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Revenge of the Spellmans: A Novel

Revenge of the Spellmans: A Novel

Written by Lisa Lutz

Narrated by Ari Graynor


Revenge of the Spellmans: A Novel

Written by Lisa Lutz

Narrated by Ari Graynor

ratings:
4/5 (72 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Mar 10, 2009
ISBN:
9780743583282
Format:
Audiobook

Description


YOU THOUGHT YOUR LIFE WAS COMPLICATED

Private investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case and back on the couch -- in court-ordered therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject.

As the book opens, Izzy is on hiatus from Spellman Inc. But when her boss, Milo, simultaneously cuts her bartending hours and introduces her to a "friend" looking for a private eye, Izzy reluctantly finds herself with a new client. She assures herself that the case -- a suspicious husband who wants his wife tailed -- will be short and sweet, and will involve nothing more than the most boring of PI rituals: surveillance. But with each passing hour, Izzy finds herself with more questions than hard evidence.

Meanwhile, Spellmania continues. Izzy's brother, David, the family's most upright member, has adopted an uncharacteristically unkempt appearance and attitude toward work, life, and Izzy. And their wayward youngest sister, Rae, a historic academic underachiever, aces the PSATs and subsequently offends her study partner and object of obsession, Detective Henry Stone, to the point of excommunication. The only unsurprising behavior comes from her parents, whose visits to Milo's bar amount to thinly veiled surveillance and artful attempts (read: blackmail) at getting Izzy to return to the Spellman Inc. fold.

As the case of the wayward wife continues to vex her, Izzy's personal life -- and mental health -- seem to be disintegrating. Facing a housing crisis, she can't sleep, she can't remember where she parked her car, and, despite her shrinks' persistence, she can't seem to break through in her appointments. She certainly can't explain why she forgets dates with her lawyer's grandson, or fails to interpret the come-ons issued in an Irish brogue by Milo's new bartender. Nor can she explain exactly how she feels about Detective Henry Stone and his plans to move in with his new Assistant DA girlfriend...

Filled with the signature side-splitting Spellman antics, Revenge of the Spellmans is an ingenious, hilarious, and disarmingly tender installment in the Spellman series.
Released:
Mar 10, 2009
ISBN:
9780743583282
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Lisa Lutz is the author of the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award– and Macavity Award–nominated, and Alex Award–winning Spellman Files series, as well as the novels How to Start a Fire, The Passenger, and The Swallows. She lives and works in upstate New York.

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  • (4/5)
    Another bundle of goofy fun. I'm starting to think Ms. Lutz may be a genius. There is no other explanation for my laughing out loud at some of the daft Dad-jokes in this book.
  • (4/5)
    Isabel finds her court required theapy extended. Her parents are continuing to pressure her on the job front. Even after taking a fidelity case as a favor for one of his friends, Milo decides to fire her. She can't find her car, Rae may have cheated on the PSAT, David is acting strange, Ruth is forcing Morty to make good on his promise to move to Florida, and Henry has a new girlfriend. The usual antics ensue as various family members try to manipulate one another. Laugh out loud funny.
  • (5/5)
    I read this one so quickly, I forgot to list it on Goodreads!Izzy has taken a leave of absence (or has she quit) from the investigation agency. She is working for Milo at the bar and making much better money than as a PI.Her parents are going on "disappearances" and are miserable. Rae is acting just as cute as ever. However, it is not so cute in a sixteen year old as it was when she was twelve.I really can't say anything negative about this series. They are funny and have characters that you care about. Things do not always work out the way I might want them to, but I can see why they had to go that way.Of course, there is still one more book. Maybe, I'll get my way after all.
  • (5/5)
    Great book.
  • (3/5)
    Enjoyable third book in the series about a young woman trying to keep herself out of the family business of being a private detective, while her parents are just as keenly putting the pressure on to pull her back.
    Her annoying sister is going through a rebellious stage, her love life is crook, she's undergoing a series of court-ordered therapy sessions and she's really struggling to find herself.
    In the meantime, a mystery or two present themselves and she gets involved.
    Light, amusing read.
  • (4/5)
    The third book in The Spellman Files, this did not disappoint. Book two fell flat for me, as Izzy's antics were less humorous and more obsessive and irritating. Revenge of the Spellmans gets back on track, with hilarious quips and comebacks, matched with unusual (but plausible) situations. The introduction of Maggie is a nice one and the back-seat of Petra is welcome (I didn't haven't forgiven her for book two). Izzy and Henry's tensions break through the ice a bit, in a way that serves to move the dynamics of their relationship forward. Rae is growing up nicely, and the tension of Olivia as she nears empty-next is evident. All-in-all, these are real characters and I am enjoying them immensely.

