I loved Lisa Lutz's debut, "The Spellman Files," so much that I made a special effort to read this sophomore release ASAP. The fear is always that the next book will be a disappointment, and this one, disappointingly, was not as entertaining as the first one. The most aggravating issue was her constant use of footnotes. It was meant to enhance the humor, but was simply a significant distraction to the flow and readability. The humor was not as sharp, nor did I not want to put the book down until it was finished. Overall, it was a B to B- at best.
I finished this and the first book in less than a week. I am making my husband read it so I can talk about it with him. I just can't get enough of the Spellman family.
The second book in the Spellman series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mystery elements of the story are secondary to the story of Izzy's relationships with each of her family members. Each character is well drawn and individual. They are funny and touching (in an odd kind of way) and a joy to read about. Kind of like a cross between Stephanie Plum and Seinfeld. I anxiously await book three, Revenge of the Spellmans.
I accidently read #2 before I read the first book. Once i figured out how to read this book of "conversations" I really liked it. The main chacter, Izzy, is great and funny, veryworth reading. I've laughed a lot and this was book#2, can't wait to read #1!