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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,731 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 2007 ISBN: 9780743564359
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Meet Isabel Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism -- but she's good at her job as a licensed P.I. with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy and all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office.

Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the boss, aka Mom and Dad; appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother; and setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who's become addicted to "recreational surveillance"). But when Izzy decides to get out of the family business in search of normalcy, there's a hitch: she must take one last job before they'll let her go -- a fifteen-year-old, ice-cold missing person case. She accepts, only to experience a disappearance far closer to home, which becomes the most important case of her life. The Spellman Files is an unforgettable introduction to the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot churns on Izzy’s work deconstructing two missing person cases…investigations that cause her to question just how much family dysfunction she can tolerate. It’s not the mystery of how these cases ultimately resolve that will pull readers through, but the whip-smart sass of the story’s heroine, ace detective of her own heart.” 

    People

  • “She’s part Bridget Jones, part Columbo. Lisa Lutz’s resilient PI Isabel Spellman emerges as a thoroughly unusual heroine in her delightful, droll debut novel.” 

    USA Today

  • “A fun and irreverent debut.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A spirited, funny debut from screen writer Lutz that mixes chick-lit, mystery, and a dose of TV nostalgia…[The] various mysteries all come together in a rush of humor and chaos. It’s all casual, swift, and hip. But an underpinning of reality, the complex emotions of growing up and letting go, shows through occasionally, warming up this hilarious debut.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Anthony Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • Winner of the 2008 YALSA Alex Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2008 Macavity Award Finalist for Best First Mystery
  • A 2008 Barry Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • A 2008 Dilys Award Finalist
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqui | 2/16/2014

    " Fun and funny -- this families dysfunction is thoroughly entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Boon | 2/13/2014

    " Fans of Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Plum (I'm one) will enjoy The Spellman Files. Lisa Lutz has the same wacky, over-the-top wacky approach to crime fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it. My kind of relaxation. I'm looking forward to spending some more time with this dysfunctional family of private investigators! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 2/11/2014

    " Very witty writing about a very dysfunctional family! Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Kreinik | 2/10/2014

    " Fun, lose yourself in the action kind of book. Characters were kooky and well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scottlmoritz | 1/31/2014

    " A fun read that we listened to while traveling. Will read more in series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 1/26/2014

    " Super funny. The footnotes give voice to the sarcastic inner monologue that I'd have if I were Izzy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deela Roe | 1/14/2014

    " If you're Stephanie Plum fan, then you'll love Izzy Spellman! Sassy, obnoxious, and always in trouble - she's a PI for her family's PI firm. And...the rest of her family is crazy! Read it! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 1/14/2014

    " I liked all the books, just had way too many footnotes. It got kinda distractiing and even annoying at times that I had to keep going to a footnote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 12/29/2013

    " This book was so much fun to read. Throughout the book I wanted to meet the Spellman family; they are quirky in a delightfully charming way. I finished the book and was eager to read the next in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 12/17/2013

    " Comedy. Uh, this is the story of an insane family which spends much of its time feuding with each other, but generally in a cute and funny way. It is character-based humor, so I'm not sure how well it will last in the sequels, but I'm planning to get them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince | 12/17/2013

    " Fun start to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa Druzba | 12/11/2013

    " Highly entertaining. Good lunch time or airplane read. And I didn't solve all the mysteries before the book revealed them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 11/23/2013

    " Absolutely LOVED this book! It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the wacky back and forth of the book's sequence of events but it hooked me in good. Read the 2nd book in the series the day after I finished the first (thank goodness for Spring Break and mostly grown children!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 8/3/2013

    " This was a fun read. I enjoyed that crazy dysfunctional Spellman family and their private investigation business. I will be reading more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne George | 7/7/2013

    " I liked the book. It was recommended to me as something similar to Janet Evanovich Plum series, only funnier. I didn't find this first book all that funny, but it was entertaining and an easy read. A little predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Mcelwain | 12/29/2012

    " Funny light good summer reading. The author has a very humorous way of writing that makes you want to read all her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thirukkumara | 10/8/2012

    " I would have given a five but lisa killed uncle ray, that too at the end, It would have been better if she had killed him off due to cancer at the beginning, Thats my only minus point in this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Jaynes | 8/14/2012

    " One of the funniest books I have ever read. It's rare that a book will make me laugh out loud, but this one did! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess - The Tales Compendium | 7/31/2012

    " I thought it was a bit unusual the way the chapters were set out and the story jumped back and forth so much but I really enjoyed the storyline and it was very funny. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Seigel | 3/8/2012

    " A smart and funny detective novel aptly referred to as a grown-up Harriet the Spy. The Spellman family is totally dysfunctional but completely fun to read about, and I'm looking forward to reading more about them in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshana | 12/29/2011

    " really cute series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlota | 6/9/2011

    " It started off as a slow read, but definitly got into it at the end. It is funny and the characters are easily liked. Love their sarcasm. They are just an odd family but you gotta love them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 5/16/2011

    " Really good book! Super fast read. I was done in a couple of days. Nice to read something so quick once in a while. I found myself laughing out loud at times. Love the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/10/2011

    " Hilarious! Great quick and easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 5/9/2011

    " Since I'm really into non-thinking books lately, this one fit the bill.

    The Stop You're Killing Me website suggests Lisa Lutz for Janet Evanovich fans. Reading did not invoke the out right belly laughs of early Evanovich, but there are some humorous moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sio | 5/9/2011

    " Finally got to read the first of the Spellman novels, and I was actually surprised at how *angry* Izzy was in this one! Although the ending of the case Izzy was trying to solve only surprised me slightly, overall it's a fun and relatively quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 5/7/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed it! Have ordered the next two in the series so I can start them as soon as possible..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reenie | 5/3/2011

    " I read the book a couple of years ago and really enjoyed and all of the series. Made me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 5/1/2011

    " Overall, a very light-hearted story about a family of spies and Izzy Spellman, the one who wants to get away from the family business. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and its comical and suspenseful tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/27/2011

    " A main character to match Bridget Jones. Deliciously funny!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess - The Tales Compendium | 4/25/2011

    " I thought it was a bit unusual the way the chapters were set out and the story jumped back and forth so much but I really enjoyed the storyline and it was very funny. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/23/2011

    " Crazy funny characters. Loved that it in SF and places I know.
    Good for kitchen listening "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/20/2011

    " A great, fast read. Good reading for the beach. I took it with me to Mexico. "

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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.