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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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