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Lisa Lutz
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June 2009 Thorndike Core
YOU THOUGHT YOUR LIFE WAS COMPLICATED

Private investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case and back on the couch—in courtordered therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject. As the book opens, Izzy is on hiatus from Spellman Inc. But when her boss, Milo, simultaneously cuts her bartending hours and introduces her to a “friend” looking for a private eye, Izzy reluctantly finds herself with a new client. She assures herself that the case—a suspicious husband who wants his wife tailed—will be short and sweet, and will involve nothing more than the most boring of PI rituals: surveillance. But with each passing hour, Izzy finds herself with more questions than hard evidence.

Meanwhile, Spellmania continues. Izzy’s brother, David, the family’s most upright member, has adopted an uncharacteristically unkempt appearance and attitude toward work, life, and Izzy. And their wayward youngest sister, Rae, a historic academic underachiever, aces the PSATs and subsequently offends her study partner and object of obsession, Detective Henry Stone, to the point of excommunication. The only unsurprising behavior comes from her parents, whose visits to Milo’s bar amount to thinly veiled surveillance and artful attempts (read: blackmail) at getting Izzy to return to the Spellman Inc. fold.

As the case of the wayward wife continues to vex her, Izzy’s personal life—and mental health— seem to be disintegrating. Facing a housing crisis, she can’t sleep, she can’t remember where she parked her car, and, despite her shrinks’* persistence, she can’t seem to break through in her appointments. She certainly can’t explain whyshe forgets dates with her lawyer’s grandson, orfails to interpret the come-ons issued in an Irishbrogue by Milo’s new bartender. Nor can sheexplain exactly how she feels about DetectiveHenry Stone and his plans to move in with hisnew Assistant DA girlfriend . . .

Filled with the signature side-splitting Spellmanantics, Revenge of the Spellmans is aningenious, hilarious, and disarmingly tender installment in the Spellman series.

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* Yes, plural

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"The wisecracks crackle in Lutz's third mystery featuring twentysomething San Francisco private investigator Isabel 'Izzy' Spellman (after Curse of the Spellmans, 2008).... (Izzy's) court-mandated therapy sessions boast more quips than a Groucho Marx retrospective. Those in the market for mayhem and mirth will revel in Lutz's irresistible blend of suspense, irony, and wit." -- Booklist (Starred Review)

"San Francisco PI Isabel "Izzy" Spellman endures court-ordered therapy sessions as well as blackmail in Lutz's wacky crime novel, the third entry (after Curse of the Spellmans) in a series that keeps getting better and better." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Those crazy Spellmans return, in all their serendipitous glory, in this third series entry...Highly recommended." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"...Izzy is off for another wild ride in Lisa Lutz's third madcap private-investigator novel." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"The end of the Spellmans? Now that should have you on the edge of your seat." -- New York Daily News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lisa Lutz is the author of the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award- and Macavity Award-nominated, and Alex Award-winning Spellman series. She is the coauthor of Heads You Lose, written with David Hayward. She lives and works in upstate New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The series keeps getting better and better! Nov. 28 2013
By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I'm slowly making my way through the Spellman series and it's been a real delight. I loved every moment of this third book about an eccentric family of detectives in San Francisco. I've become a huge fan of this series. I've been totally charmed by the characters, their quirky views and dysfunctional ways to relate to each other. The dialogues are fun, snappy and witty. It's irreverent and, quite frankly, I don't even care at this point if there is a plot because I'm entertained by the most mundane daily events -- Lutz makes it all so fun. This is a great series and I can't wait to start the next book...Top marks (5/5 stars)....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evanovich fans check this out. July 23 2009
Format:Hardcover
If you are a Janet Evanovich fan you will like this series. Made me laugh out loud several times. All the Lisa Lutz books are worth giving a try.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  73 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lutz can't put them out fast enough for me! March 2 2009
By CeeCee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm not going to go into detail- I'll leave that for better reviewers. But I will say this, I'm a huge fan of Janet Evanovich and the Stephanie Plum Series, especially the first half, but Lisa Lutz and the Spellmans have shoved Plum down the list. This is a great new series, Revenge of the Spellmans being the third installment. There's laughter, thriller, suspense, heartache, hope and everything else in between (what, that's not enough to entice you?). This is a keeper, along with the first two, and I would recommend all three for all readers, no matter their favorite genre. It's one of those series that everyone can fall in love with. The only issues I have are: one, the ending always seems too soon for me, and two, I have to wait a year for the next book.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Specific - Arrgh, those Footnotes! April 1 2009
By Dennis E. Henley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the third time I've visited the world of the Spellmans and I'll definitely be back. I'm not sure I'll be back via the Kindle since the footnotes (and there's a lot of them) are a pain to use on the Kindle. You have to place the cursor on the note, hit the okay button, get taken to the note, read it, and then hit the back button to be taken to the story. That's okay if there's only one note per screen, but on one screen, there were 3 notes and it's just too much of a hassle to switch back and forth (navigation of the the Kindle's cursor is not the easiest task). It's even more annoying when the footnote reads, "See Appendix." This is one time when the paper format is superior to the digital format.

