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Curse of the Spellmans: Document #2 (Izzy Spellman Mysteries) Paperback – February 10, 2009
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book picks up two years after the end of the first book. And it seems everyone is acting strangely. Older brother David is staying home watching TV and eating junk. The father, Albert, is sneaking out of the house and returning with wet hair. Meanwhile, he's actually eating healthy. Olivia, the mother, is sneaking out of the house late at night herself. Youngest sister Rae is distraught about accidentally almost vehicularly manslaughtering her best friend, Inspector Henry Stone. And Isabel is hot on the trail of the copycat vandals ruining neighbor Mrs. Chandler's holiday displays. These vandals are copying the crimes that Isabel did when she was a teenage (not that she has any idea what you are talking about).
But what has really captured Isabel's attention is the Spellman's new neighbor. "John Brown" seems nice enough, but he sure has lots of shredded paper. And who really has such a common name? Plus Isabel can't track down any information on him. And he is evasive with answers to her questions. You know, simple things like where are you from? What do you do for a living? When were you born? What's your social security number? All this leads Isabel to be arrested four times (or twice depending on how you count) in a matter of months. How will it all end?
As with the first in the series, this book is hard to adequately describe.Read more ›
This is second in a series. I missed the first one. I'm going back to the Amazon site right now to buy it.
Lacking in shootouts, dead bodies, violence or surprise twists and turns normally associated with a mystery novel, this book investigates the quirks and odd, yet funny, behaviors that make this family so suspicious and loving of each other. While spying on her parents, Olivia and Albert, younger sister Rae, older brother David and the Suspect next door, Isabel faces the truth of her assumptions in the end and ultimately must deal with tough questions about her own life that she has kept buried.
Lisa Lutz's fast-paced dialogue and short scenes make for a quick, delightful read. Highly recommended.
Also, Izzy's best friend and brother are hiding their dirty laundry from the family, creating an insatiable itch in Izzy that needs to be scratched. If that wasn't enough, Izzy's younger sister Rae decides to take an almost stalker-like interest in Investigator Henry Stone, Izzy's "best friend".
After Izzy's fourth arrest in three months (yes, I said fourth), she finds herself recounting the events of the previous months to her lawyer in an effort to establish her defense and keep her out of jail. This is the point where we find Izzy at the beginning of "Curse of the Spellmans" as she recounts the twisted and poorly executed (by Izzy, not the author) sequence of events that befell her despite her good intentions.
Lutz easily surpasses her entertaining first book, "The Spellman Files", taking the story of Izzy and her family to a new level. Her "screenplay" writing style makes this book an effortless read as the dialogue and action flow along. The first person narrative gives unique insight into Izzy's thoughts and really amplifies the quirkiness of the story, making the novel a joy to read.
Lutz delves even further into the character development in this book, enriching the story line and creating a strong connection between the reader and the characters. An interesting feature of the series is Lutz's use of footnotes (yes, footnotes!).Read more ›
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Oh Izzy, Izzy, Izzy. You have to be really stubborn or hungry for the answers to get arrested four times in one month. That takes talent. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer
I love Lutz's series of the spellman's. Parts are laugh out loud funny.Published 4 months ago by Roseann Ilstrup
Great funny story and great writing! Love the Spellmans.Published 5 months ago by Diana June Spanninger
This was the first book that I read by this author and I will be honest the writing style for this novel took some getting used to. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michelle M
A good fun book about a funny disfunctional family of detectives. I enjoyed it very much.Published 8 months ago by D. J. Mason
Great story telling, weaving of information... light heartedPublished 9 months ago by Margaret M. McNeil