Another Spellman hit. Reading these books out of sequence may not be the best approach but probably not impossible. To get the full impact start with book 1. In this book, emotions, or at least as much as the Spellmans & Co. show, really hit home. You get to see the softer side of most of the characters, which only enriches the experience. Plus, there is finally actual cases! Previously, the cases were secondary to character development. This book does have cases, granted they aren't "edge of your seat" variety but, given all the other crazy stuff, the mundane cases are nice to figure out. The one major drawback is the return of the narrator from book 1. She just doesn't fit the main character for me.
Hilarious, interesting family
Lisa Lutz has a insanely funny sense of character development. She seldom tells you about a character, but lets the person's words and actions delineate personality.
Christina Moore is one of my favorite narrators. She makes each character's voice slightly different so it isn't difficult to keep track of who is speaking and her sense of sentence structure and emphasis/volume is impeccable. I will listen to anything she performs.
I laughed out loud---in the middle of the night.
I would recommend people to read the book. Don't listen to this book the narrator is boring and all voices sound the same.
I like the plot. I think it's still in keeping with the other books.
No never! I can't stand this narrator.
Read it, don't get the audiobook.
especially with spoilers, so understanding in that regard is greatly appreciated!
As the story opens, Izzy is seeing (living with) bartender Connor, prompting her meddling mother to insist on Izzy's dating a certain number of lawyers, or at least professionals, per month, blackmailing her over a long-past incident. There is another plotline featuring her crusade against a rival P. I., who may have had someone wrongfully convicted of murder. Meanwhile, Rae is freeing a prisoner of her own. Morty, her 85 year old attorney (and one of her few friends besides Petra) is in the picture here as well; I liked him better than I had in the last book, but that's largely as I loathed the overdone way he was voiced by Ari Graynor before. There's also a minor plotline about the Spellman house coming apart (physically), and another having to do with Rae having gone too far at last, and the aftermath. Finally, there's one involving her friends Len and Christopher, which has almost nothing to do with the rest of the story at all.
I found suspending disbelief here exhausting. The lack of boundaries by her mother bordered on the psychotic to me. No wonder Izzy needs a shrink! The plotline involving Morty was handled well, although another that I'm doing my best not to mention had me groaning, "Oh, no! Talk about the easy way out!" Those who've read "the previous documents" will see this one coming. At one point, Izzy notes rather offhandedly that a felony conviction is "expunge-able" (not the wrongful one mentioned earlier). I don't think so.
If you'd asked me partway through if I'd consider reading the next book, I'd have likely replied "I honestly don't know. The farce has turned to tedium I'm afraid." However ... now I am interested in seeing where the author's gone with the family after pretty much tying up most of the series' previous threads. So, I probably would. Would I recommend this one? Yes, if you've read the previous ones. Everyone in the series has evolved since the beginning of the first book (although David is kinda boring), but it's been a long ride getting there.