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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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    bookwormteri: Both families with lots of love, but so dysfunctional that it hurts.
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Not so much a mystery as it is the story of an odd family and the unbelievable things the lack of privacy and trust will drive people to do. This was like a dark Veronica Mars but with a few more PI characters. Or if the Sedaris family decided to take up detective work. Or a Stephanie Plum novel without the steamy scenes and bad guy du jour. There is no main villain here. As frequently mentioned by the narrator herself, the family is often at war amongst themselves, like Spy vs Spy vs Spy. Though interesting to watch, I would not like to be related to any of them. (What was Petra thinking?)

While the narrator/main character is Isabel, the heart of the family is the younger Spellman sister, Rae. David, the golden boy turned bigshot lawyer, reminds me of my own brother, in the way he talks down to the rest of us and regards us as inferior species.

The only problem I had was with how rough Isabel was to her little sister. But then again this is not a normal family. They're not lovable, but they're unpredictable and unusual, and have a weird way of showing their love for each other. Mostly because of Rae, and the dry humor of the narration, I would read the next book.

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  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
Very funny, if a bit sprawling. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 9, 2017 |
Engaging enough to expect to read the next one at least. ( )
  2wonderY | Feb 23, 2017 |
My first book by Lisa Lutz was a Christmas gift (2016) . Although I have never read one of her books before now, I'm happy to say that I'm HOOKED! Glad to see it is a series, that makes me extremely happy, as I've fallen for the characters Izzy and her little sister Rae, and want to read more about them. ( )
  kykim | Jan 2, 2017 |
THE SPELLMAN FILES is a thoroughly lightweight, fun and goofy quasi-detective family story
with no compelling characters and a recursive plot. It would have been welcome to have dynamic
of parents and Uncle Ray expanded for understanding. PI insights were great! ( )
  m.belljackson | Dec 23, 2016 |
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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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