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Curse of the Spellmans | [Lisa Lutz]

Curse of the Spellmans

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good - even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.
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Publisher's Summary

They're baaaaack.

Their first caper, The Spellman Files, was a New York Times best seller and earned comparisons to the books of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise.

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good - even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

When the (displeased) management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth - as only she, a 30-year-old licensed professional, can.

When not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, staking out her neighbor, or trying to keep her sister, Rae, from stalking her "best friend", Inspector Henry Stone, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on Mrs. Chandler's holiday lawn tableaux perfectly and eerily match a series of crimes from 1991­-92, when Izzy and her best friend, Petra, happened to be at their most rebellious and delinquent. As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it's clear that Morty may be on retainer, but Izzy is still very much on the case...er, cases...her own and that of every other Spellman family member.

(Re)meet the Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, past missteps are never forgotten, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation - all in the name of unconditional love.

©2008 Spellman Enterprises, Inc.; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster Inc.

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    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 03-09-12
    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    I listened to these books out of sequence, I first listened to the later books ready by Christina Moore. The story and maybe more importantly the performance of these books was hilarious. Ms. Moore;s dead pan deliver is spot on for this character. Now, we come to Ari Graynor, who sounds like a high school English Lit student reading her paper aloud to the class. No inflection, no dramatic performance, just....blah. i made the mistake of purchasing these two books without listening to her. Lesson learned. I don't know if I'll be able to finish them.

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    Patty Olathe, KS, United States 07-15-08
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    i would recommend this story as well as the reader.

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    RKNS La Jolla, CA, United States 11-24-13
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    I've only listened to two of this series, but while I find the premise rather silly, I'm pretty sure that's the point. This tongue-in-cheek treatment of the mystery genre with plenty of wise-guy comments worthy of comparison with Archie Goodwin, my all time favorite wise-guy, is fun. Period.

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    Teresa Beaverton, OR, United States 11-26-12
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    Lisa Lutz books are enjoyable to listen to when I do my morning walks. I like the characters growning/developing.


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    brenda hubbard Ellensburg, Wa. United States 08-07-12
    brenda hubbard Ellensburg, Wa. United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.

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    "Not as good at the first one in the series"
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    I just loved the first one in the series and this one was just so-so.


    Would you recommend Curse of the Spellmans to your friends? Why or why not?

    no, just not as clever as I had hoped for.


    Did Ari Graynor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did ok, but sometimes just sounded to recited and young for the various roles/parts. Didn't think she really got the mother character this time around.


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    Susan Royalston, MA, United States 03-26-08
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    "Great fun"

    I think the Spellmans are great fun. I read the first book, thought it was hilarious, and wondered whether the reader of an audiobook would do justice to the quirky characters. I was pleasantly surprised; the reader does a superb job, and the second book is just as funny as the first. Recommended light reading.

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    Gail Gallo 05-23-08
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    "Awful book!"

    In all my years of audible.com, this is by far the worst book I've bought! Silly, boring and only could read two chapters before giving up.

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