Monday, April 20, 2009

Revenge of the Spellmans


I just got done reading Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz. This is a great addition to Lutz's previous books about Isabel Spellman and her family full of private detectives. I remember reading the first book, The Spellman Files a few years ago. I enjoyed it and thought Lutz was clever, but I am not sure I really "got it." Lutz is very creative with her chapter numbering system, and has created a very clever way of writing. The second book is one I also enjoyed, and actually it is that book that I remember quite well, especially as I was reading this book when it was referenced numerous times. Revenge of the Spellmans was well written, suspenseful, and equally as clever as Lutz's other two books - and this time I "got it." Isabel continues to resist her parents attempts at having her work for their agency. Her younger sister, Rae, continues to confound her parents and everyone else. David, her older brother, is recovering from his recent divorce, and Isabel tries to solve a case on her own. I was sad to see her friend, Morty, move to Florida with his wife, since I have always found him an enjoyable character, but perhaps Lutz has a plan for allowing us to see Morty again. This book is also a fast read, and right now, as my stack of books doesn't appear to be getting any smaller, that is a good thing.

1 comment:

peaceful reader said...

Great cover art on that book! I agree about Amelia-maybe Peggy Parish used all the really funny twists because his are not quite on the mark. Do you have the whole P. Parish collection? I made sure to shake his hand!