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Wicked Business: Lizzy and Diesel, Book 2 | [Janet Evanovich]

Wicked Business: Lizzy and Diesel, Book 2

Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel. 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 20-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust.
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Publisher's Summary

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....

Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel.

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 20-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 19th-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences. On their way they’ll leave behind a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and general mayhem.

Diesel’s black sheep cousin, Gerwulf Grimoire, also wants the Stone. His motives are far from pure, and what he plans on doing with the treasure, no one knows... but Lizzy Tucker fears she’s in his crosshairs. Never far and always watching, Grimoire has a growing, vested interest in the cupcake-baker-turned-finder-of-lost-things - as does another dangerous and dark opponent in the hunt, a devotee of lawlessness and chaos known only as Anarchy.

Treasures will be sought, and the power of lust will be unmistakable as Lizzy and Diesel attempt to stay ahead of Anarchy, Grimoire, and his medieval minion, Hatchet, in this ancient game of twisted riddles and high-stakes hide-and-seek.

©2012 Janet Evanovich (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 09-21-12
    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2011

    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain

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    "Not her best"

    I usually read epic fantasy, but for years now I have enjoyed diving into a Janet Evanovich book for some light, action packed fun. Her books are laugh-out-loud funny. I love Diesel in the "Between the Plums" books with Stephanie, and the first in this series was worth the listen (even if not quite as good as the Plum books). This one however, falls short. It never caught my attention and it took me weeks to listen to the whole thing because I kept switching to other things. The humor was not fresh, more like leftovers from the first book. And it seemed the book couldn't decide if Wolf was still the bad guy or not. Overall, I don't think I will continue with this series. I'll stick with Stephanie Plum.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda GREENVILLE, SC, United States 06-23-12
    Linda GREENVILLE, SC, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Not so wicked.."

    I have been a big fan of the Stephanie Plum series for many years and I consider Lorelei King one of the finest narrators I've ever heard. I read Wicked Appetite in written form and enjoyed that very much so I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately I found it to be a disappointment. This book just doesn't have the fun and excitement of the Plum series or the first book in this series. Carl, (the monkey), was fun in the first book but seems somewhat slow and stupid in this one. Maybe because I read the first and listened to the second? Worth listening to anyway, if only because of the reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Malmo, Sweden 07-11-12
    Jen Malmo, Sweden 07-11-12
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    "Not wicked enough!"

    This series is like a less exciting and less sexy version of the Stephanie Plum series. I like the sexual tension between Lizzy and Diesel but after listening to two books in this series, I need more than just tension to make it interesting ;-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Amory, MS, United States 10-11-12
    Brenda Amory, MS, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I like the narrater and enjoy the story."
    What did you love best about Wicked Business?

    the character's


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wicked Business?

    Glo and her spells


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lizzie saving Wolf


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    one of Glo's spells had me laughing out loud


    Any additional comments?

    Over all very enjoyable, can't wait for number 3

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda United States 10-08-12
    Lynda United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lost in History"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. Continuing adventures of Lizzy and Diesel


    Would you recommend Wicked Business to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Continuing adventures of Lizzy and Diesel


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Sometimes she was hard to understnad


    Was Wicked Business worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    ALways like Evanovich books, so if you are a fan you will like this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 10-02-12
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 10-02-12
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    "Absolutely AWESOME!"
    If you could sum up Wicked Business in three words, what would they be?

    Down Right Hilarious!!!


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    I just have to pick one? I loved them all. I love Lorelei King. She is by far my favorite narrator. You can easily tell which character is which which makes it easier to follow along.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how funny this book was. Lorelei King does an excellent job narrating. I cannot wait for the third in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren M. Cormier portland maine 10-01-12
    Lauren M. Cormier portland maine 10-01-12

    lau

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    "Cute and querky!"
    What made the experience of listening to Wicked Business the most enjoyable?

    The story moved along nicely and the characters were somewhat believable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This is Evanovich's style of story telling, you don't really get a lot of character development in this series.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Lorelie does a great job with changing the inflection of her voice to represent the various characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Portland, OR, United States 09-25-12
    Charlotte Portland, OR, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Always looking forward to the next"

    I am always looking forward to Janet E's books, and wait impatiently for the next book - this book DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Jefferson City, MO 09-22-12
    Amazon Customer Jefferson City, MO 09-22-12
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    "Great Sequel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had read the 1st one and was excited to get the 2nd one. The audible version sucked me in and had me laughing out loud. The author really can weave a fun, fast-paced story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Really, you know it's all going to work out in the end, but it keeps you on your toes thinking, "Wow, what next!"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gosh, I couldn't name just one. It's a fun read though. Hmmmm.....The dare to sleep naked, maybe Glow's spells on Hatchett, Anarchy with fire. Nope, can't pick just one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I did take just a couple of days and listened to the book on my travels.


    Any additional comments?

    Give me more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jana 29 Palms, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Jana 29 Palms, CA, United States 09-10-12
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Its good but not as good as they usually are.


    Would you recommend Wicked Business to your friends? Why or why not?

    You need to listen to book 1 to get the real drift. Unlike most of Janets other books that work in any order, just more fun in sequience


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    she is a great story teller,


    Do you think Wicked Business needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I can live without a follow up of this series


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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