Wicked Charms

Wicked Charms

by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton

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Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Lizzy and Diesel are back in an all-new wicked adventure from Janet Evanovich and Emmy Award–winning co-author Phoef Sutton.
 
Before he was 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.

Praise for Wicked Charms
 
“Delivers what Evanovich’s readers have come to expect: laughs, oddball situations, quirky supporting characters, and a dash or two of romance.”Examiner.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553392739
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 77,972
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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, 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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey

Education:

B.A., Douglass College, 1965

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

My name is Lizzy Tucker, and I live in a small, slightly tilted historic house that sits on a hill overlooking Marblehead Harbor in Massachusetts. I inherited the house from my Great-­Aunt Ophelia when I was twenty-­eight, and I’m not much older now. I share the house with a tiger-­striped shorthaired cat. When he was rescued from the shelter his tag said Cat 7143, and it’s stuck as his name. Cat has one eye, half a tail, and I’m pretty sure he was a ninja in a past life. I’m a Johnson & Wales culinary school graduate, and when I’m not being asked to save the world I work as a pastry chef at Dazzle’s Bakery in Salem.

It was ten o’clock at night, Cat and I were watching television in bed, and a big, scruffy, incredibly hot guy walked into my bedroom.

“What the heck?” I asked. “Where did you come from?”

“Originally? Switzerland, but I was mostly raised in Southern California.”

“That’s not what I mean. What are you doing in my ­bedroom?”

He kicked his shoes off. “I’m undressing. And then I’m going to bed.”

“No! Not allowed.”

“Extenuating circumstance,” he said, peeling off his shirt. “I’m between places of residence.”

“I don’t care if you’re between a rock and a hard spot. You can’t stay here.”

His jeans hit the floor. “Of course I can. We’re partners.”

“We’re not that kind of partners. We work together. We’re not supposed to be . . . you know.”

“Don’t get your panties in a bunch. I have total ­self-­control.”

I leaned forward for a closer look. “Are those parrots on your boxers?”

“I got them in Key West. Cool, right?”

Okay, I have to admit it. The whole package was cool. The guy’s name is Diesel. That’s it. Only one name. And the name suits him because he plows over you like a freight train. He’s over six feet of hard-­muscled male perfection. His dark blond hair is thick and sun-­streaked and perpetually mussed. His eyes are brown and unreadable. His smile is like Christmas morning. His attitude is deceptive—­casual on the outside but intense on the inside. His moral code is all his own.

“All right. You win,” I said, knowing there was no way I could physically remove him. “You can sleep on the couch.”

He stuck his thumb into the waistband on his boxers. “I don’t fit on the couch.”

“Hey,” I said. “Wait a minute!”

Too late. The boxers were on the floor with his shirt and jeans.

I clapped my hands over my eyes. “I can’t believe you just did that.”

“I sleep nude. Women don’t usually mind.”

“I mind!”

“I get that,” Diesel said. “Move over.”

I have a queen-­size bed. Plenty big enough for me and Cat. Not big enough for me and Cat and Diesel. Truth is, I wouldn’t mind getting romantic with Diesel, but we have an odd relationship. Diesel isn’t normal. And it would seem that I’m not normal, either. I thought I was normal until Diesel popped into my life shortly after I moved to Marblehead. Now weird is the new normal.

The way Diesel tells it, there are some people on Earth who have enhanced abilities that can’t be explained in ordinary ways. They might be useful abilities, such as Diesel’s talent for opening locks. Or they might be hellacious powers, such as calling down lightning or levitating a garbage truck. Crazy, right? It gets even better. Supposedly there are seven ancient stones that hold the powers of the seven deadly sins. They’re known as the seven SALIGIA Stones. If these stones fall into the wrong hands, all hell will, quite literally, break loose. I’m one of two people in the world who have the ability to locate the stones. Sort of like a human divining rod. Lucky me. So far, Diesel and I have acquired two of the stones, nearly getting blown up and kidnapped and chopped into tiny pieces with a broadsword in the process. When we find a stone, Diesel sends it off to some higher power for safekeeping. At least that’s his story.

“We’re not supposed to sleep together,” I said.

“Sleeping is okay. Getting busy not so much.”

Turns out if two people with enhanced abilities get busy, one of them will discover that their special powers have gone up in smoke. If I could be sure it was my special powers that would disappear, I’d be happy to take one for the team. But what if it was Diesel who got cleaned out? I’d be on my own to save the world. This wouldn’t be a good thing.

