Title: The Spellman Files
Author: Lisa Lutz
Where Bethany’s Copy Came From: IndyPL
Plot Basics: Isabel Spellman has had it with the family business — they are all private investigators, but her family uses those skills to take “togetherness” to a whole new level. Isabel’s dates all end up with background checks and the whole family excels and violating each other’s privacy. When family conflict boils up, they work through it in the only ways they know how — car chases and stakeouts.
Banter Points: We heard Lisa speak at our first Murder and MAyhem and Stacie went right home and read the whole Spellman files series. She’s been on me ever since to get them on my TBR list. Finally, I was in search of a new audiobook and discovered the library had them. … except disc 2 was all scratched up so I had to get it in print, which was even better.
The story is quite funny and having all the sections more clearly delineated in print just added to it. Lutz has captured a unique brand of storytelling and I’m looking forward to reading more.
Bummer Points: If you’re looking for a hard-boiled mystery, this isn’t it. The actual crimes take a backseat to the family antics.
Word Nerd Recommendation: If you like mysteries that are heavy on funny and light on gruesome cases, Spellman Files is for you.