An extremely fun, very readable, laugh-out-loud story of a family of private investigators. While some call it a mystery, to me it's more about the characters and their relationships with each other than it is about the mystery part of the story (which does exist, but is secondary). The characters have a realism you don't see often in books -- likable yet flawed at the same time.
The second book in the series (The Curse of the Spellmans) is even better. So if you like this one, definitely look for that coming out soon.
Disclaimer: Lisa Lutz (the author) is my husband's first cousin. So I've been privy to pre-releases and pre-reads. I really do love the books though, and I'm not just saying it because of the connection! Since I'll have some extra copies of the paperback Spellman Files, I'll put some out in the PBS world soon :)
Funny book. Great read. First in the series and can't wait for more. This is one goofy family, but somehow they don't really know it and just keep on going the way they do. Funny Funny Funny. This is a wonderful pick me up read. Time well spent.
I had my doubts that I would enjoy this book when I first started it but to my surprise, I couldn't put this book down. I enjoyed the quirky characters but I have to admit, they aren't quite Stephanie Plum's family. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
This is a really fun series. What a dysfunctional family the Spellman's are. Isabel works for her parents' PI business. Her lawyer brother, David, is the perfect one. Who is David dating and why is he keeping her a deep, dark secret?
Izzy keeps track of her ex-boyfriends, how long their relaltionship was, what their "last words" to her were, their business, etc. When her much younger sister Rae disappears, the family calls in the police. The story begins with Isabel's statement to Henry Stone, the investigator on the case. Was Rae kidnapped? Is this pay back for an investigation the family was involved in? Why have their been no demands?
The characters are larger than life and the book is such fun to read! I want more!!!
I just finished reading The Spellman Files...and loved it. I laughed so hard in places that my daughter came to check in on me to see if I was okay...and the rest of the time I was so engrossed and entertained that I couldn't put the book down. If you love stories about extremely eccentric families and the crazy oddities in human nature...then you will love this book. I consider it ranked along with my all time favorites...Leslie Langtry's Bombay family of assassins and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. This book is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone and proved an enjoyable reading experience. Some mystery involved, but IMHO it is more about family dynamics and the craziness that ensues. Highly recommended.
The Spellman Files and it's collection are the best books ever! I love Izzy Spellman, she is a great charictar. She is a comedic version of Nacy Drew, never mind all the other goings on in her life! I really suggest this book serries to anyone who likes mystery novels, even if you don't like funny ones. I never thought that I would like a mysetery/comedy, but after reading this book, I would read another mystery/comedy serries any day!
If Stephanie Plum took downers she would be similar to Izzy Spellman, Private Eye. Like Stephanie, Izzy has a wild family who are all private eyes, working for dad, including the 6 year old who is often tailing people when she is not at Izzy's favorite bar. Enjoyable, funny easy read.
You can tell this book is written by a screenplay writer. It would be a great TV show or movie and reads that way. Fun, light read and a different twist on typical chick lit. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Have been searching for another light, entertaining, well-written series to get into. This series was recommended to me, and I'm so glad that I started on it. Love the eccentric, wacky, private-investigator family, all members remind me a bit of Kinsey Milhone on crack. Looking forward to moving on to book 2 in the series.
I loved this book. It is very dry and funny. It is more about the Spellmans, a family of private investigaters, and their relationships with each other, than it is about solving mysteries. I am a big fan of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum books, but this series has replaced the Stephanie Plum books at the top of my "Favorites List".
I LOVED this book. It was really funny and clever, with great characters. The best description that I can come up with is that it's like _Arrested Development_, but instead of the family being in the housing business, they're private investigators. I especially loved all of the _Get Smart_ references in it. I just really loved it!
This was a WL book that I happened to see at the library. I haven't laughed this hard in a mighty long time. The characters are well developed, and the plot just keeps getting thicker and thicker. Not Stephanie Plum slap stick, but there's room for both of these delightful women.
The characters in this series are engagingly strange. The writing is sort of a cross between Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, Hiiassen's characters, and the old TV show MASH. This first book gets everyone introduced and events rolling. The series just gets better with each book.
The book jacket says "The Spellman Files is hilarious, outrageous and hip. At long last we know wht Nancy Drew would have been like had she come from a family of loveable crackpots." I found it was like reading Nancy Drew written by Kinky Friedman and I loved it.