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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,738 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Lutz Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spellmans Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342835
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Isabel Spellman may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism—but she’s good at her job as a licensed PI 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. But when Izzy decides to get out of the family business in search of normalcy, she ends up taking on the most important case of her life. The Spellman Files is an unforgettable introduction to the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Truly the funniest book I’ve read in years.”

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Escape and Call Me Irresistible

  • “Fast-paced, irreverent, and very funny, The Spellman Files is like Harriet the Spy for grown ups.”

    Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Prep

  • “Hilarious. My enjoyment of The Spellman Files was only slightly undercut by my irritation that I hadn’t written it myself. The funniest book I’ve read in years!”

    Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of Everyone Worth Knowing

  • The Spellman Files is hilarious, outrageous, and hip...Lisa Lutz has created a delicious comedy with skill and truth. I loved it.”

    Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Big Stone Gap

  • “With a cast of endearing lunatics and an engaging plot that will make you care and have you laughing out loud, Lutz has stormed onto the literary scene with a first-rate mystery…In a world where sanity may be overrated, The Spellman Files offers a touch of craziness and puts the fun back into dysfunctional.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Quirky, intriguing, and thoroughly enjoyable, I can’t wait to read more about Izzy and her charmingly peculiar family.”

    Tri-City Herald

  • “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

  • “A fun and irreverent debut.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] delicious debut.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A welcome addition to mystery collections of all sizes.”

    Library Journal

  • “A spirited, funny debut...a rush of humor and chaos…casual, swift, and hip…A fresh story that works real issues through an offbeat premise.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 2/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/16/2014

    " A hilarious read. The iconic image of the private eye is generally a male loner who lives by a code of honor and avoids close emotional connections. Here, we have an entire family of private investigators who investigate each other as much as they do on behalf of their clients. The primary protagonist is Isabel Spellman, who works for her parents' private investigation agency (while also trying to dodge their attempts to tail her on occasion). Looking forward to reading the other books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 2/14/2014

    " The second time through was even better than the first! Forget president, I want to be Izzy Spellman when I grow up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenn | 2/13/2014

    " I decided to check out Lisa's solo books after liking Heads You Lose, which she collaborated on with an ex-boyfriend, with each of them writing every other chapter. I didn't care for this nearly as much, it seemed to plod along, with many unnecessary, mundane dysfunctional family background details and the protagonist's failed relationships. I didn't find it particularly funny. The main mystery element didn't surface until a couple hundred pages in - if you stripped out the fluff it would be a much shorter book. Towards the end the protagonist ironically states "I won't bore you with the rest of the conversation." Too late...why stop now? I won't be continuing with the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merry | 2/12/2014

    " Seemed promising, but really dumb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea | 1/25/2014

    " his series is hysterical...very worthy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thirukkumara | 1/17/2014

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/10/2014

    " Fun, madcap novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Mann | 12/25/2013

    " I love these characters! Smart, funny series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammie | 12/24/2013

    " Loved this book! The only reason I gave it a 4 was because there is language and drug and drunkedness, all written in a way that just makes Izzy look the fool.. But it was hilarious, wonderfully entertaining!I'm completely hooked on these books now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yazzie | 12/14/2013

    " Loved the main character, didn't really like the structure in that the story starts at the end and the entire way hints at a terrible tragedy about to occur, which spoils the fun tone of the novel. I think I'll enjoy reading the other books in the series though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Jeffcoat | 12/4/2013

    " This is the first book of the Spellmans and the second one I have read. I would recommend reading them in order. This is really the introductory book. It's funny and fast-paced and a good read if you don't want to concentrate too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Sheppard | 9/16/2013

    " Everybody should read this whole series. Hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kelsey | 8/6/2013

    " Let's go with a 3.5. Funny and clever and interesting. I like it when I get a free Nook Book and it pays off. I would love to be a fly on the wall with this family. Definite characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genji Bailey | 3/22/2013

    " Fantastic series - smart and funny, keeps you expecting the unexpected. Love them all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Huff | 2/27/2013

    " This is the first book in the series. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the 2nd book. The family is very interesting and all of the characters are engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 2/6/2013

    " Read a few years ago...but it was super funny!! I completely recommend the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Lazaruk | 11/2/2012

    " it was different I hAVE the next one I will let you know how that one is "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 9/1/2012

    " Witty and entertaining! The story moves along rather quickly. It's a fun read especially when you need something to just smile about. The characters are well developed, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 6/10/2012

    " This was a fun & quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 juliet kinikin/ | 6/3/2012

    " I'm really enjoying this book. The characters are wonderfully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewel | 5/2/2012

    " 3-1/2 is probably more accurate. Fun tale, interesting characters, witty writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Garcia | 3/2/2012

    " Hilarious! Its been a while since i read a book that made me laugh so hard it hurts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Liddiard | 12/9/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amyarthun | 11/13/2011

    " I love this book! Absolutely recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sio | 9/30/2011

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jmr100 | 6/22/2011

    " Quite possibly the worst book I've ever made it all the way through. Should have dumped it by page 100.

    Schmaltzy, incoherent, inconsistent, poorly written. Full House meets Miami Vice, minus the fun and nostalgia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 6/12/2011

    " Very funny and entertaining. A quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/11/2011

    " good action but the main thing is that it is a hoot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana | 6/10/2011

    " A quirky family of private investigators. I wasn't too thrilled witht he narrator of the audiobook, so I'm hoping they changed the narrator for the other installments in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/8/2011

    " When I first started this book I was skeptical... but then I got sucked into the weird style of writing. At first, I didn't really like how it was laid out, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book and where it went. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 6/6/2011

    " a little Janet Evanovich but think entire dysfunctional family detective agency. Liked it--a bit slow starting but a good read. want to read a few more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 6/3/2011

    " This is light reading to be sure, but it is hilarious light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 6/1/2011

    " funny surpriseing the ending was a totally unexpected "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micaela | 5/30/2011

    " If you're looking for a crime novel, this is not it. I wouldn't even go so far as calling it mystery. But it was a fun quick read and while I'm in no rush to read #2, I'm sure I'll check out more by Lutz in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 5/28/2011

    " Tried it once before and couldn't get into it. Seems good now... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/17/2011

    " This was a good light read. However, it took some time to understand the chapter arrangements. I laughed a few times but was also annoyed by the main characters parents following her all the time. Worth a read if you are looking for a good beach book (when the weather improves). "

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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.
About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.