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Wicked Business (Lizzy and Diesel Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times mega-bestselling author, is back and better than ever, proving that when it comes to hunting down bad guys and hidden treasure, the real fun is in the chase.
 
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 twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed...
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Overview

Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times mega-bestselling author, is back and better than ever, proving that when it comes to hunting down bad guys and hidden treasure, the real fun is in the chase.
 
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 twenty-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 nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences, leaving a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and spontaneous seduction.
 
Janet Evanovich does it again and gives us another exciting un-put-down-able read that is striking a chord with readers everywhere!

Get a sneak peek of The Heist, the first book in an exciting brand-new series from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg—inside!
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Lizzy Tucker was never a cheerleader or a prom queen and she didn't graduate with honors, but she can tell a story well. In this case that yarn centrally involves sleuthing partner Diesel, who she describes as "big and scruffy and beach bum blond [with] a hard muscled body, a questionable attitude, and a monkey named Carl." With that information in hand, you are ready to launch on another captivating, earthy Janet Evanovich whodunit. (P.S. In this second Lizzy and Diesel outing, the emphasis is on earthy. In Wicked Appetite, they tackled the deadly sin of gluttony. This time, it's lust.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345527783
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Lizzy and Diesel Series , #2
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 11,533
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich
Janet Evanovich is the no. 1 internationally bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

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CHAPTER ONE

My name is Lizzy Tucker, and I used to think I was normal. My hair is blond with some chemical assistance. My eyes are brown from my Grandpa Harry. I’m 5'5" tall, and my breasts measure more than my waist so I’m a happy camper. I had a mildly embarrassing childhood free from any truly significant disasters. I ­wasn’t a cheerleader or the prom queen. I ­didn’t graduate with honors. I chose culinary school after high school, where I limped my way through butchering beasts and excelled at baking cakes. I was engaged and disengaged. Good riddance to him. In January, three days after my ­twenty-­eighth birthday, I inherited a house from my Great Aunt Ophelia, and I took a job as pastry chef at Dazzle’s Bakery in Salem.

For five terrific months, I felt like my life was finally coming together. And then two men and a monkey dropped into my world and changed it forever.

One of the men is called Wulf, short for Gerwulf Gri­moire. He’s eerily handsome, with midnight black, ­shoulder-length hair that waves over his ears. His skin is pale, his eyes are dark, and his intentions are even darker. The other guy is big and scruffy, and beach bum blond. He has a hard muscled body, a questionable attitude, and a monkey named Carl. The big, scruffy guy is unexplainably charming, and he has only one name . .  . Diesel.

The men are my age. And according to Diesel, we’re part of a loosely organized band of humans with abilities beyond the ordinary. I don’t entirely believe all this, but I don’t disbelieve it, either. I recognize that some people are smarter, braver, stronger, can sing better, are luckier than others. So who’s to say some people don’t have abilities just north of normal. I mean, it’s not like he’s telling me he’s Superman from the planet Krypton, right?

This is my first October in New ­En­gland. I still love my job and Ophelia’s small, ­two-­bedroom saltbox that sits on the crest of a hill overlooking Marblehead Harbor. The house was built in 1740 and over the years has had some renovation, with varying degrees of success. It’s a little lopsided and the windows ­aren’t plumb, but it has a working fireplace, and from day one it’s felt like home.

Usually, I work from five in the morning until one in the afternoon, but today I had the day off. Rain was slanting against my kitchen windows, and the ancient maple in my backyard rattled in the wind. I was in the middle of chopping vegetables for soup when my back door blew open and Diesel stepped into my tiny mudroom. He was wearing motorcycle boots, ­washed-­out jeans, a T‑shirt that advertised beer, and an unzipped gray sweatshirt. He had a ­two-­day beard, his hair was thick and unruly and wet from the rain, and he was sex walking.

“I need you to come with me,” Diesel said. “Some guy just got pitched off his ­fourth-­floor balcony, and Wulf is involved. There’s a rumor going around that ­Wulf’s got a lead on another SALIGIA Stone. I imagine this murder fits in somehow.”

The story Diesel tells is that seven ancient stones hold the power of the seven deadly sins. They’re called the Stones of SALIGIA, and if you combine them in the same vessel you get ­really bad juju going . . .  like hell on earth. Some people believe the stones have found their way to Salem. Wulf happens to be one of those people, and he’s made it known that he wants them. Since Wulf is thought to inhabit the dark side from time to time, Diesel has been bestowed the responsibility of preventing him from collecting the stones.

“Ordinarily, I ­wouldn’t mind tagging along,” I said to Diesel, “but I’m making soup.”

