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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; 1 edition (March 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743571266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743571265
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 13.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,467,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 22 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Spellman Files seemed more than a little contrived . . . but funny. I wasn't sure I wanted to read Curse of the Spellmans, but I'm sure glad I did. This book lives up to its quirky cover and delivers more humor and entertainment than the first book in the series.

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.
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By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 9 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm slowly making my way through the Spellmans series and so far, it's been a real joy! In this 2nd book, we catch up with our heroine, Izzy Spellman, who continues to have issues with her parents and bosses, the owner of the Spellman Detective Agency. Izzy is complicated, neurotic, paranoid and amusing. Her unconventional way of dealing with her life and the quirky characters in it is so entertaining. I continued to be quite amused by the little sister Ray and her obsession with Detective Henry Stone in particular was a riot. I've turned into a fan! I give it 5 stars (excellent).
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I really enjoyed the first Spellman novel, so decided to purchase the second. I didn't find it nearly as entertaining as the original, but it's a fun read.
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By Maria on Feb. 12 2013
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An easy to read book. It's funny. I'm defintely reading the whole serie. I read the paperback version and brought it with me everywhere i went.
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The Spellman's return with just as much humour and dysfunction as the debut.
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