Thing like that It was a mystery that happened to have comedic lements not a comedy with a lame mystery shoehorned into itWith The Spellman Files Lisa Lutz
her dysfunctional detective have arned a place in my hearts and a future void in my wallet Five out of five stars Oh that wacky Spellman family I first read this book almost 5 years ago and I just finished it for the second time I rarely reread books so that s a testament to how much I love this author and her crazy cast of charactersTwenty ight year old Izzy Spellman is a private investigator working for her parents firm Spellman Investigations She has a straight laced lawyer brother and a fourteen year old sister named Rae Spying on people and digging up dirt is what this family xcels at and those skills as well as wiretaps come in handy when you need to snoop on a family member But after being surveilled by Rae in an ffort to get the goods on her dating life Izzy has had nough She thinks getting out of the family business will put her on the path to a normal life She agrees to take on one job for her parents before she leaves a fifteen year old missing personAnd Her Dysfunctional Detective
caseIt was an interesting xperience rereading this book knowing what happens in the rest of the books Itwas an interesting Naked Choke experience rereading this book knowing what happens in the rest of the books It cool to see how the author laid the groundwork in this book for future plot points While I definitely like this book I wouldn t say it is the strongest or my favorite of the six books It does provide a good introduction to the Spellman family and is certainly very funnyI ve described this series as being similar to Janet Evanovich s Stephanie Plum series but with clever humor and actual character development Not to knock the Plum books as they can be fun reads but you do start to have a sense of d j vu if you have read 5 10 of them I think with the Spellman series you get of a payoff as a readerDefinitely recommend checking out this series if younjoy reading books with humor hi jinks and heart I still haven t forgiven this book for looking so appealing on my own personal also in my bedroom bookshelf that my daughter who was about 12 at the time and a precocious reader snitched it from my shelf and read it I didn t find out until after she was finished It s not the worst thing in the world that she could have read at that age but it has some adult content that let s just say I wasn t uite ready for her to be xposed to yet And yes it was totally the book s fault and not mine Although now I do tend to hide my adult content books in harder to find places Anyway this was a fairly njoyable humorous read about a uirky family of private investigators the latest mystery they re trying to solve and their relationships with Murder at the Mansion each other and with other people The MC Isabel Izzy Spellman age 28 is the middle child and a former juvenile delinuentMy teenage years were defined by meeting As a mystery novel No As a cute and funny chick lit novel YesI asked my librarian to help me find a book that was good but not sad violent or about animals What I don t like sappy books about animals I wanted something mind numbing to pass the time Something kind of funny maybeShe gave me this book and told me My mother really loved it I really tried to smile at her when she said that There s a possibility it looked like a grimace But I took it anyway because it s just been one of those weeksWell I guess I need to send a Thank You note to her mother because it wasxactly what I was looking forThe plot ishard to Healing Souls explain and the mystery isn t really all thatngaging It s basically just a story about a nutty family of Private Investigators and all of the good natured damage that they do to Seductive Surrender each other It may not sound like much but I reallynjoyed reading it Definitely going to check out the rest of the books in this serie. G down her uncle who randomly disappears on benders dubbed Lost Weekends But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business But there's a hitch she must take one last job before they'll let her go a fifteen year old ice cold missing person case She accepts only toxperience a disappearance far closer to home which becomes the most important case of her life.
Lisa Lutz » 6 Read & DownloadI m one of those people who will forgive anything of a
Movie Or A Novelor a novel long as I njoy the characters If I like the characters if I find them amusing or admirable or realistic I ll gladly read hundreds of pages in which nothing really happens just for the pleasure of their company This is one of those novels and as such while I njoyed the hell out of it I probably won t actively recommend it because I don t want anyone wondering I don t get it What did she think was so special in this thing Nothing really happens Sweet bibliophilia she book raped me And then there are the awkward months of refusing to make ye contact with me in the hallways the whispering behind my back She s the one who book raped Edna and the nervous tics that will inevitably manifest themselves when I m spotted with a book in my hand and approaching someone And so I will not insist that anyone read this novel although I think a person might njoy it if he willingly chooses to read it of his own free will with no pressure from me whatsoever The Spellman Files is about an ccentric family of private investigators although it is narrated through the viewpoint of 28 year old Isabel Izzy Spellman the middle child of the family When Izzy was younger she knew there was no way that she could live up to her impossibly perfect older brother so she instead dedicated her life to rebellion and anarchy Izzy was a success in making her parents lives a living hell always in trouble with alcohol drug THE SPELLMAN FILES Private Investigator Izzy Spellman San Francisco Cont PoorLutz Lisa 1st bookSimon and Schuster 2007 US Hardcover ISBN 9781415432392First Sentence I duck into the parking garage hoping to scape Izzy Spellman is a private investigator from a family of private investigators Her parents sent Izzy and her brother David out on their first official surveillance when they were 12 and 14 years old respectively Izzy The Deepest Sin eventually decides to uit the family business but is told she must take on one last case a fifteen year old cold case of a young man who d gone missing I know I often complain about lack of character development but not this time Thentire book was character development with oh yes a plot as a minor secondary aspect over half way through the book The book starts out with some funny scenes but uickly degrades to mildly amusing and finally to downright boring as the story plays its single theme over and over It is redundant in the xtreme I found myself not particularly liking the characters as they uickly become the poster family for the dysfunctional and the protagonist seems proud of her periods of indiscriminate sex and drugs and inability to form a relationship The cold missing persons case was interesting but by the time it s introduced into the story I found myself skipping verything lse around it to find out what happened with the case The book wasn t awful but I m sorry I wasted my money on it and know I shan t read any in the series Every once in a great
