Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Spellman Files

Two of my friends have been telling me to read this. They weren't wrong.

The Spellman's are a family of private investigators who work and live together. Family interrogations are commonplace, and personal privacy is not an option. The book is told from Izzy's (Isobel's) point of view. Izzy is the eldest daughter of the Spellman clan. Her life is chronicled by a list of misdeeds, ex-boyfriends, and surveillance techniques not approved of by her parents. When Izzy decides that she doesn't want to pursue the family business after all, her parents relent, on the stipulation that she take one more case to solve. This fifteen year old cold case will take all of Izzy's wits to solve.

I think of this book as a mashup of Kinsey Millhone (Sue Grafton's PI) and Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich's bounty hunter - the early books, when they were good). If you enjoy either of those series, you will enjoy this. I can't wait to read the next in the series. There are currently five books in the Izzy Spellman mystery series, and the book has been optioned for a movie currently in development. Request it here.


  1. Finally, you read it! I love Lutz' dry humor!

  2. I know! I am waiting to read #5 cause I don't want it to end. I also checked out Heads You Lose.