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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Spellman's Strike Again by Lisa Lutz

The Spellman's Strike Again
by Lisa Lutz
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4165-9341-6
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Description: At the ripe old age of thirty-two, former wild child Isabel "Izzy" Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. And the transition won't be a smooth one. First among her priorities as head of Spellman Investigations is to dig up some dirt on the competition, slippery ex-cop Rick Harkey--a task she may enjoy a little too much. Next, faced with a baffling missing-persons case at the home of an aging millionaire, Izzy hires an actor friend, Len, to infiltrate the mansion as an undercover butler--a role he may enjoy a little much. Meanwhile, Izzy is being blackmailed by her mother (photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994) to commit to regular blind dates with promising professionals--an arrangement that doesn't thrill Connor, an Irish bartender on the brink of becoming Ex-boyfriend #12.
At Spellman headquarters, it's business as unusual. Doorknobs and light fixtures are disappearing every day, Mom's been spotted crying in the pantry, and a series of increasingly demanding Spellman Rules (Rule #27: No Speaking Today) can't quite hold the family together. Izzy also has to decipher weekly "phone calls from the edge" from her octogenarian lawyer, Morty, as well as Detective Henry Stone's mysterious interest in rekindling their relationship...well, whatever it was. Just when it looks like things can't go more haywire, little sister Rae's internship researching pro bono legal cases leads the youngest Spellman to launch a grassroots campaign that could spring an innocent man from jail--or land Rae in it. The Spellmans Strike Again is hands down the most hilarious, thrilling, and moving book in this bestselling, award-nominated series. And it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Isabel Spellman, no matter how much she matures, will never be able to follow Rule #1: Act Normal.


The Good Stuff
  • It's funny these reviews are hard to write since I am reading them sort of back to back -- don't want to keep writing the same things about them, I will try my best to mix it up - but please forgive repetition from previous books in series
  • I love these books, they are always rip roaring good fun.  I am constanly laughing about the antics of Isabel and her truly unusual family
  • They are a totally dysfunctional family but in a sweet and loveable way
  • I actually cried a few times while reading this installment. Their were some beautiful touching scenes, yet never shmaltzy
  • All of the characters are unique
  • The relationships, while a little over the top quirky, are still very realistic -- but remember I come from an odd family myself (though my siblings never did blackmail or spy on each other)
  • Isabel is really developing into a more mature adult, but never losing her quirky playful spirit
  • Love the relationship between Isabel and Morty
  • You can't help but laugh at Rae's anctics
  • Some very wise social commentaries thrown in, again never schmaltzy
  • Did I mention you will laugh your ass off -- If you don't like attention, do not read out in public as you will not be able to stop yourself from snorting out loud with laughter
  • The last 2/3 chapters are absolutely hilarious yet wonderfully touching at the same time
  • Like the background bit about the Innocence Project
The Not So Good Stuff
  • It drags a bit in the middle, nothing horrible, but a wee bit more editing would have made it into a better story
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Other than my mom's mild vanity, her most obscene characteristic is that she seems to think meddling in her children's lives is an Olympic event. Her training regime is positively brutal."

"Once Demetrius was incarcerated, the burden of proof fell back on the defense. Turns out my case hinged on circumstantial logic. And you can't free a man just because it makes sense."

"For some people, gardening is a soothing, fun, spiritually nourishing activity. For my sister, who has never met a vegetable she liked, it would be hell on earth. Hard labor, patience, dirt, produce-all things she loathes-and now she would be spending over 13 percent of her waking hours learning how to make things she hated grow. If that isn't justice, I don't know what is."


Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Once again, you don't HAVE to read the previous "documents" to get whats going on, but I highly recommend you do you won't regret it
  • Not for those who like a traditional Private Investigator mystery story -- this is unique folks
4.75 Dewey's


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

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