Lizzy and Diesel Series
by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
Narrated by Lorelei King
Audio Download: Random House Audio | Jun 23, 2015 | 372 Minutes (6.2 hours) | ISBN 9780553551471
CD: Random House Audio | Jun 23, 2015 | 360 Minutes (6 hours) | ISBN 9780553551464
Large Print Paperback: Random House Large Print | Jun 23, 2015 | 336 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780804194990
Hardcover: Bantam | Jun 23, 2015 | 320 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780553392715
E-Book: Bantam | Jun 23, 2015 | 320 Pages | ISBN 9780553392722
Audio provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
Murdered and mummified more than ninety years ago, bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle once found and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice — the very item reluctant treasure seeker, Lizzy Tucker, and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas . . . or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine.
Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. There are people who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it, and are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil, just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one.
It’s a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they are living a charmed life.
There are two books in this series without co-authors. It’s interesting to me that Evanovich suddenly took on a co-author mid-series. I like most of the Fox and O’Hare series she did with Lee Goldberg, but how can this series maintain the same voice when the first two do not include the new co-author? Are the co-authors just doing the work with her name tacked on or is it a real collaboration.
In this series there are magical beings, like Diesel and his cousin Wulf, with respective obvious naughty angelic and fallen angel/demonic parallels, working to prevent powerful objects from falling into the wrong hands with the assistance of talented people ike Lizzy who can sense the presence of the magical objects.
My first impression of this book was that it is wacky with a dark edge of death. I was amused but also thought it was a little too much like a situation comedy, if they had dead bodies and murder. Some of the characters are just too numb to be believable in any way possible. One has a broom she thinks is alive and the other characters seem to think it is sentient as well.
There’s a big caveat that Lizzy and Diesel can’t get busy or one of them will lose his or her powers and leave the world open to evil doings. This may be a hold over from the earlier books — do they get busy in those books? I don’t know and I am unwilling to spend money to find out. If I could get them through a library loan they could be an amusing diversion.
This is essentially a paranormal, New England version of the Stephanie Plum series with a cat instead of a hamster and one hot guy instead of two. I do not think I would actually spend money on it.
Even though the production value is excellent and Lorelei King does a fabulous job displaying a variety of character voices and a wry sense of timing, it is written as trashy cereal with a gourmet granola price tag.
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