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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

The Spellman Files
by Lisa Lutz
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4165-9417-8
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Description: Meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, twenty-eight-year-old private investigator with relentlessly intrusive bosses (Mom and Dad), a chronically perfect lawyer brother (often under duress), and uncle who randomly disappears on benders ("Lost Weekends"), and a kid sister on her trail (hired by her parents to ascertain the identity of her new boyfriend). When Izzy snaps, the only way out of the family business is to solve an ice-cold missing persons case that leads to the disappearance of someone she loves...

The Good Stuff
  • Hilariously funny -- you will snort aloud while reading about this families adventures
  • Quirky likeable characters
  • Fast paced storyline
  • Love the relationships between all of the characters -- not a dud in the bunch
  • Didn't want to put the book down and immediately picked up the next book in the series
  • Fantastic set up for a series, you got to know everybody without it being set up like an introduction
  • Reminds me of my family -- well without the whole PI business thing -- although I am pretty sure Jesse knows how to pick locks
  • Truly unique writing style 
  • Love all the Get Smart references

The Not So Good Stuff
  • The book ended which made me pick up the next book right away -- hello authors I have a life you know stop writing such brilliant stories that make me laugh
  • Not to be read in public if you do not want to bring attention to yourself by snorting out loud
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I still remember the day Uncle Ray passed me a hammer and told me to smash out the taillight of Dr. Lieberman's Mercedes-Benz. That was a perfect day."

"The relationship continued on it its quasi Norman Rockwell fashion until I mentioned his brothers bankruptcy (don`t ask) and Zack realized that he had never mentioned it.  Petra told me she would never set me up with anyone again until I ``learned to use my powers for good and not evil.``

``I don`t think Uncle Ray was a sex addict. He liked hookers-sure-but it wasn`t a regular thing for him.``

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • This is perfect for those who like laugh out loud funny quirky stories
  • Great for reading after a difficult or heavy book 
  • Not for those who enjoy a traditional PI or suspense novel -- this is in a league of its own
5 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an honest review


  1. I bought this when Border's went out of business. Now I need to go dig it out of my stacks!

  2. Yes -- especially good after a bad day with kids -- it will make you laugh!!!