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Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel (Lizzy & Diesel) by [Evanovich, Janet]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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'I loved this book! Funny and fast moving' (Goodreads)

'We're huge fans of Janet Evanovich... one of the most enjoyable reads of the year' (Bella)

'A well thought out and totally tickling mystery' (Now)

'Reads like a screen-play for the 1930s screwball comedy: fast, funny and furious... The rollicking plot...keeps the reader breathless' (Publishers Weekly)

'Non-stop laughs with plenty of high jinks' (USA Today)

'Janet Evanovich's madcap comic mystery is pure, classic farce' (New York Times Book Review)

'Stephanie Plum in ass-kicking form...utterly delightful' (Cosmopolitan)

'Pithy, witty and fast-paced' (The Sunday Times)

'Packed with her familiar wicked ear for dialogue, the latest Evanovich will delight her legion of fans - and with good reason. Plum is not just a smart private eye but a heroine with a sense of humour' (Daily Mail)

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12593 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345545060
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (19 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061C1N5W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Aug. 2015
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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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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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Diesel (Stephanie Plum's unmentionable friend) has found another girl, Lizzy, who it turns out is also possessed of powers!
They get together to find the mysterious Luxuria Stone which is thought by some to produce lust in some people (and certainly seems to here)! But Diesel's Dracula type cousin Gerwulf Grimoir (who can brand people with a touch from his hand!) is also after it and here is where the touble begins! Lizzie does a good deed for Gerwulf and that changes things - the stone begins to lose its lustful properties! But now they are after another stone - Saligia - and the black-leather clad Anarchy is also after Lizzie as the stone has not done what she wanted. And there are more stones to source and more people involved and more trouble and fires and explosions!
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Lizzy and her crazy entourage are back, with another Saligia stone to hunt for. Though Evanovich can still occasionally make me laugh out loud, the reason this book gets a 3 rather than a 4 star is the formulaic plot line. Slightly ditzy girl, some crazy pets (although Cat and Carl are handsdown two genius characters), strangely accommodating friends, and two drop-dead gorgeous guys fighting over the heroine. Okay, so no one quite knows what goes on in Wulf's head, but the love triangle can be spotted from a mile away. As I read this book, it felt not much different from reading a Stephanie Plum novel. But I guess that's the reason for Evanovich's success: people know exactly what to expect when they pick up one of her novels.
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Such a fan of the Plum series so thought I would try this series. Was really glad I did. Take it as a separate series altogether, but the same humour and desire to keep reading remains. Bought a used copy (classed as very good) and the copy was outstanding quality. Well worth a read.
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I've read all the Stephanie Plum books pretty much when they were published. When I got tired of waiting, I turned to this series. They're not great literature, but I really enjoy everything she writes. It was nice to have a change of scene and characters, but even better to find the humour intact. As always, there are some exceptionally funny scenes.
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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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