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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

Trail of the Spellmans (Document #5)
Lisa Lutz
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4516-0812-0
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: February 28, 2012

Description: The long awaited fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated series about an eccentric sleuthing family.  For the first time in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman, PI, might be the most normal member of her family. As always, the Spellman clan has yet to settle into any kind of status quo. Mom, Olivia, has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities, seemingly without motive. Dad, Albert, has a secret. Her brother and sister, David and Rae, are at war, but neither will reveal the source of the conflict. And Izzy's niece, Sydney, keeps saying banana even though she hates bananas. That's not to say that Izzy isn't without her own troubles. Henry Stone keeps wanting "to talk," a prospect Isabel evades by going out with her new drinking buddy, none other than Gertrude Stone, Henry's mother. While domestic disturbances abound, there is one source of sanity in the Spellman household: Demetrius Merriweather, now employee of the month for 18 months straight (the entire tenure of his employment).

Things aren't any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations. First, parents hire the firm to follow their daughter. Rae is assigned the case, only to fake the surveillance reports. Then a math professor hires Izzy to watch his immaculate apartment while he unravels like a bad formula. A socialite has Isabel follow her husband, despite a conspicuous lack of suspicion. A man in a sweater vest hires the firm to follow his sister, who turns out to be the socialite. Isabel wants to get to the bottom of all this, but her father erects a Chinese wall to protect the clients' wishes. As the questions pile up, Izzy won't stop hunting for the answers-even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.  Once again, it's up to her to pull the Spellmans back from the brink

The Good Stuff
  • Really enjoyed the scenes between Walter and Izzy.  She treated him firmly but with humour and compassion - nicely done
  • Great character development in this one, Izzy and Rae are growing up and learning how to be better
  • Bloody hilarious -- the dialogue is guaranteed to make you laugh aloud
  • Some nice sweet honest and heartbreaking moments
  • The ending is fantastic, the series could end now and you would be satisfied (But you will still miss this quirky families adventures)
  • Fast paced and quirky
  • As usual could not put it down and was slightly sad at the end because this is the last of the Spellman books I have -- have read 5 in a month and they feel like family to me
  • Love the footnotes, always good for a chuckle
  • Avadavits section was a wonderful bonus
  • Introduction of new characters gave the series a nice boost -- not that it needed one, but this premise could get old without new blood
  • Fabulous that Demetrius has become a major character, he's got so much potential
  • Lutz never falls back on her laurels, always brings something new to each book
  • This would make a brilliant tv series
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Certain plot development made me sad
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"What I can tell you for certain is that her handbag cost more than my car.  While I understand the desire to have the best (single-malt scotch is indeed better than most blends), I still have to wonder what deformity of character makes someone think that a bloated leather handbag that can be ripped off your shoulder by anyone with good leverage is an item to covet. Suffice it to say, I knew the client had money and I was happy to take some of it off her hands."

"I know what you're thinking. Surely all three cases will become ensnared and converge at the end. But don't get ahead of yourself. That kind of shit only happens in detective novels. How about you quit guessing and let the story unfold as it may? Even I don't know how all the pieces will fall."

"I believe in the folly of youth. I believe in rebellion and questioning authority and I even believe it's okay to commit a few misdemeanors now and again. "Try to steer clear of felonies is my motto." 

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • For those who like something just a little bit different
  • Obviously fans of Spellman series will enjoy
  • Not for fans of straight laced mysteries or P.I. style books, this is very unique
4.75 Dewey's

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

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