As for the story, it's the same funny sleuthing that made the previous two such a joy to read (the kind of book where the reader laughs out loud several times - to the great annoyance of anyone around who is not in on the joke). I'll be back for more. And, if Amazon figures out a better way to do footnotes, I'll be using my Kindle.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, unexpected, and a little bit touching... March 15 2009
By E. Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Revenge of the Spellmans is the third installment in the series, and although you do not have to read the other two books first, it is recommended that you do for the greatest enjoyment!

Revenge focuses on Izzy Spellman as she struggles with defining herself as adult while her family and friends grow and change around her. After her "stalking" escapades in Curse of the Spellmans, Izzy has a part-time job in a bar owned by her friend Milo, court ordered therapy, a beautiful new apartment where she is a secret tenant, and a car that keeps disappearing.
Izzy's sense of unrest in heightened by the different things going on in the lives of her friends, changing her relationships with Petra, Milo, Morty, and Henry.

Izzy agrees to investigate a case for her friend Milo, and decides that her success or failure to solve the mystery will also decide her future career--she will re-join the family PI firm only if she can solve the case. While following a suspect, Izzy realizes that she herself is being followed, and begins to spy on a competitive PI firm.

The real fun with the Spellman books is beyond the mystery story, and with Izzy's family and friends. Her brother David is having a mid-life crisis, her sister Rae is immersed in teen-age angst, her parents worry about (and investigate) all three Spellman children. The antics are what Spellman readers would expect, and more--visits to the police station, impounded cars, parent / teacher conferences, wilderness experiences, Buddhist temples, lots of candy, meditation centers, and investigating family, friends, and friends-of-friends.

Revenge of the Spellmans is a wonderful addition to the series. The story is varied, with unexpected twists, and the characters develop in ways that are surprising yet
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has Izzy lost her touch? Dec 3 2010
By J. Shetrone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a really great series, and this third book is no exception. In fact, I think it was better than the second. The Spellmans are a very unconventional family, and Izzy is trying to figure out if she wants to be with them or without them. Which is hard to do when they won't leave you alone. But, one thing at a time. First, she needs to decide if she even wants to be a private investigator at all. Has she lost her touch? Izzy's life is a little bit crazy, a little bit confusing, and always funny. Lutz's footnotes are an unorthodox touch, but they really suit her writing style. I'm looking forward to moving on to book 4, The Spellmans Strike Again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed for Midwest Book Review Sept. 7 2009
By Christy Tillery French - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Private investigator Isabel Spellman quit her job with her family's detective business and is working part-time as a bartender at her friend Milo's bar while trying to decide what to do next. She's also been through one block of court-ordered therapy and has been passed by that therapist on to another. Milo persuades Isabel to take on a relatively simple case for one of his friends, whose wife is acting mysterious and bringing home expensive items. Meanwhile, Isabel's brother David returns from a secret trip and stops going to work. Isabel finds out David has a secret apartment in his basement so moves in without his permission. Isabel's sister Rae's been accused of cheating on the PSATs and has finally made Detective Henry Stone angry enough he is no longer speaking to her. Isabel can't sleep in her new home due to her fear of being found by David, so takes naps on buses. She tails the wife, only to be tailed herself. If that isn't bad enough, her car keeps disappearing. And her feelings for Henry Stone just can't stay put.

Once more Lisa Lutz provides readers with a fun-filled whodunit which is more about the wacky Spellman family than the actual mystery, but readers won't mind one bit. The Spellmans are a fascinating, dysfunctional family with individual quirks and laugh-out-loud personas. A definite must-read for those who enjoy a good dose of humor along with a good book.
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