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The Spellman Files

Spellman Files - Document #1

Lisa Lutz

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The Spellman Files is the first novel in a winning and hilarious mystery series featuring Isabel “Izzy” Spellman (part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry) and her highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators.

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 at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman.

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 tracking 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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Feb 26, 2007 – In a family of private investigators, privacy is nonexistent. The Spellman parents spy on the kids just as much as the kids spy on the parents. But after 28 years of this, middle child Isabelle wants out of the family business. Her parents agree, but only if she solves the 10-year-old cold case of a missing teenage. Amusing and entertaining, Lutzs tale of investigation, family and love is given an additional bemusing touch by Ari Graynor. She grasps the material and Isabelles resigned disposition of both loving and loathing her family. She captures Isabelles more emotional responses and the youthful tone of her younger sister, Rae. However, she is occasionally too breathy, literally blowing into the microphone. While these come off as sighs, they still seem to cross that line between narration and interpretation. The abridgment of some of the books various subplots increases the speed of this already fast paced comedy-mystery. Simultaneous release with the S& S hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 1). .

Customer Reviews

Quirky, fun

I picked the Spellman Files up when I was facing a long hospital stay, and the fast moving, funny novel made that experience a little more bearable. The Spellman Files, and all it's subsequent sequels, wraps you up and keeps you warm, and the characters that Lutz masterfully crafts stay with you long after the novel is finished. This series is part mystery, part romance, part humor, and I can't recommend it highly enough. It made me truly fantasize about becoming a private eye and engaging in all sorts of glorious hijinks!

Surprisingly enjoyable

As a snobby reader of mostly literary fiction I was very pleasantly surprised by how compelling I found the characters & storyline. Quite well written, I don't recall even once being annoyed by lousy grammar, stiff dialogue, or predictability. Far more than I expected of the genre. Kudos to Ms. Lutz. A fun and memorable read. I look forward to more of the quirky Spellman family in her other books.

The Spellman Files
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Mar 13, 2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Spellman Files
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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