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Monday, April 16, 2018

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Summary: "Isabel Spellman may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism -- but she's good at her job as a licensed P.I. with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy and all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. But when Izzy decides to get out of the family business in search of normalcy, she ends up taking on the most important case of her life. The Spellman Files is an unforgettable introduction to the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos." - Amazon

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.

4/5

384 pages

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