Title: Wicked Business
Author: Janet Evanovich
Version Read: ebook
Publication Date: June 19th 2012
Categories: Chick-lit, Crime, Fiction, Humour, Paranormal
Summary (Goodreads): 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.
I’m so glad Wicked Business was as good as the first book in the series, Wicked Appetite. I adore the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, and so far, Lizzie & Diesel are on par with it.
Diesel’s quest to find all of the SAGILIA stones takes on a slightly gruesome twist when a man’s body is found at the bottom of his apartment building with a handprint burnt into the back of his neck. Sounds just like Wulf right? Wrong. Someone else has a temper and serious powers, and they aren’t afraid to use either.
The second book follows Lizzie, Diesel and Carl the monkey as they try to find the Lovey stone (which is, as you may have guessed, the Lust or Invidia stone) and wind up stealing a painting, a bell, a nameplate, a museum display and a key. Although to be fair, Carl steals the key, Diesel steals the other items, and Lizzie has to put up with them being in her house.
Wulf, being who he is, is determined to get the stone as well. Unfortunately for him, his powers are waning because he had sex with a fellow Unmentionable, although he didn’t realise it at the time. Enter Anarchy (otherwise known as crazy lady), an Unmentionable in search of her idea of true love, who has an obsession with power. She takes an immediate dislike to Lizzie because Lizzie most definitely does not want to help her find the Lovey stone. Anarchy adds an interesting, if slightly messy and dangerous touch to this particular tale.
Wulf’s less than delightful sidekick Hatchet winds up with an extreme case of case because of Gloria’s attempts at magic. She is eventually able to fix it, but leaves him with an allergic reaction instead. These hilarious exploits continue when later on, after being entirely cured, Hatchet becomes infatuated with Gloria after coming into possession of the stone for Wulf.
At one point in the book, despite Wulf constantly trying to permanently prevent her from getting any of the stones with any force he deems necessary, Lizzie must decide to either leave Wulf trapped underground with a bomb or rescue him, and have them both possibly die. Proving she has not only great cupcake baking skills, but also a big heart and a large portion of bravery, Lizzie chooses to rescue Wulf. This means he owes her, in his eyes and in an interesting turn of events, he willingly gives her the Lovey stone, telling her she has made it too pure to be used for anything nasty. Wulf also rescues her from a fire cause by the ever-delightful Anarchy, and tells her they are now even.
If you are looking for an easy, light adventure, with a little bit of sexual tension and a lot of laughter then you should definitely read this and Wicked Appetite, the first novel in the series.