My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was thrilled when the publisher gave me the opportunity to review an ARC of this long-awaited follow-up to Wicked Appetite and Wicked Business. Avid Evanovich fans should appreciate the Lizzy and Diesel novels, since they use the same basic formula used in the Stephanie Plum series. Ordinary young woman (albeit this one has special “powers”), prone to mishaps and minor disasters, hangs out with mysterious hunk and the two embark on a series of slapstick comical adventures.
Like the two previous books, Wicked Charms takes place in Massachusetts – much of it in Salem, which lends itself nicely to the magical aspect of the book. It also gives the authors some opportunity to add some seafaring-type escapades. While touring a local pirate’s museum, Lizzy Tucker knocks over a “prop” skeleton and uncovers the actual mummified remains of legendary pirate, Peg Leg Dazzle. From there they learn of Peg Leg’s famous hidden treasure. Lizzy and Diesel are off to follow the clues and discover the coins, gold, silver, gems and famous Stone of Avarice. With the help of Lizzy’s friends, Glo, Clara and Josh, they battle against the villainous Martin Ammon, who may or may not be a demon.
Wicked Charms is like most other Janet Evanovich novels. It follows a formula that works. Either you’re a fan or you’re not and I’m definitely a fan. Ms. Evanovich’s books aren’t meant to be literal true to life accounts – they’re written to be tongue-in-cheek, entertaining, engaging fun. And Wicked Charms delivers just that. I would recommend Wicked Charms if you’re looking for an easy, breezy and funny read. Hopefully, Janet Evanovich will continue to provide us with many more books with less time in between publication in the future.