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Friday, January 6, 2012

The Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

The Curse of the Spellmans
by Lisa Lutz
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4391-8247-5
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Description: THEY’RE BAAAAACK.(Re)meet New York Times bestselling author Lisa Lutz’s “SUPERBLY COMIC” (Daily News, New York) Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation.


When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She’s been (obsessively) surveilling a suspicious neighbor and attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on Mrs. Chandler’s holiday tableaux eerily match the 1991-92 crime spree when Izzy and her best friend, Petra, were at their most delinquent. After the displeased management (i.e., Mom and Dad) at Spellman Investigations refuses to bail Izzy out, her octogenarian lawyer comes to her rescue. But first Izzy must unveil the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, as only a thirty-year-old licensed professional can. . . .

The Good Stuff
  • Another wild and wacky tale of the delightfully dysfunctional, yet totally loveable, Spellman family
  • Would love to take mamma Spellman to some of Jake's parent teachers meeting - she totally rocks
  • Love how Izzy refers to potential dates as Ex-Boyfriend #?
  • Don't really have to read the first book in order to understand the plot, it will help and you will love it, but you won't be totally lost if you don't
  • Gives you a synopsis of the first book without too much repetition for those who have read it already
  • Love the relationships between all of the charcters - especially between Izzy, Rae and Henry
  • The dialogues are hilarious -- FYI you will snort out loud - do not drink while reading - it could get messy
  • The transcripts are a fabulous quirky idea
  • The appendix is a perfect addition 
  • Even reading the acknowledgments is fun
  • Looking forward to reading the next installment of the series -- they are totally addictive to read
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Her writing style might throw off some, story jumps around a lot, so you gotta be paying attention
  • Distracts me from getting work done, since I want to keep reading
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Background: When my sister was eight years old, my brother, in the interest of explaining his legal career to Rae, taught her how to negotiate. It was a lesson he and the rest of us would soon regret. Rae took from this lesson that everything - from simple acts of grooming to household chores to homework - could be negotiated to her end."

"I pinched Rae really hard on her arm, which lately is code for "whatever you're doing, stop doing it."

"Rae took the  money and headed for the door. In my family, if one loses a negotiation, we like to pretend that we have won.
"I would have given you thirty," I said
"I would have done it for five," Rae replied."


Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Definitely for those who enjoy reading books about quirky families
  • Hardcore readers of  mystery or PI style books might now enjoy 
  • Readers who just enjoy something a little different, this is for you
  • If you just need a good laugh -- this will do it
  • Obviously for fans of the first book - but you don't have to read it first

5 Dewey's


I received this from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an Honest Review & I'm bringing you the REALLY good cookies at OLA for introducing me to these books

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