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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,796 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Lutz Narrator: Ari Graynor Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spellmans Series Release Date:
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YOU THOUGHT YOUR LIFE WAS COMPLICATED

Private investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case and back on the couch—in courtordered therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject. As the book opens, Izzy is on hiatus from Spellman Inc. But when her boss, Milo, simultaneously cuts her bartending hours and introduces her to a “friend” looking for a private eye, Izzy reluctantly finds herself with a new client. She assures herself that the case—a suspicious husband who wants his wife tailed—will be short and sweet, and will involve nothing more than the most boring of PI rituals: surveillance. But with each passing hour, Izzy finds herself with more questions than hard evidence.

Meanwhile, Spellmania continues. Izzy’s brother, David, the family’s most upright member, has adopted an uncharacteristically unkempt appearance and attitude toward work, life, and Izzy. And their wayward youngest sister, Rae, a historic academic underachiever, aces the PSATs and subsequently offends her study partner and object of obsession, Detective Henry Stone, to the point of excommunication. The only unsurprising behavior comes from her parents, whose visits to Milo’s bar amount to thinly veiled surveillance and artful attempts (read: blackmail) at getting Izzy to return to the Spellman Inc. fold.

As the case of the wayward wife continues to vex her, Izzy’s personal life—and mental health— seem to be disintegrating. Facing a housing crisis, she can’t sleep, she can’t remember where she parked her car, and, despite her shrinks’* persistence, she can’t seem to break through in her appointments. She certainly can’t explain whyshe forgets dates with her lawyer’s grandson, orfails to interpret the come-ons issued in an Irishbrogue by Milo’s new bartender. Nor can sheexplain exactly how she feels about DetectiveHenry Stone and his plans to move in with hisnew Assistant DA girlfriend . . .

Filled with the signature side-splitting Spellmanantics, Revenge of the Spellmans is aningenious, hilarious, and disarmingly tender installment in the Spellman series.__________________________________________________

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Punctuating the rapid-fire plot are amusing therapy session transcripts and footnotes.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Those crazy Spellmans return, in all their serendipitous glory, in this third series entry…Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal (starred review) 

  • “Those in the market for mayhem and mirth will revel in Lutz’s irresistible blend of suspense, irony, and wit.” 

    Booklist

  • Selected for the April 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/16/2014

    " I love the Spellmans. I have to ration these books so I don't run through them too quickly. Izzy is maturing a little, but the family is still zany and madcap as ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 2/13/2014

    " Another fun Spellman story. I hear there is a fourth in the series. I look forward to reading that too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rhonda | 2/7/2014

    " I have enjoyed the entire series. The Spellmans remind me of the Adams family. Disfunctional, but they think they are normal. I hope the coming movie will do the books justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ashley | 1/30/2014

    " I loved it every bit as much as the first two. I can't wait for her to write the next one! "

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