    Highly recommended.
  • (3/5)
    So far: So Weird, So Very Freaking Weird!

    I know several people are not going to agree with this review, but I really don't give a fig.

    Jeez what a bunch of meshuganas.... Not only are they are very annoying human beings, but they are disrespectful to each other, controlling, lying, deceitful, bullying, dysfunctional, and at times funny. But apart from her brother & father, I can not stand her family.... The younger sister, Rae is a nasty little p.o.w. who is allowed to run amok without consequences.....and I found her extremely unlikeable....not in the least funny, cute, or clever...just overly obnoxious.

    That being said, the mystery has a good story line and even though I figured it out before hand it came to a satisfying conclusion. I read the book in less than two days, and aside from the footnotes Lisa Lutz writes a good story. The part about Isabel's therapy is interesting and entertaining. The parts about Isabel's friendships with much older people is heartwarming. The parts about her mother & sister are over the top....
  • (5/5)
    I love and adore The Spellmans. The way these books are written (transcripts/narrative for the most part) hooks me and reels me in. A fantastic series to read and keep near!
  • (4/5)
    As funny as ever, this document chronicling the ups and downs of the life of Izzy Spellman is wonderfully narrated by Christina Moore. This series is excellent on audio, and I think Christina Moore should receive some sort of prize if she hasn't already.
  • (5/5)
    Izzy Spellman is on hiatus from the family firm of private investigators, and is tailing what her private client thinks is his cheating wife. Meanwhile, she's homeless and secretly camping out in the basement of her brother's house. And her little sister keeps stealing her car. Add insomnia, court-mandated appointments with a shrink, and her continued confusion over her feelings for police detective Henry Stone and, as Linda says, "it's the most perfect, imperfect world you could ask for."
  • (5/5)
    The only bad thing about this book is that I pretty much read it in one sitting and now have to wait a while for the 4th book. The books definitely need to be read in order so that you see the full development of the characters. I was laughing out loud while reading this book, much like I did during the other two. I particularly enjoyed the therapy sessions. Overall a fantastic book and series!
  • (5/5)
    After reading the first two Spellman books by Lisa Lutz, I was extremely pumped up to read the third. Unfortunately, my public library decided it didn't need to to purchase this one, so I had to request it from inter-library loan. I love the characters and how much they are built up from book to book - I am actually going through withdrawal now that I don't have any others to read. The problems weren't quite as complex as the first two (though one of the "mysteries" was hard to understand even after it got explained to me), and I really really really got tired of the footnotes telling me that the previous books were "available in paperback!" (Really. Chances are if someone is reading the third book, they've read the others or will be interested in checking them out after they are finished - I was reminded what seems like 25 times of the books availability and it actually started to take away from my reading experience.)The ending of the book left me hanging - I couldn't believe it was done because of the way some of the relationships were at a stand still. According to her website, Lisa Lutz is working on a 4th book (The Spellmans Strike Again), but it's not available until March 2010. I guess for now I'll have to settle for what I've got and make myself forget about how much I want to read the next installment for awhile.
  • (3/5)
    For some reason, I had a hard time getting thru this installment of the Spellman series. Perhaps it was because I read it right after Finger Lickin' 15. I do love the characters and the dry humor in the book, I just didn't find myself caring about the "mysteries" that were the focal points. The last chapter seemed very well written and INTERESTING, I just wish I could have said the same for the rest of the book.
  • (4/5)
    There were actually a couple of moments when I teared up - which just goes to show that even a funny book can have its touching moments. I really like Izzy and hope I don't have to wait to long to find out what's happening next in her life.
  • (5/5)
    The third installment of the Spellman saga. Izzy has her usual life, nowhere to live so she sneaks in her brother's place, and she has to spy on him to figure out his secret. Her therapy isn't going so well, she needs two doctors. Someone is blackmailing her to go to the museum and wash her father's car. And she doesn't know why! Meanwhile, Rae cheated on the Psssats, so her parents cancel their disappearance. Did I mention she has a job to spy on a man's wife? And someone is tailing her. Then she was offered a big bribe, but for what?? Its all explained in the third book [now available in hardback.]
  • (5/5)
    Hilariously funny. I couldn't put the book down. It was such a fun read.
  • (5/5)
    This is the third book in the hilarious Spellman family series (after The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans), which are not really mysteries, but family comedy with a detective twist. Funny, funny, funny! I recommend reading them in order, however, so you can track the development of the characters and get all the jokes. If you like books like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, you'll love the Spellmans. Four and a half stars.
  • (5/5)
    Isabel and her eccentric family have returned in another great installment of their private eye lives. Little sister Rae is 16 and her best friend continues to be a middle-aged cop. Isabel's best friends are an 80-something lawyer and a bartender. Brother David is acting more strangely than usual, if only because up until now, he's been the normal one. Isabel's parents lay it on the line, she has only a month to decide if she's willing to take over the Spellman Inc. agency when the time is right. Lutz could have coasted during this third novel, but it is every bit as fun as the first two.
  • (1/5)
    Not funny.
  • (3/5)
    In the second novel in The Spellman Series, the reader returns to the comical adventures of Izzy Spellman, PI. When a handsome but mysterious young man moves into next door to her parent's investigation business (and occasionally Izzy's home), Izzy becomes obsessed in her endeavor to discover John Brown's past. She is driven to succeed, if she only her investigations would not be interrupted by her periodic arrests. The series is an addictive read precipitating laugh-at-loud moments, especially during family interactions.
  • (3/5)
    Needed something quick and light after Grapes of Wrath.
  • (3/5)
    great series. so funny. with a bit of romance.
  • (3/5)
    Book on CD narrated by Christina Moore

