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Following on from Wicked Appetite, this is the second in the Lizzy and Diesel series. As we discovered in the first book, there are Seven Stones of Power, the Saligia Stones, each representing one of the Seven Deadly Sins. In the first novel, Diesel was trying to stop his cousin Wulf discover the Gluttony Stone. Now, their search turns to the Lust, or Luxuria Stone. Frankly, Lizzy already has enough lust for Diesel, but they both have special powers and if two people with such powers become romantically entangled then one of them will lose their abilities - and it might be Diesel.

Half the fun of a good series is the enjoyment of meeting old friends again and the author not only reintroduces us to the gorgeous Diesel and smart, witty Lizzy, as well as the dark and dangerous Wulf and his hilarious sidekick Hatchet, but gives greater prominence to Glo and introduces some new characters in the form of the elderly Sandman and the, more than slightly insane, Anarchy. This search includes the death of a Harvard Professor of Elizabethan Literature and the work of poet John Lovey, sonnets, spells, secret tunnels and, of course, cupcakes. Great fun and I think I enjoyed this book more than the first, as the series is settling down into something quite special and I look forward to reading about the next deadly sin.
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on 13 September 2012
if you want something nice and simple, funny, entertaining and different then this is an awesome book. dont expect it to be a hard hitting crime detective novel because...."cupcake, it just doesnt cut it". even better this one has a decent ending!
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on 18 July 2013
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I had the same dilemma with this book that I experienced with Book 1, it took me forever to read this book. The review copy (hardback) was sent to me months and months ago and I could never finish it. But I keep re-picking it up because I feel guilty that somebody made the effort of sending me this book and I hadn't read it. But I finally finished it. As you can see this book is not that fast-paced for me. Another downer for me about this series is that the main protagonist, Lizzy, is just this side of stupid. However, she is painted as a baker and not as a kick-ass ninja so being too stupid to live is something that might be expected of her character. Still annoyed me a little though... Book 1 saw Lizzy and Diesel chase around for the first stone of power. This book picks up where Book 1 left off and this time around it's for the second stone of power, the Luxuria Stone. There are supposedly seven stones of power. I am starting to worry that the entire series might be monotonously like this with seven books. Because judging by the first two books thus far, it is feeling like it is going to be like that... Wicked Business is exactly like Wicked Appetite with the only difference is that the stones they are running after are stones one and two respectively. So I think I'm going to stop reading this series for now and just wait for the seventh book to get released before picking it back up again then I can read them one right after the other until the finale of the series.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3.5
Ending = 3.5
World building = 3.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 2
Plot = 3.5

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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This is the second book in this entertaining series of spooky mysteries featuring Lizzie, Diesel a cat called Cat and a monkey called Carl, not to speak of Wulf, Glo and various other people. Diesel and Wulf - good and evil (sort of) - are both searching for seven stones which if one person finds them all could plunge the world into anarchy. Lizzie, apart from baking very good cupcakes, has a special ability to be able to sense important objects if she holds them - very useful when the stones everyone is searching for could be masquerading as almost anything.

This is a light hearted read with plenty of amusing incidents along the way and plenty of strange and eccentric characters. This series in nothing like my usual sort of reading but I am finding it absorbing reading and I like the author's writing style and her characters. I love Glo with her book of spells and how they never turn out quite right somehow when she does them.

If you want something a bit different in mysteries then try this book or this series. It doesn't matter too much if you read them in any order as the quest Lizzie, Diesel and Wulf are on is explained in each book.
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on 23 June 2012
This is a fantastic book - everything that is great about Janet Evanovich - quick plot, great diaglogue and all the humour you would expect. Sadly Amazon have decided to rename it Wicked Business (Diesel 2) so you need to buy that instead. I got ripped off having bought this on pre-order so the price guarantee didn't kick in. Thouroughly recommend the book, but not under this section of Amazon. Did try customer services but woman on end of phone kept talking to me like I was thick and that they were different books. enjoy the book - just make sure you buy the right version - it means you have enough to buy another one of Janets great books - try a Stephanie Plum between the numbers - Diesel is in there too!
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on 29 April 2013
While reading Wicked Business I felt like I was going through a Stephanie Plum novel that simply took place in a different world. Almost every main character in this book reminds me of someone else in the latter series. Lizzy is Stephanie in disguise, and Diesel looks and sounds so much like Ranger that it wouldn't be too difficult for a reader to confuse the one with the other.

