Monday, March 5, 2012

Review: Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5 by Lisa Lutz

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Feb 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451608128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451608120

Product Description

FOR THE FIRST TIME in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman, PI, might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities—with no apparent motive. Dad has a secret. Izzy’s brother and sister are at war—for no apparent reason. And her niece keeps saying “banana” even though she hates bananas.

That’s not to say that Izzy isn’t without her own troubles. Her boyfriend, Henry Stone, keeps wanting “to talk,” a prospect Isabel evades by going out with her new drinking buddy, none other than Gertrude Stone, Henry’s mother.

Things aren’t any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations. First, Rae is hired to follow a girl, only to fake the surveillance reports. Then a math professor hires Izzy to watch his immaculate apartment while he unravels like a bad formula. And as the questions pile up, Izzy won’t stop hunting for the answers—even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.

About The Author

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans, a nominee of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She is most recently the coauthor of Heads You Lose, written with David Hayward. 

My Review

Lisa Lutz has created an amazing group of quirky characters in her series featuring the Spellman family.  The Trail of the Spellmans is the fifth book in the series.  Every single one of these books is a delight and this one is no exception.  Isabel (Izzy) Spellman, the main character, is a private detective in a family of private detectives.  They spend a lot of time following and surveilling people for their clients.  But what makes these books irresistible is the relationship between the characters along with Lutz's unique storytelling gift. 

There are many changes afoot in all of the Spellman's lives. It will be interesting to see where everyone is going to go next!

Another wonderful book from Lisa Lutz.  If you haven't been following this series, you should start with the first one and enjoy the journey.

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