The Spellmans return with more personality than plot. The dysfunctional Spellman family private-investigation firm is back in action with another heavily annotated adventure. Through no fault of her own, she keeps getting arrested. And, yes, she has broken into his house, used a GPS tracker on his car and rifled through his garbage, despite, at one point, a temporary restraining order. He claims to be a landscaper and yet shreds a lot of paper.
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Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise.
When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been obsessively keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor suspect's name: John Brown , convinced he's up to no good -- even if her parents the management at Spellman Investigations are not. When the displeased management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue.
But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth -- as only she, a thirty-year-old licensed professional, can. When not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, staking out her neighbor, or trying to keep her sister, Rae, from stalking her "best friend," Inspector Henry Stone, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on Mrs.
As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it's clear that Morty may be on retainer, but Izzy is still very much on the case Re meet the Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, past missteps are never forgotten, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation -- all in the name of unconditional love. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
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Why has Izzy Spellman been arrested four times in one month? Why is her mother leaving the house at all hours of the night to vandalize a stranger's motor bike? What is her father up to? Who is the mysterious neighbor John Brown? And who is recreating the string of vandalism Izzy is alleged to have perpetrated during her youth? All these questions and more will be answered in Curse of the Spellmans! When you enjoy the hell out of the first book in a series, the second book is a risky proposition, Why has Izzy Spellman been arrested four times in one month?
When you enjoy the hell out of the first book in a series, the second book is a risky proposition, like bungee jumping, hitchhiking, or eating at White Castle with a gallon of beer already sloshing around in your innards. Fortunately, my apprehension was unfounded. Curse of the Spellmans is a worth second book. Much like the last book, Curse of the Spellmans is a hilarious tale of a dysfunctional family and the gross invasions of privacy they perpetrate on one another in the name of love.
There's also a number of mysteries but the Spellmans and their supporting cast drive the tale. Told in a manner similar to the first book, Curse of the Spellman's isn't a linear tale.
It starts near the middle, backtracks to the beginning, and then eventually makes it to the end. Detective Henry Stone is a prominent part of the cast since Rae latched on to him in the first book. He's also my third favorite character, right after Izzy and Rae. I already had a high opinion of him but the Doctor Who marathon clinched it, even though he prefers the ninth Doctor to the tenth. Izzy, despite her legion of flaws, is quickly winning me over.
Raised in a family of investigators, she doesn't really know how to do anything else and conducts her personal life like one of her P. I think Lisa Lutz's greatness comes from being able to juggle funny moments with more serious ones and still make the book work without it becoming ridiculous. A good humorous mystery is hard to come by, in my opinion, but Lutz has consistently delivered the goods so far.
I really have no gripes about this book. There's the minor quibble about there being less of a sense of discovery but it's the second book in the series. Unless the Spellmans were going to adopt a cute kid to bring new life into the series, there wasn't a lot more to unveil. Four out of five stars. I'll be reading the rest of this series at some point. Sep 23, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: challenge. The book can be read as a standalone.
Spying seems to be ingrained in the Spellman DNA because, besides taking on cases, they constantly snoop on each other and anyone else who comes into their orbit.
Izzy is always on the alert for a new boyfriend 3. Izzy is always on the alert for a new boyfriend or as she puts it, a new future ex-boyfriend , so an attractive fellow who moves in next door to the Spellmans quickly catches her eye.
Izzy immediately becomes suspicious, though, because the guy's name is John Brown sounds phony and he's a landscaper seems fishy.
John Brown soon becomes "The Subject" of Izzy's inquiries and she engages in various ruses to try to discover his place and date of birth and his SS number - so she can pry into his life.
The subject is pretty cagey though and Izzy is stymied. Then, when nosey Izzy discovers that the subject keeps a door in his apartment locked, she becomes obsessed with getting into the closed room. Izzy's increasingly desperate and funny attempts to break in eventually lead to a restraining order and four arrests All this is quite entertaining and leads Izzy to other humorous situations including: meetings with a wise octogenarian lawyer who can't get the temperature of his coffee quite right; staying with a staid police inspector who has a lot of house rules; watching a bunch of episodes of "Dr.
Who"; paying her teen sister Rae a very tough negotiator for services rendered; and more. Meanwhile, Izzy is trying to find out who's committing vandalism on a retired teacher's yard displays Dad is working out on the sly and eating healthy; mom is creeping out at night; Rae has mysterious new friends; and attorney brother David is uncharacteristically dirty and drunk.
Of course Izzy feels compelled to find out what's going on with everyone. The book is entertaining but I found Izzy to be irritating. She has no boundaries, is intrusive, never asks permission, and seems oblivious of other people's feelings. In real life a person who met Izzy would probably want to move to the other side of the country Still, the story is fun and would probably appeal to fans of comical cozy mysteries.
View all 6 comments. Oct 08, carol. Shelves: mystery , female-lead , humor , fast-and-fun. Not the recent ones but the early ones, the ones that made me laugh out loud before they got progressively more absurd and recycled the same plots. Book two, Curse of the Spellmans, was just as much fun as the first and perhaps even a smidge better.
I found it to be an enjoyable, light read that was a load of fun on a sick day. The rest of this review will be continued at here, since I might be talking about author behavior then again, I might not.
Curse of the Spellmans is the sequel to The Spellman Files , a novel about an unconventional family that runs a private investigation firm.
I really enjoyed The Spellman Files --it's light, amusing, and there is an inventive quality to the narrator, Izzy Spellman's, manner of conveying her story. Because of her training as a P. What worked for the first novel lost some of its quirky charm for me in the second novel simply because I expected it.
However, that is not to say that I didn't enjoy Curse of the Spellmans , because I certainly did.
CURSE OF THE SPELLMANS
Added by 13 of our members. Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise. When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been obsessively keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor suspect's name: John Brown , convinced he's up to no good -- even if her parents the management at Spellman Investigations are not. When the displeased management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue.
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