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The Spellman Files

Lutz, Lisa (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Spellman Files
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While deciding if she should quit working for her family's private investigation firm, Izzy Spellman copes with meddling parents, an alcoholic uncle, the disappearance of her younger sister, and her own problems with men and drinking.
Authors: Lutz, Lisa
Title: The Spellman files
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, c2007
Characteristics: 358 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lisa Lutz
Notes: Sequel: Curse of the Spellmans
Summary: While deciding if she should quit working for her family's private investigation firm, Izzy Spellman copes with meddling parents, an alcoholic uncle, the disappearance of her younger sister, and her own problems with men and drinking.
Awards & Distinctions: Alex Awards, 2008
ISBN: 9781416532408
1416532404
Branch Call Number: FICTION LUTZ 2007
Subject Headings: Private investigators Fiction Family-owned business enterprises Fiction Cold cases (Criminal investigation) Fiction Missing persons Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Humorous fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Topical Term: Private investigators
Family-owned business enterprises
Cold cases (Criminal investigation)
Missing persons
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List - Michele's list by: multcolib_tamaf Jul 02, 2014

I loved this book, but will tell you right up front it's one of those that people either love or hate. The Spellman family is, let's say, unique. The parents are private investigators and have raised their kids 'in the business,' teaching them surveillance and breaking and entering at a young age... Read More »

While deciding if she should quit working for her family's private investigation firm, Izzy Spellman copes with meddling parents, an alcoholic uncle, the disappearance of her younger sister, and her own problems with men and drinking.

While deciding if she should quit working for her family's private investigation firm, Izzy Spellman copes with meddling parents, an alcoholic uncle, the disappearance of her younger sister, and her own problems with men and drinking. Quirky characters & laugh out loud fun for Janet Evanovich... Read More »

While deciding if she should quit working for her family's private investigation firm, Izzy Spellman copes with meddling parents, an alcoholic uncle, the disappearance of her younger sister, and her own problems with men and drinking.

While deciding if she should quit working for her family's private investigation firm, Izzy Spellman copes with meddling parents, an alcoholic uncle, the disappearance of her younger sister, and her own problems with men and drinking.


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Jul 23, 2014
  • AK47rascal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quirky PI family series. Not gut-busting hilarious, but definitely chuckle-worth.

Jun 13, 2014
  • robboss rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very entertaining series that gets better every book. Highly recommended.

Feb 22, 2014
  • IrishMoon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An absolutely excellent mystery, except for the last 3 pages (which in my opinion simply didn't need to be there and took away from the tone of the book). Hilarious! I will definitely read the next installment.

Apr 26, 2013
  • FlowerChild89 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books of all time. The author also wrote the screen play to a hilarious mob comedy movie called Plan B (2001) which stars Diane Keaton. If you've seen the movie, you know how funny this gal can be. She is an awesome author who has a knack for situational type humor. Her books are not girly and are written from more of a modern semi-tomboy perspective, I would say. Her main character Isabel is a combination of bad girl meets intellectual meets klutz. If you like realistic, but strange plot twists in a comedic/satire form, Lisa Lutz is your gal ;-)

Apr 18, 2013
  • JCLRobinD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the "go to" book for those who love Janet Evanovichs Stephanie Plum series. The Spellman family is quirky, witty and an absolute laugh riot! This is a light mystery, so you won't need to worry about it keeping you awake at night....except to read the next page.

Mar 19, 2013
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Izzy Spellman is smart, snarky, funny, and so very human. Her family is insane, her life is a mess, and this novel is funny, engaging, and touching. The first in a terrific series of dysfunctional, funny detective stories.

Jan 08, 2013
  • elewep rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book, the kind that you get into pretty quickly and don't put down.

Jul 15, 2012
  • judeld rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I laughed out loud. Many times.

Feb 20, 2012
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Izzy Spellman does not have a normal life. Coming from a family of private eyes, it is no surprise that Izzy has followed her parents into the profession. What is surprising is how dysfunctional they all are. Izzy and her parents spy on each other, plant bugs, and play the kind of mind games that generally lead to years of therapy.

This climate leads Izzy to snap, rebelling and wanting out of the business. She even goes as far as to date a dentist and lie to him about what she does for a living. This leads to her taking on one last, unsolvable case to win her freedom from the family. But when her sister Rae goes missing, the world snaps into very clear focus and what is and is not important becomes very clear to Izzy.

The antics of this book would translate very well to the silver screen. Izzy is not an easy character to like, but her mother's constant surveillance of her, often involving the rest of the family, pushes the reader to sympathize with Izzy fairly quickly.

Worth the read.

Dec 20, 2011
  • kima rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I fun book to read, though in the beginning it was a little trying to get through. The plot isn’t really established until about halfway through the book; the beginning merely provides background and introduction. However, Izzy is a quirky character—though she finds way too much solace in drinking. Her younger sister, Rae, is my favorite character. But once I got interested in the book, I could not put it down—it ended up trumping my required History homework, haha.

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