Curse of the Spellmans: A Novel Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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From Publishers Weekly
This lighthearted romp, focusing on the antics of Isabel Spellman and her family of private detectives, is delightful. There's not much vocal variation by Ari Graynor for the mystery's female characters: 30-year-old Isabel sounds exactly like her teen sister and her mother. But Graynor shines portraying some of the male characters, like Morty, the Spellmans' elderly lawyer, or Isabel's slurring, cigar-smoking roommate. Isabel digitally records conversations, and Graynor recites them back in a hilarious deadpan rendition. Lutz's first outing (The Spellman Files) was fresh, funny and unwieldy; her plotting skills take a leap forward here, masterfully juggling several compelling mystery threads at a time. The quirky Spellman family is still fun, and Graynor's sardonic and sly delivery doesn't attempt to upstage the writing. One disappointment is that S&S didn't release an unabridged version.
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“ONE OF THE BEST COMIC NOVELS I’VE EVER READ, AND THAT INCLUDES CARL HIAASEN AND JANET EVANOVICH.”
—THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“WEIRDLY LOVABLE SNOOPS.”—USA TODAY
“A madcap roller coaster ride.” —Library Journal
“Whip-smart sass.” —People
“She’s part Bridget Jones, part Columbo. Lisa Lutz’s resilient PI Isabel Spellman emerges as a thoroughly unusual heroine.”
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Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Lutz makes a good decision in having her characters change and grow from the last book. As a result, the interactions are different and largely unpredictable. By shaking things up, you get to laugh at yourself as you consider how goofy some of your guesses are.
The context for the book is that Izzy (Isabel) Spellman has been arrested four times and will have to go to court this time. If she's found guilty, so much for her PI license. Her attorney's main value is that he doesn't charge her and can sometimes even stay awake when something needs to be done.
The rest of the family is acting weird. Mom and Dad Spellman are keeping strange secrets. Brother David isn't his usual paragon self. Rae is predictably a pain, but a teenage-variety pain. Izzy has taken on her Mom's usual role of checking out her dates.
The book has one big weakness that kept me from giving it five stars: Most of the "secrets" are pretty easy to guess so the suspense element doesn't quite work in several long sections. If you can ignore the obvious until the end of the book, the humor will work better for you.