The Spellman Files review ´ 104

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Meet Isabel Izzy Spellman private investigator This twenty eight year old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes excessive drinking and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm Spellman Investigations Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy In fact it comes naturally to all the Spellmans If only they could leave their work a. The Spellmans are a dysfunctional family of detectives When Rae the youngest goes missing her sister Izzy drops what she's doing and goes looking for her while delving into the Spellman family's past Who kidnapped Rae Spellman And does it have something to do with a cold case Izzy is working onThe Spellman Files reads like Sara Gran on mood elevators The writing style reminds me of a humorous version of the Claire DeWitt books As for the Spellmans themselves they remind me of The Royal Tannenbaums if the Tannenbaums were a family of dysfunctional detectives instead of uirky for the sake of being uirky Wes Anderson charactersI'll be honest Usually humorous crimemystery books aren't my bag Hell Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake are two of my favorite authors but their humorous works are largely untouched by me I'm proud to say that the Spellman Files made me reconsider my stance on mixing mysteries and mirthThe Spellman Files is one entertaining book and came highly recommended by Amanda and Carol two ladies who I've learned not to doubt during my tenure at Goodreads As the kidnapping plot slowly unfolds Izzy reveals what got the Spellman family to that point a hilarious tale of mistrust familial surveillance and liesMysteries especially those purported to be humorous aren't generally known for their well drawn characters but the Spellmans and those unfortunate enough to get pulled into their orbits all seemed like real people to me Even though a family of detectives isn't the most likely of protagonists I had no trouble believing in the way they constantly violated one another's privacy in the name of loveIzzy reminded me of Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt uite a bit as if Claire had been raised by a family of detectives and uit doing every drug known to man once she left high school Her dialogue and thought processes won me over in the first 10 15 pages I love how she said things like He was destined to be ex boyfriend #9 when meeting Daniel while on a job Izzy's battles against her family's constant surveillance manage to be hilariously outlandish while still being in the realm of possibilityI think this book worked for me while other humor mysteries failed is the way it was structured mostly being an exploration of the Spellman family rather than a straightforward mystery Also the tone was consistent It didn't try to juxtapose comedy with grim violence or anything like that It was a mystery that happened to have comedic elements not a comedy with a lame mystery shoehorned into itWith The Spellman Files Lisa Lutz and her dysfunctional detective family have earned a place in my hearts and a future void in my wallet Five out of five stars

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The Spellman FilesG down her uncle who randomly disappears on benders dubbed Lost Weekends But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business But there's a hitch she must take one last job before they'll let her go a fifteen year old ice cold missing person case She accepts only to experience a disappearance far closer to home which becomes the most important case of her life. I still haven't forgiven this book for looking so appealing on my own personal also in my bedroom bookshelf that my daughter who was about 12 at the time and a precocious reader snitched it from my shelf and read it I didn't find out until after she was finished It's not the worst thing in the world that she could have read at that age but it has some adult content that let's just say I wasn't uite ready for her to be exposed to yet And yes it was totally the book's fault and not mine Although now I do tend to hide my adult content books in harder to find places Anyway this was a fairly enjoyable humorous read about a uirky family of private investigators the latest mystery they're trying to solve and their relationships with each other and with other people The MC Isabel Izzy Spellman age 28 is the middle child and a former juvenile delinuentMy teenage years were defined by meetings at the principal’s office rides in suad cars ditching vandalism smoking in the bathroom drinking at the beach breaking and entering academic probation groundings lectures broken curfews hangovers blackouts illegal drugs combat boots and unwashed hairIzzy has now straightened out mostly and has a job with her parents' PI firm but is thinking of striking out on her own But first she needs to solve an old missing person mystery that may have something to do with a problem in her own family It was fun read but not really my thing I've since dumped the book on PBS and I didn't feel any compelling urge to go read any books in this seriesAnd not just because I would have had to find a better hiding place for them Content Advisory Scattered F bombs a non explicit seduction and descriptions of drug use and teenage misbehavior aka Things I Didn't Want My 12 yo Reading Yet

Lisa Lutz ↠ 4 review

The Spellman Files review ´ 104 ¾ Meet Isabel Izzy Spellman private investigator This twenty eight year old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes excessive drinking and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors but the upshot is she's good at her job asT the office To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on blackmail and wiretap a Spellman Part Nancy Drew part Dirty Harry Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee Duties include completing assignments from the bosses aka Mom and Dad preferably without scrutiny; appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother often under duress; setting an example for her fourteen year old sister Rae who's become addicted to recreational surveillance; and trackin. Oh that wacky Spellman family I first read this book almost 5 years ago and I just finished it for the second time I rarely reread books so that's a testament to how much I love this author and her crazy cast of charactersTwenty eight year old Izzy Spellman is a private investigator working for her parents' firm Spellman Investigations She has a straight laced lawyer brother and a fourteen year old sister named Rae Spying on people and digging up dirt is what this family excels at and those skills as well as wiretaps come in handy when you need to snoop on a family member But after being surveilled by Rae in an effort to get the goods on her dating life Izzy has had enough She thinks getting out of the family business will put her on the path to a normal life She agrees to take on one job for her parents before she leaves a fifteen year old missing person caseIt was an interesting experience rereading this book knowing what happens in the rest of the books It's cool to see how the author laid the groundwork in this book for future plot points While I definitely like this book I wouldn't say it is the strongest or my favorite of the six books It does provide a good introduction to the Spellman family and is certainly very funnyI've described this series as being similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series but with clever humor and actual character development Not to knock the Plum books as they can be fun reads but you do start to have a sense of déjà vu if you have read 5 10 of them I think with the Spellman series you get of a payoff as a readerDefinitely recommend checking out this series if you enjoy reading books with humor hi jinks and heart