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 Curse of the Spellmans

As one might expect, this wrecks any chance Izzy has for a normal romantic relationship. The suspect that Izzy is sure is up to no good is of course a good guy. The reason these people cufse good investigators apparently is because they are compulsively nosey. Curse of the Spellmans Author s: In this, the second installment of the Spellman series, Izzy finds herself busy surveilling the neighbor who spel,mans surely up to no good; her teenage sister Rae has run over her “best f So how can something be so good and coherent and yet be so random and rambling?

The subject is pretty cagey though tue Izzy is stymied. Raised in a family of investigators, she doesn’t really know how to do anything else and conducts her personal life like one of her P. Detective Henry Stone is a prominent part of the cast since Rae latched on to him in the first book.

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. 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.

The plot is suspenseful, the dialogues superb – here is a writer who can write a teenager who is really smart, but who is also still child-like and speaks her age. Then, when nosey Izzy discovers that the subject keeps a door in his apartment locked, she becomes tbe with getting into liisa closed room. I really wanted spfllmans to be vindicated instead of being made to feel like a fool whose parents didn’t really love her.

Curse of the Spellmans is a worth second book. Mar 19, Jeanne rated it liked it Recommends it for: I love the sarcastic wit of the Spellman’s and how they interact with each other.


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Jul 06, Alli thw it it was ok Shelves: When you enjoy the hell out of the first book in a series, the second book is a risky proposition, like bungee jumping, hitchhiking, or eating at White Castle with a gallon of beer already sloshing around in your innards. I think this series would work best as a tv show. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The smart-mouthed, in your business, the business of private investigating, has been laid bare for all to enjoy in Curse of the Spellmans.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the humor of this novel, I found it to be so disjointed and oddly organized as to be annoying.

She presently lives in a remote area of upstate New York. Izzy is certain that he is up to something sinister, and is determined to find out what, even if she has to pf a level of surveillance that’s usually reserved for stalkers. Again, this was a quick read which had some really funny parts that made me laugh out loud, although it also had its flaws.

A good humorous mystery is hard to come by, in my opinion, but Lutz has consistently delivered the goods so far. I also love Lutz’s commitment to telling a non-linear tale with short chapters; it left me wanting more each time I put it down. I’m thrilled to have found these little gems, and I can’t wait to read the next in the series. Although I got to say that I guessed what was happening fairly early but was just hoping I was wrong.

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. I can’t wait for the next one in the series here’s hoping it’s not as disappointing as the third season of VM.


This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat Curse of the Spellmans By Lisa Lutz The brief testimonials which are included on the book jackets or paperback covers can tell a reader a lot about the book. The “Curse of the Spellmans” was very similar to “The Spellman Files”- so highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first book, but do not read if you disliked the first book. I’ll 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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All this is quite entertaining and leads Izzy to other humorous situations including: Thus beginning the spin of an all new web of action-packed insanity. Instead, they revolve around what happens in a family trying to keep secrets and boundaries when their bread-and-butter is to cross boundaries to discover the secrets of others.

Lisa Lutz is an American author. But you really don’t care. Mar 21, Vered rated it it was amazing Shelves: Much like the last book, Curse of the Spellmans is a hilarious tale of a dysfunctional family and the gross invasions of privacy they perpetrate on one another in the name of love. She goes so far as to date John Brown in order to acquire more information which is generally unsuccessful. Too many footnotes though which was kinda annoying and distracted the flow.

Now thirty and working in the family business, she gets in over her The second book in “The Spellman Files” is just as funny as the first. Lisa’s passion for writing shines through on each page, even including the acknowledgments and it looks like I have a couple of names to use now to send my manuscript in to once it’s completed.

Other books in the series. 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. Lisa Lutz has created an original series, that just keeps getting better and better.

I had some of the mysteries figured out quite a while before Lutz had Izzy solve them. Book two, Curse of the Spellmans, was just as much fun as the first and perhaps even a smidge better.