One of my favorite authors, Lisa Lutz, has a new book coming out in August called The Swallows. To tide me over I grabbed one of her Spellman series, The Last Word for Book Beginnings on Fridays.
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The Last Word by Lisa Lutz
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The Spellmans are an unconventional family (read dysfunctional) of private investigators who often spend more time investigating each other than criminals.
The great thing about the series is that that you could feel comfortable recommending them to a young adult or even your mother because they are devoid of violent murders. Plus, they feature plenty of laughs.
Summary: In the last novel, Isabel Spellman has staged a coup and taken over her family’s PI business, but nothing is going as planned. As she struggles to keep the business afloat, a former client accuses her of embezzlement and if she doesn’t clear her name, she could lose everything.
To All Spellman Employees:
Pants are mandatory.
Footwear is encouraged,
That certainly sets the tone for the novel. Sounds like some of Isabel’s family members are protesting her takeover in creative ways.
What do you think? Have you read one of Lisa Lutz’s novels?
The paperback version is called Spellman Six: The Next Generation. That’s a bit confusing if you are trying to read them in order.
Let’s start out with a mystery that you could feel comfortable recommending to a young adult or even your mother because it is completely devoid of violent murders. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz is about a unconventional family (read dysfunctional) of private investigators who often spend more time investigating each other than criminals. It is the first of a six book series (list on authors website.)
Although the books are touted as humorous, be aware that Lutz’s humor runs towards the deadpan. You have to pay attention to catch all the improbably funny situations.
You can get a feel for her wacky humor in this video about another in the series, Trail of the Spellmans.
If you have trouble getting the jokes, you should think about what it might be like to be an author at a book signing.
Speaking of book signings, I met Lisa Lutz at the Tucson Festival of Books last weekend. There she revealed she wrote The Spellman Files as a screenplay first and revised it to be a stand alone novel. She also said that if she had known the Spellmans would become a series, she wouldn’t have killed off one of the characters.
If you are tired of the standard meaty fare, give the The Spellman Files a try. It is a light fruit salad of a mystery, perfect for a warm summer night.
Have you read The Spellman Files? What did you think of it?
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