What saves this new series of becoming a simple copy of the old one is the author's wicked sense of humor. When you read a Janet Evanovich novel you know that you'll smile a lot, and every now and then laugh-out-loud, and that's not something a reader could or should ignore. Her novels are not so much meant to intrigue the reader or give him food for thought; they are meant to entertain him.

Lizzy and Diesel are two people with supernatural powers and strong feelings for each other who, for some reason, can never be together. Their relationship is not strictly professional, but it can never become purely emotional either. They work together as investigators of sorts, in order to stop bad people from doing bad things, including Diesel's cousin, Wulf, but at the same time they try to lead something like a normal life. However, these two and normalcy don't go together, as they have too many enemies who are willing to do anything to hurt them. But, at the same time, they have a few friends as well; a master baker, a wise woman who owns an old bookshop and Glo, a sidekick who's as colorful as they come: she dresses funny, loves going out on blind dates, and has a heart of gold; a heart that will make her help one of their enemies. Glo, reminds the reader, in more than one ways of Kenzie from Lost Girl, the TV series, something that makes her all the more interesting.

I believe that anyone who loves the Plum novels will like this book as well, as it does have a lot of action, a little bit of mystery, interesting characters, a... genius of a monkey called Carl, and a cat that goes by the name of Cat 7143. If you're looking for an antidote to everyday boredom this might just be the book for you. 7/10
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 December 2012
Wicked Business - A Lizzy and Diesel novel Janet Evanovich

I was supplied with this copy by publisher but as always on the basis that my opinion is honestly held and not influenced by whether the book was free or paid for. Integrity of reviewers is important to me, and false reviews do no favours to authors or readers.
Although Janet is a huge selling author I've never read any of her books (so many books so little time :( it seems ) so didn't know what style to expect. I really enjoyed it - its the second so far in a series. I didn't know the back story about Lizzy and Diesel from the first book but that didn't matter as it soon became clear what was happening and how the characters interacted. The characters are a great mix and foil for each other, steady, patient Clara the bakery owner where Lizzy works, dizzy Glo who is convinced her broom is magic and can do a few simple spells - she's great fun, then there's grim, scary Wulf and his assistant Hatchett, Lizzy herself and the delicious Diesel who she lusts after (and who wouldn't!!) but is off limits - as people with magic if they connect one would lose power and diesel is worried it may be him.
Diesel and Lizzy are on the search for the second SALIGIA, stone, unfortunately so are Wulf anf Hatchett and someone else....and they search turns into a madcap adventure of danger and intrigue wrapped up with slapstick comedy moments. Overall the tone is humorous chick-lit style - with a splash of forbidden romance thrown in for good measure. Its an easy to read book, no flicking back madly to see who came from where and what they are doing but an adventure that paces along happily with moments that made the Other Half say " what are you laughing at?" - I couldn't help it, Janet manages to catch me out with her sense of humour. Its a great treat to find a prolific authors who's works I haven't read - a whole new seam of books to be mined.
The book is a good length - I prefer something that really allows the story to flow into different areas and sub plots - and written so that its nicely finished although its clear it's one in a series there's no horrible cliffhanger ending. I really really hate those with a passion and they seem to have become really prevalent lately! I've been reading the paper back version although its also available on kindle and looking at the sample appears to be error free - as you'd expect from a big publisher but its amazing how often kindle format problems creep in and spoil a book so its something I always look at. Pricing is fair at £5.27 for 352 pages in paperback (on Amazon - recommended price is £7.99) and £4.99 for 321 pages on kindle version. Some big names have been increasing prices recently and I'm pleased to see Janet and Headline have kept prices affordable.
Stars: Impeccable writing as far as grammar etc go, plots that flow well and believable characters, along with a story with touches of magic and romance that had me hooked and guessing what was going to happen so it has to be ... five stars.
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on 9 December 2012
I received this book from Headline Review through Nudge

