Monday, April 16, 2018
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
I must admit - I started this novel solely because of the cover. I love the art. This is a book about a family of private investigators, and whoever designed this artwork nailed the whimsical, over-the-top feel of these characters.
As private investigators, the Spellman's main income comes from background checks and surveillance, which each of the children helped with from a young age, and that the family now liberally utilizes against each other. There are some seriously funny bits to this novel. I chuckled more than once at Izzy's descriptions and commentary of her 'perfect' older brother. The central mystery, however, is not that great. The twist outcome for said mystery is odd and not well developed. I will forgive that, however, for the sheer cheekiness of the characters. I'm not sure I will read the rest of the series, but I am glad I spent time in Izzy's strange world.