Judith D Collins
By: Janet Evanovich
A Lizzy and Diesel Novel #3
Publisher: Random/ Ballantine
Publication Date: 6/23/2015
My Rating: 4 Stars
Lizzy and Diesel are back in an all-new wicked adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich and Emmy Award–winning co-author Phoef Sutton.
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.
About the Author
Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.
Humor from Janet:
It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.
I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur. Website Twitter Goodreads
A special thank you to Random/ Ballantine and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Janet Evanovich returns with award-winning co-author, Phoef Sutton and dynamic duo, Lizzy and Diesel with #3 WICKED CHARMS — for a fun filled witty and crazy ride of adventure, and everything in between. Evanovich fans fell in love with hot, sexy, and mysterious Diesel (Stephanie Plum series), paired with Lizzy Tucker, who lives in a small historic house overlooking Marblehead Harbor in Massachusettes. She inherited the house from her great aunt Ophelia when she was twenty-eight and shares the house with her cat. (named Cat). A Johnson & Wales culinary school graduate, when not asked to save the world, Lizzy works as a pastry chef at Dazzle’s Bakery in Salem. She thought life was normal until Diesel popped into her life. Now weird is the new normal. Diesel is a sort of cop. He works for a loosely organized hierarchy of People with Special Abilities. His primary job was to keep his peers on the straight and narrow. When he was assigned the task of finding the seven SALIGIA Stones, the cop part of this job became secondary. As Diesel tells it, there are some people on earth who have enhanced abilities that can’t be explained in ordinary ways. Diesel as always had a talent for opening locks and special powers. Each of the Wicked tales involve the search for an ancient relic mysteriously linked to one of the seven deadly sins—in this case, greed. Turns out if two people with enhanced abilities get busy (sex), one of them will discover that their powers have gone up in smoke. Lizzy would be happy to "take one for the team"; however, not so much for Diesel. This would not be a good thing. With the setting in spook-town Salem, built around witch hunts of the late 1600s, it only intensifies the bewitching factor. Presently, Diesel, has enlisted Lizzy for the hunt – this time it is all about a treasure map and a ship. There is a billionaire, Martin, a publishing giant- he owns a bunch of newspaper and media outlets. He has a reputation as a devourer of companies; an eccentric, power-hungry megalomaniac. His great grandfather was Billy McCoy, a notorious rum runner during the Prohibition. McCoy’s partner was Peg Leg Dazzle. McCoy and Peg Leg in the midst of their illegal endeavors, came across a diary and an accompanying coin. The diary belonged to a pirate name Palgrave Bellows, and it detailed a treasure he had hidden on an island off the coast of Maine. The coin was supposed to help read Palgrave’s treasure map. Unfortunately for McCoy and Peg Leg, the map wasn’t with the diary and the coin, and they were never able to find the treasure. Lizzy and Diesel aren't the only ones searching for the lost pirate's chest. There are others who will risk it all and willing to stop at nothing to get to the fortune. One being 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. Now with the help of Lizzy’s crazy friends, Glo, Clara, Josh, they battle against the villain for a comical crazy, and wacky ride. As always, fun, humor, and some sexual romantic tension and a "cat-and-mouse" attraction between the dynamic duo. I so miss Grandma Mazur, Lulu, Stephanie, Joe Morelli, and Ranger in the Stephanie Plum Series. The audiobooks have kept me entertained for years! Have read them all. Can't wait for Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum #22) Coming Nov 17, 2015! Review Links: