The Fictioning
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Interviews | September 2, 2014

    Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



    David Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$5.95
List price: $14.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Hawthorne Mystery- A to Z

Other titles in the Izzy Spellman Mysteries series:

Curse of the Spellmans (Izzy Spellman Mysteries)

by

Curse of the Spellmans (Izzy Spellman Mysteries) Cover

ISBN13: 9781416532422
ISBN10: 1416532420
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $5.95!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:



THEY'RE BAAAAACK.

Their first caper, The Spellman Files, was a New York Times bestseller and earned comparisons to the books of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise.

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good — even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

When the (displeased) management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth — as only she, a thirty-year-old licensed professional, can.

When not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, staking out her neighbor, or trying to keep her sister, Rae, from stalking her "best friend," Inspector Henry Stone, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on Mrs. Chandler's holiday lawn tableaux perfectly and eerily match a series of crimes from 1991­-92, when Izzy and her best friend, Petra, happened to be at their most rebellious and delinquent. As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it's clear that Morty may be on retainer, but Izzy is still very much on the case...er, cases — her own and that of every other Spellman family member.

(Re)meet the Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, past missteps are never forgotten, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation — all in the name of unconditional love.

Synopsis:

This sidesplitting follow-up to the national bestseller "The Spellman Files" brings back America's favorite family of private detectives.

Synopsis:

"A distinctive new American voice in mystery fiction." —NPRs Fresh Air

Synopsis:

"A distinctive new American voice in mystery fiction." —NPRs Fresh Air  
When Claire DeWitts ex-boyfriend Paul Casablancas, a musician, is found dead in his Mission District house, Claire is on the case. Paul's wife and the police are sure Paul was killed for his valuable collection of vintage guitars. But Claire, the best detective in the world, has other ideas. Even as her other cases offer hints to Pauls fate—a missing girl in the grim East Village of the 1980s and an epidemic of missing miniature horses in Marin County--Claire knows: the truth is never where you expect it, and love is the greatest mystery of all.
"There's absolutely nothing predictable about either the multilayered investigation—cloaked in references to Indian scriptures, Thomas Merton, and cheesy 1980s TV mysteries—or DeWitt herself, who charms despite her fraying life. A" —Entertainment Weekly "Grans building something here, something bigger and better than a mere series. Shes building a labyrinthine world and filling it out completely, and Im just happy to be along for the ride." —Los Angeles Review of Books

Synopsis:

Ï»¿

THEY'RE BAAAAACK.

Their first caper, The Spellman Files, was a New York Times bestseller and earned comparisons to the books of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise.

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good — even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

When the (displeased) management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth — as only she, a thirty-year-old licensed professional, can.

When not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, staking out her neighbor, or trying to keep her sister, Rae, from stalking her "best friend," Inspector Henry Stone, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on Mrs. Chandler's holiday lawn tableaux perfectly and eerily match a series of crimes from 1991­-92, when Izzy and her best friend, Petra, happened to be at their most rebellious and delinquent. As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it's clear that Morty may be on retainer, but Izzy is still very much on the case...er, cases — her own and that of every other Spellman family member.

(Re)meet the Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, past missteps are never forgotten, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation — all in the name of unconditional love.

About the Author

Although Lisa Lutz attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, the University of Leeds in England and San Francisco State University, she still does not have a bachelor's degree. Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping through a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting the screenplay Plan B, a mob comedy. After the film was made in 2000, she vowed she would never write another screenplay. A motion picture adaptation of The Spellman Files is in development with Paramount Pictures.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

JeannieB, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by JeannieB)
The Spellmans make your family look positively functional! Not your typical mystery, this series kept me interested in both the "mystery" and the family.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
mike draper, April 3, 2009 (view all comments by mike draper)
Izzy Spellman is a PI. She is arrested for the 4th time due to her obsessive investigation of her next door neighbor. Izzy is in her young 30's and doesn't have a lot of common sense. When she finds that her neighbor's name is John Brown, she's sure it's an alias and that he must be up to something.

Her family owns the Spellman PI Agency and when her parents refuse to bail her out she has to turn to her eighty-two year old uncle Mort to defend her. However, so he can mount a proper defense, Izzy has to tell him the story behing her suspicions.

