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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

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
Tags:fiction, crime, to oxfam it goes

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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (2007)

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It's not so much the cases that get solved in this book as it is the main character that really keeps you reading.

Isabel Spellman (Izzy) works for the family business. She is the product of a father (Albert) who comes from a long line of policemen and a petite brunette (Olivia) who knows the ins and outs of the family business, and the family business. Did I mention the business is Spellman Investigations? Yup, Izzy is a P.I. and one tough cookie.

All the Spellmans are tough cookies and always on their toes. To keep up with the necessary abilities needed for their work they practice spying, tailing, bugging and other necessary activities on each other. Talk about no privacy!

Izzy does not have the best luck in the romance department. At 28 she has gone through a number of boyfriends and is still not married. Be it poor judgement or the prospective beaux having to deal with her family and her family's inquisitiveness, she has a list of exes.

There are also three other family members that factor into Izzy's crazy world. Her 14 year old sister, Rae, her Uncle Ray and her older brother David. Rae is named for Ray. Both have their own quirks. Rae (the girl) finds casual surveillance, or tailing people, a form of relaxation. Her goal is to be like her older sister Izzy. Uncle Ray enjoys 'lost weekends' where he spends time gambling and drinking to excess in strange motels. Both have worked for the family business. David doesn't work for the Spellman Investigations. He quit at a young age and furthered his education, becoming an attourney. He was the perfect child.

This wild group provides lots of laughs as they stomp though each others lives and work on the various cases the business takes on. I found I had to keep reading because I wanted to know the next situation Izzy would find herself in and how she would get out of it.

This is the first in a short series of books and I'm looking forward to the next book. A Goodread to me! ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
The Spellmans are a family of dysfunctional investigators who seem to spend most of their time investigating and sabotaging one another. Isabel drinks too much, keeps lists of ex-boyfriends (and it's pretty easy to understand why they are EX-boyfriends) as well as other relevant documents, and tries to keep her little sister out of trouble when she is not helping her get into trouble. She tells us her story in the first person.

This is a mystery of sorts, but not a grisly one. There is a child who disappears, and one dark section towards the end of the book. Overall though, it is light, fluffy reading about deeply flawed but likable if not entirely believable characters.

I enjoyed it. However, occasionally it got a bit too contrived, and the lists got a bit old. It sometimes felt like the author was just trying to hard. This is the first book in a series, and despite the minor flaws, I'll probably give the next one a try. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Jun 5, 2016 |
The family business is snooping. The firm of Spellman Investigations, mom, pop, daughters, and alcoholic uncle are unconcerned about some abstract idea like a right to privacy, not for the people their clients want them to watch and not for other members of the family. This is what puts the fun in dysfunctional for these clan capers as twenty-eight-year-old Izzy tries to keep her love life of serial ex-boyfriends separate from her relatives, and keep her younger sister Rae from her Harriet the Spy hobby of recreational surveillance. A hobby that is surely the reason for her sudden disappearance. ( )
  MaowangVater | May 28, 2016 |
Loved it. Fantastically crafted. Funny and entertaining. ( )
  mashiaraqcs | Mar 29, 2016 |
The SPELLMAN SERIES this wonderfully hilarious series that I can only best describe as a kids book for adults. There are currently five books in the series, therefore, this should bring me back up to date with my reviews.

It is written in the first person, our narrator is one Isabel Spellman otherwise known as Izzy, at the start of the series she is 28-years old, living with her parents, hanging out with a grandfatherly aged man named Mort, and working for the family business Spellman investigations. Set in San Francisco, the wit, dialogue, and relationships between the characters will have you hooked from the beginning.

The Spellman Series, QUOTED in order below:

“What’s her name?”

“None of your business.”

“That can’t possibly be her name.”

“ISABEL: Sorry I missed my session Monday.

DR. RUSH: Would you like to tell me why?

ISABEL: I was depressed.

DR. RUSH: That’s a good reason to come to therapy.”

“If people really grew up, there would be no crime, no divorce, no Civil War reenactors…. it’s not like you think it will be, that one day you’ll wake up and realize that you’ve got things figured out. You never figure it out. Ever.” - Isabel Spellman attempting to explain growing up to her sister Rae”


“Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular.”


“When they entered the house, Rae spotted my mother napping on the living room sofa.

“The Eagle is sleeping,” She whispered.

“Where is the Gopher?” Dad asked.

Unaware that I was the Gopher, I exited the kitchen and headed into the office, brushing past my kin as if they were invisible.

“The Gopher is on the move,” My father said in a conspiratorial whisper.

  TamaraJCollins | Mar 10, 2016 |
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