The Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance. The dysfunctional Spellman family private-investigation firm is back in action with another heavily annotated adventure. ‘Fast-paced, irreverent, and very funny, The Spellman Files is like Harriet the Spy for grown-ups’ Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Eligible and American Wife.

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Izzy and the entire Spellman clan are a bunch of nut cases, but the stories work for me. Brown, she steadfastly refuses to let it go.

Aug 20, Annalisa rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The second book in “The Spellman Files” is just as funny as the first. By using this ot, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A refreshing take on the mystery genre, and a book guaranteed to bring plenty of laughs. And then, of course, there are the “mysteries” that Izzy must solve. Funny banter, dislocated narrative, faux detective daftness and some sweet emotions curxe soapy family soppiness. John Brownconvinced he’s up to no good — even if her parents the management at Spellman Investigations are not.

So back to the reader was owed a villain and Izzy was lida vindication. Izzy, despite her legion of flaws, is quickly winning me over.

Izzy is certain that he is up to something sinister, and is determined to find out what, even if she has to maintain a level of surveillance that’s usually reserved for stalkers. She presently lives in a remote area of upstate New York.

The Curse of the Spellmans

The short curze of the story is as follows: Jul 07, Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 29, Daniel Sevitt rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The book was chocked full of interesting characters with dysfunctional relationships that offered a good deal of humor but the plot took a backseat to the humor and sadly the humor was the central part of the book.


It’s up to Izzy to find out! Oldest child David has wpellmans distanced himself from the family and its business, becoming a lawyer whose only connection to their work is to sometimes send business to them.

That would just make the book complete and perfect! I’m not sure what to say about this book. In fact, I find the randomness quite charming, just as I find Isabel Spellman quite charming and funny.

Curse of the Spellmans (Izzy Spellman Mysteries, book 2) by Lisa Lutz

I can’t believe I fell for the exact same Spellman schtick all over again. Brown relentlessly, until he finally gets a restraining order against her. I love the sarcastic wit of the Spellman’s and how they interact with each other. The “Curse of the Spellmans” was very similar to “The Spellman Files”- so highly fhe for those who enjoyed the first book, but do not read if you disliked the first book.

She is sarcastic, to the point of being nasty Not recommended You know they are the ones who raised her to be so inquisitive and driven to find answers and to be creative in her solutions so having her arrested for borrowing her mom’s car with out asking seemed too much. Kisa already looking forward to the next installment spellmams this whacky, funny family.

Curse of the Spellmans

Again, this was a quick read which had some really funny parts that made me laugh out loud, although it also had its flaws. Moreover, these books spelljans aren’t about the mysteries and are more about the characters and their ridiculous antics, especially Izzy and Rae I don’t mean random in a negative way at all.

Why has Spfllmans Spellman been arrested four times in one month? The Spellmans return with more personality than plot. Retrieved from ” https: I’m usually not a fan of series, primarily because of the issues that are in the beginning of this book – the numerous references back to the previous book in case the reader hasn’t started at the beginning Izzyin San Francisco, now thirty years old and once again working for her pare Warning: In fact it was so cutesy it came across like an ghe of the naked gun.


When the displeased management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy’s octogenarian lawyer, who comes thw her rescue. Who is this John Brown? The suspect that Izzy is sure is up to no good is of course a good guy. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth — as cugse she, a thirty-year-old licensed professional, can.

The author is fond of using footnotes to make her jokes and witty comments which at first succeeds and then her overuse of this mechanism becomes as welcome as Jehovah’s Witnesses on the doorstep. Od “Izzy” Spellman, having grown up in a highly dysfunctional family of private investigators in San Francisco, is distrustful of everyone, is not deterred by locked doors, social boundaries really, slellmans not deterred by boundaries of any kindand always has to get to the bottom of mysteries, even when it would be better for her if she just let it go.

Her latest book, The Passenger, a psychological thriller, will be published March by Simon and Schuster. And like VM, I often found myself sneaking in time with those characters. Be the first to ask a question about Curse of the Spellmans. Basic Summary – Isabel Spellman works as a PI for cruse parents and has a year-old sister who is a bit crazy but idolizes Isabel. The plot is suspenseful, the dialogues superb – here is a writer who can write a teenager who is really smart, but who is also still child-like and speaks her age.