The Beautiful and the Wicked

The Beautiful and the Wicked

In exclusive Star Island, Miami, blood isn’t always thicker than water . . . The second book in a thrilling time traveling mystery series featuring a former Miami PD who solves murders before they happen—by going back in time.The night of his fiftieth birthday, software billionaire Jack Warren went missing hundreds of miles out to sea, his blood spattered aboard his yacht,...

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Title:The Beautiful and the Wicked
Author:Liv Spector
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The Beautiful and the Wicked Reviews

  • Phillis

    It was as good as the first book, "The Rich and the Dead". This time Lila had to go back 11 years to find out who killed a very hated, very arrogant, billionaire on the night of his 50th birthday party. This party takes place on a mega yacht. Lila must secure passage as a ships stewardess, working the job, and trying to find a killer among the many guests attending the party. All have a good reason to want to see him dead. The one hitch is that the original murder was pinned on her sister whom

    It was as good as the first book, "The Rich and the Dead". This time Lila had to go back 11 years to find out who killed a very hated, very arrogant, billionaire on the night of his 50th birthday party. This party takes place on a mega yacht. Lila must secure passage as a ships stewardess, working the job, and trying to find a killer among the many guests attending the party. All have a good reason to want to see him dead. The one hitch is that the original murder was pinned on her sister whom Lila is sure is innocent. Since she hasn't see or heard from her sister in over 11 years she has no way of asking her what happened that night. When things progress and its looking more and more like her sister did it, Lila finds herself doing things she isn't supposed to do in the past so as not to change the future.

  • Karen Ress

    This book was so entertaining that I couldn't put down. The time travel aspect drew me in to this thoroughly interesting mystery. I would recommend this anyone who likes whodunnits.

  • PopcornReads

    Book Review & Giveaway: Last year I was approached about reading and potentially reviewing a contemporary detective novel that involved time travel. I like both kinds of novels but this one didn’t sound like a fantasy genre novel, aside from that pesky time travel thingy. The end of this little tale is that I loved Liv Spector’s novel, The Rich And The Dead, so when I learned Book #2, The Beautiful And The Wicked, was coming out, I could hardly wait.

    This Miami-based series features a former

    Book Review & Giveaway: Last year I was approached about reading and potentially reviewing a contemporary detective novel that involved time travel. I like both kinds of novels but this one didn’t sound like a fantasy genre novel, aside from that pesky time travel thingy. The end of this little tale is that I loved Liv Spector’s novel, The Rich And The Dead, so when I learned Book #2, The Beautiful And The Wicked, was coming out, I could hardly wait.

    This Miami-based series features a former police detective who uses a tech wunderkind’s machine to travel back to try to solve cold cases by getting right into the thick of things as they’re about to go down. Sound too simple? It’s not. Sound like fun? Yes, it is! And Book #2 can easily be read as a stand-alone novel so, if you like what you read in the rest of my review at

    be sure to enter our giveaway!

  • Jessica

    I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers.

    This book was as enjoyable as the first one. Lots of rich people spending ridiculous amounts of money. Like the first one, it keeps you guessing until the end.

  • Kelli Mahoney

    Lila Day sure keeps your attention and she travels back in time once again. This time she's set on trying to clear her sister's name. I found I kept wanting to read to find out what happened next. Could it really be? How? Who? And then, Wow!

  • Don Carey

    Time travel to solve crimes ... ingenious

  • Lyssa

    This book was not as good as the first one. Lila does get herself into some truly unique situations which make the story entertaining. However, the people on the yacht were unbearable, vile humans.

  • Iza October

    (Review first published in Shelf Awareness)

    Lila Day used to be a police officer. Now she solves cold cases for Teddy Hawkins, a billionaire who created a time machine. In order to preserve the past and not hurt their present, Lila has to obey Teddy's instructions. The only problem is Lila's not great at following rules. Her passion--the reason she excels at investigating murders--often leads her to make poor decisions and blinds her to the damage her meddling may cause. To avoid disaster, Teddy

    (Review first published in Shelf Awareness)

    Lila Day used to be a police officer. Now she solves cold cases for Teddy Hawkins, a billionaire who created a time machine. In order to preserve the past and not hurt their present, Lila has to obey Teddy's instructions. The only problem is Lila's not great at following rules. Her passion--the reason she excels at investigating murders--often leads her to make poor decisions and blinds her to the damage her meddling may cause. To avoid disaster, Teddy carefully chooses the cases she works, and any case with a personal connection is strictly prohibited.

    Ten years ago, Lila's sister, Ava, was accused of murdering software tycoon Jack Warren, on the night of his 50th birthday. Certain of her sister's innocence, Lila convinces Teddy to send her back in time to find out what really happened the night Jack died. Arriving in the year 2008, she gains employment on Jack's luxury yacht by posing as a stewardess. Lila is quickly thrown into the dramatic and unpredictable world of the glitterati and self-important plutocrats, where she discovers that everyone aboard the ship has a reason to hate Jack and many also possess the means to murder.

    From start to finish of Liv Spector's sophomore effort (after The Rich and the Dead), each new piece of information complicates both the plot and relations between characters. Set against the tantalizing backdrop of excess consumption and privilege beyond the scope of most people, The Beautiful and the Wicked is an entertaining whodunit.

  • Donnell

    Much enjoyed the first book in this series, the RIch and the Dead. The idea about going back to a recent past is pretty cool. This second book was not as absorbing as the first, however. Perhaps because:

    1. Most of the story takes place on a yacht--a luxury yacht, perhaps the most luxurious of yachts--but its still a limited location with narrow passages and a cell-size sleeping compartment (shared with a room mate) for the narrator.

    2. The people with whom you are stuck on this yacht--are the

    Much enjoyed the first book in this series, the RIch and the Dead. The idea about going back to a recent past is pretty cool. This second book was not as absorbing as the first, however. Perhaps because:

    1. Most of the story takes place on a yacht--a luxury yacht, perhaps the most luxurious of yachts--but its still a limited location with narrow passages and a cell-size sleeping compartment (shared with a room mate) for the narrator.

    2. The people with whom you are stuck on this yacht--are the most detestable of people, there is no one to like.

    3. The narrator (through whose eyes the reader enters the story) is worked hard, sometimes nearly around the clock, under a tyrannical boss doing mundane labor (cleaning, washing, laundry etc.) while the rich people she is serving tend to treat her like an inferior species, perhaps even one that is not human.

    4. When the dust settles Jack Warren's biggest crime appears to be that he stole Lila's sister's life--forcing her to be on the run for a murder she did not commit. Yet Lila does basically the same thing early on when she takes the identity of Nicky after Lila sets the real Nicky up as a snitch, forcing the real Nicky to be on the run--possibly for the rest of her life--from an angry drug cartel.

    Finally, a tiny thing--but the book illustrates how hard it is to do historical fiction. Even when the historic time period is relatively recent--like 2008--its easy to get the facts wrong. For example, in September 2008

    a character uses an iPad. Yet the iPad was not released until April 2010.

  • Ron

    Good concept, but a little boring. Liked her first one better.

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