“Okay, let’s take a look at what we’ve got. You can stay here and make soup, or you can go with me and save mankind from getting chucked into Satan’s stew pot.”

I blew out a sigh. Having special abilities sounds good on paper. And there are some people, like Wulf, who might enjoy the power those abilities bring, but I found the gift to be an awkward burden. I get that someone has to save mankind from the big stew pot in hell, but why me?

“To tell you the truth, I’ve never ­really bought into the whole SALIGIA thing,” I said to Diesel. “And I truly don’t feel equipped to save mankind.”

“You have a critical ability I lack,” Diesel said. “You’re one of only two people who can sense objects related to the SALIGIA Stones.”

“And you think I’ll have to use that ability at this crime scene?”

“Probably not,” Diesel said, “but you’re cute. And if I have to go look at some idiot who ­face-­planted onto the sidewalk in the rain, I’m taking you with me.”

“You think I’m cute?”

“Yeah. Can you hurry it up here, please?”

It’s sort of alarming that I can be so easily swayed by a compliment, but there you have it. I scooped the chopped vegetables into my soup pot and clapped a lid on it. I grabbed my purse off the kitchen counter, snatched a hooded sweatshirt off a peg next to the door, and stepped outside.

The cloud cover was low, the rain was turning to a drizzle, and there was a chill in the air. There were still boats on moorings in the harbor below my house, but their number was significantly decreased from the summer crush. It was definitely fall in New ­En­gland.

Diesel opened the white picket fence gate that led from my small backyard to the alley where he was ­illegally parked. He was ­driv­ing a red Jeep Grand Chero­kee that ­wasn’t new and ­wasn’t old. Usually, it was ­mud-­splattered and coated in road dust. Today, the rain had washed the top layer of dirt away and it looked almost clean.

I slid onto the ­passenger-­side seat, buckled myself in, and realized Carl was in the back. Carl looked up at me, gave me a finger wave, and smiled a horrible monkey smile. All monkey gums and monkey teeth and crazy bright monkey eyes.

I grew up in suburbia. We had cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, parakeets, and fish. Never a monkey. A monkey was a new, sometimes disturbing experience.

Diesel drove down Weatherby Street to Pleasant, Pleasant turned into Lafayette, and Lafayette took us to the bridge that crossed into Salem. We followed traffic through the center of town, cut off to the north side, parked behind a police cruiser on Braintree Street, and made our way over to where a small crowd was gathering.

This was a mixed neighborhood of commercial and residential. Cop cars, a truck belonging to the medical examiner, and an EMT truck were angle parked in front of a ­seven-­story, yellow brick condo building that looked like it had been built in the seventies. Crime scene tape cordoned off an area in front of the building, and a makeshift screen had been erected, preventing gawkers like me from seeing the body sprawled on the ­rain-­slicked pavement. Thank heaven for the screen. I ­didn’t want to see the dead guy.

“Do you know his name?” I asked Diesel.

“Gilbert Reedy. He’s a professor at Harvard. My source tells me Reedy came flying through the air and crash landed with a handprint burned into his neck.”

I felt my breakfast roll in my stomach, and my upper lip broke out in a sweat. “Oh boy,” I said. “Damn.”

Diesel looked down at me. “Breathe. And think about something else.”

“How can I think about something else? There’s a dead man on the ground, and he has a handprint burned into his flesh.”

“Think about baseball,” Diesel said.

“Okay, baseball. Am I playing or watching?”

“You’re watching.”

“Am I at the park? Or is it on television?”

“Television.”
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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    She does it again!!! As always a fast read (one day worth) I lov

    She does it again!!! As always a fast read (one day worth) I love the comedy and the hot men. I also agree with another review that some of the supporting characters seem "Grandma Mazur like". But all in all another great book from a expert novelist. Wish it was longer, but then again I think all of her books should be longer. I never want to put them down, so they are done so fast. READ! READ!! READ!!! You wont be disappointed, as no one ever is with a Janet Evanovich book!

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

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    Very good book. I loved the characters and was sorry to see it e

    Very good book. I loved the characters and was sorry to see it end.

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    Fun read

    Light, fun and a fast read. My only complaint us that I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put it down and had it read in a day. I can't wait for the next one in this series.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Good read, but way too short

    I love this series and the characters, but feel this one was too short. It felt more like a novella. I would like more story for my money, especially because the characters were fun. One complaint I had is that one of the supporting characters seems like a rehash of Grandma Mazur. I won't say more than that; I'm curious, though, if other readers will see the same Grandma Mazur-like character dropped into this book.