    In this third book of the series, Isabel (“Izzy”) Spellman is undergoing court-ordered therapy and trying to decide what to do with her life. She’s left her family’s private investigation agency and is bartending part time, but her hours have been cut and she won’t be able to hold on to her apartment much longer. Strapped for cash she agrees to take on a small job for a rival agency, and then finds herself the target of a blackmailer. Meantime, younger sister Rae is getting into more trouble; brother David’s divorce seems to have really thrown him for a loop; police detective Harry Stone may have mellowed with his new relationship; and a charming Irish bartender shows promise as Ex-Boyfriend # 12.

    This is a fun, fast “mystery” that is more focused on the zany relationships within the Spellman family than on any actual case. I think I may have reached my limit with this series. The books would be more fun if Lutz dropped the footnotes, and references to previous books – “now available in paperback.”

    I found Christina Moore’s delivery on the audio somewhat heavy-handed. It took several CDs for me to get used to her somewhat droning voice, and at times I abandoned the CDs for the text. If you read it, opt for text rather than audio.
  • (4/5)
    After her four arrests [see the previous Spellman document, Curse of the Spellmans], Izzy finds herself in court-ordered therapy. She’s taking a break from the family business and is tending bar at The Philosopher’s Club where Milo gets her involved with a new case: an “is-my-wife-cheating” surveillance job for his friend Eddie. But Eddie’s wife, Linda, is doing nothing more than meeting a friend, Sharon, for lunch in various places around town. But something is peculiar about the two women and their meetings so Izzy keeps working the case.As always, Izzy has a slew of troubles to deal with, including a secret home, her inability to sleep [except on the bus], a car that’s never where she left it, and the dreaded weekly therapy sessions.Family matters are serious . . . David’s not going to work, Rae seems to have cheated on her PSAT test [and she and Henry aren’t speaking], her father wants her to make a decision about her future.And then there’s the blackmailer . . . .The third of the six Spellman tales, this narrative spins out its story around Izzy and what she ultimately wants for herself. With all the expected characters in place, this whodunit is less mystery and more about the relationships in this ditzy, loveable family. Nevertheless, fans of the series are sure to enjoy the continual shenanigans.The Spellman Mystery Series continues in three more volumes of delightful family capers. Continue the laughter.Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Izzy Spellman is at it again! This time it is a case of what is the wife is up to. Along with her ongoing court ordered therapy sessions.