Lizzy Tucker is a pastry chef who up until recently thought of herself as perfectly normal. That was before she met Diesel though. Diesel is not quite human although he looks just like a gorgeous, even hot, man. Diesel, no other names, has revealed to Lizzy that she has the gift to detect special powers in objects. It is a power Diesel doesn't have (although he does have plenty other ones) and one he needs in his quest to stop the world from descending into hell. When the story starts a Harvard English professor has plunged to death from his balcony. And because Diesel is convinced this death has something to do with his quest, he and Lizzy visit the scene and, thanks to Diesel's monkey, Carl, recover a small key. A key that holds a clue to the whereabouts of a Saligia Stone, one of seven stones which, when brought together, will mean the end of the world. This particular stone is connected to both true love and lust and it is up to Diesel and Lizzy to find it before others do. Because there are others who want this and the other stones for their own, evil, purposes. First of all there is Diesel's cousin Wulf and his scary assistant Hatchet. But there is also another adversary, known only by the name Anarchy who is determined to get her hands on the stone regardless of the costs involved. A mad-cap hunt from clue to clue, from impossible situation to even more impossible situation follows. Assisted by Diesel's monkey, Lizzy's friend Glo, who may or may not be a witch, and her unflappable employer Clara, the unlikely duo sets out to find the stone, save the world while trying to keep their hands off each other. Because giving in to the attraction between them would put a stop to everything.

Confused? That doesn't surprise me. But, you are just going to have to take my word for it when I say that the story makes a lot more sense when you are actually reading it. At the same time, this is not a serious story. In fact, this is a "suspend your disbelief" sort of read on many levels. Of course there is the fantasy element of the seven stones that need to be saved, and the special powers Lizzy, Wulf, Diesel and several other characters have. But even "normal" elements in this story are far from that. People don't have as casual a reaction to being threatened or hurt as the characters in this story do. But, that is all part of the fantasy Janet Evanovich has created for her readers, and for some reason it all makes a weird sort of sense while you're in the middle of the story.

Of course, Janet Evanovich, best known for her Stephanie Plum books, has a talent for creating quirky, loveable and entertaining characters. She knows how to put them in impossible situations and get them out again, against the odds. The dialogue between the characters is funny and sparkles, regularly puts a smile on the reader's face and even brings the occasional laugh out loud moment. The story is fast-paced without a single boring moment and very easy to read.

This is the second book in a series, and although I didn't read the first one, I can't say that caused me any problems. Everything the reader really needs to know is explained without taking the flow out of the story. It is quite possible that I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read the prequel, but I never felt as if I was missing out on vital information.

In short, this is a fun read, not to be taken (too) seriously. Fast-paced and light-hearted this is the perfect book for a rainy weekend or any other time you need some light relief.
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Wicked Business is the second book in the Lizzy and Diesel series by Janet Evanovich. Having secured the Gluttony stone, Lizzy is soon enlisted by Diesel to help him find the Lust stone. It seems that Harvard Professor Gilbert Reedy has been murdered, in a decidedly Wulf-like manner, for his recently-purchased book of Lovet Sonnets, which are apparently instrumental to finding the Lust stone. In between baking cupcakes and apple-cinnamon doughnuts at Clara Dazzle's bakery, Lizzy and Diesel follow a series of embedded clues in the form of quotes and secret messages, to find said Lust (or is it True Love?) stone and its associated tablet. They find themselves competing with Wulf and his minion, Hatchet, as well as a scary female calling herself Anarchy, whilst being ably (or perhaps not so ably) assisted by Glo's spells, Clara's advice and Nina's magic powders. Risking imprisonment, Lizzy finds herself stealing a Van Gogh, raiding a tomb, posing as a waiter, robbing a museum and removing a historic brass plaque, as well as babysitting the Sandman and spending quite a bit of time in tunnels with rats. Lizzy also saves a life and is herself saved from certain death. Whilst the monkey, Carl, is still present, he is less obnoxious than he has been and actually occasionally helpful. More of Cat 7143 would be good. It will be interesting to see if/when Evanovich writes more of this series. Quite a fun read.
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on 12 December 2012
Pretty predictable Evanovich, just a rerun of previous book, some funny moments. Ms Evanovich needs to rethink her ball game!
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