Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Review: The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Growing up, did you want to be a spy? How many spy glasses and gadgets did you have over the years? What if your family was a group of private investigators? And that meant you got to spy on people ALL THE TIME??? I would have loved it!!!

So I would have loved to be main character Izzy in The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. Izzy, a.k.a. Isabel Spellman, is 28 and the middle child of her family. She has always been the more 'difficult' child - getting into all sorts of trouble throughout her life. Her parents own a private investigation company that has employed all members of their family.

Izzy's older brother David grew up as the perfect son, always doing the right thing and never in trouble. He's now a lawyer that employs the family for different cases. Rae is Izzy's teenage sister who practices recreational surveillance (spying on folks just for fun). Also in the family is Izzy's Uncle Ray - a reformed health food and exercise addict who is usually found now drinking and gambling.

The story chronicles Izzy as she is trying to find her independence from the family and the family business. It's hilarious! Izzy is quite the character and is very believable, if a bit of a ding-bat! LOL I loved her interactions with the rest of the family who love her yet have their own oddities.

I am excited to read the next in the series, Curse of the Spellmans, reviewed here by J.Kaye. Thanks to J.Kaye for letting me know about the series!

Check out more information and detailed summaries of the books at Lisa Lutz's website.

Oh, and I STILL want to be a spy!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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