Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Published by St. Martin's Press, 2010

Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives.  Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston's North Shore.  Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down--and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewolf Grimorie.  The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony.  Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn't always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.  

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This book is such a great time!! I loved it!  Lizzie has recently inherited a house from her Great Aunt Ophelia which she loves although it needs more work than her bank account can sustain.  She works in a bakery, Dazzle's, in Salem with two great gals, Clara and Glo.  Glo is attracted to the possibility of  magic, has recently purchased a spell book, and always follows her whims which leads Lizzie into being the recipient of first a one-eyed cat named Cat 7143 and later a monkey named Carl.  I really liked Clara but I loved Glo--she is definitely the type of friend who brings adventure into your life (whether you want it or not!).

Lizzie first encounters Wulf, when he beckons to her at the bakery and when she goes out to meet him, takes her hand in his, places a fingertip to the back of it, and leaves a blister-burn mark.  Then he takes off.  Not too long after that Diesel turns up...and then never really leaves.  Lizzie isn't too sure that she believes Diesel when he tells her that she is an Unmentionable who can feel the power of enchanted objects.  And that he needs her help to find the stones in which the seven deadly sins have been housed.  First up is the Gluttony Stone which has been divided into pieces and given as part of an inheritance to various members of the More family.  Diesel needs Lizzie to help him find the enchanted objects which make up the missing stone. 

The various ways in which gluttony are represented are very creative and the way that Lizzie reacts when she is too near the charms had me laughing out loud.  Janet Evanovich has a way with zippy dialogue and hilariously funny one-liners and I very enthusiastically turned the pages of this book way past the time I should have turned the lights out and gone to sleep.  I especially enjoyed the shopping trip to the grocery store with Diesel, Lizzie and Carl, the monkey, who they tried to pass off as a very hairy child.  Oh, and when Glo found a broom that she was convinced she could spell to fly--hee, hee, hee!

I was never so thankful to have a sequel than when I reached the last page of Wicked Appetite...I immediately pulled out Wicked Business--be watching for a review of it soon!

This book rates (a very enthusiastic) 5/5.  

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