The Spellman Files
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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
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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!
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.
- 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