Friday, March 12, 2010
Meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors -- but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman.
Part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry, Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the bosses, aka Mom and Dad (preferably without scrutiny); appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother (often under duress); setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who's become addicted to "recreational surveillance"); and tracking down her uncle (who randomly disappears on benders dubbed "Lost Weekends"). But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her (for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend), Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business. But 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.
I loved this book and the whole series. I stumbled across the book in Barnes & Noble. The third book had just come out in hard cover. The series is very similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series (another of my loves). Guaranteed a lots laughs. I love the short chapters. I am able to squeeze in a chapter between every day responsibilities. This dysfunctional family is absolutely side-splitting. The characters are so funny and I can just picture all them. My Aunt just finished the first two and she gave them a thumbs up. The fourth book is out in two weeks. I will be at the bookstore at 9 am that Tuesday (if I don’t have an early meeting –otherwise I will grab it on the way home)!
Series: Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans and Spellmans Strikes Again (out on 3/15/10-can't wait)!
Posted by Seaside Book Nook at 11:18 PM