Wicked Charms: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel
by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
I always enjoy reading the latest book from Janet Evanovich, whether it’s one of the books from the Stephanie Plum series or the Fox and O’Hare series or this one, the Wicked series with Lizzy and Diesel. We first met Lizzy and Diesel in the Stephanie Plumb (Numbers) series, but they work much better in their own series since magic and “special abilities” really aren’t a part of the Numbers series. This book takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, and continues the quest that started in the first of the Wicked Books. Each of the books are complete in and of themselves; this isn’t a serial novel, but it helps to understand the story and characters if you read them in order.
Ms. Evanovich has teamed up with Phoef Sutton to write this book, but that doesn’t do anything to detract from the writing; in fact this may be the best book in the series. I think that Wicked Charms finally fulfilled the promise of this series. The story is funny, but still exciting; and the various characters are really coming into their own. In some ways, I am starting to look forward to seeing what Lizzy and Diesel are up to more than what Stephanie’s next adventure will be.
The Wicked series is a bit different. It combines a dose of magic and “special abilities” to a cozy mystery. Then there is the Janet Evanovich style of romantic interest and humor. All of this is mixed in just the correct proportions. What comes out is a very funny, sexy, lighthearted, supernatural, mystery; that can be enjoyed by either sex. If this sounds like something you might like to read, I would suggest that you start with the first book in the series, Wicked Appetite.
I give Wicked Charms 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up! Read it, you will have fun.
I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.
Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice—the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas . . . or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine.
Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one.
Wicked Charms is a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they’re living a charmed life.
Series: Lizzy & Diesel (Book 3)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam (June 23, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
About the Authors
Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.
Phoef Sutton is a writer, producer, and novelist who has written for shows such as Cheers, News Radio, and Boston Legal. Sutton is also the winner of two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award.