Monday, October 15, 2012

Wicked Appetite & Wicked Business

by Janet Evanovich

If you made it through Evanovich's numbers series still laughing out loud and asking for more, then her new Wicked series is for you.  Forget politics, angst, and doing the dishes for just a little while, and settle down with some old fashioned fun and nonsense.

Lizzie Tucker likes her life in Marblehead, MA.  It's predictable.  She wakes up every morning at 4:10am, goes to make cupcakes at Dazzle's Bakery in Salem, and sees the same people every day.  Until Diesel comes into town. 

In the first of the series, Wicked Appetite, Diesel drags Lizzy along on a mad-capped adventure looking for the Saligia Stones.  These are seven stones, each representing one of the deadly sins. He has mostly convinced Lizzy that she has special abilities that will help them to identify the Gluttony Stone.  Hilarity ensues in this snarky comedy, aided by a monkey named Carl, a sorceress wannabe with her possibly-enchanted-broom, Cat 7143, and an evil protagonist named Gerwulf "Wulf" Grimoire.  Of course.

Wicked Business is the new book in the series, and involves Diesel and Lizzy on yet another quest looking for the Luxuria Stone.  This stone is believed by some to be infused with the power of lust.  Quirky characters, ridiculous situations, and a touch of sorcery make you laugh out loud. 

I especially enjoy listening to the audio version on which Lorelei King's clear character voices convey the perfect tongue-in-cheek tone.  You can find Wicked Appetite and Wicked Business on VBPL's eLibrary in standard print, large print, and on audio CD.  Both are also available on Overdrive as downloadable audio books, and Wicked Business is available as an e-Book in Adobe format.

If you like these two books you may want to try Mindy L. Klasky's novel, Magic and the Modern Girl.  With Evanovich's Wicked series, they share likeable female characters in a romantic comedy.


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