Trail of the Spellmans – Lisa Lutz Review

Trail of the Spellmans
Lisa Lutz

FOR THE FIRST TIME in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman, PI, might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities—with no apparent motive. Dad has a secret. Izzy’s brother and sister are at war—for no apparent reason. And her niece keeps saying “banana” even though she hates bananas. That’s not to say that Izzy isn’t without her own troubles. Her boyfriend, Henry Stone, keeps wanting “to talk,” a prospect Isabel evades by going out with her new drinking buddy, none other than Gertrude Stone, Henry’s mother. Things aren’t any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations. First, Rae is hired to follow a girl, only to fake the surveillance reports. Then a math professor hires Izzy to watch his immaculate apartment while he unravels like a bad formula. And as the questions pile up, Izzy won’t stop hunting for the answers—even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.

I remember when I first started this series. As soon as I read the first novel, I was hooked. The Spellmans were just so hilariously dysfunctional and I loved them all.  It was really fun reading about Izzy and I wanted to watch her grow into a mature adult.  By the end of the fourth book, she had reached a good place and it seemed like she had settled into her new life.  I had mixed feelings when I found out there would be a fifth novel since I thought the fourth book ended perfectly.

This book definitely still has those laugh out loud moments that Lutz is famous for.  Izzy is still as insane and endearing as ever, and so is her family. I really liked the addition of Demetrius to the Spellman clan and he seemed to be a great influence on everyone.

This is a solid addition to the series, but it does seem a little lacking at times.  There weren’t even any Henry and Rae scenes!  The whole book seems to be missing the spark and charm that I loved in the first four novels.  The Spellman clan seemed so fragmented and Adult Izzie is fine to read about, but a part of me does miss Irresponsible and Reckless Izzie.

I’m completely invested in this series and I adore the Spellman family.  I recommend this series to anyone looking for a laugh and wanting to meet a dysfunctional and loveable family of private investigators.  To check out the first book, click the following link! The Spellman Files


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