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Review: 6. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich...

January 11, 2011
How does one turn down a Diesel book? Well, in my case, one doesn't!

wicked appetite
Title: Wicked Appetite
Author: Janet Evanovich
ISBN-13: 9780312652913
Hardcover: 313 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Waukesha Public Library

drey's thoughts:
This one's not a Stephanie Plum novel, but does feature Diesel, that six-foot-plus tall yummilicious babe-on-a-stick*. Instead of bothering my gal Steph, Diesel's trying to get Elizabeth Tucker (Lizzy) to help him find the pieces of one of the Seven Stones of Power. A Stone exists for each of the seven deadly sins, and it just happens that the one in Salem is for Gluttony.

Someone else is looking for the stone too though, and things gets a bit crowded around Lizzy. Mayhem quickly erupts, especially when she finds herself with a one-eyed cat and a finger-flashing (you know which one!) monkey named Carl...

Character: I like Lizzy, and even if she's not quite as endearingly klutzy and inept as Steph, she is entertaining. She's especially entertaining as she succumbs to the bits of the Stone that she and Diesel find... Her sidekick's Gloria, who thinks she can cast spells out of a magic book. And who knows, maybe she can! Lizzy's boss is Clara, who's sane. Have I mentioned sane? Sanity is required when one of your employees is casting spells at your customers and the other is hanging out with abnormal pets (see monkey reference above). The "guest appearances" are by the four siblings who inherited the pieces of the Stone, and out of the four I liked Shirley best. Sure, she was introduced first, but she's also the one who made me laugh the most. Then again, it's not like she could help it. You'll have to read the book to find out what I mean. *grin*

Pace & Plot: There's no vehicular post-mortem to analyze here, but there is a house that's blown to bits, monkey-puke, and lots of funnies. All of which keep the action moving at a brisk pace, and if there were any plot deficiencies, I definitely didn't notice it.

drey's rating: 4/5 Excellent: Janet Evanovich's Wicked Appetite is full of the same humor and goofy silliness that I love about the Plum novels. Not a bad way (at all!) to spend a few hours this winter.

* Just to clarify, I am definitely still a Ranger girl, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate yummilicious babes-on-sticks. *wink*


bermudaonion said...

I'm not sure about the magical elements of this book, but would be willing to give it a try because I do find Evanovich entertaining.

drey said...

Kathy, you'd laugh out loud at some of the hijinks here. And as for the magical elements, there's more than the Plum in-betweeners (y'know, the ones with Diesel, since he does do a bit there that's not quite explainable), but they don't overwhelm the funnies.

Marg said...

I was a bit disappointed with this one, mainly due to the repetitive nature of the jokes - for example the monkey giving everyone the finger all the time.

And yet, I will probably still borrow the next book from the library because I can't seem to help myself when it comes to Evanovich.

drey said...

I get that, Marg... And we can head up our own Evanovich-Anonymous club. *grin*

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