Title: The Last Word
Author: Lisa Lutz
Length: 352 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: Isabel Spellman is the owner of Spellman Investigations through a hostile takeover. She has become The Management, issuing memos, edits, and directive. This, however, doesn’t mean that the employees accept her new position. They run their own cases, sort of keep her in the loop, and in general, act like Spellmans.
Banter Points: I am a huge fan of this series and am sorry to see that this is the last installment. But Isabel is at a point where she needs to grow-up as a character. I admire that Lutz decided to end the series, rather than drawing out the inevitable or continue plot lines that are really tired.
I would dearly love to see the Spellman saga continue from Rae’s point of view. It would give me a glimpse of the grown-up Isabel, and more Spellman stories (because those definitely exist.)
What I loved about the Spellmans originally in 2012, continued today. They are a family that has their own rules, typically stolen from their PI business, and applied to their family. They have quirks galore, and come together in moments of crisis. This installment is the same. Isabel may be running the business, but she has no idea what she is doing. Since the parental unit is not cooperating, Isabel takes matters into her own hands, and figures things out, slowly. It’s hard to say what exactly without spoilers. But it is done in typical Izzy and Spellman fashion.
Bummer Points: None. Not even that is ending, because, I get it.
Stacie’s Recommendation: Pick up the first one. If you like that, you’ll love the full series. Savor them, folks. They are limited in number.