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Curse of the Spellmans (Abridged)by Lisa Lutz
Synopses & Reviews
In the bestselling tradition of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich, the "love child of Dirty Harry and Harriet the Spy" (People) returns for another side-splittingly funny caper
They're baaaaack. 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, convinced he's up to no good — even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.
When not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on neighborhood holiday lawn tableaus perfectly and eerily matches a series of crimes from 1991-92, when Izzy was at her most rebellious and delinquent. As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it's clear that 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.
"This lighthearted romp, focusing on the antics of Isabel Spellman and her family of private detectives, is delightful. There's not much vocal variation by Ari Graynor for the mystery's female characters: 30-year-old Isabel sounds exactly like her teen sister and her mother. But Graynor shines portraying some of the male characters, like Morty, the Spellmans' elderly lawyer, or Isabel's slurring, cigar-smoking roommate. Isabel digitally records conversations, and Graynor recites them back in a hilarious deadpan rendition. Lutz's first outing (The Spellman Files) was fresh, funny and unwieldy; her plotting skills take a leap forward here, masterfully juggling several compelling mystery threads at a time. The quirky Spellman family is still fun, and Graynor's sardonic and sly delivery doesn't attempt to upstage the writing. One disappointment is that S&S didn't release an unabridged version. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 14). (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The sidesplitting follow-up to the national bestseller "The Spellman Files" brings back America's favorite family of private detectives. Abridged. 5 CDs.
About the Author
Lisa Lutz is the author of The Spellman Files, a New York Times best-seller; Curse of the Spellmans, a national best-seller and nominee for both the Macavity and Edgar® Awards for Best Novel of 2008; and the critically acclaimed Revenge of the Spellmans. Although she 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.Ari Graynor's theater credits include Little Dog Laughed, Brooklyn Boy, Dog Sees God, Spanish Girl, Fall, King Lear, and Into the Woods. Films include For Your Consideration, The Great New Wonderful, Game 6, Imaginary Heroes, and Mystic River. On television, she has appeared in Veronica Mars, The Sopranos, and Law and Order: SVU.
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