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FREE DOWNLOAD í The Spellman Files Ç Meet Isabel Izzy Spellman private investigator This twenty eight year old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes excessive drinking and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors but the upshot is she's good at her Meet Isabel Izzy Spellman private investigator This twenty eight year old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes excessive drinking and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm Spellman Investigations Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy In fact it comes naturally to all the Spellmans If only they could leave their work a. The Spellmans are a dysfunctional family of detectives When Rae the youngest goes missing her sister Izzy drops what she's doing and goes looking for her while delving into the Spellman family's past Who kidnapped Rae Spellman And does it have something to do with a cold case Izzy is working onThe Spellman Files reads like Sara Gran on mood elevators The writing style reminds me of a humorous version of the Claire DeWitt books As for the Spellmans themselves they remind me of The Royal Tannenbaums if the Tannenbaums were a family of dysfunctional detectives instead of uirky for the sake of being uirky Wes Anderson charactersI'll be honest Usually humorous crimemystery books aren't my bag Hell Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake are two of my favorite authors but their humorous works are largely untouched by me I'm proud to say that the Spellman Files made me reconsider my stance on mixing mysteries and mirthThe Spellman Files is one entertaining book and came highly recommended by Amanda and Carol two ladies who I've learned not to doubt during my tenure at Goodreads As the kidnapping plot slowly unfolds Izzy reveals what got the Spellman family to that point a hilarious tale of mistrust familial surveillance and liesMysteries especially those purported to be humorous aren't generally known for their well drawn characters but the Spellmans and those unfortunate enough to get pulled into their orbits all seemed like real people to me Even though a family of detectives isn't the most likely of protagonists I had no trouble believing in the way they constantly violated one another's privacy in the name of loveIzzy reminded me of Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt uite a bit as if Claire had been raised by a family of detectives and uit doing every drug known to man once she left high school Her dialogue and thought processes won me over in the first 10 15 pages I love how she said things like He was destined to be ex boyfriend #9 when meeting Daniel while on a job Izzy's battles against her family's constant surveillance manage to be hilariously outlandish while still being in the realm of possibilityI think this book worked for me while other humor mysteries failed is the way it was structured mostly being an exploration of the Spellman family rather than a straightforward mystery Also the tone was consistent It didn't try to juxtapose comedy with grim violence or anything like that It was a mystery that happened to have comedic elements not a comedy with a lame mystery shoehorned into itWith The Spellman Files Lisa Lutz and her dysfunctional detective family have earned a place in my hearts and a future void in my wallet Five out of five stars


T the office To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on blackmail and wiretap a Spellman Part Nancy Drew part Dirty Harry Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee Duties include completing assignments from the bosses aka Mom and Dad preferably without scrutiny; appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother often under duress; setting an example for her fourteen year old sister Rae who's become addicted to recreational surveillance; and trackin. THE SPELLMAN FILES Private Investigator Izzy Spellman San Francisco Cont – PoorLutz Lisa – 1st bookSimon and Schuster 2007 US Hardcover – ISBN 9781415432392First Sentence I duck into the parking garage hoping to escape Izzy Spellman is a private investigator from a family of private investigators Her parents sent Izzy and her brother David out on their first official surveillance when they were 12 and 14 years old respectively Izzy eventually decides to uit the family business but is told she must take on one last case—a fifteen year old cold case of a young man who’d gone missing I know I often complain about lack of character development but not this time The entire book was character development with oh yes a plot as a minor secondary aspect over half way through the book The book starts out with some funny scenes but uickly degrades to mildly amusing and finally to downright boring as the story plays its single theme over and over It is redundant in the extreme I found myself not particularly liking the characters as they uickly become the poster family for the dysfunctional and the protagonist seems proud of her periods of indiscriminate sex and drugs and inability to form a relationship The cold missing persons case was interesting but by the time it’s introduced into the story I found myself skipping everything else around it to find out what happened with the case The book wasn’t awful but I'm sorry I wasted my money on it and know I shan't read any in the series


The Spellman FilesG down her uncle who randomly disappears on benders dubbed Lost Weekends But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business But there's a hitch she must take one last job before they'll let her go a fifteen year old ice cold missing person case She accepts only to experience a disappearance far closer to home which becomes the most important case of her life. Every once in a great while I stumble across a writer who just gets it one who possesses The Humor – that elusive knack for expressing razor sharp wit by fusing language and wordplay with insight into human nature and the ironies surfacing in relational complexity Lisa Lutz looms large in this category This opening entry in her series about the Spellman family introduces a spirited line up of family members whose San Francisco private investigation business facilitates honing inuiry skills on each other through surveillance background checks and tough negotiations over everything down to the most mundane of household conflictsRebellious Isabel suffers from second child syndrome I know something about that which is manifested through years of drug use underwhelming academic performance and a relatively directionless approach to life and career especially when contrasted with the successes of her “perfect” older brother David who is a Berkeley and Stanford educated attorney Their accidental baby sister Rae is named after her Uncle Ray who often lives in the family home but who also freuents bars when not out carousing with ladies of the night or disappearing for days until finally tracked down debauching in casinos and seedy motels Rae is a precocious and difficult pre teen but also demonstrates a uirky sense of loyalty She uickly acuires tools for surviving in this family comprised of individuals adept at gathering intelligence and using it to their own advantage The Spellman Files focuses principally on the characters but a secondary story unfolds about an unresolved disappearance case Other readers may be seeking a plot driven narrative but far interesting to me are the people and their interactions their back stories and the humor generated through the author's astute and clever observations This book is at least as much about the Spellmans as it is a whodunit and that strikes just the right balance for a mystery novel in a genre I find to be otherwise humdrumThe chapters often bear a structure resembling private investigation files wherein Isabel catalogs detailed lists of information and documents transcripts of conversations as though she is filling out investigative reports My favorite storyline is Isabel's relationship with Future Ex Boyfriend #9 Guatemala born dentist Daniel Castillo DDS with whom she shares a common interest in the 1960s crime series Get Smart I love that Isabel's parents share a strong distaste for and suspicion of dentists and prefer that their daughter date lawyers Their differences however reflect in Daniel's childhood dream of working for CONTROL the American counter espionage agency whereas Isabel's lifelong fantasy is working for its nemesis KAOS This coupling's future is precarious at bestFrom start to finish Lutz demonstrates a uick witted humor and intelligence that immediately drew me in and captivated my attention all throughout This fantastic initial entry into the Spellman series has me convinced to continue on and with anticipation I look forward to reading The International Organization of Evil