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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: March 2009 ISBN: 9780743583282
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Snell | 1/28/2014

    " Izzie is getting her act together. In fact, the whole family is in therepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laren | 1/28/2014

    " This book contains more adventures of the Spellman family. If you aren't reading this series, you should be. It is hilarious, and this book is not an exception. Of note here is how the author skillfully develops our main character into slowly showing signs of growing up, but without losing the essence of the character or the humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia Bowling | 1/25/2014

    " Another great look at the Spellmans. These books are addictive,and because I'm reading them back to back it's like reading one long novel. A very fun series that just keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lark | 1/3/2014

    " I find the books in the Spellman Series highly amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan W. Waflart | 12/30/2013

    " I continue to like this series more and more with each book. I read that Paramount pictures has the option for a movie....I would be the first one in line to see it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dulcie | 12/27/2013

    " I love the Spellmans, they are totally dysfunctional and hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana Scott | 12/22/2013

    " Amazing third installment for Izzy Spellman and her zany family! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/15/2013

    " Despite the fact that most of the characters in the Spellman family could clinically be considered sociopaths, this dizzyingly quick read is fun and enjoyable. I'm just glad I don't know anyone like this in real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Ferguson | 11/3/2013

    " characters you still simply love "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emely | 8/12/2013

    " This is my favorite out of the three. Definitely, the funniest and a quick read. However, I can see how one could think that it had a little too much slapstick and schtick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C | 12/4/2012

    " These books are so well written, funny, and extremely entertaining. I look forward to any book with Spellman in the title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 10/6/2012

    " Liked it, but I hope that she wraps up the series with a fourth book, then looks for new material beyond the Spellman clan -- it's starting to wear a bit thin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 7/22/2012

    " Fun series, and love the SF setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dragana | 6/6/2012

    " Laugh out loud funny, interesting characters, snappy and witty dialogue. I can't wait for book #4 to come out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Welch | 4/18/2012

    " equally as good as the first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Kramer | 1/29/2012

    " If you are in the mood for light reading, pick this one up. In the vein of Janet Evanovich. The Spellman series is good for a quiet afternoon where you just want to escape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stanley Townsend | 9/28/2011

    " This stuff is pure entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 9/14/2011

    " This series just keeps getting more entertaining. Can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 8/26/2011

    " Crazy, convoluted, quirky and a lot of fun. Can't wait for the next Spellman book to come out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 7/29/2011

    " I wanted to love this as much as the others. Parts were great. I still love the author / characters enough to read another if she writes one! "

  • 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.