Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Humor, Fantasy, Audiobook
Book Series: Lizzy & Diesel #1
Released: 9/14/10 by St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 313 Price: $27.99 Hardcover
Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.
For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long — Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues’ gallery of power seekers. He’s an uncommonly dangerous man, with a hunger for the forbidden, and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire.
That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She’s freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston’s North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle’s bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track …until it’s suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat.
Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She’s not sure about Diesel. He’s offering up his own set of unusual talents, promising to protect her from Grimoire. The kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night.
The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy wrath, sloth and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that’s fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.
Full disclosure, I only checked this book out so that there would be an E author on my reviewed index page on my blog. I only need a U and an X author now. For some reason, I’m not a big fan of Ms. Evanovich. I know people love her and we have library patrons that loyally check out and devour each new release in her Stephanie Pulm series.
This wasn’t bad, I enjoyed listening to it more than the other series, probably because of the supernatural element to the story. There are moments of humor but on the whole, I found the female lead kind of annoying. Diesel was an alright male lead but he just lacked chemistry in my opinion. The monkey was over the top but I loved the one-eyed cat.
Basically, this story is the beginning of a supernatural series full of immature humor and low-level sexual tension. If I am ever desperate for another audiobook I might listen to the next book but probably not. There are far better, far funnier paranormal mystery series out there and I would suggest trying the Charley Davidson series instead.
My Rating: 2 Stars