[ Reading ] ➾ Curse of the Spellmans Author Lisa Lutz – Moi-sosedi.info

Curse of the Spellmans Izzy s back I was so excited to see a sequel to The Spellman Files.So, we revisit Isabel and the rest of the Spellman family, but they re not as colorful as I remember them The Spellman parents aren t as nosey, and her younger sister, Rae, is not the little spy she was in the first book And her perfect brother, David, isn t so perfect any Only Izzy remains in that crazy Spellman zone ever suspicious of everyone and everything.And this is where our story begins A new neighbor for the Spellman s sparks Izzy s interest Who is this John Brown And why is one of the rooms in his home ALWAYS locked It s up to Izzy to find out Along with this minute mystery, the So how can something be so good and coherent and yet be so random and rambling I don t mean random in a negative way at all In fact, I find the randomness quite charming, just as I find Isabel Spellman quite charming and funny Izzy and the entire Spellman clan are a bunch of nut cases, but the stories work for me In this, the second installment of the Spellman series, Izzy finds herself busy surveilling the neighbor who is surely up to no good her teenage sister Rae has run over her best friend a forty something year old inspector named Henry, and Henry, not surprisingly, is fed up her practically perfect older brother David has lost his razor sharp edge her mother is sneaking out of the house at all hours and her father, well, he s secretly on a new found health kick And there is but I ll spare you the run down Like I saidrandom.What I love about Lutz s story is that everything seems to be happening all at once, and so the novel should feel chaotic Yet somehow it doesn t She shifts from subplot to subplot seamlessly, even though she is moving from one conflict to the next quite quickly I would liken it to a professional race car driver, taking you out for a quick spin on the Autobahn in a Mercedes Benz Even though you would inevitably be going so very fast, the ride would be perfectly smooth I think I d like to try that some day.And then, of course, there are the mysteries that Izzy must solve I ll go ahead and admit that the central conflict, Lisa Lutz Isabel Spellman series is a little like Janet Evanovich s Stephanie Plum Not the recent ones but the early ones, the ones that made me laugh out loud before they got progressively absurd and recycled the same plots The Spellmans, however, are a family team and the nature of the family business means they can t really escape each other, although they may periodically try Book 3 1 2 stars for this one 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.I., Izzy tells us everything in the form of case file reports and transcripts of secret recordings 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.Izzy Spellman is now 30 years old and has spent half of her life working for her parents private investigation firm Because she was exposed to this lifestyle in her impressionable years, Izzy is pathologically suspicious of everyone and everything, and she lacks the ability to compartmentalize her work life and her personal life With skills When the Spellman family gets a new neighbor, Isabel Spellman cannot shake the feeling that something is off about him Maybe it s his all too common name of John Brown Is it his office door that he constantly keeps locked Or maybe it s the fact that privacy and trust is something that is rarely present when it comes to the Spellmans In Curse of The Spellmans, Isabel seems to be flirting with paranoia and everyone is under a microscope her Mom, Dad, her sister Rae and even family friend Detective Henry Stone When will it end and just how many times does Isabel need to be arrested Guys, I love these Spellman books Lisa Lutz dialogue heavy novels about a quirky family of detectives are the definition of a page turner I m sorry for my overuse of this phrase These are books where you tell yourself, OK, just one chapter and before you know it, a hundred pages have passed since you sat down and picked up the book.In my review for the previous novel, I expressed some concern about the fact that Isabel seemed a bit disingenuous However, that changed in this book Lutz spends a lot of time on what makes Izzy tick and as a private investigator, her constant need So much fun The Spellman dysfunctional and quite crazy family always manage to make me laugh, and this time, Lutz had them also go through life changes that developed the characters in an interesting ways The plot is suspenseful, the dialogues superb here is a writer who Funny, smart, sad and ever so enduring This one was just as funny as the first one, yet complex, reviled lairs, run deeper and left me feeling my heart in my throat Loved it. Not worth re reading and or suggesting to anyone else Although at times it was funny, overall I felt bad for the characters and myself I felt like the author was talking down to me, the fact that the protagonist is a 30 year old woman who narrates in a juvenile way than her 16 year old sister makes her INCREDIBLY hard to empathize with or to root for at allBasic Summary Isabel Spellman works as a PI for her parents and has a 15 year old sister who is a bit crazy but idolizes Isabel The driving force behind the entire novel is that Isabel believes her parents new neighbor is suspiciousand that s it She stalks him, tries to break into a less than exciting locked room in his apartment, follows him, etc etcPerhaps not surprisingly, he turns out being a good guy with valid reasons behind his suspicious behavior Really That s it This only comes to a head in the last two chapters or so The only way readers can get through the rest of the book i 3.5 stars Thirty year old Isabel Izzy Spellman as well as her mom, dad, and teenage sister Rae all work for the family private detective business 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 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.a serious In This Sidesplittingly Funny Follow Up To The New York Times Bestselling The Spellman Files, San Francisco S Own Highly Functioning Yet Supremely Dysfunctional Family Of Private Investigators Are Back On The Case In Another Mystery Full Of Suspicion, Surveillance, Humor, And Surprise From Award Winning Author Lisa Lutz Curse Of The Spellmans Was Nominated For Both The Edgar Award And The Macavity Award, And The Izzy Spellman Mysteries Have Earned Comparisons To Everything From Carl Hiaasen And Janet Evanovich To Veronica Mars And Bridget Jones.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 Chandler S Holiday Lawn Tableaux Perfectly And Eerily Match A Series Of Crimes From 1991 92, When Izzy And Her Best Friend, Petra, Happened To Be At Their Most Rebellious And Delinquent As Curse Of The Spellmans Unfolds, It S Clear That Morty May Be On Retainer, But Izzy Is Still Very Much On The Caseer, Cases Her Own And That Of Every Other Spellman Family Member.Lisa Lutz Brings Her Trademark Wit And Humor Back In What Publishers Weekly Calls A Sparkling Sequel 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.

About the Author: Lisa Lutz

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of the six books in the Spellman series, How to Start a Fire, Heads you Lose with David Hayward , and the children s book, How to Negotiate Everything illustrated by Jaime Temairik Her latest book, The Passenger, a psychological thriller, will be published March 2016 by Simon and Schuster Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for

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