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The Spellman Files (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Lisa Lutz

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Title:The Spellman Files
Authors:Lisa Lutz
Info:Pocket Books (2008), Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:**1/2
Tags:fiction, crime, to oxfam it goes

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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (2007)

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A fun frolic with lots of twists and turns. Great characters crazy plot page-turning unique read. Good for summer time light reading. Lighter more down to earth version of Jasper Fforde and Terry Pratchett. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
I may give the second in this series a look, because other people have raved about the author, but I'm not expecting to like it, much. In this, book one, the mystery was OK, though I saw the outcome about half the book before the protagonist did, and the writing was not bad. Humorous, even. But, and its a big but -- people with no boundaries are sick and dangerous to others. Virtually every primary character in the story had no boundaries at all. In fact, that lack of boundaries was a plot element. Supposedly, they reformed at the end (under legal contract to do so) but I'll believe that if I see it in the second book. The author may have been going for madcap, but really...it was just crazy, and not the good kind.

Came thisclose to "couldn't finish", but since the preface and acknowledgments took up a good 10-12% of the book, I figured I might as well stick it out to the end. ( )
  duende | Feb 6, 2014 |
3.5 stars.

The crazy antics of an insane family make up this hilarious book.

There's mystery, there's romance, there's bucket loads of humor, there's drama(spades of it), there's angst. The Spellman Files lack for nothing. The only thing that stops me from giving this book a full 4 stars(I'd have given it a whole hearted 5 if there'd been more romance) is that there were moments when I couldn't actually believe that this family was real. The kids got away with waaayyy too much for me to believe that the Spellmans could actually exist.

And that kind of disappointed me. ( )
  ashpapoye | Jan 24, 2014 |
So far this book is fast-paced and funny. I would compare Lutz to authors like Cabot and Kinsella. My husband enjoyed it, but I think it would be a book more popular with women. ( )
  Emelymac | Jan 15, 2014 |
I know all the dysfunctional family stuff was supposed to be hilarious, but to me most of it just seemed sad. (I feel this way about most TV sitcoms as well, so I'm not really surprised.) The strongest part for me was when Izzy finally was actually solving a cold missing-persons case, though getting to that part of the story through the thicket of flashbacks and asides took some work. Unless you have a much better memory for details than I do (which admittedly is really not that hard), this book probably works better read all at once rather than a chapter at a time, which makes it harder to remember where exactly you are in the narrative when you pick it up again. I'm obviously lukewarm on this title, but if you like Janet Evanovich or Linda Barnes, give it a try! ( )
  MelissaZD | Jan 1, 2014 |
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Izzy Spellman launches her career as a private investigator while working for the firm of her outlandishly dysfunctional family.

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