The Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance. The dysfunctional Spellman family private-investigation firm is back in action with another heavily annotated adventure. ‘Fast-paced, irreverent, and very funny, The Spellman Files is like Harriet the Spy for grown-ups’ Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Eligible and American Wife.

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The subject is pretty cagey though and Izzy is stymied. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth — as only she, a thirty-year-old licensed professional, can.

Sep 25, Anne Hershewe rated it liked it.

His introduces himself as John Brown which sets curee off in the head of Izzy Spellman. She has no boundaries, is intrusive, never lurz permission, and seems oblivious of other people’s feelings. Brown relentlessly, until he finally gets a restraining order against her.

When a good-looking man moves in next door to her parents, Izzy intends to make him ex-boyfriend number This usually leads to some serious trust issues on the part of the men who fall for Izzy and, as a result, Izzy is still single.

I hope Izzy ends up with Henry since she loves him but at this point I don’t really trust the author to get me there. Her latest book, The Passenger, a psychological thriller, will be published March by Simon and Schuster. Paramount Pictures optioned the film rights for the novel, with Laura Ziskin tge [12] and Barry Sonnenfeld directing.

Want to Read saving…. Her novel series describes the Spellmans, a family of private investigators, who, while very close knit, are also intensely suspicious and spend much time investigating each other. There’s the minor quibble about there being less of a sense of discovery but it’s the second book in the series. Why has Izzy Spellman been arrested four times in one month? This one was just as funny as the first one, yet more complex, reviled more lairs, run deeper and left me feeling my heart in my throat.

Along with this minute mystery, there is the wacky relationship between Rae and Inspector Henry Stone, as well as the constant, yet unsuccessful vacationing of the elder Spellmans. What little mystery there was got resolved in such an absurd manner that it made me want to throw the book across the room.



The story is written as humor and, as such, was a welcome respite from the violence and gore of several of the other nominees the last two in particular. Younger sister Rae has developed an intense friendship with Henry Stone, a police inspector with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Of course Izzy feels compelled to find out what’s going on with everyone. What I love about Lutz’s story is that everything seems to be happening all at once, and so the novel should feel chaotic.

Variety Magazine described the lut as “torturously unfunny. I was so excited to see a sequel to The Spellman Files. However, suspicious behavior isn’t limited to Mr. I think Lisa Lutz’s greatness comes from being able to juggle funny moments with more serious ones and still make the book work without it becoming ridiculous.

I was amazed at Lisa Lutz’s ability to keep so many plates spinning while making me laugh out loud frequently, lisq at fhe end, hope that Izzy comes out of this crazy ride at the end a little wiser and somewhat saner. The short version of the story is as follows: Too many footnotes though which was kinda annoying and distracted the flow. Lisa Lutz has created an original series, that just keeps getting better and better.

Unfortunately, the somewhat disjointed plot structure from the first book has blossomed into a full blown plot cursd in the second.

When not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, staking out her neighbor, or trying to keep her sister, Rae, from stalking her “best friend,” Inspector Henry Stone, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on Mrs.

What is spellmxns father up to? Hardcoverpages. Fortunately, my apprehension was unfounded.

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Izzy immediately becomes suspicious, though, because the guy’s name is John Brown sounds phony and he’s a landscaper seems fishy. View all 5 comments.

Perhaps not surprisingly, he turns out being a good guy with valid reasons behind his “suspicious vurse. She shifts from subplot to subplot seamlessly, even though she is moving from one conflict to the next quite quickly. In this, the second installment of the Spellman series, Izzy finds herself busy surveilling the neighbor who is surely up to no good; her teenage sister Rae has run over her “best friend” Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


Apr 24, Tom Carrico rated it it was ok.

I really wanted her to be vindicated instead of being made to feel like a fool whose parents didn’t really love her. Her family treated her like crap and I felt really bad for her. Feb 21, Jkerber1 rated it really liked it. Lutzz go ahead and admit that the central conflict, Izzy’s obsession with the man next door’s private life, was fairly easy to figure out, but the others are a bit more puzzling, so there was enough tension in the waiting to see what would happen next that I didn’t get bored or want to scream “DUH!

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Jul 06, Alli rated it it spdllmans ok Shelves: And in a book that was supposed to be lighthearted and humorous watching my heroine see her ex boyfriends all hook up with Olympic stars, and losing her apartment and sleeping in her car and having everyone down on her for not being a caring person and thinking about others was just too much.

All these questions and more will be answered in Curse xpellmans the Spellmans!

Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #2) by Lisa Lutz

Brown, she steadfastly refuses to let it go. With my second book club reading The Spellman FilesI thought I’d be an overachiever and read the next installment in the series. The driving force behind the entire novel is that Isabel believes her parents’ new neighbor is suspicious If this sounds like another light, chick-lit screwball comedy, it is.