wield its power to fulfil his own wicked plans, and will stop at nothing until he finds it.

Treasures will be sought and the power of lust is undeniable in this ancient quest that is full of twisted riddles and high-stakes hide-and-seek.

My thoughts - Okay, so I've said this before and I'll say it again... the best thing about Janet Evanovich's writing is the humour. It is impossible to read one of her books without laughing out loud - a lot! That makes this book a perfect light-hearted read to relax with after a busy day. Something that doesn't tax the brain too much but is sure to cheer you up and make you laugh.

The other thing that Ms. Evanovich excels at is creating loveable and very colourful characters. It's absolutely impossible not to love all of the characters in this book. Even the villain of the piece is so over-the-top evil that she's funny. In Wicked Business, even a monkey and a broom become characters in their own right, and that takes a lot of skill.

The one main downfall of this book, and I have found the same to be true of most other books I've read by this author, is that the plot is fairly predictable and simple. There were no real twists along the way and there were no really exciting events either. So, all-in-all, the plot was pretty bland.

Summary - Although the plot leaves a fair amount to be desired, the characters and the humour do make this an enjoyable read. If you are looking for a light and humourous read to make you laugh out loud, while not making you have to think a whole lot, then this is the book for you.

Other books in the series:
1. Wicked Appetite
2. Wicked Business


barklesswagmore said...

I am so behind I hadn't realized Evanovich had even started another series. Is this a spinoff of the Plum books? I remember reading about a character named Diesel in the last "between the plums" I picked up.

Girl!Reporter said...

I absolutely adore Janet Evanovich's books, although I prefer the Stephanie Plum series to this one. I do find her novels a bit predictable, but that's part of the joy - they don't require you to think too much. Plus they're hilarious.


Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

barklesswagmore - I honestly couldn't tell you if this is a spin off series as I haven't read any of the "between the plums" books. Sorry I can't help more :)

Girl!Reporter - I agree, I prefer the Stephanie Plum novels too... although this series is also very funny. But yes, definitely a book where you don't have to think too hard :)

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