CURSE OF THE SPELLMANS.

Lutz, Lisa.

ISBN 10: 0743571266 / ISBN 13: 9780743571265
Published by New York: Simon & Schuster, (2007.), 2007
Soft cover
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SIGNED first edition - Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. ) Second novel featuring Izzy Spellman, a 28-year-old private eye working for her family's investigative business - 'part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry,' she walks the line between being a member of the Spellman family and an employee of their business. Funny and clever. Set in San Francisco. SIGNED on the title page. 407 pp. Fine in illustrated wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 44153

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Title: CURSE OF THE SPELLMANS.

Publisher: New York: Simon & Schuster, (2007.)

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

When private investigator Izzy Spellman is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as an occupational hazard. She's been keeping surveillance on her new next-door neighbour (yes, he's her ex-boyfriend and yes, she's tried to break into his home several times), convinced he's up to no good - even if Spellman Investigations management (Izzy's parents) disagree. When the (displeased) management refuse to bail her out, it's Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue. But before he can build a defence, he has to know the facts. Over weak coffee and pastrami sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth - as only she, a licensed 30-year-old professional, can.

Review:

Lisa Lutz, author of The Spellman Files, is back with another story of the shenanigans of the Spellman family: The Curse of the Spellmans. The "parental unit" started a private investigation business when Dad retired from police work. His wife assists him and their two daughters, Isabel, (Izzy) a 30-year-old with a habit of being arrested, and Rae, a 15-year-old Cheetos-loving teen, would like to think that they help out in the family business. Especially where Izzy is concerned, this is a stretch. Brother David is a successful attorney who has nothing to do with the family enterprise. He has troubles of his own.

Izzy has been living in the apartment of a friend while he is away. When he returns unexpectedly, it quickly becomes clear that being roommates with an old, cigar-smoking, poker-playing, big drinker isn't going to work. Izzy moves home temporarily and then the fun begins. She decides that their new next door neighbor, John Brown, whose landscape gardening business she judges to be a cover, is somehow making women disappear. She gets herself invited to dinner, discovers a locked room, believes his name is phony, follows him everywhere, has a restraining order against her, and still she can't let it go.

Meanwhile, Rae has befriended a great guy, a cop named Henry Stone, who is almost too good to be true. The reader starts pulling for him and Izzy to get together right away, even though he doesn't deserve the aggravation. Lutz keeps the ball rolling faster and faster with David's problems, her parents' frequent vacations, which they refer to as "disappearances," and the fact that everyone in the family has secrets from one another. If there is any curse at work here, it is that all the family members are terminally nosy. What they discover about each other and the other players keeps you turning pages and hoping that Lutz is hard at work on the next installment of this zany family's misadventures. --Valerie Ryan

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