We meet Izzy's so called fiance, Henry Stone, a police inspector who has been run over (accidentially) by Izzy's 15 year old sister, Rae. Rae happens to have a fixation on Henry so much so that Henry has to plead with Izzy to keep her sister away from his hospital room so he can recover in peace.

I found this book highly enjoyable. Izzy is a batsy character who could have been played by Lisa Kidrow from Friends. With the bizzare behavior of the characters, the story will keep you laughing and is a fun read.

This is Lisa Lutz' first novel and it is currently in development by Paramount. With the same zaney characters and bizzare behavior the movie has to succeed.

The writing style mixes narrative and summaries from the agencies detective work. If the reader can suspend their belief and don't find the characters too absurb I feel they will greatly enjoy this work.

Recommended.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(4 of 6 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416532422
Author:
Lutz, Lisa
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Gran, Sara
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
lisa lutz, spellman, spellman files, izzy spellman, trail of the spellmans, curse of the spellmans, spellmans strike again, the last word, spellman six, rae spellman, humor, comedy, mystery, cozy mystery, quirky, hip, hipster, series, funny series, new se
Subject:
lisa lutz, spellman, spellman files, izzy spellman, trail of the spellmans, curse of the spellmans, spellmans strike again, the last word, spellman six, rae spellman, humor, comedy, mystery, cozy mystery, quirky, hip, hipster, series, funny series, new se
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Izzy Spellman Mysteries
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

Other books you might like

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a...
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  2. The First Apostle
    Used Mass Market $3.95
  3. Slip of the Knife Used Trade Paper $7.50
  4. Three in Death Used Mass Market $3.50
  5. They Did It with Love
    Sale Trade Paper $0.95
  6. Japanese Inspired Knits: Marianne... Used Trade Paper $12.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » Sale Books

Curse of the Spellmans (Izzy Spellman Mysteries) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.95 In Stock
Product details 288 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416532422 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This sidesplitting follow-up to the national bestseller "The Spellman Files" brings back America's favorite family of private detectives.
"Synopsis" by , "A distinctive new American voice in mystery fiction." —NPRs Fresh Air
"Synopsis" by ,
"A distinctive new American voice in mystery fiction." —NPRs Fresh Air  
When Claire DeWitts ex-boyfriend Paul Casablancas, a musician, is found dead in his Mission District house, Claire is on the case. Paul's wife and the police are sure Paul was killed for his valuable collection of vintage guitars. But Claire, the best detective in the world, has other ideas. Even as her other cases offer hints to Pauls fate—a missing girl in the grim East Village of the 1980s and an epidemic of missing miniature horses in Marin County--Claire knows: the truth is never where you expect it, and love is the greatest mystery of all.
"There's absolutely nothing predictable about either the multilayered investigation—cloaked in references to Indian scriptures, Thomas Merton, and cheesy 1980s TV mysteries—or DeWitt herself, who charms despite her fraying life. A" —Entertainment Weekly "Grans building something here, something bigger and better than a mere series. Shes building a labyrinthine world and filling it out completely, and Im just happy to be along for the ride." —Los Angeles Review of Books

"Synopsis" by , Ï»¿

THEY'RE BAAAAACK.

Their first caper, The Spellman Files, was a New York Times bestseller and earned comparisons to the books of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. Now the Spellmans, a highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators, return in a sidesplittingly funny story of suspicion, surveillance, and surprise.

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good — even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

When the (displeased) management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth — as only she, a thirty-year-old licensed professional, can.

When not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, staking out her neighbor, or trying to keep her sister, Rae, from stalking her "best friend," Inspector Henry Stone, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on Mrs. Chandler's holiday lawn tableaux perfectly and eerily match a series of crimes from 1991­-92, when Izzy and her best friend, Petra, happened to be at their most rebellious and delinquent. As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it's clear that Morty may be on retainer, but Izzy is still very much on the case...er, cases — her own and that of every other Spellman family member.

(Re)meet the Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, past missteps are never forgotten, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation — all in the name of unconditional love.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.