Not your typical mystery story, as there is no dead body and no real crimes committed. Izzy plunges headlong into her investigation of the suspect neighbor with the occasional help and hindrance of her little sister. Other mysteries in Izzy's life require some looking into also: Why is Dad going to the gym and dieting? Why is Mom leaving the house in the wee small hours and vandalizing a motor bike? Why is Brother at home, drunk, not working and where has his wife gone? Why has her loner sister apparently gained friends and even, possibly, a boyfriend? Lots going on in the family and no one is talking. It is up to Izzy (or so she thinks) to figure it all out.
Little sister is not as bratty in this book as she was in the first, which was a relief. She was so bratty in the first book that I didn't like her at all. Also, Izzy's parents seem less intrusive than they did in the first book, which made them more likable too. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I did the first in the series as the characters are less extreme and more human than before. All in all, even with Izzy's obsessive behavior, I liked this story a lot.
This was just hilarity itself. Its the third book in the Series, and it ties up any and all loose ends while carrying through with its own plot. There were scenes in here that made me lol so hard I was getting weird looks from people around me, and at least one scene that made me cry. Definitely recommend this book -- but not if you havent read the other books in the series. If you have, I recommend you read the whole series...
Loved this book! Lutz really knows how to flesh out her characters and make them unique...no cookie-cutters here. I was stoked to read all the Doctor Who references as well. They were great for a laugh.