    Some of the humor felt uninspired--kind of like the same-old same-old lifted from the Stephanie Plum series. However, having said that, I srill was entertained and polished the book off immediately. Average Evanovich is better than many other published authors' best work.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Actually I would like to give it zero stars if possible as this

    Actually I would like to give it zero stars if possible as this was a waste of my money. I have loved all of her Stephanie Plum books and this book was such a disappointment. It seemed like every few pages was redundant of the previous pages. I can't believe there are so many reviews praising the book. I sort of wonder about their intelligence.

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    OMG!!!

    I have read every book Ms. Evanovich has written. This book is exactly like the last Diesel installment. I got really tired of the "We need to save the world" line.... Going to the library from now on!!! Took everything I had to finish this waste of money!

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    A wicked pleasure! My best friend has been reading Janet Evanovi

    A wicked pleasure! My best friend has been reading Janet Evanovich novels for years, but Wicked Business is the one that she finally insisted I read. Having just finished, I can convincingly say that I understand where her often overwhelming obsession with this author is coming from. This is the absolute perfect summer read, packed with all the perfect indulgences; action, mystery, lust. An awesome adventure throughout historic Boston, yet littered with allure and intrigue. In a moment of relaxation this summer, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Meanwhile I'll be reading the rest of Evanovich's books...

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    I might have given this 4 stars, but it is just so silly. It be

    I might have given this 4 stars, but it is just so silly. It becomes tedious. I wish she would lose the stupid monkey and the stupid cat which is nowhere near as stupid as the monkey, I admit. It seems as if every book she has written lately is vying to be dumber than the one before. It is so disappointing. Used to be I couldn't wait to open her new book. Now, though I am still reading, it is with reluctance and the anticipation of disappointment. I wish she would get back on track.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. The fact that it

    I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. The fact that it takes place not far from where I live made me enjoy it even more. If you were looking for a good beach read or afternoon escape this book would be the perfect choice.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

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    Another winner for Evanovich fans. I’ve said it before y

    Another winner for Evanovich fans.

    I’ve said it before you either love or hate Janet Evanovich’s stories. I happen to love them. Wicked Business is classic Evanovich with its quirky often juvenile humor hot men and situational comedy I found it to be great escape.
    Lizzy & Diesel are back and racing against Wulf and Hatchett to find the Lust stone. But there is another player looking for it as well. Glo is still practicing her wizardry. Hatchett is still a medieval minion and Carl is still a monkey. Another winner for Evanovich fans.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2012

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    One of the worst books

    I have read all Janet's books and the entire Stephanie Plum Series and loved them; however, this one was a big disappointment - very boring and could not wait for it to end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    A little disappointed...

    I have read the entire Stephanie Plum series and loved them all! This book was a little dull, slow and not very funny... I might not buy any more of the Wicked series...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Disappointed

    This is the only book i have been disappointed and bored with

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

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    I loved this story! Like all of Janet's other books, she has wo

    I loved this story! Like all of Janet's other books, she has wonderful and hilarious characters and characterlines. Carl is quite the pip! I love hearing his hijinks. I especially appreciate how she put in the e-book extra links where she provided a picture and small snippet of information of the various landmarks and places Lizzy and Diesel went to in their treasure hunt.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    I hate when writers do not use good English grammar. There are

    I hate when writers do not use good English grammar. There are many many examples in this book. A few examples are: Page 150 "In a couple beats" instead of "in a couple of beats". Same thing on page 151 "A couple half windows instead of "a couple of half windows." She leaves the 'of' out throughout the book and it drives me crazy.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

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    This book made me laugh hysterically! I love Lizzy and Diesel bu

    This book made me laugh hysterically! I love Lizzy and Diesel but can't wait to find out what sort of relationship Lizzy and Wulf have in the next book! And even though I wasn't a huge fan of Carl the monkey in Wicked Appetite, I'm starting to love him after reading Wicked Business! I couldn't put it down! I read it all in one day and am sad that the next book in the series won't be out for a while! Janet Evanovich is a phenomenal writer and her style is amazingly comedic and sexy! I can't wait to read the next one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    WOW I FOUGHT HARD TO FINISH THIS!

    I have red all of her books and always found myself anxious to read the next. It took everthing in me to finish this one. The story line was good but it did not keep me interested or exited to get to the end.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    Quick and fun

    I've been waiting for the second book in the Wicked series to come out. I enjoyed Wicked Appetite and thought this was a good addition to the series. Diesel is cute and sexy while Lizzy is relatively down to earth, still trying to figure out the unmentionable-thing. Don't wait too long for #3, Janet!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Love Janet Evanovich and the Lizzy and Diesel series has become

    Love Janet Evanovich and the Lizzy and Diesel series has become one of my favorites! Great sequel to her first novel in the series. Hoping for more from the author soon...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Seriously

    I just paid 6.99 for 210 pages bug off lady your not that good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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