I grabbed a pillow and put it between us. “Just to be safe,” I said.

“Sweetheart, if I decide to risk my abilities, that pillow isn’t going to save you.”

. . .

My alarm went off at four-­fifteen in the morning, and I rolled over into Diesel. He was deliciously warm, he smelled like gingerbread cookies, and the pillow was missing.

“Hey,” I said. “Are you awake?”

“I am now.”

“Something’s poking at me under the covers,” I said. “That better not be what I think it is.”

“Maybe you should take a look just to be sure you’ve identified it correctly.”

“That would be awkward.”

“I could deal,” Diesel said.

“It might lead to . . . things.”

I sensed him smile in the dark room. “No doubt.”

He moved over me and kissed me. There was some tongue involved, and heat flooded into every part of me. So maybe I could save the world on my own if it came down to that, I thought. Maybe I didn’t care if one of us lost our abilities. Maybe I just cared about running my hands over every fantastic part of him, and then following it with my mouth, and then the inevitable would happen. Oh boy, I really wanted the inevitable.

“Damn,” Diesel said.

“What? What damn?”

He slipped out of bed and got dressed in the clothes that were lying on the floor. “There’s a problem,” he said.

“Can you solve it?”

“Absolutely.” He laced up his shoes. “I’ll be back.”

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Wicked Charms 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton is the third book is the Lizzy and Diesel series. I adored this book! Lizzy Tucker lives in Marblehead Harbor, Massachusetts and works as a baker for Dazzle’s Bakery. That is when she is not out saving the world with Diesel (just Diesel)! It turns out that Lizzy has two unique abilities. Lizzy has the ability to find the Saligia Stones. There are seven of the stones and they have only found two of them. Lizzy is touring the Pirate Museum with Glo (that’s her name) and Glo’s boyfriend, Josh (who talks like a pirate all the time). She touches a cage containing a peg leg pirate and it comes crashing to the ground. Turns out a real skeleton (with a peg leg) was in the cage. Lizzy gets to meet coroner, Theodore Nergal. Nergal is a very nice guy with a special ability of his own (he had never told anyone about his ability before and was glad to find other people with abilities). Turns out there an unusual coin in the peg leg. They will need to find all eight pieces (get it: pieces of eight). They need the full coin to read the map. They can then find the location of the latest stone (Blue Diamond of Babur). Lizzy and Diesel have to battle and outwit Wulf (Gerwulf Grimoire is his full name and is actually Diesel’s cousin) as well as Martin Ammon (a rich and powerful man). Along the way there will be a few hiccups (like Glo using her spell book incorrectly) and almost death incidents (Glo and Lizzy almost drown). Hopefully, good will persevere over evil in the end! I give Wicked Charms 5 out of 5 stars. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. Doozy, my dog, did not know what to make of my laughing at first. Then he got all excited and starting doing his little jack rabbit jumps all over my bed! There are some great lines and memorable characters (Steven Hatchet is a riot) in this book. I have not read any other books in this series, but I will definitely read them now. This is one of best books I have read in quite a while. I was hooked from the beginning and did not want this book to end. I received a complimentary copy of Wicked Charms from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The reviews and opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Used to love anything Evanovich, read everything written,last couple of years books are rushed and readers can tell the author has simply lost interest.......a shame
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Won't continue this series . ....too Ridiculous to read. What has happened to Janet, she is better than this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring! Predictable! I am not one of the readers that get a free book, so I am not obligated to give a rave review. The story is plain dumb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. We need the rest of the series. Please finish soon. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book will definitely make you smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Far out there, but entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminds me of early books of Plum Series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE Janet Evanovich fan! I just could not get into this series. I love the Stephanie Plus series, but just couldn't get into this one. I really wanted to like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dialogue was ridiculous,in that every crisies was resolved with a wink and a grin. Tiresome dialog.
kate58KH More than 1 year ago
This is not worth the time or the money spent. 200 pages of ridiculous plot line. Janet used to be one of my very favorite authors and I would look forward to her new books. But this series and the by the numbers series have really gone down in terms of a quality read. Great characters in this series ... but the character development is just shallow and feels like it was written for a teen audience. I will no longer preorder any of the Evanovich novels ... I'll wait to see if other folks feel like the stories are being written in the 'old' Evanovich style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting a long time for the 3rd installment of the Wicked series and I've yet to be disappointed! I can't get enough!
