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4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Business
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...
Published on 12 July 2012 by S Riaz

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2.0 out of 5 stars Only read this if you have nothing better
Pretty predictable Evanovich, just a rerun of previous book, some funny moments. Ms Evanovich needs to rethink her ball game!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for laughs, 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one, 12 April 2013
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It was ok but not the usual page turner - Lizzy is OK but Cat 174 is cool! But a monkey in Uggs?
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4.0 out of 5 stars quite a fun read, 18 Mar 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always, 9 Mar 2013
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Janet Evanonvich ever invent funny and full of life and energy, great. I just started on the full series which are also full of her enviable imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 21 Feb 2013
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This is just as good as the first book! I love this series. However, I need more of them :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, 6 Feb 2013
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If you want to relax with a book this is the one for you. Her style is brilliant - this is the one for when life is too serious and you need to be taken out of yourself for a while. I have read all of her books and can't wait for the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked, 5 Feb 2013
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Love Janet Evanovich books I can always get totally lost in them. Think the 2 of them need to get it on though - who gives a stuff about special powers if the bloke is fit!!!! Arrived in good time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wicked business, 26 Jan 2013
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very funny,just what i expect from Janet E......Lizzie and Diesal make a very funny detective(!) pair as they stumble around looking for stone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars they're back!, 19 Jan 2013
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another fun filled frollic with Lizzy and Deisel on the hunt for the luxuria stone. They feel nicely familiar, like old friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars diesel is back, 11 Jan 2013
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great for Stefanie Plum fans. I rate those as 5 star, This is almost as good, very enjoyable. Not quite so many different threads interwoven , maybe another man in her life?
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