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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,408 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:
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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!” 


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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