Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
Book Description: 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 twenty-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 nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences, leaving a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and spontaneous seduction.
My Review: I really enjoy these Lizzy and Diesel novels. I can’t say that I like the Wicked books more than the Plum books but they are an adventure start to finish. Wicked Business is filled with funny moments just the way that the Plum books are. The similarities between the Plum books and the Wicked books has not escaped my notice but I think there are some important differences also. To start with the Wicked books have Wulf, magic and Glo.
I think that Janet Evanovich is the queen when it comes to writing sidekicks. She created Lula who is one of my favorite characters of all time. I honestly mean that. Even though Glo isn’t exactly a side kick I think she still qualifies. She helps out a lot in this book with everything from reading secret messages to babysitting Carl the monkey. (Nothing injects humor into a story quicker than a monkey, dressed as a child, creating a diversion by running amuck in a museum so Diesel can steal some magic bells.) Glo is a witch that almost always gets her spells wrong. She thinks she is Dumbledore when in reality she is Ron Weasley.
The Wicked series is about Lizzy and Diesel who are trying to find some magic stones. Seven magic stones to match the seven deadly sins. Lizzy can feel the magic of the stones and things associated with the stones that have been imbued with magical energy. The stones actually look like stones so Diesel and Wulf need someone like Lizzy to find them.
I like Wulf. He’s Diesel’s cousin and like Diesel possesses his own kind of abilities. Magical abilities. They can open locks by passing their hands over them. What else can you call that? Wulf’s supposed to be the bad guy. He is the bad guy. I think. It’s just that he returned the stone to Lizzy after she does something really courageous. Then he does something completely selfless. So I think he’s the bad guy. Maybe.
Something that the Plum series doesn’t have is Lizzy. Stephanie Plum inadvertently finds herself in dangerous situations. Lizzy puts herself in danger to do the right thing and sometimes she gets hurt in the process. Stephanie survives on luck. I’m not sure Lizzy will survive at all. Lizzy is more like the “every girl” that finds herself in an extraordinary situation but she still has to deal with things like a job and dinner. I like her more for that.
If the Plum series looks like to much with its twenty some books then start this series. Take the time to go back and read the Stephanie Plum between the numbers books (which are short) where Diesel makes his first appearance. You don’t have to but you should. The first one is Visions of Sugar Plums and takes place around the holidays. It’s perfect for this time of year and at around a hundred and fifty pages you’ll be done before the turkey is.
If you are in the mood for an adventure that is also a mystery then check out Wicked Business. It has magical stones, secret societies, secret passages and tunnels, magically appearing writing, and a monkey that likes to give Diesel the finger.
This story is about the stone of lust.
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