while I stumble across a writer who just gets it one who possesses The Humor that lusive knack for xpressingI stumble across a writer who just gets it one who possesses The Humor that lusive knack for xpressing sharp wit by fusing language and wordplay with insight into human nature and the ironies surfacing in relational complexity Lisa Lutz looms large in this category This opening ntry in her series about the Spellman family introduces a spirited line up of family members whose San Francisco private investigation business facilitates honing inuiry skills on ach other through surveillance background ch This book won t work for some but head into it in the right frame of mind and it s a fun ride a modern screwball comedy crossed with spy caper Harriet the Spy meets Claire DeWitt and the City of the DeadIsabel is a private investigator in the family business Spellman Investi. Meet Isabel Izzy Spellman private investigator This twenty ight year old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes xcessive drinking and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer ntering homes through windows rather than doors but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm Spellman Investigations Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy In fact it comes naturally to all the Spellmans If only they could leave their work Beach read Funny read I want to be this character read Lisa Lutz if you Le valeureux guerrier ever read this please don t take it the wrong way By beach read I mean that I was completelyntertained laughed out loud a couple of times an I had mixed feelings about this one I think it would be better as a TV sitcom perhaps mainly because there s not that much happening other than character development and humor I liked the humor but after getting close to half way I started to get bored it seemed to be going nowhere and Snowflakes on the Sea even though it wasnjoyable I wondered whether I wanted to finish it But finish it I did and I liked the second half better Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy either because there was of a story or I got to know the characters better Getting to know them was a little complicated by the fact that two of them had the same name The youngest of the siblings was named after their uncle who was on death s bed at the time dying of cancer but apparently it wasn t his time uite yetThe premise and story were completely unbelievable but once you accept that it gets better One telling part is that the main character s favorite thing in the world was the old TV sitcom Get Smart from the late 60s which was somewhat the same type of humor as this book With Mel Brooks as one of the writers you can imagine how goofy it wasven the musical score Of course not too many people will have ven heard of this series much less have seen it The Spellmans are a dysfunctional family of detectives When Rae the youngest goes missing her sister Izzy drops what she s doing and goes looking for her while delving into the Spellman family s past Who kidnapped Rae Spellman And does it have something to do with a cold case Izzy is working onThe Spellman Files reads like Sara Gran on mood levators The writing style reminds me of a humorous version of the Claire DeWitt books As
for the Spellmans themselves they remind me of The Royal Tannenbaums if the Tannenbaums were a family of dysfunctionalthe Spellmans themselves they remind me of The Royal Tannenbaums if the Tannenbaums were a family of dysfunctional instead of uirky for the sake of being uirky Wes Anderson charactersI ll be honest Usually humorous crimemystery books aren t my bag Hell Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake are two of my favorite authors but their humorous works are largely untouched by me I m proud to say that the Spellman Files made me reconsider my stance on mixing mysteries and mirthThe Spellman Files is one ntertaining book and came highly recommended by Amanda and Carol two ladies who I ve learned not to doubt during my tenure at Goodreads As the kidnapping plot slowly unfolds Izzy reveals what got the Spellman family to that point a hilarious tale of mistrust familial surveillance and liesMysteries specially those purported to be humorous aren t generally known for their well drawn characters but the Spellmans and those unfortunate Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival enough to get pulled into their orbits all seemed like real people to me Even though a family of detectives isn t the most likely of protagonists I had no trouble believing in the way they constantly violated one another s privacy in the name of loveIzzy reminded me of Sara Gran s Claire DeWitt uite a bit as if Claire had been raised by a family of detectives and uit doingvery drug known to man once she left high school Her dialogue and thought processes won me over in the first 10 15 pages I love how she said things like He was destined to be Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, ex boyfriend 9 when meeting Daniel while on a job Izzy s battles against her family s constant surveillance manage to be hilariously outlandish while still being in the realm of possibilityI think this book worked for me while other humor mysteries failed is the way it was structured mostly being anxploration of the Spellman family rather than a straightforward mystery Also the tone was consistent It didn t try to juxtapose comedy with grim violence or any. T the office To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on blackmail and wiretap a Spellman Part Nancy Drew part Dirty Harry Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman mployee Duties include completing assignments from the bosses aka Mom and Dad preferably without scrutiny; appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother often under duress; setting an xample for her fourteen year old sister Rae who's become addicted to recreational surveillance; and trackin. ,