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Spellman Files | [Lisa Lutz]

Spellman Files

Isabel Spellman may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism - but she's good at her job as a licensed P.I. with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy and all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. But when Izzy decides to get out of the family business in search of normalcy, she ends up taking on the most important case of her life.
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Publisher's Summary

Isabel Spellman may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism - but she's good at her job as a licensed P.I. with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy and all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. But when Izzy decides to get out of the family business in search of normalcy, she ends up taking on the most important case of her life. The Spellman Files is an unforgettable introduction to the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos.

©2007 Lisa Lutz (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Fast-paced, irreverent, and very funny, The Spellman Files is like Harriet the Spy for grown-ups." (Curtis Sittenfeld, author of The Man of My Dreams and Prep)

"Hilarious. My enjoyment of The Spellman Files was only slightly undercut by my irritation that I hadn't written it myself. The funniest book I've read in years!" (Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing)

"The Spellman Files is hilarious, outrageous, and hip. Izzy Spellman, P.I., is a total original, with a voice so fresh and real, you want more, more, more. At long last, we know what Nancy Drew would have been like had she come from a family of lovable crackpots. Lisa Lutz has created a delicious comedy with skill and truth. I loved it." (Adriana Trigiani, author of Lucia, Lucia and Big Stone Gap)

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    Lisa Worthen USA 07-14-11
    Lisa Worthen USA 07-14-11

    Spacedkane

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    "The Spellman Files (Unabridged)"

    I love this book and this version of the audiobook (unabridged narrated by Christina Moore) is THE version to get. The other narrator isn't bad but Moore captures the snark amazingly well. I had first heard this from my local library and was frustrated that I was unable to purchase it until now. I had purchased book 3 in the series and just couldn't get into the narration so was thrilled to find book 4 narrated by Moore. I have already listened to this version twice since purchasing (and if I hadn't had a credit available I would have purchased it outright my need for this version is that great).

    The book itself is a wonderful storyline reminding me of a Stephanie Plum distant relative. The book treads into the mystery genre while wallowing in the comedy and dips a toe into the romance arena. I hear its being made into a tv series and I cannot wait!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia 08-07-12
    Alicia 08-07-12
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    "Light and entertaining"
    Would you listen to Spellman Files again? Why?

    I have read (print version) the Spellman Files in the past and enjoy the second book even more than the first. I thought the narrator portrayed the characters well and the story was still a fun listen.


    What other book might you compare Spellman Files to and why?

    If you like the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series you might enjoy Spellman Files. It has that same feel of a character who gets herself into comedic situations as she is trying to solve cases.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    Although I thought Rae's voice sounded younger than I imagined, I thought her tone and humor were done really well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely found myself laughing at points.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    brenda hubbard 07-03-12 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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    "Great read, entertaining and funny while touching"
    Where does Spellman Files rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a wonderfully done audiobook. The story is off beat, fun and funny. Love the characters and the family dynamics that the author explores. And at the same time it is a detective story- well a story about detectives investigating a "crime" and then each other.


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is brilliant and captures the nuances of the voices so beautifully that you really feel each character. What a great actor!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and teared up. It held my attention so deeply that the time on my commute just flew by and I wanted more. I was disappointed when it was over- that is the sign of a great audiobook.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Ledgard Greensburg, Pa 04-10-12
    M. Ledgard Greensburg, Pa 04-10-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Its OK to be a little different!"

    A great mix of PI drama and family disfunctionality! If families like the Spellman's could teach us anything: it's that forgiveness goes hand in hand with responsibility and its OK to work in your family's business but maybe stay out of your family's business once in a while... The performance was ideal and added color to a story that could stand on its own. Check it out!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 09-13-13
    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2010

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "WONDERFUL AUTHOR, AND VERY GOOD STORY LINE."

    LOVE THIS WACKY SPELLMAN FAMILY. PI INVESTIGATORS WHO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN TO TAKE UP THE SAME VOCATION. IT IS SO FUNNY AND AND THE STORY IS GREAT. I AM GLAD I STARTED WITH BOOK NUMBER 1, AND NOT ANOTHER; IT REALLY EXPLAINS EACH PERSON'S PERSONALITY AND WHY WHILE NOT GETTING TECHNICAL. LET YOU ASSURE YOU IT IS WELL WORTH THE CREDIT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 10-20-12
    Teresa 10-20-12
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    "Count me in for more."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I needed another series to start and am glad that I found this one.


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

    It wasn't want I expected. It didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. But I liked the twist and turns of the plot.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lou Earth (usually) 04-08-12
    Lou Earth (usually) 04-08-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Strong, compelling characters, and not too heavy"
    Any additional comments?

    The Spellman Files is all about the characters, all of whom are depicted solidly. Lutz does an outstanding job of revealing the characters through dialogue and action as well as through the main character's slightly sarcastic observations. The Spellmans are a family of private investigators, and in the Spellman family, even the kids join the business starting at a very young age, which leads to its own set of very interesting problems. The main character is Isabel Spellman, and we see the world through her eyes as she works cases, survives her family, and attempts a social life outside the quirky, overbearing, and plain old nosey confines of the family business.

    The mysteries, which play second fiddle to the family dynamics of the Spellmans, are not all that mysterious; I found I had correctly guessed the outcomes of the biggest mysteries in the book without much effort. Still, Lutz had put enough twists in that I was interested enough to stay with it until the end, unsure if she would toss a surprise turn of events in for good measure.

    The reader was quite good. While she doesn't necessarily

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-10-14
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-10-14 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Hilarious with a Small Mystery"

    Zany. Unpredictable. The descriptions of this book sort of turned me off. I expected it to be "silly." But Lisa Lutz is a very good writer who has fleshed out believable characters I care about. She has also included one real mystery (one of the cases Izzy is working on as a P.I. in her family's firm) and a series of plot convolutions that held my interest.

    And the narrator is fabulous. Ms. Moore does not have to produce the menu of accents you might find in a Follett novel whose storyline crosses Europe, the UK and the U.S., but she has what I believe is a much harder task. She has to distinguish between a mother and two sisters in the same family, and several male characters using subtle differences in tone and cadence. I was really impressed.

    If you have any sense of humor at all, read this book. Fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 10-17-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Addams family gone PI"

    For the first hour and a half getting to know the Spellmans was fun, but at the three hour mark I had to speed things up. At the very end it dawns that without the painful lists, meticulous character descriptions, and seemingly random anecdotes, it wouldn't be so touching. The best way to describe this wacky bunch is if you took the spook out of the Addams Family and gave them all PI badges.

    PS - The narration is not bad, but in no way matches the main character.

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    Lynn North Quincy, Massachusetts 06-13-14
    Lynn North Quincy, Massachusetts 06-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun story"
    If you could sum up Spellman Files in three words, what would they be?

    Dry humor, fun characters, good story


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to any of Christina Moore's performances. My first impression was that I was not going to like it, but I am glad I stuck with it. She grew on me quickly and fit the characters well.


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