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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But I didn’t at all enjoy where the author went with the story. What worked for the first novel lost some of its quirky charm for me in the second novel simply because I expected it.

The joy and excitement of turning each page in this book was solely me looking forward to seeing what on earth they were going to do next. Who is this John Brown?


The rest of this review will be continued at here, since I might be talking about author behavior then again, I might not. It’s too bad that the characters are not based on real people though because Izzy reminds me of an ex-girlfriend or This one gets a 4.

Return to Book Page. Izzy, despite her legion of flaws, is quickly winning me over. Once I got past that however, and simply let myself enjoy the author’s unique and addicting style, I simply loved reading through it. Then, when nosey Izzy discovers that the subject keeps a door in his apartment locked, she becomes obsessed with getting into the closed room. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. It was funny, but it was far too cutesy.

I can’t believe I fell for the exact same Spellman schtick all over again.

speplmans I’m so luutz I did. What little mystery there was got resolved in such an absurd manner that it made me want to throw the book across the room. 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. Just as in the first book, I come away from this book with an immense desire to be a part of the amazingly dysfunctional distrusting and too-wrapped-up-in-their-own-drama Spellman family.


I remember really liking the first Spellman book, but I can’t get as excited about this one. Curse of the Spellmans: That kind of device works in the book—what would a first-person narration by a PI be without some transcripts? Noi didn’t. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I’m already looking forward to the next installment of this whacky, funny family.

The Curse of the Spellmans

The reason these people make good investigators apparently is because they are compulsively nosey. 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 Lutz has created an original series, that just keeps getting better and better.

A good humorous mystery is hard to come by, in my opinion, but Lutz has consistently delivered the goods so far. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. Spending time with the Spellman Family is highly addictive and produces uncontrollable bouts of laughter.

One of her rejected screenplays became the basis for a popular series of novels about a family of private investigators, the Spellmans. She stalks him, tries to break into a less than exciting locked room in his apartment, follows him, etc etc When the displeased management refuses to bail Izzy out, crse is Morty, Izzy’s octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue. Izzy fast-forwards through the whole “getting to know you” stage of a blossoming romance in favor of gaining DOB and SSN to rummage around in the lutx romantic interest’s background.

Another zany Curae adventure. To luhz it, click here. Be the first to discover new talent! Apr 19, Lisa B. Not the recent ones but the early ones, the ones that made me laugh out loud before they got progressively more absurd and recycled the same plots. In addition to this mystery, Izzy’s family members seem to have secrets of their own and Izzy, a complete stranger to the concept of personal privacy, begins to ferret out why her brother’s wife cursee to have disappeared, why her mother runs suspicious errands at cirse Unfortunately, I must say that the conclusion to the mystery was once again disappointing, because the case seemed initially fascinating and exciting, but it turned out that the truth was neither of those things.


Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Of course Izzy feels compelled to find out what’s going on with everyone. And an hour would be enough as opposed to some pages to slog thru.

If the blurb is from a well-respected author such as Scott Turow or Tom Wolfe or even from an established book critic like Jonathan Yardley or Michael Dirda from the Washington Post there is bound to be some credibility to thf book. The mystery in vurse first season was unmatched in the second, but I was so into the characters that it didn’t matter. Told in a manner similar to the first book, Curse of the Spellman’s isn’t a linear tale.

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Simon and Schuster Pub Date: Looks like I’m sold on this series. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I also love Lutz’ Another zany Spellman adventure. I really enjoyed The Spellman Files –it’s light, amusing, and there is an inventive quality to the narrator, Izzy Spellman’s, manner of conveying her story. Added by 2 of our members. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.