The Last Word – Lisa Lutz Review

The Last Word (The Spellmans, #6) The latest installment of the New York Times bestselling Spellman mysteries, finds private investigator Izzy Spellman on the verge of losing everything.Isabel Spellman is used to being followed, extorted, and questioned—all occupational hazards of working at her family’s firm, Spellman Investigations. Her little sister, Rae, once tailed Izzy for weeks on end to discover the identity of her boyfriend. Her mother, Olivia, once blackmailed Izzy with photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994. It seemed that the Spellmans would lay off after Izzy was fired for breaching client confidentiality, but then Izzy avenged her dismissal by staging a hostile takeover of the company. She should have known better than to think she could put such shenanigans behind her.

In The Last Word, Izzy’s troubles are just beginning. After her hostile takeover of Spellman Investigations, Izzy’s parents simply go on strike. Her sister, Rae, comes back into the family business with questionable motivations. Her other employees seem to be coping with anxiety disorders, and she has no idea how to pay the bills. However, her worst threat comes from someone who is no relation. Within months of assuming control of the business, Izzy is accused of embezzling from a former client, the ridiculously wealthy Mr. Slayter, who happens to have Alzheimer’s, which Izzy and he are diligently trying to keep under wraps. Not only is Slayter’s business and reputation on the line, but if Izzy gets indicted for embezzlement, she’ll lose everything—her business, her license, and her family’s livelihood. Is this the end of Izzy Spellman, PI? The answer makes The Last Word, hands down, the most thrilling book in this bestselling, award-nominated series.

I fell in love with this series a long time ago. I’ve been such a fan of Lisa Lutz and the Spellmans that for me she can do no wrong.  However, that doesn’t mean that the books are as funny as they once were. Don’t get me wrong, I still had laugh out loud moments, but not as many as I used to. As Izzy has matured, her antics have become less insane.  This is expected and I’m glad that in this book she has her act together. She’s not as single-minded as she previously was and I really liked how she was more grounded.

These books are funny, but they’re also really emotionally complex. While reading about Izzy’s efforts to become a well-functioning adult, it forces you to question what it means to be one. I think Izzy’s emotional journey ends with this book, but I know this series is going to continue from the point of view of another family member. It seems like a good idea because it will most likely reboot the series to be as hilarious as it once was.

Still love this series and can’t wait for the next book!

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