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Monday, January 9, 2012

Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

Revenge of the Spellmans (Document #3 )
by Lisa Lutz
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4165-9339-3
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Description: YOU THOUGHT YOUR LIFE WAS COMPLICATED. Private investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case and back on the couch -- in court-ordered therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject.
As the book opens, Izzy is on hiatus from Spellman Inc. But when her boss, Milo, simultaneously cuts her bartending hours and introduces her to a "friend" looking for a private eye, Izzy reluctantly finds herself with a new client. She assures herself that the case -- a suspicious husband who wants his wife tailed -- will be short and sweet, and will involve nothing more than the most boring of PI rituals: surveillance. But with each passing hour, Izzy finds herself with more questions than hard evidence.
Meanwhile, Spellmania continues. Izzy's brother, David, the family's most upright member, has adopted an uncharacteristically unkempt appearance and attitude toward work, life, and Izzy. And their wayward youngest sister, Rae, a historic academic underachiever, aces the PSATs and subsequently offends her study partner and object of obsession, Detective Henry Stone, to the point of excommunication. The only unsurprising behavior comes from her parents, whose visits to Milo's bar amount to thinly veiled surveillance and artful attempts (read: blackmail) at getting Izzy to return to the Spellman Inc. fold.
As the case of the wayward wife continues to vex her, Izzy's personal life -- and mental health -- seem to be disintegrating. Facing a housing crisis, she can't sleep, she can't remember where she parked her car, and, despite her shrinks' persistence, she can't seem to break through in her appointments. She certainly can't explain why she forgets dates with her lawyer's grandson, or fails to interpret the come-ons issued in an Irish brogue by Milo's new bartender. Nor can she explain exactly how she feels about Detective Henry Stone and his plans to move in with his new Assistant DA girlfriend...


The Good Stuff 
  • Once again Lutz has written a hilarious tale of the wacky Isabelle Spellman and her truly unique (read dysfunctional)  family
  • Some sweet and sad moments which are nicely written (and not schmaltzy) 
  • Third book in a series and I still enjoy this twisted family and their unusual capers
  • Nice slow character development - realistic as in people just don't change their ways, even though they really should (in other words not all neat and tidy)
  • Laugh out loud dialogue and asides (footnotes)
  • The appendix is wonderful (and perfect for readers who are starting with the series)
  • The therapy sessions are a nice addition -- especially the one at the end which I cannot mention anymore about as it would be a total spoiler
  • Addition of a couple of interesting new characters and plot twists
The Not So Good Stuff
  • So much fun, it makes it hard to not pick up the next book in the series, when you should be reading other books on your review list (and I really want to read them too)
  • Might not want to read in public as you will probably laugh out loud and people will stare

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"The evening ended a few hours later when I dropped Henry off at his door. In case you're wondering (and I know you are), there was no goodnight kiss or confession of undying love.Okay?"

"What business is this of yours? I asked.
"I'm your mother."
"It's my life. You're just a member of the audience," I said, getting up to leave.
"Well, I want my money back!" Mom shouted after me as I headed for the front door."Because this show sucks."

"I am a licensed private investigator who has been working for the family business, Spellman Investigations, since the age of twelve. No, that is not a typo. It sounds fun, I know. But after decades of having your boyfriends investigated, your bedroom searched, your phone tapped, your vehicle tracked, and your every move documented, it gets old. In my family, we don't ask questions, we investigate."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for someone who enjoys reading something just a little bit unusual
  • If you are looking for a stereotypical whodunit or exciting mystery, this is probably not your thing
  • If you just need a good laugh, this will be right up your alley
  • You don't need to read books 1 and 2 to enjoy, but I highly recommend as they are hilarious
5 Dewey's


I received this from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an Honest Review

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