Overview from Barnes and Noble:Janet Evanovich, mega-bestselling author of the beloved Stephanie Plum series, is back and better than ever. Her novels, hailed by GQ as “among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction,” deliver rollicking adventure with crackling wit and hilarious mayhem. And, now, one of the hottest writers today returns with dynamic duo Lizzy and Diesel to prove that when hunting down bad guys, 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!
This is the second book for Lizzy and Diesel. Prior to this Diesel made an appears in four between the numbers books in the Stephanie Plum series. I love the setting in Massachusetts and Lizzy's job at a bakery. The idea of being around all those good smells every day sounds so enticing! Diesel has some special abilities, among them the ability to unlock things magically and Lizzy is able to feel items imbued with magic. Diesel's cousin Wulf is working against them with his minion Hatchett who has the same power. There are seven stones that need to be found and they are on the case of the Luxuira stone that either imbues love or lust. Carl the monkey is busy tagging along and making a mess with his food.
Lizzy's friends, Glo who thinks she may be a witch and has been playing around with an old spell book she brought with which she thinks she has enchanted a broom, and Clara, the bakery owner who once had special powers passed down by her ancestors but which she lost form her support network. I liked the mystery and the clues they had to unlock to find their way to the stone, it reminded me of a much less tense DaVinci Code, with words appearing only to those who believe in love or those who are truly innocent. Finding shadows and numbers and old quotes. Lizzy and Diesel are unable to act on their attraction for each other because if they do one of them may lose his or her powers, so there is sexual tension between them and Lizzy seems to be a bit attracted to Wulf as well, although they would have the same power problem between them.
It was weird not having a Stephanie Plum book come out but this one. I know the release dates were just flip flopped, but June is usually Plum time. I wonder how many beach goers out there are missing their usual dose of their favorite bounty hunter or if this one was satisfying enough for them.
- ISBN-13: 9780345527776
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Publication date: 6/19/2012
- Pages: 320
- Sales rank: 330
- Series:Lizzy and Diesel Series , #2