Wicked Charms is the first Lizzy-Diesel book I have read. Read completely, that is. I remembered a few things about Lizzy while reading so looks like I did try to read one of these books at some point.
I love Stephanie Plum. But I have often wondered, openly here on this blog, whether the magic of Ms. Evanovich is wearing off. Number 18 and 19 were a bit iffy for me. I read another of her series with the FBI agent and it was OK. We first met Diesel, an unmentionable, or guy with certain super powers in the ‘between the numbers’ novels. The whole Plum Lucky and Plum Lovin’ series, if you remember it.
Lizzy is another Unmentionable, just like Diesel. She makes awesome cupcakes and also senses certain things. The whole ‘wicked’ series is built around some seven sacred stones that are scattered across the world. Anyone who gets all of them will rule! Diesel’s job is to prevent this from happening.
Lizzy works for a Dazzle. Dazzles are a prominent family in the small coastal town they live in, and Lizzy’s boss used to have super powers too. So there is no need for Lizzy to explain who or what Diesel is. She conveniently wears her super costume and goes off whenever the world needs saving.
A certain dead pirate in the museum rakes up an old tale of treasure. This treasure is said to hide one of the sacred stones. Diesel wants it, bad cousin Wulf wants it, and so does the local millionaire. The race gets deadly as everyone tries to look for the treasure.
Carl the monkey plays a big part here, although not as much as in Twelve Sharp. If Pirates of the Caribbean or Treasure Island give you goose bumps, you will totally enjoy reading Wicked Charms.
In my opinion, no one can compare to Stephanie. Lizzy just doesn’t have the personality. She drools over Diesel, fine. She even gets naughty with him. Her friends try to hook her up with the local coroner who seems sweet on her. But I think she is confused.
In this book, Lizzy is just trying to hold her house together while she tries to stay alive.