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Sharon (Catspaw) reviewed The Spellman Files (Izzy Spellman, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 3
An interesting story, but not well suited for audio. The book and the narration jump around in timelines, and it can be hard to follow, even if you've read the book. I do like the series, and have read the other books, but when you abridge this partular book, you lose a lot of continuity and story line, since it was sparse to begin with.
Not terrible, but very disjointed. Jumps in time/plots that are hard to follow. It was ok for me since I was only listening as part of my commute. If I was reading the actual book, don't think I would bother to finish it. (At the end it says it is an abridged version, maybe parts that would have made it seem more coherent (like other subplots, etc) - might have been removed). I say that since I noticed that once with a book that I had read, then later on heard the abridged.
This is the first in a series of three Spellman books by Lisa Lutz -- I've read the first two and have the 3rd on order:
1. The Spellman Files
2. The Curse of the Spellmans
3. Revenge of the Spellmans
They are SO FUNNY! Seriously, I rank them up there with Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. They are about a dysfunctional family of private investigators. They are all very secretive about their own lives but all of them (except for the oldest brother, lawyer David) are nosy about each other, to the point of bugging each other, tailing each other, paying others to inform on each other, etc. They involve some incidental small mysteries that they are investigating, but the biggest part of the story is what is going on in their own lives and how they interact with each other. I HIGHLY recommend them!
The Spellman Files is about a lovable and very dysfunctional family of PI's. The story is told by Izzy Spellman and she holds nothing back in just how unconventional her family is. She tells us all about her unlucky love life, rocky relationship with her brother and of course her very funny little sister Rae. Along the way we get a glimpse into stake outs, arrests, bribes and thats just the tip of the iceberg.
I read this book on a dare from Fiction Fair reading group. To read a genre that you normally dont read so I gave it a go. I thought it was going to be the run of the mill chick lit book but I was pleasantly surprised. I've already downloaded book two onto my phone and look forward to reading it
this is a great Janet Evonovich meets Sophie Kinsella book with a great new host of characters in the Spellman family. It is written in file format, with footnotes and alot of great little quirky lists. A fast, funny read that has a good story with it too.
This was a fun book to read and I look forward to reading others in the series. I thought the characters were interesting and the interaction at times comical. It is definitely entertaining and a good comic relief between more serious reads.
You want humor? You want crazy family? You want detectives? You want a heroine who loves Get Smart episodes and makes lists of everything in her life (including ex-boyfriends, of which she has over 10)? Then you definitely want Isabel (Izzy) Spellman. But really, any of her family will do.
Theyre all private detectives, you see. And in this family, snooping on each other is the only way to get any information. Its an art form that Izzy and her two siblings (older, perfect David and younger, junk food junkie Rae) are all taught from a very early age.
Izzy is...well, shes kind of a fuck up and was rather a nightmare of a child for her parents. But shes a brilliant detective. And shes trying. She really is.
The series is comprised of:
The Spellman Files
Curse of the Spellmans
Revenge of the Spellmans
The Spellman's Strike Again
I've read them all, and highly recommend the entire series.
First of all, I must say that the Spellman's are serious nutjobs! If they were real people, they'd all be sharing a room at the local sanitarium. All of the family members are part of Spellman Investigationgs and it has gone to their heads. Instead of investigating real cases: they investigate each other, they tail each other, they break headlights and tailights on each others vehicles. It's totally nuts. Kind of like a "Three Stooges" episode.
When the narrative finally gets to the Snow case it becomes interesting and keeps you reading but the family hoopla gets aggravating real fast. I guess it's supposed to be funny - and it is - but it gets on your nerves quickly. The story is in the first person of 28 year old Isabel Spellman but it reads like a teenagers diary. Except for the youngest (14), all the characters are between 28 and 50 but they all act like teenage boys one upping each other. I enjoyed the Snow mystery but I certainly would not continue the series. One encounter with the Spellman's is enough for me.
Loved this book -- a great, fun read, written by a pro so talented that I cannot believe this could possibly be her first book.
It's clever; it's written spectacularly well; the characters are vivid and fun; the framing device -- being grilled by a detective who wants to know the story -- works very well; and the solution to the mystery (like Evanovich, Lutz's mystery almost gets lost in the fun of the multiple other plots involving the character's mother and father, her little sister, and ex-boyfriends no. 8, 9, and 10) -- the punchline to the mystery, I say, it really satisfying and dramatic.
I need to send a note to Ms. Lutz explaining to her that she must start cranking out these delights, one a year, for the rest of her life, quick quick, let's go, I'm waiting here! just like her sisters-in-crime because she now has an avid, delighted, impatient, hungry audience!
Again, I can't believe this polished, sophisticated (on every level) novel is her first.
I love this book and the whole series. The books are laugh out loud funny, Izzy is smart and flawed and can't get out of her own way. These are fun capers that are also about someone who has found something that she's good at that may not be good for her. Just plain fun.
Cute book. A little wordy, but hopefully if there are more books I won't need any more background on the family. I'll definitely check to see if there are more books. This was not predictable and I liked that.
This book is an absolute scream. It's more the story of a wonderfully dysfunctional (or functional?) family of private investgiators than a mystery novel (although there is a bit of a mystery that plays a small role in the book). The characters are larger than life.... I imagined them to be like Dharma's family(of "Dharma and Greg") if they were private investigators. If you're looking for a quick read that will make you laugh, this book's the ticket. Can't wait to order the others in the series.