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Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
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Formulaic, but fun. This is the second book in Janet Evanovich's Wicked series and it picks up where the last one left off. The book is basically the Stephanie Plum series set in Salem, MA, although with a few twists and turns.

Lizzy is the Stephanie character and she is a baker who has special powers; she can sense when an object has magical powers. She has been recruited by Diesel to help him locate another magical stone. These are the same stones from the first book. There are 7 stones referred to as SALIGIA. Each letter is the first letter of the Latin word for one of the 7 deadly sins.

In this story Diesel and Lizzy are after Lust or Luxuria. Their goal, should they choose the accept it, is to recover the stone and keep it out of the hands of Wulf, Diesel's cousin. Their investigation leads them to a Harvard Professor, a townhouse in Boston, the Old North Church and Dartmouth College. Along the way there are obscure clues which lead them to other clues that eventually lead them to their goal. I felt as if the story was a cross between a Stephanie Plum book, National Treasure and Bewitched.

Along the way Lizzy and Diesel have their share of nutty friends and acquaintances that again remind me of characters in the Stephanie Plum books. The twist in this story is a woman who is also after the Luxuria stone and she is nuts. Wulf, Diesel and Lizzy form a temporary alliance to make sure the crazy lady doesn't get the stone.

Everything turns out as expected in the end and sets the stage for the next book. This was a quick summer read and fun enough for some escapism.
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