Revenge of the Spellmans

Revenge of the Spellmans

Book - 2009
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YOU THOUGHTYOURLIFE WAS COMPLICATEDPrivate investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case and back on the couch -- in court-ordered therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject.As the book opens, Izzy is on hiatus from Spellman Inc. But when her boss, Milo, simultaneously cuts her bartending hours and introduces her to a "friend" looking for a private eye, Izzy reluctantly finds herself with a new client. She assures herself that the case -- a suspicious husband who wants his wife tailed -- will be short and sweet, and will involve nothing more than the most boring of PI rituals: surveillance. But with each passing hour, Izzy finds herself with more questions than hard evidence.Meanwhile, Spellmania continues. Izzy's brother, David, the family's most upright member, has adopted an uncharacteristically unkempt appearance and attitude toward work, life, and Izzy. And their wayward youngest sister, Rae, a historic academic underachiever, aces the PSATs and subsequently offends her study partner and object of obsession, Detective Henry Stone, to the point of excommunication. The only unsurprising behavior comes from her parents, whose visits to Milo's bar amount to thinly veiled surveillance and artful attempts (read: blackmail) at getting Izzy to return to the Spellman Inc. fold.As the case of the wayward wife continues to vex her, Izzy's personal life -- and mental health -- seem to be disintegrating. Facing a housing crisis, she can't sleep, she can't remember where she parked her car, and, despite her shrinks' persistence, she can't seem to break through in her appointments. She certainly can't explain why she forgets dates with her lawyer's grandson, or fails to interpret the come-ons issued in an Irish brogue by Milo's new bartender. Nor can she explain exactly how she feels about Detective Henry Stone and his plans to move in with his new Assistant DA girlfriend...Filled with the signature side-splitting Spellman antics,Revenge of the Spellmansis an ingenious, hilarious, and disarmingly tender installment in the Spellman series.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781416593386
1416593381
Branch Call Number: LUT
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm

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elewep
Feb 16, 2013

This is the third book in the Spellman series and is just as good as the second one. While you don't have to read the first two to get into this one, I would recommend it as there are a couple of references to the details of those two. It's got a few small mysteries going on all at once, but as with the other two, the story is really about the Spellman family itself.

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cheriemoses
Jun 30, 2012

Really great reading from a very humorous author. Her wit and great dialogue make this fun to read. I know that is not very literary, but go figure...sometimes one needs to lighten up, intelligently. This book does that well.

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AJ_in_CoMo
Mar 21, 2011

This entire series, overall, was well-written, fun, engaging and smart.

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biblioholic
Sep 05, 2010

Lisa Lutz, who lived here in Seattle for awhile, is a find. I rarely laugh out loud when reading, but when reading the Spellman books, I could barely stop.

Yes, these books are mysteries, but the real treasure is the characters. They simply burst out of all bounds of expectation.

If you like Kinglsey Amis, then this is the mystery series for you.

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serenarae
Aug 30, 2010

I have enjoyed all of the Spellman books. They are somewhat addicting, I read this one in one day! I wish I had borrowed the last one before the library closed for the week, oh well.With a colorful bunch of characters and some wacky mysteries, whats not to like?

samdog123 Jul 22, 2009

This is the third book in this series. The adventures of Isabel Spellman, alias "Izzy" continue as she attends her "forced" court counselling sessions and debates whether or not to take over her family's detective agency. All the while, she's working on a small case to keep her hand in the game...this is a terrific mystery series for anyone who loves Janet Evanovich--you are sure to love these books too. The first in the series is The Spellman files, next is Curse of the Spellmans and this is the third. I'm waiting eagerly for the fourth!

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lordkathy
Jul 13, 2009

i love this series. this is book 3. it is funny & highly entertaining writing about a quirky dysfunctional private investigations family. & always a mystery in each book to hold your interest. lisa lutz is a very inventive writer.

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sowji thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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