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Revenge of the Spellmans | [Lisa Lutz]

Revenge of the Spellmans

Private investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case and back on the couch -- in court-ordered therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject. Filled with the signature side-splitting Spellman antics, Revenge of the Spellmans is an ingenious, hilarious, and disarmingly tender installment in the Spellman series.
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Publisher's Summary

Private investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case and back on the couch - in court-ordered therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject.

As the book opens, Izzy is on hiatus from Spellman Inc. But when her boss, Milo, cuts her bartending hours and introduces her to a "friend" looking for a private eye, Izzy reluctantly finds herself with a new client. She assures herself that the case -- a suspicious husband who wants his wife tailed -- will be short and sweet, and will involve nothing more than the most boring of PI rituals: surveillance. But with each passing hour, Izzy finds herself with more questions than hard evidence.

Meanwhile, Spellmania continues. Izzy's brother, David, the family's most upright member, has adopted an uncharacteristically unkempt appearance and attitude toward work, life, and Izzy. And their wayward youngest sister, Rae, a historic academic underachiever, aces the PSATs and subsequently offends her study partner and object of obsession, Detective Henry Stone, to the point of excommunication. The only unsurprising behavior comes from her parents, whose visits to Milo's bar amount to thinly veiled surveillance and artful attempts (read: blackmail) at getting Izzy to return to the Spellman Inc. fold.

As the case of the wayward wife continues to vex her, Izzy's personal life -- and mental health -- seem to be disintegrating. Facing a housing crisis, she can't sleep, she can't remember where she parked her car, and, despite her shrinks' persistence, she can't seem to break through in her appointments. She certainly can't explain why she forgets dates with her lawyer's grandson, or fails to interpret the come-ons issued in an Irish brogue by Milo's new bartender. Nor can she explain exactly how she feels about Detective Henry Stone and his plans to move in with his new Assistant DA girlfriend...

Filled with the signature side-splitting Spellman antics.

©2009 Lisa Lutz; (P)2009 Simon and Schuster

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    Debra edwardsburg, MI, United States 10-17-10
    Debra edwardsburg, MI, United States 10-17-10 Member Since 2008

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    "LOVE IT!"

    I am totally a Spellman fan! Nice Job with characters and Ari Graynor is the best narrator too!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Annette M. Stacy Tulsa, Oklahoma 05-19-09
    Annette M. Stacy Tulsa, Oklahoma 05-19-09 Member Since 2014

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    "Laughing all the way!"

    I loved this book. It so wasn't dull. The Narrator made this book come alive more than reading it would have. I loved her tone. The Author's wit is fabulous. I would listen to the first two if they weren't abridged, now I'll have to hunt them down and read them. But Ms. Graynor has set the tone in which they will be read! Loved it -- light, funny and witty!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Troy, ID, United States 01-15-13
    Joanna Troy, ID, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sorry Ari Graynor, you ruined it for me!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If Christina Moore was reading, I'd have listened twice. Fortunately, I don't sit and listen to a book or I'd have wasted time. In fact, I wasn't able to finish.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't get far enough into the book to know. I couldn't tolerate Ari Graynor's reading.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ari Graynor’s performances?

    No, can't do it.


    Was Revenge of the Spellmans worth the listening time?

    See below....not with the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    What makes or breaks an audiobook is the reader, and Christina Moore is Izzy Spellman and the Spellman family. I apologise to Ari Graynor, but she brings no life to the Spellman family. This disappoints me, as I love the Spellman series and have little time for conventional reading due to work and farm life, and listen to audiobooks on my iPhone as I do various home and farm work, and when I'm driving. Ms. Graynor sounds like she is reading the books aloud to a class or child. I won't be able to complete the book, it is too painful; no exaggeration. I have not found a Lisa Lutz book I don't like, so I gave the book itself a good review. Please keep that in mind in my overall review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 11-19-09
    Maggie SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 11-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Lighthearted fun!"

    Easy to listen to- lighthearted and humorous. I would definitely recommend. Also it was something that you can listen to with your entire family and no one will blush!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbra Elbaum Ridgeway, Ontario Canada 04-19-09
    Barbra Elbaum Ridgeway, Ontario Canada 04-19-09
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Lisa Lutz has delivered another deliciously funny out take of Izzy's world. She's being blackmailed, pushed around by an old man and she can't find her car. I laughed so hard my nose ran. I'm already getting a tissue ready for her next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patty Olathe, KS, United States 04-09-09
    Patty Olathe, KS, United States 04-09-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Lighthearted mystery"

    I enjoy the narrator as well as the story. Can't wait for the next one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 11-06-11
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Sorry I dropped a credit on it"

    The audio narration affected my impression of the book to a significant extent; but first, I'll go into the story itself - weak, but served as a place holder for the next one. This is a series where one must read the books in order, otherwise the characters would be nearly impossible to follow. Izzy, the first-person narrator of the series, came across here as not just quirky, but annoyingly so - attributing that to the dysfunction in which she was raised only goes so far. Her (much younger) sister Rae came off as a brat. At one point Izzy insists on pressing auto theft charges against Rae for taking her car without permission, and when her folks try to get her to drop them as a "misunderstanding", Izzy replies in great frustration, "But ... there are never any consequences for anything she does!" At that point I added an "Amen!" of my own. There's a subplot about Rae and the PSAT test, later extended to her schoolwork and intelligence in general, which I could've done without. Her parents have let her get out of control, and then they're standing around moaning "What happened?" Morty I'll get to in the audio discussion in a second, but the rest of the cast were pretty much stock; they were just ... there. The "secret" and blackmailing ended up a rather lame affair, but the Spellmans would shrivel up and die without that kind of drama in their lives.

    I really liked Cristina Moore as the voice of Izzy in the first two unabridged versions, but Audible only offers Ari Graynor (who had read the abridged editions for those) as a choice for this title. I knew right away I did not care for her when I heard almost every single "he said" and "she said" - the woman is terrible with dialogue. Moreover, she made Izzy sound more like a suburban teenager, only a couple of years older than 16 y/o Rae, rather than a 31 y/o native San Franciscan. The most painful part was listening to her do Izzy's 84 y/o lawyer, and friend, Morty. She laid on the New York Jewish accent so thick, he sounded like a parody of a stereotype of a Borscht Belt comedian - ugh! I stuck with the audio as I'd paid for it, or I would've gotten the print book from the library.

    So ... would I recommend the book (to Spellman fans)? Yes, as it introduces new characters, and Izzy does actually learn from her 20 mandated therapy sessions, though mostly in hindsight. I do not, however, recommend the audio at all. Just read it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gage P. Evans Denver, CO 08-26-13
    Gage P. Evans Denver, CO 08-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I love Izzy and her whole disfunctional family!"
    Would you listen to Revenge of the Spellmans again? Why?

    Yes! I just love spending time with the Spell mans.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not so much the plot as the relationship between the characters is what keeps you going.


    What does Ari Graynor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice and her attitude. I think she has Izzy down cold. She brings the edge, but also the warmth of the character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not one particular moment, but many scenes with Maggie. She is so dear, but eyes open and you know she meet the Spellmans on her own terms. Everybody loves her.


    Any additional comments?

    Advice to Spellman newbies. See "previous documents" first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 06-04-09
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 06-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "What's it all about, Lutzie?"

    Listening to this book is like listening to a gaggle of teenagers. The ping-pong of empty words first irritates then numbs my brain. Adding some gum popping sounds would improve the dialogue.
    ::: shaking my head::: wondering what this book is about :::: and why did I buy it:::

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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