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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,610 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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AT THE RIPE OLD AGE OF THIRTY-TWO, FORMER WILD CHILD ISABEL “IZZY” SPELLMAN HAS FINALLY AGREED TO TAKE OVER THE FAMILY BUSINESS. AND THE TRANSITION WON’T BE A SMOOTH ONE.

First among her priorities as head of Spellman Investigations is to dig up some dirt on the competition, slippery ex-cop Rick Harkey—a task she may enjoy a little too much. Next, faced with a baffling missing-persons case at the home of an aging millionaire, Izzy hires an actor friend, Len, to infiltrate the mansion as an undercover butler—a role he may enjoy a little much.

Meanwhile, Izzy is being blackmailed by her mother (photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994) to commit to regular blind dates with promising professionals—an arrangement that doesn’t thrill Connor, an Irish bartender on the brink of becoming Ex-boyfriend #12.

At Spellman headquarters, it’s business as unusual. Doorknobs and light fixtures are disappearing every day, Mom’s been spotted crying in the pantry, and a series of increasingly demanding Spellman Rules (Rule #27: No Speaking Today) can’t quite hold the family together. Izzy also has to decipher weekly “phone calls from the edge” from her octogenarian lawyer, Morty, as well as Detective Henry Stone’s mysterious interest in rekindling their relationsh . . . well, whatever it was.

Just when it looks like things can’t go more haywire, little sister Rae’s internship researching pro bono legal cases leads the youngest Spellman to launch a grassroots campaign that could spring an innocent man from jail—or land Rae in it.

The Spellmans Strike Again is hands down the most hilarious, thrilling, and moving book in this bestselling, award-nominated series. And it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Isabel Spellman, no matter how much she matures, will never be able to follow Rule #1: Act Normal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A series that keeps getting better and better.”

    Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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

    Booklist (Starred Review)

  • “This is one of the best comic novels I’ve ever read, and that includes Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. The Spellmans—a collection of misfits whose family business is a private detective agency—are hilarious, smart and irresistible.”

    Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • “Fun and irreverent.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Congratulations to Lisa Lutz, who has created the Spellmans, the most hilariously dysfunctional family since the Royal Tenenbaums…Lutz’s style is refreshing and razor-sharp.”

    Mystery Scene Magazine

  • “Casual, swift and hip…A fresh story that works real issues through an offbeat premise.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the April 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marianne Stehr | 2/12/2014

    " I LOVE this series, it is so funny I find myself laughing outloud with the book and I have come to feel like I know the characters, but sadly this book sounded like a finish to the series. It sure sis answer alot of questions and had a finality to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eric | 2/11/2014

    " I can't imagine these Spellman books taking place anywhere else but San Francisco. "It's a beautiful city, with wonderful residents, but the per capita crazy has got to be the highest in the country." You can't argue with that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paula Phillips | 2/9/2014

    " If you are like me and love light-hearted and fun mystery novels, then Lisa Lutz's series "The Spellman Files" are definitely books that should be found in your dark alleys of the reader's corner. According to other reviewers, if you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series then this is something similar , for me I'm just starting on the Stephanie Plum books as I got Book #1 One for Money out of the library. The Spellman family consist of Olivia and Albert Spellman (Mum and Dad) , Children - David, Isabel aka Izzy and Rae. Together, the Spellman's own a PI Business and are definitely the family that if you needed justice done for a strange cause - you should contact The Spellmans. In this novel , we discover that David has a new girlfriend named Maggie whose a Laywer - but what is David up to as Izzy and Olivia spot David several times with an Amazon Looking Blonde , Is he cheating on Maggie ? , Rae -the youngest of the Spellmans is doing some intern work at Maggie's firm and when she realises that so many innocent people get sent to Jail , she starts a "Free Schmidt" campaign - tshirts, stickers and all. Something's up with Olivia and Albert and why is items of the household disappearing ? and it wouldn't be a Spellman book without having a strong focus on Izzy whose Mother is making her go on a blind date with a lawyer once a week even though she is dating Connor , though will her relationship be strong enough to last ? As Izzy is still tracking down Hartley , a crooked PI will her plans of attack backfire and why is it all the cases she seems to be recieving are related to Hartley ? What I loved most though about all of The Spellman Files books is the family dynamics and relationship between the entire Spellman Clan - especially their Family Rules Board :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joyce Hansen | 2/2/2014

    " The banter is laugh-out-loud funny!! Summary: Former wild child Izzy Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business, and the transition won't be a smooth one. "

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