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Author: Lisa Lutz
ISBN13: 978-1416594178
Title: The Spellman Files: A Novel
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Language: English
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Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (January 27, 2009)

The Spellman Files: A Novel by Lisa Lutz



I read Lisa Lutz's book, The Spellman Files, while awaiting the arrival of my next in the Scottoline series today. I actually don't read very fast, but read this book in one day. It was one of the strangest books that I've ever read and I've been reading for more years than I'd care to say! I actually liked it very much. I wouldn't say that I absolutely loved it, but I liked it enough that it is a "keeper" and I would read it again sometime. Often books don't keep my attention and I totally drift off, but this one kept me reading.

The Spellman Files : a novel/Lisa Lutz. Once inside the Spellman home, you come upon a staircase that winds up to the second level, where all three bedrooms are located. To the right of the staircase is a door with a hanging sign that says SPELLMAN INVESTIGATIONS. The door is locked during all nonbusiness hours. Left of the staircase is the entrance to the living room.

With The Spellman Files, Lisa Lutz and her dysfunctional detective family have earned a place in my hearts and a future void in my wallet. This book is at least as much about the Spellmans as it is a whodunit, and that strikes just the right balance for a mystery novel in a genre I find to be otherwise humdrum. The chapters often bear a structure resembling private investigation files wherein Isabel catalogs detailed lists of information and documents transcripts of conversations as though she is filling out investigative reports.

The Spellman Files: A deliciously witty, wildly inventive and wickedly funny. Author Lisa Lutz grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Irvine, the University of Leeds in England and San Francisco State University, but never earned a bachelor's degree

The Spellman Files: A Novel. Abridged, Go to Unabridged Audiobook. Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the boss, aka Mom and Dad; appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother; and setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who's become addicted to 'recreational surveillance').

Meet Lisa Lutz, the author of THE SPELLMAN FILES Bestselling author Lisa Lutz reveals some of her previous. Lisa Lutz: Spellman Files Meet Lisa Lutz. Document By Lisa Lutz. From the award-winning author of The Passenger comes the first novel in the hilarious Spellman Files 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

My enjoyment of The Spellman Files was only slightly undercut by my irritation that I hadn't written it myself. The funniest book I've read in years!’ Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada ‘The Spellman Files is hilarious, outrageous, and hip. Izzy Spellman, . is a total original, with a voice so fresh and real, you want more, more, more. At long last, we know what Nancy Drew would have been like had she come from a family of lovable crackpots. Lisa Lutz has created a delicious comedy with skill and truth. I loved it’ Adriana Trigiani, author of Lucia, Lucia and Big.

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 Format: MP3, Bitrate

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.

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 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.

The Spellman Files is the first novel in a winning and hilarious new series featuring the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos.

Reviews: 7
Cae
If you're in the mood for a funny, clever, relaxing read, you might want to look at Lisa Lutz's first book in her Spellman Mystery series, "The Spellman Files". It has been followed by five more books featuring the Spellman family of San Francisco. In their family, investigating is both their business and their pastime. If they're not investigating for a client, they're investigating each other, to often hilarious ends.

Isabel (or "Izzy") is the second child of three. When the book opens, she is 28, her brother is 30, and their sister (the "accident") is 14. Their parents, Olivia and Albert, have a detective firm and while their son has escaped to law school and then a law firm, their two daughters do work for the firm. The work can entail computer monitoring for clients, down to trailing those being tracked. The family members, if not nuts, definitely are eccentric. And the reader gets the feeling that, all kidding aside, the Spellmans are very good at their jobs. This book introduces the family in a funny, yet touching way. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books.
Vetibert
I was slightly disappointed by this initially - her 'quirky' family seems more dysfunctional than fun (as described), but I liked it enough to keep listening (audio CD for the terrible work-commute). It got better, and I may purchase more in the series, now that I have a better understanding of the family dynamic. They do care, just in a strange way. I liked "The Passenger" (her standalone novel) far better, but this was OK for its purpose.
Marirne
Lisa Luta is spectacular and I just ordered the Spellman Files: Document #2. The characters just make me shake my head when reminescing. What a family of characters--none are what you would call "normal/everyday" --except maybe brother. That's what makes it so fun. As things come out within the family, it's always surprising and so adds to the characterization. The little sister is quite the detective and such an extortionist!! The plots are intriguing and interesting as how chase down the protagonist. However, the main character, oldest daughter--I built such am image of her which was rough and tough but lovely, much the unusual girl to stay the least which leads you to love her. She leads per parents on chases you can only believe would happen if a P.I. or Police Officer was after you!
Wiliniett
The first in the Spellman series does a great job of dealing with all of the background setup and introduction of the characters by having the primary character, Izzy Spellman, interviewed by a police investigator in the disappearance of her 14 year old sister, Rae. This is a quirky family with the parents, Albert and Olivia as head of the investigative firm, run out of their San Francisco home. The family is outwardly dysfunctional, but obviously loving and their quirks are often hilarious, including Olivia's desire that Izzy date a lawyer and her fear of dentists, and Rae's obsession with junk food. Each of the children has been involved with the agency from a young age, but only, David, the oldest, has extricated himself from the agency by becoming a lawyer. The family has no compunctions about using their skills on one another, particularly to check out Izzy's many boyfriends. Izzy has a bad girl streak, and was a juvenile delinquent. Her parents worry that she may be turning into her Uncle Ray who once was a health fanatic and cop, but after a personal tragedy, tends to disappear on lost weekends of booze and gambling where he needs to be extricated by the family. Two cases are key to the story, the disappearance of Rae, and the cold case the family puts Izzy on as her last before she can quit the agency which involves a boy who disappeared from camping trip. She becomes obsessed with solving the case when her own sister is found to be missing. This was a clever start to what should be an entertaining series.
Tygokasa
This is essentially a novel of a bad girl turned, at least partially, good. The Spellman family owns and operates a private investigation agency and employees the heroine, their daughter. She was an errant when younger and partially reforms to attract the attentions of a staid dentist who she correctly classifies as an exboyfriend early in the relationship. She becomes involved in solving a missing person case that has remained unsolved for several years and follows her trials and tribulations over a period of time as well as those of her younger sister. The book is well written, the characters are strange, she has unusual habits for an adult woman and the solution to her quest is fairly obvious although the details are not. A quick easy read to fill a otherwise empty weekend.
Onnell
I really wanted to like Izzy Spellman and her dysfunctional family of private eyes, but their madcap antics ultimately left me cold. My main problem with the book was the plot or, more accurately, the lack of one. There was a mystery in this book, but it began at exactly the 50 percent mark on my Kindle. Everything up to that point and most of what followed consisted of round after round of Spellman dysfunction and internecine warfare.

The other problem I had with this book is in finding someone to root for. Everyone in the extended Spellman clan behaves badly on a consistent basis. Izzy's dentist boyfriend is the closest thing to a sympathetic character in the book, and (spoiler alert) he has the good sense to escape the Spellmans' orbit before the story comes to a close.

There was enough here to keep me reading this book to the end--some of the hijinks and characterizations were amusing--but there wasn't enough to lure me into the next installment in the series.