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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I love the Janet Evanovich books. They are all fun, yet each series is very different. In this series, Lizzy Tucker is a baker in Salem. She has a couple of gifts, one is to bake magic cupcakes, the other is to sense the seven Saligia Stones. Along comes Deisel, who's job it is to recover the stones and destroy them so no one has their power. This is the third book in the series. In this story, Lizzy and Diesel are trying to recover the Avarice Stone (greed). Martin Ammon is also trying to recover the stone. He believes he is the Demon god Mammon. Of course Wulf, Diesel's cousin is also in the hunt. There is a treasure map that can only be read using a coin that has been cut up into 8 pieces. Once Lizzy and Diesel find all the pieces, they are able to begin the search for the Stone. AS well as the stone, there is a treasure worth millions of dollars at stake. While all this is going on, Lizzy and Diesel are developing a relationship that could result in one of them losing their powers. There is a lot of sexual innuendo and some murders along the way, but it is a fun read. As in any Janet Evanovich book, you have a cast of incredible supporting characters. Here we have Glo, a witch in training with Broom and a Magic 8-ball, Josh, a Buccaneer American, Martin Ammon, psycho eccentric billionaire with big delusions of owning the world and lots of others.  ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
  Wicked Charms,A Lizzy and Diesel Novel,  Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews  Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers Well, if you’ve read books one and two you’ll know this isn’t a heart stopping, scary, hide head under cushions type thriller, but a slapstick type mystery to solve. Once again Lizzy and Diesel have paired up to find another  SAGLIA Stone, this time the one for greed. Its the same kind of comedic read, with Lizzy going from one drama to the next, getting into constant danger, and being rescued just in time. Cat takes a lesser role which I missed, I like him, but Carl also appears less and that's great, as to be honest his “Eeps” and “giving the finger” are getting boring and simply annoying. It was funny the first few times but but when it was mentioned for what seemed like the twentieth time just in the first book, the humour had long since worn off. Glo is in the thick of this adventure, accompanied by Broom – she’s scatty, and a great addition to the gang with her haphazard spells, and of course there’s Clara the bakery owner. I do wonder how they ever manage to make money as it seems secondary to helping Lizzy and Diesel at times.  The connection between Lizzy and Diesel is as hot as ever, he’s a jerk at times but does seem to genuinely feel something for Lizzy other than simply attraction, and they’ve worked a sneaky way round the “two unmentionables must not get together” edict!!  Its a fun read, light-hearted and very much like the first two. For devoted fans it’ll be a book to devour but though I enjoyed it there’s too much similarity to books one and two for me to give a higher star rating. Its well written but nothing new really jumping out at me, and if the search for the next four stones are like this then its one I’ll pass on even though I’ve enjoyed the humour of these first three stories.  Stars: Three, fun read but nothing new added from first two.  ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers  
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Another Great Lizzy and Diesel Book! This is another great book; this is the third book in the Lizzy and Diesel series by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton. Lizzy finds a mummified corpse that was murdered centuries ago. Lizzy and her partner Diesel are in search of the Stone of Avarice and it is connected to the coin that is found on the corpse who ends up bing the notorious bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle. The coin was cut into several pieced and holds the key to reading the treasure map, which will lead them to the Stone of Avarice. The stone is rumored to cause greed in the people who hold the stone. Lizzy and Diesel along with their friends and Carl the monkey are on the race to find the stone before Diesel’s cousin Wulf or the many others in search of the stone. This book is full of the wonderful characters from the other books that I love and had many laugh out loud moments. I can’t wait until the next book comes out.  A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoy Janet Evo novices writings. The Plum series was enjoyable, (but I do think it's time to close that door and move on). Where have Lizzy and Desert gone? A new series was started and then left to hang, not accetable. Janet, you now have an obligation to finish this. Stop creating new series, finish the others first. You have great wit and I enjoy your books, as do many others. Please don't let us down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all three of the books in this series. I wish Janet would write books 4 thru 7. Debbie
blacksmithgl More than 1 year ago
I love the Wicked series and hope the team continues on with the rest of the Deadly Sins. I was disappointed to see Diesel appear in the last Plum book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. When will the next one be out????
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love these books. I can't wait for the fourth to come out. I hope there is one for every stone!