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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Lutz Narrator: Ari Graynor Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spellmans Series Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9780743571272
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In the bestselling tradition of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich, the “love child of Dirty Harry and Harriet the Spy” (People) returns for another side-splittingly funny caper.

They’re baaaaack. 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, convinced he’s up to no good—even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

When not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on neighborhood holiday lawn tableaus perfectly and eerily matches a series of crimes from 1991–92, when Izzy was at her most rebellious and delinquent.

As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it’s clear that Izzy is still very much on the case … er, cases—her own and that of every other Spellman family member.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another breathless tale of comic woe…It’s nice to hear such an original voice.” 

    New York Times

  • “This lighthearted romp…is delightful…The quirky Spellman family is still fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ari Graynor’s saucy reading makes a laugh-out-loud event of the Spellman family’s shenanigans…Graynor’s delivery and timing are perfection…[Her] vocal personality and range capture all the family pandemonium. Energetic and precise…Don’t miss it!” 

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  • A 2009 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/9/2014

    " Looking for a laugh out loud funny read? Izzy Spellman is your girl. She is a private investigator who refuses to grow up. But unlike Stephanie Plum, she is intelligent and we don't need to know what she eats all day long. Izzy is flawed but lovable and she always means well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Remde | 1/25/2014

    " Will Isabel ever figure out her life? I really enjoy this main character, but as a mother, I want to shake her sometimes! Love the sarcasm and humor - on to book #3... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea | 1/20/2014

    " Cute, simple and entertaining- just don't listen to it as an audiobook- the frequent reading of 'transcripts' was awful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/9/2014

    " A sequel that was better than the first book, which was already pretty good. Lots of fun, quirky family with serious boundary issues, new characters and new development of old characters. Izzy remains a great, flawed narrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 1/9/2014

    " Two words: Henry Stone (I love him!) and can't wait to read more of his relationships with the Spellman clan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Hoop | 1/3/2014

    " I love Izzy and the insanity of the whole Spellman clan. This is a fun read that I've read before and will read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 12/26/2013

    " I thought the only problem with this book was that the "bad guy" was obviously not so bad. Otherwise, Stephanie Plum could learn from Izzie Spellman... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Graves | 12/25/2013

    " 5 stars because of doctor who "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/11/2013

    " Cute sequel to a cute first book. Lite but likable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/3/2013

    " I am in love with this hilarious mystery series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 11/21/2013

    " I LOVED this book! It was hilarious and Izzy's investigations had me turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what happened next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 11/12/2013

    " If you liked the first book or enjoy the Stephanie Plum series you should enjoy this one. A dysfunctional family of private eyes that provides plenty of entertainment for the "normal" people. I did find the constant footnotes a little distracting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tempie | 11/10/2013

    " Such a good series. I think I liked this book better than the first one. Can't wait to start on the 3rd one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 10/14/2013

    " Great read. Entertaining and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Nobles | 7/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one more than the first one. It's a quick read that had me laughing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/23/2013

    " Fun read. Talk about a dysfunctional family! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Althea | 1/14/2013

    " I got to know the Spellmans even better in this second novel and I think the plot is somewhat more complex than in the first book. Again, some laughs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The | 10/10/2012

    " Can't believe I was missing out on all these antics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 3/31/2012

    " I want to be a member of the Spellman family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Johnson | 2/15/2012

    " This series can always be counted on for a quick fun read a la Stephanie Plum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rohit | 12/13/2011

    " Terrific follow-up to the first novel! Highly, highly recommend it, if you liked The Spellmans #1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 11/14/2011

    " Even funnier than the first one (The Spellman Files). I look forward to more in the series from this very talented writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Norris | 10/12/2011

    " Good book - lots of laughs!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbin | 9/25/2011

    " Fun book I liked this one better than the first. The people are quirky but endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 7/10/2011

    " can't get enough of the spellmans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vjaffee | 5/11/2011

    " Very fun sequel to the Spellmans book #1. Extra fun if you're living in San Francisco and all the locations in the book mean something to you.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marg | 4/26/2011

    " This book is truly zany! The Spellmans and their minions are delightfully nuts! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cla | 4/24/2011

    " Pretty funny and easy to read..
    A bit diasapppointed though, since I quickly figured out what Subject's secret activities were...
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/20/2011

    " Points off because I guessed what John Brown was up to right off the bat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leahc | 4/20/2011

    " I love Izzy Spellman. These book are just fun and nice quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa | 3/27/2011

    " Some of the material was recycled from the first book; that got kind of boring. Otherwise, it was the same, funny novel about a crazy family of detectives. Definitely a good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 3/15/2011

    " This is a cute, funny book. It's very easy to read and great for the pool or beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/14/2011

    " Fun mind-candy! Great to read when you have lots of worries and can't sleep. Isabel Spellman is out-of-control. She spies on her neighbor. She also dates him. She gets arrested- 4 times! Dysfunctional families at it's best. Light, funny, great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 3/12/2011

    " the same as above, a nice diversion "

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About the Author
Author Lisa LutzLisa Lutz is the author of the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award– and Macavity Award–nominated, and Alex Award–winning Spellman Files series and the novels How to Start a Fire and The Passenger. She lives and works in upstate New York.