The Spellmans Strike Again – Lisa Lutz Review

At the ripe old age of thirty-two, former wild child Isabel “Izzy” Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. And the transition won’t be a smooth one. First among her priorities as head of Spellman Investigations is to dig up some dirt on the competition, slippery ex-cop Rick Harkey–a task she may enjoy a little too much. Next, faced with a baffling missing-persons case at the home of an aging millionaire, Izzy hires an actor friend, Len, to infiltrate the mansion as an undercover butler–a role he may enjoy a little much. Meanwhile, Izzy is being blackmailed by her mother (photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994) to commit to regular blind dates with promising professionals–an arrangement that doesn’t thrill Connor, an Irish bartender on the brink of becoming Ex-boyfriend #12.
At Spellman headquarters, it’s business as unusual. Doorknobs and light fixtures are disappearing every day, Mom’s been spotted crying in the pantry, and a series of increasingly demanding Spellman Rules (Rule #27: No Speaking Today) can’t quite hold the family together. Izzy also has to decipher weekly “phone calls from the edge” from her octogenarian lawyer, Morty, as well as Detective Henry Stone’s mysterious interest in rekindling their relationsh…well, whatever it was. Just when it looks like things can’t go more haywire, little sister Rae’s internship researching pro bono legal cases leads the youngest Spellman to launch a grassroots campaign that could spring an innocent man from jail–or land Rae in it.

I have to say this book was probably my favourite of the series. Yes, I have read all four!  There were parts of the last book that made me feel really bad for Izzy, but they seemed to have been just what she needed to grow up. Always slightly immature, she’s definitely taking steps toward adulthood in this book. There’s a lot of development in Izzy (and in everybody really). Everybody seems to be realizing exactly what they need.

This is a great book. You’ll laugh (a lot), you’ll cry (a little), but you’ll definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series.

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