    Isabel Spellman is the daughter of a couple of P.I.s and sister to Rae. The family that spies together...spies on each other!

    This time she is on her own having left the family firm. At the beginning she is still bartending at the Philosopher's Club, but soon finds herself out of a job and replaced by a hunk of Irish charm. She takes on this case to prove that she does have what it takes and whether she should get back into the family firm. The fact that the family is putting pressure on her to come back and take over has nothing to do with it...sure.

    The subject is an average housewife, but she has a 'close' friendship with a politician's wife. They meet regularly for lunches and she is always bringing home expensive gifts from the politician's wife. Her husband wants to know if she is leading a double life or something even worse.

    When Izzy isn't shadowing the ladies, she is trying to find new digs that match her income of $0.00. She comes up with the idea of using her brother's unused basement apartment...without his knowledge. Not a bad idea as long as she can sneak in and out without his knowing. But then living with the fear of being discovered doesn't let her sleep any better.

    Her therapy sessions aren't much better either, as she has no real desire to talk about 'issues', but knows she has to put in the time per the court's orders.

    And then there is her friend Morty, who is under pressure to move to Florida. Morty is no spring chicken and his wife has made her demands. Morty has been Izzy's legal council, and Izzy cares about him, but she agrees that it is time for this octogenarian to give up the keys to the Caddy and maybe move south. The conversations between the two are great.

    A comedy of errors with a mystery attached and continues the series of the Spellmans.
  • (4/5)
    Book number three in the Spellmans series, featuring private investigator Izzy Spellman and her wacky friends and relatives. In this one, Izzy deals with an unconventional living situation, a mysterious case, strange changes in her brother's behavior, parental pressure about her future, some minor blackmail, her crush's likable new girlfriend, and the fact that she keeps not being able to find her car. Like the previous two books, it's very light and fluffy and more concerned with humorous character stuff than with plot, but I've been in a stressy mood lately, so that's exactly what I wanted. I'd say that overall I enjoyed this one more than the first book, but not quite as much as the second one. And I will definitely be reading number four.
  • (3/5)
    A reliable entry in the series, good vacation reading.
  • (3/5)
    The Spellman's are at it again. This time Izzie is in court ordered therapy, jobless but working on a case for Milo's friend that is much more then meets they eye. Izzie takes a case for Ernie, Milo's friend who thinks his wife may be cheating on him. That's definitely not the case but there is a lot more then meets the eye going on there. Izzie feels that if that if she can solve this case then she knows that she should in fact stay in the p.i. business and take over her parent's company. Once again Rae kind of steels parts of the show with her crazy antics, although Mom, David and Mort all give Rae a run for her money.
  • (3/5)
    Sequel to The Spellman Files. Izzy and her dysfunctional family return for another set of humorous investigations. Izzy is obsessed with the mysterious new next-door neighbor. Rae is now a teenager and shows an occasional sign of normality, although her attachment to adult policeman Henry Stone illustrates all the things she's not getting from her parents. The story lines are negligible and serve only to give the characters space in which to be eccentric. The humor doesn't quite work for me; I didn't have any trouble finishing the book, but it will soon return to the library garage for their next book sale.
  • (3/5)
    Just as fun as the first one. I started reading it on Saturday and finished it Monday afternoon. It's a fast read, but enjoyable at the same time.