Becky’s Sixty-Second Book Review: “Wicked Business” by Janet Evanovich

I’ve been a little delayed in writing a review on “Wicked Business” by Janet Evanovich. Go figure, we’re five days away from Christmas. Anyway, I finished this book earlier in the week and was left with the feeling of ‘eh’.

I personally feel that Janet Evanovich is a talent writer. She focuses more on ‘candy’ books rather than anything substantial—which sometimes is exactly what I am in the mood for. I am a big fan of the Stephanie Plum novels, but after finishing the second Lizzy and Diesel book I don’t think I’ll be reading anymore.

Theoretically there should be a total of seven books in the series. I am making this guess based off the fact that the series is about Diesel searching for these special stones that represent the seven deadly sins. Lizzy has the ability to detect ‘magical’ objects and so Diesel recruits her to help. The first book in the series, Wicked Appetite was about the sin gluttony. The second book in the series, Wicked Business is about lust. As with the first book, Diesel and Lizzy are in a race with Diesel’s cousin Wulf and his ‘minion’ Hatchet to see who can get to the stone first. In “Wicked Business” there is a third competitor that comes into play which requires Diesel and Wulf to put aside their differences and come together to take down the psycho who wants the stone to take over the world.

“Wicked Business” does feature the same fun, light, and comedic air that the Stephanie Plum novels offers but to me, it just isn’t the same. I do like the fact that there are some very amusing supporting characters including one of Lizzy’s coworkers who is convinced that she is a witch and carries around ‘Broom’ because he (the broom) is stubborn about flying. Another entertaining character is Carl, a monkey that basically forced Diesel to adopt him.

Would I recommend this book? Meh, maybe…I had trouble keeping interested in it. I think most people would feel the same.


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