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Private investigator Isabel “Izzy” Spellman is not your typical gumshoe. In fact, everything about the thirtysomething San Francisco sleuth is a bit offbeat, from her quirky family to the curious cases she takes on. In this fifth installment (after The Spellmans Strike Again, 2010) in Lutz’s irreverent series, Izzy is submerged in surveillance, monitoring the movements of a devious UC Berkeley coed and keeping close watch on the apartment of a fastidious math professor. Meanwhile, Izzy’s mother, Olivia, engages in an eclectic collection of extracurricular activities, including a Russian-language class in which she learns such valuable phrases as “The gentleman will pay for everything.” Isabel bonds with her boyfriend’s mother while ignoring her beau’s repeated requests to discuss their unraveling relationship. And siblings David and Rae butt heads over Rae’s perverse influence upon David’s infant daughter. With each entry, Lutz’s plots, while amusing, have become a bit more predictable. All the same, this is a wise (and wisecracking) choice for mystery readers seeking a break from the genre’s bloodier fare. --Allison Block
“Hilarious, but also tender and melancholy and full of hard-won wisdom. This one's going to stay with readers for a long time." (Laura Lippman, author of I’d Know You Anywhere and the Tess Monaghan series)
“Engaging….Lutz’s dry, biting humor is in full force.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A wise (and wise-cracking) choice for mystery readers seeking a break from the genre’s bloodier fare.” (Booklist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I have read all of the Spellman novels and this one follows along with the rest as an entertaining and amusing rendition of family fun in the private investigating world.Published 5 days ago by Jamie Yarger
Lisa Lutz's story telling of the Spellmans is very enjoyable reading.Published 9 days ago by Beanie
In order not to end on book four, Ms. Lutz undid all of Izzy's personal development.
It wasn't badly written, but it was mainly frustrating and depressing.
46 of 75 for 2015. What can I say. I've been hooked on Lisa Lutz's Spellman series right from the beginning. How could I not be? Read morePublished 2 months ago by MTBearded1@aol.com
I love the series, but this one is not my favorite. Looking forward to reading book #6!Published 4 months ago by Elvira S.
Loved this series- witty,smart,fresh and fun. I need 14 more words but that sums it up for me in a nutshellPublished 4 months ago by Sarah McCarty
Hilarious with witty dialog and another great family story in between. Lot's of fun to read. Another Great Book. Sydney is a great addition to the family dynamics.Published 5 months ago by Lori Donadson