Early in her career, Liza Lutz wanted to be a screenwriter. After selling one screenplay, things stalled. She first wrote The Spellman Files as a screenplay, but it was only able to publish it after turning it into a novel. After some success as a mystery author, Lisa now writes for the HBO series The Deuce.
Spellman Novels by Lisa Lutz:
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.
- The Spellman Files (reviewed) -signed copy
- Curse of the Spellmans
- Revenge of the Spellmans
- The Spellmans Strike Again
- Trail of the Spellmans
- Spellman Six: The Next Generation -paper back/ The Last Word -hardback
The Spellman’s Strike Again
The hardback version of the last book in the series is called The last Word, and the paperback version is called Spellman Six: The Next Generation. That’s a bit confusing if you are trying to read them in order.
Lisa Lutz also has a stand alone (so far) thriller, The Passenger (2016).
She has a new novel coming out in August 2019, The Swallows.
About Author Posts:
Because I read a lot of mysteries, I’ve been trying to come up with a better system to keep track of which novels I’ve finished. I thought blogging would help, which it does, but I don’t always review everything I read. To get more organized, I’ve decided to create a series of author posts with lists of novels and links to my reviews. I plan to edit these pages as needed.
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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